Dylan Smith is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group.

Dylan combines more than fifteen years' experience handling complex commercial litigation with more than five years' experience as a federal prosecutor. His practice encompasses a wide range of business disputes, government investigations and compliance counseling, including matters involving antitrust, securities law, civil RICO, bankruptcy, shareholder rights, D&O claims, and related insurance coverage claims. He has litigated complex commercial cases in federal and state court as well as before domestic and international arbitral tribunals.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Dylan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, where he prosecuted and tried criminal cases in federal district court, including cases involving white collar crimes such as financial institution fraud, wire and mail fraud, healthcare fraud, identity theft, and tax fraud. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dylan also argued a number of appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Dylan began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • In multidistrict antitrust class action, won summary judgment on behalf of client chemical company based on lack of successor liability arising from asset purchase agreement. In re Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litigation, 743 F. Supp.2d 827 (N.D. Ill. 2010). 
  • In shareholder dispute, obtained dismissal of derivative and direct claims against directors, including federal securities-law claims under the Williams Act. Gorman, et al. v. Coogan, et al., 204 WL 60271 (D. Me 2004). Won award of sanctions against plaintiffs' attorneys under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA). Gorman, et al. v Coogan, et al., 2004 WL 2713095 (D. Me. 2004)
  • Successfully defended series of related federal and state lawsuits arising from client's guarantee of bank loan to supplier corporation. Won summary judgment on federal civil rights claims alleging that client conspired with state court-appointed receiver, lender, and county sheriff. Downeast Ventures, Ltd., v. The McShane Group, Inc., et al., 2007 WL 1745630 (D. Me. 2007).
  • Successfully argued in Maine's highest court that, under rules of professional conduct, attorney should be disqualified from representing estate in action to collect debt allegedly owed by former clients. Estate of Markheim v. Markheim, 957 A.2d 56 (Me. 2008).
Professional Activities: 
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter
  • Panel Attorney, Federal Defender Program 
Publications: 
  • Co-Author, "When Internal Compliance Monitoring Stumbles, Directors and Officers May Face Risk," Westlaw Journal Antitrust (May 2015).
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Featured Faculty, Today's General Counsel, "The Exchange" Compliance and Ethics Forum, Chicago (October 2016).
05 Apr News

Dylan Smith, a former federal prosecutor and partner in the Litigation Practice group, discusses the national security and privacy implications of the FBI gaining access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone with WGN Radio’s Roe Conn.

Dylan Smith, a former federal prosecutor and partner in the Litigation Practice group, discusses the national security and privacy implications of the FBI gaining access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone with WGN Radio’s Roe Conn.
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Education

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., Yale University, magna cum laude

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Maine

Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar)
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits