Colin P. Smith practices in the areas of product liability, mass tort, commercial litigation, and legal ethics and risk management. Mr. Smith co-chairs the firm's Product Liability Team. 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. He increasingly counsels clients in litigation management, risk management and regulatory compliance across a broad spectrum of issues.



  • 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 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 Central 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
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2008-2019; Product Liability: Automobile, 2013-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2005-2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2010, 2016-2018
  • 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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