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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

The ‘thoughtful, pragmatic and effective’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLPdelivers quality class action defense‘ to a raft of high-profile corporates, including automotive manufacturers, in state and federal courts across the country, including in the context of MDL litigation. The firm is noted for its trial-ready approach which translates to very persausive advocacy in jury trials, as well as providing it with the leverage to secure favourable settlements, success at summary judgment and the early dismissal of cases. General Motors remains a cornerstone client of the practice and continues to provide a raft of product liability instructions, including relating to airbags and emissions standards. ‘A master in the complex litigation class action realm’, Richard Godfrey continues to handle work for GM, including his work alongside the ‘incredibly smart, thoughtful and client-focused’ Renee Smith  in relation to the Takata airbag litigation and the high-profile diesel emissions putative class action. All named practitioners are based out of the firm’s Chicago office.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is particularly adept at handling high-stakes product liability and mass tort disputes with potentially reputation threatening consequences for the defendants. As well as the firm’s ability to provide ‘highly strategic‘ guidance, it is also well-versed in understanding and explaining often highly complex technical and scientific issues, including in MDLs for generic pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. The firm’s Chicago headquarters contain a particularly strong concentration of prominent product liability litigators, including Renee SmithRobert Ellis and the vastly experienced Andrew McGaan.