Kelsey Smith Litigation attorney at Hahn Loeser
Kelsey L. Smith

200 West Madison Street
Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Primary Practices

Kelsey L. Smith is an experienced litigation attorney, having practiced in both federal and state courts on a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, business and corporate disputes, construction litigation, malpractice, cryptocurrency matters, construction litigation, and condominium disputes. Kelsey also has experience with corporate law and drafts shareholder agreements, reviews asset acquisition agreements, advises clients regarding compliance, and drafts a variety of commercial contracts.

Kelsey’s recent work and career interests include:

  • Representation of various employer entities in enforcing restrictive covenants and trade secret violations
  • Monitoring and advising on the quickly shifting landscape of climate change legal challenges including though litigation filed in courts in the USA and globally, and in the world governments’ responses passing legislation and regulations

Prior to joining Hahn Loeser, she was first a law clerk and then an associate with another Chicago firm, where she gained 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.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and International Studies from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, Kelsey worked as an account executive for Yelp. Subsequently, she served as membership manager 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.

Professional History

  • Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2021 – present
  • Associate, Patterson Law Firm, 2020 – 2021
  • Law Clerk, Patterson Law Firm, 2018 – 2020
  • Guardian ad Litem, Loyola University Community Center, 2019 – 2020
  • Membership Manager, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2016 -2018
  • Account Executive, YELP!, 2015 – 2016



Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2020

Honors & Activities: Dean’s List Fall 2017 – Spring 2020, Thomas More Merit Scholar Recipient, John R. Jozwiak School of Law Quasi-Endowed Scholarship Recipient, Loyola Consumer Law Review, Staff Editor, Doctrinal Academic Tutor for first year Property and Criminal Law classes Fall 2018- Fall 2019


University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, International Studies and Political Science, 2015

Honors & Activities: Kappa Alpha Pi Alpha Chapter Pre-Law Society; Director of Social Relations, Universidad de Salamanca Summer Spanish Program (2013), Research Assistant to Professor William S. Lovejoy, University of Michigan School of Business, Research Assistant to Professor Michael S. Barr, University of Michigan Law School

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois, 2021


Northern District of Illinois, 2021