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D. Brian Smith

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Brian Smith practices in workers' compensation, civil litigation, appellate practice, and education law. Brian graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a BA in political science in 2001. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2005, where he received the Trial Advocacy Outstanding Advocate Award that same year.

Prior to joining Feirich/Mager/Green/Ryan, Brian practiced at Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor in Collinsville, Illinois, where he represented school districts in Southern Illinois on a wide array of issues. He then joined Jelliffe, Ferrell, Doerge & Phelps in Harrisburg, Illinois, where Brian expanded his practice to include matters of workers' compensation and civil litigation. Brian is admitted to practice before the State Courts of Illinois as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Brian regularly represents his clients before workers' compensation arbitrators throughout Southern Illinois and beyond, as well as before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. He also regularly appears before the Illinois circuit courts and the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Brian is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the National and State Councils of School Attorneys. He currently serves as President of the Southern Illinois Workers’ Compensation Bar (2013).

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