Todd A. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Power Rogers & Smith, LLP
 | 70 West Madison, 55th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-236-9381
Fax: 312-236-0920
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C., Todd A. Smith is committed to representing clients in Chicago, Illinois. He focuses his practice on personal injury cases that involve the following matters: product liability, serious injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and aviation.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in business from The University of Kansas, Mr. Smith earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He then graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1976.

With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Smith is dedicated to securing compensation for people who have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence. He stands up to government agencies, insurance companies and corporations that have caused clients serious injuries. Mr. Smith's successes include a case in which he secured an $18.5 million award for a movie extra who suffered a traumatic brain injury while filming. Additionally, he has obtained several multimillion-dollar awards for medical and psychiatric malpractice victims.

For his achievements, Mr. Smith has been named in The Best Lawyers in America*; the American Association for Justice honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award; he was invited to join The Inner Circle of Advocates; Chicago Lawyer magazine named him its 2012 Person of the Year; and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Alumni Association presented him with a Medal of Excellence in 2005.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Smith holds memberships with the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, The Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

* The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 

About Todd Smith

Admitted: 1976, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.prslaw.com/Our-Attorneys/Todd-A-Smith.aspx

Honors/Awards:

  • Law Journal - Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine - Person of the Year - 1998
  • TLPJ Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist - 1999
  • American Legion Award of Excellence - C. D. Burton Post 808 - 2002
  • Joe Tonahill Award - ATLA Annual Convention 2002
  • Damen Award - Loyola University Chicago School of Chicago - Founders' Day 2002
  • Listed by Harvard Law Graduates Naifeh and Smith in their book The Best Lawyers in America, 1997-98; 1999-2000; 2001-02; 2003-04
  • Awarded the Medal of Excellence by Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2005
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Justice, 2009
  • Senator Paul Wellstone Award, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to District of Columbia, 2012
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1991
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • Admitted to Northern District of Illinois, 1980
  • Admitted to Illinois Bar, 1976
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1996
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1998
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1996
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow, 1999
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1996
  • National Center for State Courts, 2013
  • Center for Constitutional Litigation, 2012
  • Northwestern University School of Music Advisory Board, 2012
  • Francis W. Parker School, 2001-2010; Life Trustee, 2010
  • Public Justice Foundation, 2008- ; Executive Committee, 2012
  • John Howard Association, 2006-2009
  • Trial Lawyers Care, 2001-2006
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, 2000-2008
  • Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp, 1999-2003
  • ATLA Endowment, 1999
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation, 1999-2006
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, 1995
  • National College of Advocacy, 1993-1996
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, 1992-1995
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, 1991-1993
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1991-1999
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Alumni, 1991-2000
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, 1987-1998
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, Member, Board of Directors, 1987
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors, 1992-95
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Member, Dean's Circle, 1998
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Member, Presidents Club, 1990
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Alumni Board of Directors, 1991-2000
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, President, Law Alumni Association, 1998-99
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Member, Board of Managers, 1985
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Member, Legislative Committee, 1989-93
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Secretary, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1985-87
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1987-89
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1990-92
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1989-92
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Chairman, Seminar Planning, 1992-94
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Chairman, Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1992-94
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Co-Chairman, Publications Committee, 1995-97
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Constitutional Challenge Committee, 1995-97
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Nominating Committee, 1998
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Executive Committee, 2011-2013
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , President, 2010
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Fundraising Steering Committee, 2000 
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chair, Standing Committee on Personnel 1996-97
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chair, Reinsurance Committee, 1999-2000
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chair, Nominating Committee, 1999-2000
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chair, Executive Committee, 1999-2000
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Second Vice President, 1997-98
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, First Vice President, 1998-99
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Member, Board of Directors, 1995
