Our partners are award-winning trial lawyers with 60 years of combined experience. They fight for justice in the courtroom on behalf of everyday people.
Todd A. Smith and Brian LaCien, with more than 60 years of combined experience as trial lawyers, formed Smith LaCien LLP, a personal injury law firm headquartered in Chicago, concentrating in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, aviation, and medical malpractice cases.
Smith and LaCien 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.
A trial lawyer throughout his career, Todd A. Smith received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and became an assistant public defender in the Felony Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He left to join Philip H. Corboy & Associates, and in 1993, he joined Joseph A. Power, Jr. and Larry R. Rogers, Sr. as a founding partner in the Chicago law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.
Smith is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only organization limited to 100 top trial lawyers nationwide. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He has been elected to leadership positions in numerous bar and bar-related associations. Among his many awards, he was named by Illinois SuperLawyers 2020 as one of the top three personal injury lawyers and as “Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.
Previously a trial lawyer at Power Rogers & Smith, Brian LaCien began his career as an assistant legal counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He currently serves as chair of the Tort Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association and chair of the Aviation Section of the American Association for Justice. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. LaCien was recognized by Illinois SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” and then as a “SuperLawyer” every year since 2011. Recognized by Leading Lawyers annually since 2014, he has been included on its list as a Top Ten Emerging Lawyer.
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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.