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Mr. Smith's practice focuses in the area of federal litigation. In addition to his white-collar criminal defense practice, he has represented businesses and individuals against claims of employment discrimination and in complex commercial litigation, including ERISA.
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Date of Birth: 1953
Law School: Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Law School Honors/Involvement: magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Southern Illinois University Law Journal
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.A., English, 1975
Mr. Smith joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in February 2001. He is the partner-in-charge of the Peoria office.
Previously, Mr. Smith served from 1980 to 1990 with the office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District from 1980 to 1987, when he became Supervising Assistant U.S. Attorney, Peoria and Rock Island Divisions. Among his special assignments during this period, Mr. Smith served as:
Instructor, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1985-1990.
Coordinator, Financial Institution Regulatory and Enforcement Group (an interagency, banking crimes task force), Central District of Illinois, 1988-1990.
Evaluator, U.S. Department of Justice, Evaluation and Review Program for United States Attorneys' Offices, 1988-1990.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's office, Mr. Smith served a two-year judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Joseph H. Goldenhersh, Illinois Supreme Court, Belleville, Illinois. He also was an instructor at The University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign.
Mr. Smith was a charter member of the American Inns of Court, A. Lincoln Chapter, Peoria, Illinois. He was a Master of the Bench for seven years, and is currently an Emeritus Member.