  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chairman of the Board, 1999-2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Standing Committee on Legislation, 2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chairman, Standing Committee on ISBA Properties, 1994-95
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Standing Committee on Budget & Audit, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, Standing Committee on Investments, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, Assembly Committee on Integrated Bar, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elected, ISBA Treasurer, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elected Member, Scope & Correlation Committee, 1992-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Vice Chair, Task Force on Minorities and the Justice System, 1993-96
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Standing Committee on Long Range Planning, 1992-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Board of Directors, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Mutual Insurance Company Board Committee on Long Range Planning, 1992-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Rules & By-Laws Committee, 1990-91
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice & Procedure, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1993-94
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Bench and Bar Section, 1992-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Health Care Section, 1991-92
  • Illinois State Bar Association, International and Immigration Law Section, 1991-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Board Liaison to Illinois Bar Journal, 1991-93
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elected Member, Board of Governors, 1991-99
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elected Member, ISBA Assembly, 1990-99
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Associate Editor, 1990-92
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal, 1989-92
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Third Vice President, 1994-95
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Second Vice President, 1995-96
  • Illinois State Bar Association, President-Elect, 1996-97
  • Illinois State Bar Association, President, 1997-98
  • Chicago Bar Association, Past Chairman, Subcommittee on Pending Legislation of Tort Litigation Section
  • Chicago Bar Association, Past Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislation of Tort Litigation Section
  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee 1985-90
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Tort Litigation Section
  • Chicago Bar Association,  Member, Federal Trial Advocacy Program Faculty 1984
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award Selection Committee, 2002
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Judicial Independence Committee, 1998-2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Elected Member, Organization and Home Office Committee, 1994-96
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Program Advisory Committee 1994 ATLA Annual Convention
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Board of Trustees, National College of Advocacy, 1993-96
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Mass Tort Subcommittee, 1992-93
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Federal Rules Committee, 1991-93
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Aviation Advisory Committee, 1991-93
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Organizational Review Committee, 1991-93
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Fellow, Civil Justice Foundation, 1989
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1989
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, ATLA PAC Committee, 1989-91
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Steering Subcommittee on Special Events
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Fundraising Events Subcommittee, 1988-89
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1988-95
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1988-93
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, "M" Club, 1990
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Eagles Club, 1998
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1990-92
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1993-94
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, Aviation Law Section, 1994-95; Vice Chair, Aviation Law Section, 1992-94
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Vice Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, 1992-93 and 1996-98
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, Coordinating Committee of State Relations, 1999-2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Co-Chair, Membership Oversight Committee, 1999-2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, Committee on Investments, 1999-2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Co-Chair, Public Affairs Committee, 2002-2003
  •  Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Co-Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, 2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Roscoe Pound Foundation, Chair, Regional Judges Forum, 2000
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Board of Governors, 1989
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Roscoe Pound Foundation, Fellow, Trustee, 1999 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chair, ATLA PAC board of trustees - 2005
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, ATLA Endowment, Trustee, 1999 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Executive Committee, 1998 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Parliamentarian, 1999-2000 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Treasurer, 2000-01
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Vice President, 2002-03
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Secretary, 2001-02;
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, President Elect, 2003-04 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, President, 2004 - 05
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1991-93
  • American Inn of Court - Markey Wigmore chapter
  • American Bar Association, Lawyer, 1999
  • American Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates, 1995-99
  • American Bar Association, Member, Editorial Board of the "Brief", 1990-92
  • American Bar Association, Member, Space and Aviation Section
  • American Bar Association, Member, Tort and Insurance Practice Section  
  • American Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section -- Task Force on the Independent

