Brian LaCien

Brian LaCien

Smith LaCien LLP

Recognized since 2022

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Aviation Law

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Chicago trial attorney Brian LaCien is a founding partner of Smith LaCien LLP. He has a broad range of experience in the areas of medical malpractice, professional negligence, wrongful death, class actions, trucking litigation, product liability, aviation negligence, civil rights violations and premises liability.

LaCien and Todd A. Smith, also a founding partner, have a long track record of achieving exceptional results for clients, with more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements and over 100 cases with results of at least $1 million.

LaCien was selected by the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) to serve on the Association of Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors for the 2020-22 fiscal year. He is a past chair of AAJ’s Aviation Section. A long-time member of the Illinois State Bar Association, he is a past chair of the Tort Law Section.

LaCien began his career as an assistant legal counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was recognized by the Illinois SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” and then designated as a SuperLawyer every year since 2011. Recognized by Leading Lawyers annually since 2014, he has been included on its list as a Top Ten Emerging Lawyer. “Empathy is essential in my role in dealing with clients and explaining fully to them what litigation involves,” LaCien said. “Clients look to me to ensure that they will receive fair compensation. I remind them it’s my job to focus on their case while they focus on their recovery.”

  • Three First National Plaza, Suite 2250
    70 West Madison Street
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • DePaul University, J.D., graduated 2002
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., graduated 1999
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 2002
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ) - Board Member, Former Chair Aviation Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Chair, Tort Law Section
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association - Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court Northern Illinois District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Smith LaCien LLP
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

3 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2024 - Aviation Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Aviation Law, Chicago (2024)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Aviation Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Illinois SuperLawyer since 2011
  • Leading Lawyers, recognized since 2014, "Top 10 Emerging Lawyers"

Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs


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