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Judi Smith works with technology companies and their customers. As a former software developer and IT executive, Judi is intimately familiar with the software industry. Whether the platform is mobile, desktop, server, Web, or embedded, Judi has reviewed, negotiated and written countless contracts on both the buy- and sell-side. Judi has helped manage deals that involve outsourcing, joint ventures, technology transfer, trade secrets, marketing, and collateral intellectual property such as trademarks and copyrights. Judi also litigates software and IP contracts.

Additionally, advice to clients is informed by Judi’s experience as a business leader. She has worked in corporate strategy and has an MBA.

MDAF_160_white gifRecently, Judi was honored by acceptance into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for achieving a $1.98M cash settlement for one of her clients.

Judi also has experience as a filmmaker and photographer. She earned a Bronze Telly Award, Best Commercial Spot for her work on a video piece for a nonprofit. She has also travelled extensively as a photographer capturing the story of nonprofits in action. As a result, Judi brings a depth of knowledge to entertainment and content licensing law.

The fact is, any lawyer can tell you what the law says. But what the law means for you depends on what your goals are. Along with getting to know your particular business, Judi is diligent student of her client’s industries. She focuses on the bigger picture and then tailors her advice to help you achieve your goals.

To give you the best legal advice possible, Judi listens first to understand your business, goals, and context. Then she brings her unique expertise to the table to help you solve your business problem.

Representative Engagements:

Business Acquisition
Hardware and Infrastructure
Software Maintenance and Support
Technology Implementation
Outsourced Development
Open Source
Equipment Leases
Master Service and Subscription Agreements
Product Development Agreement
Software and Technology Licensing
Joint Marketing
Web Hosting
Technology Support Services
Trade Secret Licensing
Communication Services and Equipment
Technology Purchase
Nondisclosure and Non-compete
Form Contracts

Representative Litigation Engagements:

Breach of License
Copyright Infringement
Trademark Infringement
Trade Secret
Deceptive Trade Practices


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 100%
    1 year



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Office of Judi Smith

1155 S. Washington St.
Suite 101
Naperville, IL, 60540


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Marine CorpsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Judi Smith2011 - Present
General CounselAwana2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Assessment of Sales Tax on Licensed Computer SoftwareWe filed a motion for summary judgment. In response the State withdrew all Notices of Tax Liability.
Company defaulted on an installment agreement for employment taxesA new installment agreement was implemented with no levies.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The 2014 Guide to Illinois Gift and Estate TaxThe 2014 Guide to Illinois Gift and Estate Tax2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteOverseas Freelancer – W-8BEN or W-8ECI2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteFBAR Streamlined Procedures2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteIRS Makes FBAR Compliance Easier2014
Judi Smith Law Website$40,000 FBAR Penalty for Failure to Report Online Gambling Accounts2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteReimburse Employee Heath Care Premiums? IRS Says Not So Fast.2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteDo you know your taxpayer rights?2014
Judi Smith Law WebsiteFive Ways To Eliminate Your IRS Penalties2013
Judi Smith Law WebsiteNot Eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief? Try Separation of Liability.2013
Judi Smith Law WebsiteTax Consequences of Gifting Real Estate with a Mortgage2013
Judi Smith Law WebsiteWithdrawal of Notice of Federal Tax Lien under IRS Fresh Start Program2013
Judi Smith Law WebsiteDeductibility of a Charitable Contribution of Intellectual Property2011
Judi Smith Law WebsiteDeductibility of Off-Shore Contract Labor2011
Judi Smith Law WebsiteCharacterization of Income from Angel Investments2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois UniversityBusiness AdministrationMBA2007
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Estate and Gift Taxation 2014Federal Estate and Gift Taxation 20142014
Monthly MeetingSocial Media - Good Business or Monkey BusinessN/A