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Karen E. Smeda

Karen E. Smeda

Employment Law and Discrimination Lawyer
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Tampa, FL
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About Karen E. Smeda

Attorney Biography

Karen Smeda focuses her practice on representing and counseling employers in labor and employment law matters. Ms. Smeda developed her interest in labor and employment law while working as residential staff for the West Campus Housing System, where she became familiar with the policies and procedures used by large employers, like Cornell University. She also worked as a 2L law clerk for the U.S. Department of Labor during the summer of 2017.

Ms. Smeda graduated from Cornell Law School in 2018. During law school, she served as the Senior Notes Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal, a Managing Editor for the LII Supreme Court Bulletin, and on the Moot Court Board. She also participated as a member of Martha Pollack’s Presidential Task Force, serving on a sub-committee informing Cornell University’s response to hate speech and harassment on campus. Ms. Smeda graduated from the University of Florida summa cum laudewith a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology in 2012.

Practice Areas

Employment Law (20%)
Discrimination (20%)
Workers Compensation (20%)
Wrongful Termination (20%)
Sexual Harassment (20%)

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Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Associate, Ogletree Deakins


Cornell Law School
Cornell Law School

University of Florida
B.S. and B.A.

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Karen E. Smeda
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
100 North Tampa Street Suite 3600
Tampa, FL 33602
Office: 813-289-1247

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