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Renee Smith

Kirkland & Ellis

Renee Smith is a Chambers-ranked litigation partner who represents clients facing high-profile complex products liability, class action and commercial litigation. She has secured trial defense verdicts and other wins for 3M, Abbott Labs, AbbVie Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Dow Chemical, W.R. Grace, General Motors LLC, Juul Labs, Inc., Kobe Steel, Ltd. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Renee has won jury trials in multiple federal MDLs, and other state and federal courts across the country.

In re 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Products Liability Litigation. Trial counsel in largest MDL in history; secured complete defense verdict in bellwether case brought by army veteran alleging earplug caused hearing loss and tinnitus.

In re General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation. Trial counsel in federal MDL and related state cases involving personal injury and class actions arising from ignition switch recalls. Secured defense verdicts in three bellwether trials; won summary judgment and Daubert motions leading to dismissals of hundreds of personal injury claims.

In re Juul Labs Marketing & Products Liability Litigation. Trial counsel and co-lead defense liaison counsel in MDL and related state cases brought by consumers, schools, attorney generals and municipalities alleging personal injury and economic damages related to e-cigarette product and marketing.

In re Heparin Products Liability Litigation. Trial counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in federal MDL and related state cases involving allegedly contaminated heparin products manufactured with a pharmaceutical ingredient processed in China. Won Daubert and summary judgment leading to dismissals of hundreds of claims.

In re Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation. National counsel for General Motors LLC in federal MDL involving alleged violations of state consumer fraud and federal RICO laws related to alleged rupture risks in certain Takata airbag inflators.

In re Meridia Products Liability Litigation. Represented Abbott Labs in federal MDL involving alleged personal injuries related to the weight loss drug Meridia. Won summary judgment motions leading to dismissal of action.

Avandia Products Liability Litigation. Represented GlaxoSmithKline plc in connection with claims that its diabetes drug Avandia may increase the risk of heart attacks or cause other adverse health effects.