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Leslie served as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation, St. Charles Division. She started in 1988 as a Legal Advisor mediating issues at conference settings until her promotion to Chief Administrative Law Judge in 1991. As Chief, Leslie held hearings, pre-hearings, wrote awards, mediated settlements and performed all administrative duties.

Leslie received her B.A. from Harvard University and earned her J.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia where she also served as Writing Director for the Board of Advocates. She taught a business course –Workers’ Compensation in Missouri, at St. Louis Community College for a number of years. She is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois and was in private practice in the areas of domestic, criminal and workers’ compensation law.

Leslie is a member of the Missouri Bar, serving on the Legislative Committee. She is a founding member of Kids’ Chance, Inc. of Missouri. She is a frequent speaker for the Missouri Self Insurers’ Association, Associated Industries, University of Missouri Continuing Legal Education Program, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Leslie also is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association, working as a local interviewer for Harvard applicants. She is also a singing member of The Courthouse Steps.


Leslie Brown Smith



Practice Areas:
Workers' compensation defense

Missouri 1985
Illinois 1986

University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1984
Harvard University, B.A., 1974

Past Chief Administrative Law Judge:
St. Charles Workers’ Compensation Division


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