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   3L. Lee SmithPeoria(309) 674-1025lsmith@hinshawlaw.comlsmith@hinshawlaw.comHinshaw & Culbertson LLPwww.hinshawlaw.comwww.hinshawlaw.comsmithllee.jpgCommercial LitigationADR Law: Commercial LitigationCriminal Appellate LawCriminal Defense Law: White CollarEmployment Law: ManagementEmployment LitigationERISA Litigation
L. Lee
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
416 Main St 6th FL
Peoria IL 61602-1190
Ph.(309) 674-1025 Fx.(309) 674-9328
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Employment Litigation
ADR Law: Commercial Litigation    ERISA Litigation
Criminal Appellate Law
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar
Employment Law: Management
Advisory Board Member
County:  Peoria
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
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.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Year 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

Employment History:  
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.

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