Drinker Biddle & Reath
Tracey Salmon-Smith, a trusted adviser and pragmatic problem solver, assists clients with commercial and business disputes, employment litigation, securities law and internal investigations. As a former assistant United States attorney (AUSA) who also spent several years as in-house counsel for a global financial services firm, Tracey knows firsthand the pressures and challenges her clients face. Tracey is known for her composure under pressure and her commitment to achieving results.
Tracey represents brokerage firms and individual registered representatives in customer and employment arbitrations, litigation and regulatory matters. Tracey offers her clients depth of experience defending claims brought in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, including allegations of sales practice violations such as fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation, selling away, unsuitability and churning. She also defends clients in product-related litigation stemming from variable annuities, alternative investment products, mutual funds and preferred securities.
As an employment litigator, Tracey defends corporate clients against claims related to age, race, and gender discrimination; workplace sexual harassment; whistleblowers; unpaid wages; and wrongful discharge. She handles these complaints both in court and in arbitration, including before the FINRA Dispute Resolution Division. Tracey also handles internal investigations, and high-stakes class and collective action matters.
Highly respected throughout the legal community, Tracey is much in demand as a speaker before organizations such as the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Practicing Law Institute (PLI), American Bar Association (ABA), National Bar Association (NBA), New York City Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, The Knowledge Group, and Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC).
Tracey is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Villanova University School of Law.