Doug Smith has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate stage in state and federal courts throughout the country, including commercial, mass tort, product liability, securities, bankruptcy, environmental, and intellectual property cases. He has significant experience in complex litigation, including multidistrict litigation and class action proceedings, and has served as trial counsel in cases involving a wide variety of subject matters. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has published on diverse legal topics.


Thought Leadership


Multi-District Litigation Reform, Corporate Disputes (January–March 2020)

E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency, Law360 (July 22, 2019)

INSIGHT: Supreme Court Muddies the Waters on Preemption, Bloomberg Law (June 24, 2019)

The Myth of Settlement in MDL Proceedings, 107 Kentucky Law Journal 467 (2019)

Time for More Interlocutory Review of MDL Court Decisions, Law360 (April 8, 2019)

Will U.S. Supreme Court Finally Clarify Preemption Standard?, Bloomberg Law (Feb. 1, 2019)

A Call to Permit Judicial Substitution in MDL Proceedings, Law360 (Jan. 7, 2019)

Resolution of Common Questions in MDL Proceedings, 66 Kansas Law Review 219 (2017)

Scientific Evidence, Litigation Practice Series (Bloomberg BNA 2016)

Is Multidistrict Litigation in Need of Reform?, Law360 (April 19, 2017)

The Continued Erosion of the FDA’s Authority to Regulate Off-Label Marketing and Implications for False Claims Act Cases, 30 Toxics Law Reporter 1008 (Oct. 15, 2015)

Another Expansion in Federal Jurisdiction: The Supreme Court's Decision in Dart Cherokee Basin Operation Co. v. Owens, 16 Class 172 (Feb. 13, 2015)

The Increasing Use of Challenges to Expert Evidence Under Daubert and Rule 702 in Patent Litigation, 22 Journal of Intellectual Property Law 345 (2015)

New Jersey Trial Court Ruling in Accutane: Another Example of Science Driving Outcomes in Pharmaceutical Litigation, 43 Product Safety & Liability Reporter (Mar. 23, 2015)

The Eleventh Circuit Ruling in Adinolfe v. United Technologies and the Use of Lone Pine Orders Before Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Motions to Dismiss, 14 Expert Evidence Report 576 (Dec. 22, 2014)

Eleventh Circuit Ruling in Adams Sounds a Cautionary Note Concerning Use of Industry Standards Under Rule 702 and Daubert, 14 Expert Evidence Report 482 (Oct. 20, 2014)

After Comcast: Class Certification in the Federal Appellate Courts, In-House Defense Quarterly 42 (Summer 2014)

Daubert” Challenges at the Class Certification Stage: Another Hurdle, New York Law Journal (2014)

Review of Calvin H. Johnson, Righteous Anger At The Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution, 52 American Journal of Legal History 393 (2012)

The Proper Remedy for a Lack of Batson Findings: The Fall-Out From Snyder v. Louisiana, 101 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 1 (2011)

The Intersection of Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure: Review of Wholesale Justice—Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 787 (2010)

The Evolution of a New Pleading Standard: Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 88 Oregon Law Review 1053 (2010)

Preemption After Wyeth v. Levine, 70 Ohio State Law Journal 1435 (2009)

An Administrative Approach to the Resolution of Mass Torts?, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 895 (2009)

The Twombly Revolution?, 36 Pepperdine Law Review 1063 (2009)

Resolution of Mass Tort Claims in the Bankruptcy System, 41 U.C. Davis Law Review 1613 (2008)

A Federalism-Based Rationale for Limited Liability, 60 Alabama Law Review 649 (2009)

The Constitutionality of Civil Commitment and the Adequacy of Treatment, 49 Boston College Law Review 1383 (2008)

Piercing the Corporate Veil in Regulated Industries, 2008 Brigham Young University Law Review 1165

The Second Amendment and the Supreme Court, 6 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 591 (2008)

The Constitutionality of Religious Symbolism After McCreary and Van Orden, 12 Texas Review of Law and Politics 93 (2007)

“Equal Access”? Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries v. Glover And the Use of Public Facilities for Religious Worship, 8 Engage 142 (2007)

Does the Constitution Embody A "Presumption of Liberty"?, 2005 University of Illinois Law Review 319

Originalism and the Affirmative Action Decisions, 55 Case Western Law Review 1 (2004)

Interstate Commerce and the Principles of the Law of Nations, 2004 Utah Law Review 111

The Establishment Clause: A Corollary of Eighteenth Century Corporate Law?, 98 Northwestern University Law Review 239 (2003)

