- CRIMINAL DEFENSE
- PERSONAL INJURY
George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia - 1989 Boston College - 1986 St. Ignatius College Prep. - 1982
Awards & Honours
Christopher R. Smith has been practicing for more than 20 years as an attorney, with an extraordinary record in both civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Smith graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep. in 1982, Boston College in 1986, and George Washington University, National Law Center in 1989. In 1989, Mr. Smith joined the firm Burke, Smith & Williams. Since that time, he has successfully litigated hundreds of cases, both as a criminal defense and civil attorney, including civil rights, most major felonies, medical malpractice, personal injury, and contract disputes. In February 2003, Mr. Smith established his own law firm, practicing in both criminal defense and civil rights. He focuses on aggressively pursuing police misconduct cases, including malicious prosecution, false arrest, excessive force, and wrongful conviction. Mr. Smith has successfully litigated over 50 civil rights cases in the Northern District of Illinois within the last five years, including a jury verdict of $7.9 million in a false arrest case; a jury verdict of $4.6 million in a prisoner\'s rights case; and a settlement of $3.5 million in a wrongful death case.