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • J.B., a minor, by her mother and next friend, L.B. v. Chicago Housing Authority, et al., 82 L 15783 (Cook County)
  • Estate of W.M., a minor v. Crawford Bus Co., 87 L 649
  • Estate of D.L., Deceased, et al. v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., 85 L 20348 (Cook County)
  • Estate of K.M., Deceased v. Kubota Tractor, et al., 87 L 5068
  • Estate of J.M., a minor v. Children's Memorial Hospital, et al., 92 L 6143 (Cook County)
  • L.G. v. Poseidon Pools, 88 L 3655
  • Estate of J.D. v. Dover Elevator Systems, Inc., et al., 90 L 690
  • Estate of D.E. v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, et al., 92 L 4210
  • Estate of C.P., a minor v. Children's Memorial Hospital, 92 L 6821 (Cook County)
  • P.B. and M.B., et al. v. Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, et al., 91 L 8492 (Cook County)
  • J.O., Independent Administrator of the Estate of D.O., Deceased v. Lutheran General Medical Group, et al., 93 L 5823 (Cook County)  
  • R.T. and T. T., co-special administrators of the Estate of G.T., Deceased v. Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, et al., 97 L 327 (DuPage County)
  • N.B. v. Yolanda DelaCruz, et al., 95 L 18 (Lee County)
  • A.S., Administrator of the Estate of D.J., deceased v. USAir, Inc., et al., 95 L 2685 (Cook County)
  • D.H.v. The University of Chicago Hospital d/b/a Wyler Children’s Hospital; J. Dean Waldman, M.D., Court No. 94 L 16986 (Cook County)
  • M.G. v. Saint Marv of Nazareth Hospital, No. 96 L 14398 (Cook County)
  • M.R. v. Loyola University Medical Center, et. al., No. 98 L 9369 (Cook County)  
  • M.R. v. The University of Illinois Hospital, No. 98 L 467 (Cook County)  
  • P.S. v.Columbus Hospital, et. al., No. 99 L 8486 (Cook County)
  • A.K. v. Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, et. al., 98 L 13165 (Cook County)
  • K.H. v. Waste Management, Inc., et.al., No. 98 L 53 (DeKaIb County)
  • W.R. v. Sudershan D. Saxena, M.D., et. al., No. 00 L 745 (Cook County)
  • The Northern Trust Company v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation d/b/a Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, No. 00 L 3444 (Cook County)
  • The Northern Trust Company v. Bradley Allen, M.D., No. 98 L 5560 (Cook County)  
  • T.B. v. Sherman Hospital, a corporation. et al., No. 00 L 14977 (Cook County)
  • R.M v. Michael D. Kornblatt, M.D., et al., No. 00 L 14275 (Cook County)
  • J.E. and R. E. v. Scott Thorndike and Thoms Proestler Company, 00 L 85 (Rock Island County)
  • S.B., as administrator of the estate of J.B. v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp., et al., 97 L 16705 (Cook County)  
  • B.L., E.S. v. Village of Barrington Hills, et al., 98 L 4793 (Cook County)
  • M.B. v. Mohan Airan M.D., No. 00 L 013288 (Cook County)
  • A.M.H., a minor, by and through her Father and Mother as next friends, J.P. H. and C.H., Individually v. University of Chicago Health Systems, et. al., No. 02 L 2696 (Cook County)  
  • G.D. v. Lutheran General Hospital, No. 00 L 8534 (Cook County)
  • K.K. and M.K. v. American Home Products, et al., 99 L 6794 (Cook County)
  • Northern Trust Company and I.D., as Co-Guardians of the Estate of A.D., a Minor, and I.D. v. Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, No. 01 L 11847 (Cook County)
  • G. v. Bennet Braun, M.D., et al., 03 L 12779 (Cook County)
  • L.P., Mother & Next Friend of J.R., a minor v. St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, et. al., 04 L 4942 (Cook County)
  • B.R. v. CBOE, et al., 04 L 1954 (Cook County)
  • R. v. Provena, et al., 04 L 306 (Cook County)
  • D.E. v. Hemker, et al., 09 L 23 (Ogle County)
  • P.F. and M.F. v. A.J. Canfield Co., et al., 95 L 9447 (Cook County)
  • T.D. v. Elite Cartage, et al., 08 L 8426 (Cook County)
  • G.B. v. KPMG, LLP, 00 MR 44 (Cook County)
  • A.R., Guardian of the Estate of G.C., a disabled person v. Paramount Pictures, et al.

Educational Background:

  • B.S.B., Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, 1971
  • M.B.A., Northwestern University Graduate School of Business, Evanston, Illinois, 1973
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70 West Madison
55th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-236-9381

Fax: 312-236-0920

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