Rule of Lawyers or Rule of Law?, 1 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 327 (2003)

The Politics of Separation: Review of Philip Hamburger's "Separation of Church and State," 36 U.C. Davis Law Review 967 (2003)

Thomas Jefferson's Retrospective on the Establishment Clause, 26 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 369 (2003)

Robert Nagel's Bleak Vision and the "Implosion" of American Federalism, 12 Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy 203 (2002)

A Lockean Analysis of Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment, 25 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 1095 (2002)

The Role of the Courts in Shaping American Bankruptcy Law: Review of "Debt's Dominion-A History of Bankruptcy Law in America," 33 Seton Hall Law Review 109 (2002)

Application of Patent Law Damages Analysis to Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims: Apportionment, Alternatives, and Other Common Limitations on Damages, 25 Seattle University Law Review 821 (2002)

Separation of Powers and the Constitutional Text, 28 Northern Kentucky Law Review 595 (2001)

A Return to First Principles?: Saenz v. Roe and the Privileges or Immunities Clause, 2000 Utah Law Review 305

Reconstruction or Reaffirmation?: Review of "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction," 8 George Mason Law Review 167 (1999)

Fundamental Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment: The Nineteenth Century Understanding of "Higher" Law, 3 Texas Review of Law & Politics 225 (1999)

The Illiberalism of Liberalism, 34(4) San Diego Law Review 1571 (1997)

Natural Law, Article IV, and Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment, 47 American University Law Review 351 (1997)

The Venture Capital Company: A Contractarian Rebuttal to the Political Theory of American Corporate Finance?, 65 Tennessee Law Review 79 (1997)

The Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV Section 2: Precursor of Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment, 34 San Diego Law Review 809 (1997)

Structural and Functional Aspects of the Jury: Comparative Analysis and Proposals for Reform, 48 Alabama Law Review 441 (1997)

An Analysis of Two Federal Structures: The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, 34 San Diego Law Review 249 (1997)

Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment, 34 San Diego Law Review 681 (1997)

The Historical and Constitutional Contexts of Jury Reform, 25 Hofstra Law Review 377 (1996)

A Comparative Analysis of the Proxy Machinery in Germany, Japan, and the United States: Implications for the Political Theory of American Corporate Finance, 58 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 145 (1996)

The Intracorporate Conspiracy Doctrine and 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3): The Original Intent, 90 Northwestern University Law Review 1125 (1996)

Press Coverage

3rd Circuit Won’t Revive WR Grace, Hospital Asbestos Fight, Law360 (Oct. 4, 2019)

Chicago Fights To Salvage Pension Reform Law, Law360 (July 9, 2015)

Detroit CFO: Bankruptcy Plan Feasible, But Difficult, The Bond Buyer (Sept. 8, 2014)

Detroit CFO Sees Tough Climb To Meet Revenue Targets, Reuters (Sept. 4, 2014)

Detroit CFO Says Debt Plan Needed to Fund New Spending, Bloomberg (Sept. 4, 2014)

Detroit Ch. 9 Plan Will Boost Economy, Tax Expert Says, Law360 (Aug. 18, 2014)

Detroit Witness Defends Tax Estimates Behind Debt Plan, Bloomberg Businessweek (Aug. 18, 2014)

Expert Predicts Detroit Income Tax Collection Rates to Increase Under Plan, Detroit Free Press (Aug. 8, 2014)

Chicago Litigation Department of the Year: The Windy City's Litigation Rainmakers, The National Law Journal (Aug. 5, 2013)

IBM Wins Battle Over $1.4B Ind. Welfare Contract, Law360 (July 18, 2012)

IBM Defeats Ind.'s Claims It Lied About $1.4B Project, Law360 (March 26, 2012)

Kirkland & Ellis Files Dow's Response to Rohm and Haas Suit, The Am Law Litigation Daily (Feb. 4, 2009)


Recommended in The Legal 500 United States

Recognized as “Leading Lawyer” in Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense

Member, American Law Institute

Member, Bloomberg Law Litigation Innovation Board

Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2009–2010

Scholar in Residence, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2009
Courses taught: mass torts

Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Law, 2008
Courses taught: civil procedure


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996, Illinois
  • 1999, District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1996

    John Henry Wigmore Scholar

    Articles Editor, Northwestern Law Review

  • University of ChicagoM.B.A., Finance & Economicswith Honors1999
  • State University of New York at BuffaloB.S./B.A.; B.S./B.A.summa cum laude1993; 1992

    Majors in Biology, Biophysics, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy and Statistics

    Presidential Honors Scholar