Renee Smith is a litigation partner who represents Fortune 500 companies in high-profile complex products liability, class action, and commercial litigation. Her successes include securing trial and dispositive pre-trial victories for General Motors LLC, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Labs, AbbVie Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Dow Chemical and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Renee has litigated and tried cases for multiple clients in state and federal courts across the country involving mass torts, high-stakes products liability and class action claims, complex commercial disputes, cross-border restructuring disputes and others.



Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including Tobacco), 2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois


  • 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


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.

    cum laude

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

    summa cum laude

    Phi Beta Kappa