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Todd A. Smithtas@prslaw.com
Power Rogers & Smith LLPhttp://www.prslaw.com
70 W Madison St 55th FL
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 236-9381 Fx.(312) 236-0920
Recommended by peers in:
Aviation Law
Class Action/ Mass Tort Plaintiff's Law
Personal Injury Law: General
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Born and raised in Evanston, Mr. Smith has won some of the largest multimillion dollar jury awards and settlements in serious personal injury, product liability, wrongful death, and physician malpractice cases in Illinois. A personal injury lawyer driven by a challenge and hard work, he is known as a tireless advocate for middle-class working men and women-the people who now are finding it harder and harder to get access to the court system.

A leader among personal injury trial lawyers in the United States, he is the immediate past president of the prestigious 60,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Voted Chicago Lawyer magazine's "Person of the Year," Mr. Smith has made access to justice his personal crusade. In his leadership activity as president of the Illinois State Bar Association, he led the battle against the threats that inhibit citizens from obtaining justice in the courts, including cutbacks in legal services for the poor and the inability of people of modest means to afford a personal injury lawyer.

Mr. Smith, and his accomplishments on behalf of his clients, have been featured in numerous publications including Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and the Sunday New York Times.

Whether it is a product liability, aviation negligence, or physician malpractice case, Mr. Smith stands fearless against wealthy and powerful corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, and government agencies. He resolved a U.S. record $10.6 million settlement in a psychiatric malpractice case involving a Chicago area woman and her family, and recently obtained physician malpractice settlements of $17.25 million and $20 million in catastrophic injury/medical malpractice cases. One of the top trial lawyers in Illinois as well as the country, He is annually listed in the The Best Lawyers in America. He has repeatedly been listed at or near the top of the Chicago Magazine survey of multimillion dollar personal injury settlements including his listing in 2004 as No. 1, with $70 million in recovery for his clients.

Mr. Smith was recently invited to membership in the selective Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive group of 100 of the very best civil trial lawyers in the United States.


Bar Admissions:  
Admitted to Illinois Bar, 1976
Admitted to Northern District of Illinois, 1980
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1991
Admitted to U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994


Year of Birth:  1949

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law,J.D., 1976
Graduate School: Northwestern University Graduate School of Business, Evanston, Illinois, M.B.A., 1973

Undergraduate School:  Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, B.S.B., 1971

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Member
Illinois Bar, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
Supreme Court Historical Society
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1991
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Legal Advisory Committee for the Center for Constitutional Litigation, 2000 -

Boards of Directors and Trusteeships
Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, 1987-
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Alumni, 1991-2000
Illinois State Bar Association, 1991-99
Appellate Lawyers Association, 1991-93
The Society of Trial Lawyers, 1992-95
National College of Advocacy, 1993-96
ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, 1995-
Roscoe Pound Foundation, 1999-
ATLA Endowment, 1999-
Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp, 1999 -
Illinois Bar Foundation, 2000-
Trial Lawyers Care, 2001-

Fellowships
American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1996
American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow, 1999
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1996
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1998
International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1996

Associations
American Bar Association
Member, Litigation Section -- Task Force on the Independent Lawyer, 1999;
Member, Tort and Insurance Practice Section;
Member, Space and Aviation Section;
Member, Editorial Board of the "Brief", 1990-92;
Member, House of Delegates, 1995-99

American Inn of Court - Markey Wigmore chapter

Appellate Lawyers Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1991-93

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Sustaining Member;
President, 2004 - 05;
President Elect, 2003-04 ;
Vice President, 2002-03;
Secretary, 2001-02;
Treasurer, 2000-01;
Parliamentarian, 1999-2000 ;
Member, Executive Committee, 1998 -;
ATLA Endowment, Trustee, 1999 - ;
Chair, ATLA PAC board of trustees - 2005;
Roscoe Pound Foundation, Fellow, Trustee, 1999 - ;
Member, Board of Governors, 1989- ;
Roscoe Pound Foundation, Chair, Regional Judges Forum, 2000 - ;
Co-Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, 2000 - ;
Co-Chair, Public Affairs Committee, 2002-2003;
Chair, Committee on Investments, 1999-2000;
Co-Chair, Membership Oversight Committee, 1999-2000;
Chair, Coordinating Committee of State Relations, 1999-2000;
Member, Vice Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, 1992-93 and 1996-98;
Chair, Aviation Law Section, 1994-95; Vice Chair, Aviation Law Section, 1992-94;
Chair, Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1993-94;
Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1990-92;
Member, Eagles Club, 1998 - ;
Member, "M" Club, 1990 - ;
Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1988-93;
Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1988-95;
Fundraising Events Subcommittee, 1988-89;
Member, Steering Subcommittee on Special Events;
ATLA PAC Committee, 1989-91;
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1989- ;
Fellow, Civil Justice Foundation, 1989- ;
Member, Organizational Review Committee, 1991-93;
Member, Aviation Advisory Committee, 1991-93;
Member, Federal Rules Committee, 1991-93;
Member, Mass Tort Subcommittee, 1992-93;
Member, Board of Trustees, National College of Advocacy, 1993-96;
Program Advisory Committee 1994 ATLA Annual Convention;
Elected Member, Organization and Home Office Committee, 1994-96;
Member, Judicial Independence Committee, 1998-2000;
Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award Selection Committee, 2002 -

