Leaders in Achieving Personal Injury Justice
A Proven Track Record of Success
Our firm leads with top trial lawyers in Illinois and more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements. We regularly confront powerful corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, and government agencies on behalf of everyday people.
Results Matter! Winning Your Case is Our Top Priority.
We've Achieved Exceptional Results for our Clients.
We've Been Leaders in the Legal Profession for Decades!
Top Ranking Recoveries
Traumatic Brain Injury
- Award won against Paramount Pictures when a young extra was injured during the filming of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in the Chicago area.
- We won $20 million for our client, a college student, who suffered brain damage while undergoing heart surgery.
#1 Ranking in Illinois
- We have often ranked at the top of client recoveries, including a #1 individual lawyer amount in a Chicago Lawyer Magazine Survey.
DRUG & PRODUCT LIABILITY
Leaders in Winning High Stakes Cases for Plaintiffs
Our success includes more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements and over 100 cases with results of at least $1 million. We lead across a wide variety of civil cases, including aviation, professional negligence, product liability, financial and accounting fraud and malpractice. We have experience with virtually every type of personal injury claim, wrongful death, or accidents, and represent individuals, groups and class action cases.
At Smith LaCien LLP, results matter!
Our clients aren’t just a number or an incident. They are real people, just like you, with families, jobs, and futures that have been impacted by tragic mistakes or harm by others. We fight for them because we care, and we believe they deserve the best legal representation available and the compensation they deserve.
No Fees Unless We Win!
Our Attorneys Rank Among the Top in
Todd A. Smith | Founding Partner
Smith LaCien LLP Trial Lawyers
As one of the top trial lawyers in the Illinois, Todd Smith, a founding partner in Smith LaCien LLP, regularly confronts powerful corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, and government agencies on behalf of everyday people.
Included in “The Best Lawyers in America” annually since 1995, he was their “Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation” in 2019, “Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, and “Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year” in 2011. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive group of 100 of the best civil trial lawyers in the U.S. Read more . . .
Brian LaCien | Founding Partner
Smith LaCien LLP Trial Lawyers
Brian LaCien is a trial lawyer and founding partner in Smith LaCien LLP. He has a broad range of experience in the areas of medical malpractice, professional negligence, wrongful death, class actions, trucking litigation, product liability, aviation negligence, civil rights violations and premise liability.
LaCien and his partner Todd A. Smith have a lengthy track record of achieving exceptional results for clients, with more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements and over 100 cases with results of at least $1 million. Read more . . .
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How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or injured at work and wish to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, Smith LaCien LLP will evaluate your case at no cost to you or your family. We'll help you to determine whether you have a personal injury case to pursue.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
For most personal injury cases, you have two years from the time the accident occurred to file your claim. However, certain types of cases have a shorter time period so please do not delay in contacting knowledgeable counsel.
How much is my case worth?
Every situation or case is different, so an early suggestion of a specific amount should be viewed with caution. Depending on the circumstance, general thoughts based upon extensive experience may be possible following initial in-depth discussion. It is impossible to know what kind of settlement to expect before investigating the extent of any injuries sustained, medical costs, lost wages, future expenses, and pain and suffering. It is important that you hire a lawyer who will complete a thorough investigation and who will never advise you to accept a settlement for less than you truly deserve. Each case is unique, so the best way to learn about what compensation you may be entitled to is to call or message us and talk with a lawyer at Smith LaCien LLP
How are attorney fees paid in a personal injury case?
Almost all personal injury attorneys take cases at no charge, collecting their fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment they obtain for you. If you get nothing from the case, neither does the attorney. Attorneys fees usually are contingent on success and are usually 33 percent. However, individual circumstances in a given case can alter that favorably for the client.