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Robert W. Smyth, Jr.

Chicago, IL (312) 422-0906 V card Print bio

General Info

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1982
B.A., University of Michigan, With Distinction, 1979

Awards

  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Since 2001)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer ( 2004-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (Since 2006)

Admissions

Illinois State Bar, 1982
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1982

Overview

Robert W. Smyth focuses his practice on professional malpractice defense, products liability defense and mass tort/environmental litigation. Mr. Smyth commenced his career as an associate in the litigation department of Baker & McKenzie, gaining international partnership status in 1989. He left Baker & McKenzie in 1995 to co-found Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth.

Over the course of 30+ years of active litigation practice, Mr. Smyth has represented physicians, hospitals and nursing homes in high exposure malpractice actions, lawyers in legal malpractice actions, large manufacturers in product liability actions and multi-national construction companies in construction disputes.

Mr. Smyth has tried to verdict dozens of high exposure cases. Many of these cases, such as his defense of the St. Charles School District in mass tort mold litigation, have received national attention. His successful defense of a national contractor in Illinois’ first “Sick Building Syndrome” trial (DuPage County Courthouse Litigation) was profiled on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.

He served as managing partner of DBMS from 2002-2007.

Mr. Smyth’s professional excellence has been recognized by peers, dating back to his consistent AV Martindale-Hubbell rating (the highest rating available) annually, since 2001, as well as his annual recognition as an Illinois Leading Lawyer (since 2004) and Illinois Super Lawyer (since 2006).

Experience

Mr. Smyth’s recent trial results include successful defense verdicts for a wide array of top medical physicians in cases of high exposure. His trial success rate exceeds 90%.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Psychiatrist

02/20/2018

Client:

Defendant Psychiatrist

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant Surgeon

01/25/2018

Client:

Defendant Surgeon

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Ponzio v. Defendant Emergency Room Physicians and Hospital

Circuit Court of Cook County (Honorable William Haddad)11/21/2008

Client:

Defendant Defendant Attending Emergency Room Treating Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Agins v. Defendant Otolaryngologists and Otolaryngology Group

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (McWilliams)07/02/2008

Client:

Defendant Otolaryngologists and Otolaryngology Group

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Tunnat v. Defendant Electrophysiologist

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Cunningham)10/22/2007

Client:

Defendant Electrophysiologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Cardenas v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Egan)10/03/2006

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Tomsa v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Reyna)02/03/2005

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Webster v. Defendant Physicians

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois09/01/2004

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict (Directed)

Neal v. Defendant Physician

Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, 816 N.E.2d 353(Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2004).02/01/2004

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendants Affirmed

Jacobs v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois03/01/2000

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Simpson v. Estate of Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois08/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

CNA Insurance v. Defendant Cardiologist

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois02/01/1996

Client:

Defendant Cardiologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Bostick, et al v. County of DuPage v. Defendant Construction Company

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois12/01/1994

Client:

Defendant Construction Company

Outcome:

Defense Verdict; Verdict in favor of client in counterclaim against DuPage County

Highlights

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Presentations

Mr. Smyth often speaks to attorneys seeking continuing legal education on subjects of evidence and procedure, as well as to groups of physicians concerning a variety of medical-legal issues.

Off the court

Personal Information/Pro bono work

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