Chicago Bar Association
Member, Federal Trial Advocacy Program Faculty 1984- ;
Member, Tort Litigation Section;
Judicial Evaluation Committee 1985-90;
Past Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislation of Tort Litigation Section;
Past Chairman, Subcommittee on Pending Legislation of Tort Litigation Section

Illinois State Bar Association
President, 1997-98;
President-Elect, 1996-97;
Second Vice President, 1995-96;
Third Vice President, 1994-95;
Member, Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal, 1989-92;
Associate Editor, 1990-92;
Elected Member, ISBA Assembly,
1990-99;
Elected Member, Board of Governors, 1991-99;
Board Liaison to Illinois Bar Journal, 1991-93;
International and Immigration Law Section, 1991-93;
Health Care Section, 1991-92;
Bench and Bar Section, 1992-93;
Young Lawyers Section, 1993-94;
Civil Practice & Procedure, 1993-94;
Member, Rules & By-Laws Committee, 1990-91;
Mutual Insurance Company Board Committee on Long Range Planning, 1992-93;
Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation;
- Board of Directors, Illinois Bar Foundation;
Member, Standing Committee on Long Range Planning, 1992-93;
Vice Chair, Task Force on Minorities and the Justice System, 1993-96;
Elected Member, Scope & Correlation Committee, 1992-93;
Elected, ISBA Treasurer, 1993-94;
Chair, Assembly Committee on Integrated Bar, 1993-94;
Chair, Standing Committee on Investments, 1993-94;
Member, Standing Committee on Budget & Audit, 1993-94;
Chairman, Standing Committee on ISBA Properties, 1994-95;
Member, Standing Committee on Legislation, 2000-

ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
Chairman of the Board, 1999-2000;
Member, Board of Directors, 1995- ;
First Vice President, 1998-99;
Second Vice President, 1997-98;
Chair, Executive Committee, 1999-2000;
Chair, Nominating Committee, 1999-2000;
Chair, Reinsurance Committee, 1999-2000;
Chair, Standing Committee on Personnel 1996-97

Illinois Bar Foundation
Fundraising Steering Committee, 2000 -

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Nominating Committee, 1998;
Executive Committee, 1997-98;
Constitutional Challenge Committee, 1995-97;
Co-Chairman, Publications Committee, 1995-97;
Chairman, Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1992-94;
Chairman, Seminar Planning, 1992-94;
Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1989-92;
Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1990-92;
Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1987-89;
Secretary, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1985-87;
Member, Legislative Committee, 1989-93;
Member, Board of Managers, 1985-

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
President, Law Alumni Association, 1998-99;
Alumni Board of Directors, 1991-2000;
Member, Presidents Club, 1990- ;
Member, Dean's Circle, 1998-

The Society of Trial Lawyers
Member, Board of Directors, 1992-95

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
Member, Board of Directors, 1987 -

Appointments
State of Illinois Advisory Council on Spinal Cord-Head Injuries, 1995 -

Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, 2000 -

Honors and Awards
Listed by Harvard Law Graduates Naifeh and Smith in their book The Best Lawyers in America, 1997-98; 1999-2000; 2001-02; 2003-04

2005 Awarded the Medal of Excellence by Loyola University School of Law

Damen Award - Loyola University of Chicago - Founders' Day 2002

Joe Tonahill Award - ATLA Annual Convention 2002

American Legion Award of Excellence - C. D. Burton Post 808 - 2002

TLPJ Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist - 1999

Chicago Lawyer Magazine - Person of the Year - 1998

Law Journal - Loyola University of Chicago School of Law


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