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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Renee Smith is a litigation partner who represents Fortune 500 companies in high-profile complex products liability, class action, and commercial litigation. Her successes include securing trial and dispositive pre-trial victories for General Motors LLC, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Labs, AbbVie Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Dow Chemical and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Renee has litigated and tried cases for multiple clients in state and federal courts across the country involving mass torts, high-stakes products liability and class action claims, complex commercial disputes, cross-border restructuring disputes and others.

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United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

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Renee SmithKirkland & Ellis LLP

Drawing upon a trial-ready approach should the need arise, litigation powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a popular choice among major automotive brands in the defence of high-profile potentially reputational threatening litigation. General Motors remains a cornerstone client for the firm, with Renee Smith continuing to represent the automotive giant across a range of class actions and MDLs, including as it relates to the high-profile Takata airbag inflator recall and its alleged use of emissions defeat devices. Although he has perhaps gained most acclaim for his product liability work in the pharmaceuticals space, ‘well-respected’ Washington DC-based practitioner Mike Brock has also handled a considerable amount of work in the automotive space and is one of many experienced trial lawyers at the firm who is adept at handling a myriad bet-the-company defense work before both judges and juries. All named practitioners are based out of Chicago unless otherwise noted.