Kelsey L. Smith is an experienced business, real estate, and litigation attorney, with a legal practice encompassing a broad range of business disputes. She has practiced in both federal and state courts on a variety of matters, including complex commercial litigation, business and corporate disputes, construction litigation, malpractice, cryptocurrency matters, construction litigation, and condominium disputes. Kelsey also has experience with a wide array of corporate governance matters and commercial transactions from all sides of the table, including asset sales and acquisitions, significant contract negotiations, shareholder agreements, and commercial contracts. She has substantial real estate experience in negotiating, drafting and counseling clients on commercial real estate brokerage and commercial leasing matters. Kelsey has also represented numerous clients, as both tenants and landlords, in leasing various commercial, retail and industrial properties throughout the United States.
Kelsey’s recent work and career interests include:
Prior to joining Hahn Loeser, Kelsey was first a law clerk and then an associate with a Chicago-based boutique litigation firm, where she had extensive experience with all phases of litigation, in both state and federal court, including drafting pleadings, directing discovery, and drafting and arguing dispositive motions. Kelsey graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Before that, Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and International Studies from the University of Michigan where she graduated with honors. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and then worked as an account executive for Yelp. Subsequently, Kelsey worked for the International Association of Defense Counsel as its membership manager, before she transitioned out of that role after her first semester of law school.
Kelsey’s practice constantly evolves and involves something new, which keeps work interesting for her. She enjoys new challenges and puts her refined problem-solving skills to work no matter what issues her clients have. On top of that, Kelsey’s clients find her down to earth and relatable. Acting as somewhat of a utility player herself, she uses a broad range of sports metaphors and makes the law understandable and accessible as she advises her clients both outside and inside the courtroom.
Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2024
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