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Mr. Smyth concentrates his practice in defending catastrophic injury and high exposure cases. His range of experience includes toxic tort, mass tort, professional negligence, and construction defect litigation. The common thread of his practice is the high stakes nature of the cases he has tried. In calendar year 2008, he successfully defended three consecutive trials where the average award requested by opposing counsel was $18.3 million. These favorable verdicts, earned against the three premier trial firms in Chicago, Corboy and Demetrio, Clifford Law Offices, and Power Rogers & Smith, exemplify the nature of Mr. Smyth's trial practice.
His range of experience spans catastrophic medical malpractice defense and major complex produce liability litigation, including pharmaceutical and automotive product liability, as well as construction defect litigation. He successfully defended the target defendant in the first "sick building syndrome" case tried in Illinois, a much publicized three-month trial involving the DuPage County Courthouse. He was primary trial counsel for the St. Charles School District in the nationally-publicized class action suit alleging mold and toxic exposure at the St. Charles East High School.
He has been named a Super Lawyer® in Illinois on multiple occasions. He has held an AV® rating with Martindale & Hubbell each year for the past fifteen years. He has also been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice, and Toxic Torts.
He joined Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC as a founding partner in 1995 and served as the Managing Partner from 2002 to 2007. Previously, he was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. He obtained his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1982, and received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.
Year of Birth: 1957
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1982
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With distinction
- Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC, 1995-present, founding partner; managing partner, 2002-2007
- Baker & McKenzie, partner, 1982-1995
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating, 1997-present
- Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Products Liability Defense Law, Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial, and Toxic Torts Defense Law