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Lawrence R. Smith



University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1973

The College of Holy Cross, B.A., 1970, cum laude



Larry Smith’s career spans more than 40 years and includes over 125 jury trials. He is a founding partner of SmithAmundsen and a well-respected litigator. He successfully defended cases in the areas of product liability, transportation, aviation, employment, and commercial law. He is also an authority on the defense of traumatic brain injury claims.

Larry’s focus is client service. He maintains client relationships and works with firm leadership to enhance the firm’s practice area offerings and provide a broad range of services for clients. Larry established and maintains the firm’s mentoring program, partnering attorneys from different levels, practices and geographic locations to provide each with new perspectives.

When Larry is not in the office he is often found on the golf course. He particularly enjoys golfing at the Big Foot Country Club in Wisconsin, where he is a member of their Executive Council. For many years he used his interest in golf to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. He served on a committee that planned golf outings to help raise money for the organization.


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Selected by the Leading Lawyers Network as a "Leading Lawyer" in transportation defense law, alternative dispute resolution, products liability defense
  • Received the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award: 2015

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member Emeritus: SmithAmundsen Executive Committee, 1997-2007
  • Member Emeritus: USLAW Board of Directors
  • President: Claims Association of Greater Chicago, 2008
  • Chairman: Make A Wish Foundation Contributions Committee, 2007
  • Former Chair: USLAW Network Transportation Practice Group
  • Former: Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee and President, 1988-1989; Immediate Past President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1989-1990


Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

Presentations & Events

  • Illinois Association of Defesne Trial Counsel, April 29, 2016
  • Insurance Issues in Trucking Litigation
    Client Seminar, Brookfield, WI, July 7, 2015
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Insurance Company Corporate Governance
    2014 Insurance Forum, December 4, 2014
  • Audit 101: Do’s and Don’ts, Pet Peeves and Pitfalls
    Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Webinar, October 21, 2014
  • Chicago, IL, November 5, 2013
  • University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2013
  • Quality v. Quantity: Are You Getting What You Pay Your Lawyers For
    Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2013