Derek C. Smith

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Derek Smith is an experienced litigator who represents chemical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing clients in challenging commercial, product liability, and toxic tort matters. He regularly counsels these clients in environmental, health, and safety matters, and also defends them against personal injury and property damage claims brought by individual, mass, and class plaintiffs throughout the United States.

Derek’s success in the defense of complex matters requires a command of such principles as toxicology, epidemiology, occupational medicine, and industrial hygiene. His in-depth understanding of the complex science involved in his cases paired with his ability to translate the issues in a clear and concise manner to juries makes him a powerful force in the courtroom.

Additionally, Derek’s in-depth knowledge of each client’s business allows him to develop strategies and defenses that most effectively meet the client’s objectives and limit potential liabilities.

Complementing his litigation practice, Derek also advises clients on the development and implementation of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) programs and policies. In this ever-evolving area, he helps clients understand how the latest technology impacts their legal risks and obligations in creating, maintaining, protecting, and, in the face of threatened litigation, producing ESI.

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • US District Court, Southern District of Ohio


  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1997
  • B.B.A., University of Toledo, 1994


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