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Brian LaCien

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Smith LaCien LLP
70 West Madison, Suite 2250
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-815-6455
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2015
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Brian LaCien is a founding partner of Smith LaCien LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. LaCien practices personal injury law, serving clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. He handles matters involving aviation negligence, civil rights violations, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, professional negligence, trucking litigation and wrongful death.

Mr. LaCien has over a decade of experience successfully resolving complex injury cases through negotiation and litigation on behalf of injured Illinois residents. He is dedicated to helping his clients attain fair compensation after sustaining catastrophic injuries caused by negligence. Over his time in practice, he has obtained numerous major recoveries with an overall total of more than $2 billion.

Understanding that a serious injury can have devastating consequences for families, Mr. LaCien provides empathic and personalized service to each client he serves. He consistently attains favorable results through exceptional representation and aggressive advocacy.

Outside of the office, Mr. LaCien is an active participant in various legal organizations. He is chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Tort Law Section and the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice. In honor of his accomplishments and successful legal career, Leading Lawyers has recognized him several years in a row and included him on its “top 10 emerging lawyer” list.

Mr. LaCien graduated magna cum laude from DePaul College of Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, a prestigious honors society. He holds a license to practice law before all Illinois state courts. Prior to founding Smith LaCien, he developed his legal skills and experience by serving as assistant legal counsel at the Illinois House of Representatives.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Aviation and Aerospace
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Class Actions, Toxic Torts


7 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2015

About Brian LaCien

First Admitted: 2002, Illinois

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Assistant Legal Counsel
  • Guest lecturer, Practical skills training and fundamental litigation techniques for new lawyers program, Greenhorn Legal LLC, 2013 to 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Past Chair of the Tort Law Section and member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly 
  • American Association for Justice, Past Chair of the Aviation Section and member of the Board of Governors for the State of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice Board of Governors
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Leading Lawyers, 2014 - Present
  • Recognized by Leading Lawyers publication annually since 2014, “Top Ten Emerging Lawyer”
  • Illinois Super Lawyers since 2011, Previously a “Rising Star”
  • SuperLawyer, 2011 - Present
  • Top Ten Emerging Lawyer
  • “Rising Star”, Illinois Super Lawyers

Educational Background

  • University of Iowa, Bachelor of Finance, 1999

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • ABA
  • CBA And ITLA
  • ISBA
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Office Location for Brian LaCien

70 West Madison
Suite 2250
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-815-6455

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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