Eric K. Smith

Owner, Founder & President


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. 1995, summa cum laude
  • University of Tennessee, B.A. 1992, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions 

  • Georgia
  • Tennessee

Other Licenses & Certifications 

  • Registered Neutral, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution 

Legal Experience 

  • Owner & President, EKS Legal Solutions, January 2015 – Present
  • Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C., February 2003 – January 2015
  • Associate, Littler Mendelson, P.C., November 1997 – February 2003
  • Associate, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, August 1995 – November 1997 

Court Admissions 

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Contact Information 

Eric K. Smith,
Owner, Founder & President

Eric K. Smith is the “EKS” behind EKS Legal Solutions.  Eric has been a practicing employment lawyer since 1995 and is a member of both the Georgia and Tennessee Bars.  Eric is also a certified mediator.  


Eric began his legal career in 1995 with Fisher & Phillips and then joined Littler Mendelson in 1997. Eric became a Shareholder at Littler in 2003, and remained with that firm for over seventeen years before starting EKS Legal Solutions at the beginning of 2015. Eric has extensive experience and expertise in a wide array of employment law, business law, and HR-related topics, including: post-employment covenants, trade secret law, and the law relating to unfair competition; unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; workplace investigations; employment policies and procedures; hiring, performance-management, and discharge; family/medical leaves; disability accommodation; and employment law and “best practices” training.

Eric is also a seasoned and accomplished litigator, having represented clients in hundreds of employment and non-compete cases in both state and federal court.

Reported Cases

  • Wierengo v. Akal Security, Inc.,
    580 F. App'x 364 (6th Cir. 2014)

  • Gilbert v. Country Music Ass’n, et al.,
    432 F. App'x 516 (6th Cir. 2011)

  • Palmer & Cay of Ga., Inc. v. Lockton Cos., Inc.,
    643 S.E.2d 746 (Ga. App. 2007)

  • Drake v. Bio-Med. Applications of Tenn., Inc.,
    2012 WL 1023016 (W.D. Tenn. 2012)

  • German v. Akal Security, Inc.,
    2012 WL 1203942 (D. Md. 2012) 

  • German v. Akal Security, Inc.,
    2011 WL 5974619 (D. Md. 2011)

  • Butler v. Rue 21, Inc.,
    2011 WL 882782 (E.D. Tenn. 2011)

  • Foster v. RSC Equip. Rental, Inc.,
    2009 WL 4840649 (N.D. Ga. 2009)

  • Stannard v. Allegis Group, Inc.,
    2009 WL 1309751 (N.D. Ga. 2009)

  • Roney v. Rent-A-Center,
    2007 WL 4373599 (N.D. Ga. 2007)

  • Wachovia Ins. Servs., Inc. v. Paddison et al.,
    2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66463 (S.D. Ga. 2006)

  • Koren v. CIGNA Severance Pay Plan,
    434 F. Supp. 2d 361 (D. S.C. 2006)

  • Huskey v. Jefferson Smurfit Corp./Container Corp. of Am.,
    ​33 F. Supp. 2d 1073 (N.D. Ga. 1998)

Publications, Press & Speaking Engagements

For an overview of Eric’s publications, press, and speaking engagements, click here.