Colin P. Smith is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and co-chair of the firm's Product Liability Team. His practice focuses in the areas of product liability, mass tort, commercial litigation, and legal ethics and risk management. 'Over the past 30 years, he has represented numerous companies in complex and consolidated product liability litigation involving product warranty and performance issues, mass disasters and serial litigation arising from claims of product defects. His experience extends to a broad array of products, especially in the automotive, electronics, construction, pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries.

Mr. Smith also counsels lawyers and law firms in the areas of legal ethics, professional liability and risk management. He serves as Professional Responsibility partner for Holland & Knight's Chicago office and in that role regularly counsels the firm's lawyers in legal ethics, compliance and risk management issues.

Mr. Smith represents clients as trial counsel and national or regional coordinating counsel throughout the United States and he has tried cases in more than a dozen states. Mr. Smith increasingly counsels clients in litigation management, risk management and regulatory compliance across a broad spectrum of issues.


  • Represented a major tire manufacturer as national counsel in the aftermath of a major product recall; this engagement included advising on crisis management, government proceedings and investigations, and representation of the company in multidistrict and state consolidated proceedings and nationwide personal injury litigation

  • Advised a component supplier in the HVAC industry in connection with commercial claims for the cost of product recall and replacement
  • Represented a Tier 1 automotive component supplier in the assessment and preparation of product warnings and safety communications
  • Represented a Tier 1 automotive component supplier in the assessment and evaluation of its product safety and performance monitoring functions
  • Represented a major excess insurer in the assessment of and potential settlement strategies for catastrophic injury product liability claims against a vehicle manufacturer

  • Represented multiple consumer product manufacturers in proceedings before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), including the organization and execution of voluntary product recall programs

  • Represented a major product manufacturer in multiple nationwide and state consumer warranty class actions alleging product performance and value issues

  • Represented an international chemical manufacturer in toxic tort litigation arising from herbicide exposure


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D.
  • DePauw University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Illinois
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2005-2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2010, 2016-2020
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2008-2020; Product Liability: Automobile, 2013-2019
  • Chicago Law Bulletin Leading Lawyer
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2005
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Washington University Law Quarterly, Senior Editor


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