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Practice Area

Appellate Practice


Eminent Domain / Condemnation


Minority & Women's Business Program Development

Municipal Law

Real Estate Transactions & Finance

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Community Development

Zoning, Development & Land Use


Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.

Dean's Scholar

Iowa State University, B.S.



U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

Mr. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain, general litigation, leasing business reorganization and bankruptcy. In connection with his eminent domain and condemnation practice, Mr. Smith represents both property owners and governmental bodies alike, and has been trial counsel in numerous jury trials and bench trials involving land acquisition matters. In connection with his bankruptcy and reorganization practice, Mr. Smith represents companies in various litigation matters, including pursuing claims against the estate and defending against adversary proceedings filed by the estate.


Representative Matters


  • Counsel to property owners and businesses regarding eminent domain matters.

  • Counsel to City of Chicago for O'Hare Modernization Program.

  • Counsel to Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority for McCormick Place West Expansion and the Red-Purple Modernization Program.

  • Counsel to Chicago Transit Authority for Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project.

  • Counsel to debtors in bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

  • Counsel to creditors regarding preference litigation, claim protection and post-petition activities.

  • Counsel one of the nation’s largest energy companies


Professional Activities


  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Chicago Public Schools Principal for a Day, 2008 and 2007


Honors and Awards


  • CALI award winner for outstanding academic achievement in both White Collar Crime and Advanced Research in Intellectual Property, Chicago-Kent, College of Law

  • Rising Star in Eminent Domain (Super Lawyers Magazine Illinois/2016)

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Bradley A. Smith

Office: (312) 641-7144  Fax: (312) 628-7068

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