P. Maxwell "Max" Smith

Employers across a wide range of industries – including healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing – appreciate Max Smith’s energy and efficiency in responding to allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment matters. Max assists clients in the defense of lawsuits and charges brought under federal and state employment laws:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA)
  • Tennessee Disability Act
  • Tennessee Public Protection Act

Max joined Waller in 2013 after gaining experience in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP where, in addition to employment law, his practice included civil and commercial disputes.


  • Member, Nashville and American Bar Associations

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Nashville, Tenn., 2007-2013


  • J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2007
    • Senior Editor, Alabama Law Review
    • Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University, Journalism, 2001
    • Joseph Franklin Ellis Newspaper Scholarship

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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Before attending law school, Max covered police and crime stories in Mobile, Ala. for the Press-Register, the state’s oldest newspaper.