L. Lee Smith focuses his practice in the area of federal litigation. He is also a mediator. In addition to his white-collar criminal defense practice, he has represented businesses and individuals against claims of employment discrimination and in complex commercial litigation, including ERISA.
Mr. Smith joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 2001. He is the Partner-in-Charge of the Peoria
Previously, Mr. Smith served from 1980 to 1990 with the office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District from 1980 to 1987, when he became Supervising Assistant U.S. Attorney, Peoria
and Rock Island Divisions. Among his special assignments during this period, Mr. Smith served as:
- Instructor, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1985-1990.
- Coordinator, Financial Institution Regulatory and Enforcement Group (an interagency, banking crimes task force), Central District of Illinois, 1988-1990.
- Evaluator, U.S. Department of Justice, Evaluation and Review Program for United States Attorneys’ Offices, 1988-1990.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mr. Smith served a two-year judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Joseph H. Goldenhersh, Illinois Supreme Court, Belleville, Illinois
. He also was an instructor at The University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign
Mr. Smith was a charter member of the American Inns of Court, A. Lincoln Chapter, Peoria, Illinois
. He was a Master of the Bench for seven years, and is currently an Emeritus Member.
Mr. Smith holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability. He has also been recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Criminal Defense Law: White Collar.
Since 2005, Mr. Smith has been named annually to the Super Lawyer
list in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar, by Illinois Super Lawyers
In the Fall of 2005, Mr. Smith completed intensive training in mediation from the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law’s top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Smith’s presentations include “Investigating Employee Misconduct,” for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois seminar, “A Guide to Human Resources Law,” in Springfield,
Illinois, June 2008.