Anna Richardson Smith

Anna Richardson Smith


Phone: (910) 763-3404

Ms. Richardson Smith counsels employers on employment law compliance and risk management strategies. Whether assisting employers in developing and auditing personnel documents (such as handbooks and evaluations), providing ongoing support in making personnel decisions, or helping employers respond to employee demands, she focuses on merging the employer’s unique business needs with practical risk avoidance. Ms. Richardson Smith also provides targeted personnel management, personnel administration audits, and anti-discrimination training to clients.

On the litigation side of her employment practice, Ms. Richardson Smith defends employers in a wide variety of administrative and judicial proceedings. She also frequently represents parties in contact disputes and business tort matters, including trade secrets litigation and actions involving restrictive covenants.

In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Richardson Smith’s experience includes regular representation of school divisions and colleges as both counselor and litigator.  She also represents clients in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing complex commercial contracts, including transportation and logistics contracts, and frequently counsels clients on select intellectual property matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to joining Rountree Losee, Ms. Richardson Smith served as a judicial clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia and worked for eleven years as an employment defense attorney with a large Virginia law firm.


Virginia State Bar, 2003

North Carolina State Bar, 2016

U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit



J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2003

  • Senior Articles Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
  • Guy T. Carswell Scholar
  • E. McGruder Faris Award

M.A., Linguistic Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1995

B.A., magna cum laude, with Honors in Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 1994

  • Guy T. Carswell Scholar

Published Works

Anna Richardson Smith, Labor & Employment Law, 43 U. Rich Law Rev. 1, 211 (2008)