Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, David M. Smith attended Northern Michigan University and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. Prior to being accepted into law school, he worked at the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a clerk. He also clerked for an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge.
He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University – College of Law. In law school, his sole concentration was developing the trial skills necessary to truly battle for your rights in court. He was a graduate of the prestigious Trial Practice Institute at Michigan State University – College of Law. Only about thirty students were chosen each year to train in this two-year specialty trial advocacy program. In the program, David studied subjects like theater techniques and forensic science—areas of knowledge he continually puts to use in court for those who have been charged with a crime.
David has always loved Chicago since boyhood, when his grandfather took him to the Field Museum and other city attractions. His dream of starting a life here in Chicago was realized when he passed the Illinois bar exam.
He began his legal career as an associate in the Commercial Transportation Group at the large downtown Chicago insurance defense litigation law firm, SmithAmundsen. During his time at the firm, David honed various fundamental legal techniques, such as developing superior writing skills, performing legal research, and conducting arbitration hearings.
David opened his own law firm in October of 2007 and focused on corporate law, business, and contract drafting. However, he began working cases for a busy criminal defense, personal injury, and family law firm in Chicago, which altered the direction of his legal practice. Having the opportunity to assist clients in criminal matters became a passion for him. Something inside David pushes him to stand up for people against any odds.
Since those early years, he has handled thousands of criminal cases and has become a specialist in protecting the legal rights of people like you.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2006||09/12/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers Nationally||The National Trial Lawyers||2020|
|Top Lawyer - Lifetime Member||Who's Who Legal||2019|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2017|
|Founding Attorney||Chicago Trusted Attorneys PC||2018 - Present|
|Owner||David M. Smith Attorney at Law PC||2008 - 2018|
|Associate||SmithAmundsen||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Accredited||2019 - 2021|
|Michigan State University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Northern Michigan University||BS - Bachelor of Science - Economics||2001|
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