The attorneys at Smith LaCien LLP have a lengthy track record of achieving exceptional results for clients, with more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements and some 100 cases with results of at least $1 million.
Todd A. Smith | Founding Partner
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As one of the top trial lawyers in 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. He has achieved more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts, and has attained more than 100 settlements and verdicts that exceed $1 million.
“Early in my career, I learned that working to have a deep understanding of a client’s situation would lead to more effective representation,” Todd said. “I try to help clients during their most vulnerable time while seeking new ways to bring them relief and justice.”
Todd has been a trial lawyer his entire legal career, beginning in the criminal felony courts of the Circuit Court of Cook County as an assistant public defender. Upon leaving that office, he joined the injury firm of Philip H. Corboy & Associates. In 1993, he left that firm to join Joseph A. Power, Jr. and Larry R. Rogers, Sr., as a founding partner in the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.
Awards and Honors
Todd has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America” annually since 1995. He was designated as 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 has repeatedly been listed at or near the top of the Chicago Lawyer magazine survey of multimillion-dollar personal injury settlements, including his listing as the top lawyer with $70 million in recovery for his clients. 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.
Todd received his B.A. from Kansas University, his M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. He is the recipient of the “Medal of Excellence” from his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and also received the “Damen Award in Law,” a university-wide recognition from Loyola. From the American Association of Justice, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2009 and their highest honor, the Ring award, in 2015. He is an elected member of the International Society of Barristers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 2015, he received the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Distinguished Award for Excellence.”
His bar leadership has included service as president of the Illinois State Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (the world’s largest trial lawyers organization), and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Brian LaCien | Founding Partner
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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, also a founding partner, 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.
LaCien began his career as an assistant legal counsel to 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.
LaCien 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 publication as a “Rising Star” and then as a “SuperLawyer” every year since 2011. Recognized by Leading Lawyers publication annually since 2014, he has been included on its list as a Top Ten Emerging Lawyer.
“Empathy is essential in my role in dealing with clients and explaining fully to them what litigation involves,” LaCien said. “Clients look to me to ensure that they will receive fair compensation. I remind them it’s my job to focus on their case, while they focus on other things, like their recovery.”
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Andrew Mason| Associate Attorney
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Andrew Mason is an associate at Smith LaCien, LLP and works on personal injury and wrongful death actions, including matters involving product liability, premises liability, automobile liability, mass torts, class actions, and aviation crashes. Before joining Smith LaCien, LLP, Andrew helped litigate complex corporate bankruptcies and then worked with Todd Smith and Brian LaCien at their previous firm in Chicago.
Andrew received his Juris Doctor from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
While he was in law school, Andrew was a judicial extern for the Honorable Eugene Wedoff at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2017.
Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, Tulane University, 2017
Master of Business Administration, Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, 2014
Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy and Law, Trinity College, Hartford, Ct., 2008
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