Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Tamra M. Smith


Tamra M. Smith has been nominated by her colleagues as a “Rising Star” having clerked for the Ninth Circuit and working on cases that involve legislative and regulatory issues.

Tamra M. Smith, a graduate of Stanford Law School, represents labor unions and employees in federal and state court, arbitrations, and administrative hearings before public agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She has litigated cases involving employment discrimination and retaliation, Education law, corporate governance issues, covenants not to compete, and municipal law. She also advises employees on executive employment agreements.

Ms. Smith joined our firm after clerking for Hon. Robert Boochever, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 2001-2002, and for Hon. Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Southern District of California, from 2002-2003. While in law school, she externed for Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, Senior U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California. She is the author of “Keeping the Constitution’s Promise: An Argument for Greater Judicial Scrutiny of Federal Alienage Classifications,” 54 Stan.L.Rev. 319 (2001). Ms. Smith has been named a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine’s survey of lawyers and is a recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement.