Brian LaCien

Smith Lacien LLP
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Brian LaCien
Smith Lacien LLP

Trial attorney Brian LaCien is a founding partner with Todd A. Smith of Smith LaCien LLP, a Chicago-based injury law firm concentrating in medical malpractice, professional negligence, wrongful death, class actions, trucking litigation, birth injuries, product liability, aviation negligence, civil rights violations and premises liability.

They have a track record of achieving exceptional results for clients, with more than $2.5 billion in verdicts and settlements and more than 100 cases with results of at least $1 million.

Smith LaCien was ranked in the October-November 2022 issue of Chicago Lawyer as the number-one firm in mass tort/litigation for a $42 million settlement and was listed in the magazine as among the top 10 personal injury firms for the total amount of recoveries. Compiled by the Jury Verdict Reporter, the results were from its reporting cycle between August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022. 

LaCien began his career as an assistant legal counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives. He spent nearly 20 years practicing law at Power, Rogers & Smith and left in March 2000 with Todd Smith to start Smith LaCien.

LaCien 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 was included on its list as a Top Ten Emerging Lawyer. Among other recognitions, he is listed as a Best Lawyer and by Lawdragon Press as a  2023 Top 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Consumer Lawyers.

"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."



  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 2002
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Research Assistant, Professor Rodney Blackman
    • Law Journal: Journal of Art and Entertainment Law, Staff Writer

  • University of Iowa
    • B.A. – 1999
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Past Chair, Tort Law Section
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association of Justice), Past Chair, Aviation Section
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Illinois Super Lawyers since 2011, previously a “Rising Star”
  • Recognized by Leading Lawyers publication annually since 2014 “Top Ten Emerging Lawyer”
  • Lawdragon Press as a  2023 Top 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Consumer Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007

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