Overview

Renee Smith is a Chambers-ranked litigation partner who represents clients facing high-profile complex products liability, class action and commercial litigation. She has secured trial defense verdicts and other wins for 3M, Abbott Labs, AbbVie Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Dow Chemical, W.R. Grace, General Motors LLC, Juul Labs, Inc., Kobe Steel, Ltc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Renee has won jury trials in multiple federal MDLs, and other state and federal courts across the country.

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Recognition

Recognized in Product Liability: Consumer Class Actions (Nationwide), Chambers USA, 2021–2022

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S.

  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including Tobacco), 2021–2022
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, 2022
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Defense: Toxic Tort, 2022

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1995
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit2006

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.

    cum laude

    1995
    General Editor, Civil Rights — Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Miami UniversityB.A.

    summa cum laude

    1992
    Phi Beta Kappa