Smith O'Callaghan & White is a boutique law firm representing corporate clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular focus on employment litigation in the federal and state courts.

Smith O'Callaghan & White is an AV® rated law firm, the highest peer review rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. The firm is recognized in national surveys for its capabilities and dedication in labor and employment law, including designation as a "Go-To Law Firm" by Corporate Counsel magazine and selection by clients to the BTI Client Service A-Team.

The firm was established to provide employers with high-caliber, effective and result-oriented legal representation. We have a commitment to outstanding legal work and a consistent track record of achieving excellent results for our clients. The firm has handled matters throughout the United States, with its primary practice in Chicago and the Midwest region.

We are located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on the top floor of 33 North LaSalle Street.

Highlights
 
  2016

 

CorporateINTL Global Award:

Client Choice - Employment Law Firm of the Year in Illinois, 2016

 
  2016

 

Robert R. Duda Jr. Elected Partner
Smith O'Callaghan & White 2000-2013, 2016-Present


Smith O'Callaghan & White is proud to announce that Robert R. Duda Jr. Has Become a Partner in the Firm

 
  2016

 

Illinois Super Lawyers Names Terry J. Smith and Laura A. White for 2016

Terry J. Smith
Named Illinois Super Lawyer, 10 consecutive years, 2007-2016

Laura A. White
Named Illinois Super Lawyer, 7 consecutive years, 2010-2016

Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
Named Illinois Super Lawyer, 11 consecutive years, 2005-2015
Top 50 Woman Lawyer in Illinois, 2010 and 2012

 
  2016

 

Illinois Leading Lawyers Names
Terry J. Smith and Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
for 2016 Labor & Employment Law

 
  2013

 

Smith O'Callaghan & White was a Sponsor
of the Chicago Law Bulletin's
8th Annual Employment Law Conference
on September 19, 2013, Chicago, Illinois


Terry J. Smith was a speaker and panelist with U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on recent developments in retaliation law and avoidance of retaliation claims in the workplace

Employment Law Conference Agenda

 
  2013

 

Terry J. Smith
Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
Laura A. White

Again Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment for 2013


Each of the named partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White
again selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in 2013

 
  2013

 

Robert R. Duda Jr.

Again Named Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law for 2013

 
  2012

 

Feature Article on Mary Aileen O'Callaghan in
Business Edition of Illinois Leading Lawyers Magazine
Fall 2012


Illinois Leading Lawyers Magazine features Mary Aileen O'Callaghan in article covering her experience as a prominent labor and employment lawyer for management over the last 30 plus years and track record of finding creative and practical legal solutions.

Reprinted from Illinois Leading Lawyers Magazine

 
  2012

 

Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
Again Named Among Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois


The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois list
for 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine once again
includes Mary Aileen O'Callaghan, Partner.

She received the same recognition in 2010.

 
  2012

 

Terry J. Smith
Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
Laura A. White

Again Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment in 2012


Each of the name partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White
selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in 2012, 2011 and 2010

Mr. Smith named Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2007

Ms. O'Callaghan named Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2006

Ms. White previously named Illinois Rising Star in 2009 and 2008

 
  2012

 

Robert R. Duda Jr.

Again Named Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law in 2012


Mr. Duda previously named Illinois Rising Star in 2011

 
  2011 -
  2010

 

Smith O'Callaghan & White Partners
Selected for Leading Lawyers Network
As Top Employment Lawyers for Management in Illinois


Terry J. Smith, Mary Aileen O'Callaghan & Laura A. White
selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network in 2011 and
2010. The Network is comprised of the top 5% of all Illinois lawyers.
All 3 partners were recommended for this honor by their peers in the
category of Employment Law: Management.

 
  2010

 

Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
Recognized as one of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois


Mary Aileen O'Callaghan, Partner, named one
of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois
by Super Lawyers magazine for 2010

 
  2009

 

 


Smith O'Callaghan & White is Named
to the BTI Client Service A-Team 2009

We received this distinction based on the BTI Consulting Group's nationwide survey of corporate counsel. This survey identifies those law firms nationally achieving excellence in client service and outstanding client satisfaction.

  • One of only a few boutique law firms in the United States
    so honored.
  • The only boutique law firm in Chicago so honored.

The BTI survey results were based on interviews of 270 corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 companies to assess all aspects of client relationships, including client focus and satisfaction. The survey results can be found at the BTI website: www.bticonsulting.com.

 
  2009

 

 


One of Best in Employment Law
in The 2009 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard:
Ranking Law Firm-Client Relationships


The BTI Consulting Group, the independent researcher and consultant to law firms and corporate counsel, issued The 2009 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard: Ranking Law Firm-Client Relationships, citing Smith O'Callaghan & White in the following categories:

  • A primary law firm delivering best in employment law for
    corporate counsel.  See, "Practice Rankings: Which
    Primary Firms Deliver Best,"
    page 52; and
  • A law firm leader in the industrial manufacturing sector.  See, "Industry Rankings: Law Firm Leaders in 18 Industries," page 32.

The scorecard was based on BTI's independent interviews with more than 550 corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 organizations. The scorecard cited only those law firms specifically identified by name by corporate counsel in the interviews.

BTI uses several different metrics to gauge client satisfaction and renders an analysis of the law firms mentioned by name in the extensive interviews.

The 2009 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard: Ranking Law Firm-Client Relationships, can be found at the website of the BTI Consulting Group, www.bticonsulting.com.

 
  2008

 

 


Smith O'Callaghan & White Named
A "Go-To Law Firm" in survey by Corporate Counsel magazine

For its annual "Who Represents America's Biggest Companies" issue, the magazine surveyed General Counsel at the Fortune 500, asking which law firms they turn to for assistance. Smith O'Callaghan & White was named to the list for Labor and Employment. Less than one-half of one percent of all law firms in the U.S. and abroad are selected for the "Go-To Law Firm" list.

 
  2008

Smith O’Callaghan & White Named to the
BTI Client Service A-Team 2008:
The Survey of In-House Counsel on Client Service

Smith O’Callaghan & White was named as a law firm delivering outstanding client service in this national survey of corporate counsel in the following six categories:

  • Client focus
  • Understanding the client's business
  • Regional reputation
  • Unprompted communication bolstering client loyalty
  • Dealing with unexpected changes
  • Anticipating the needs valued by corporate clients

The results were based on BTI Consulting Group's interviews with corporate counsel at the Fortune 1000 and other large companies regarding their needs, spending and satisfaction with outside law firms.

 
  2008

Smith O'Callaghan & White Recognized
in BTI Power Rankings 2008: The BTI Client Relationship Scorecard for Law Firms

Smith O'Callaghan & White was identified by name in this nationwide survey, based on in-depth interviews with corporate counsel, in the following categories:

  • "BTI Power Rankings, Suitors Moving Up in Rank"
  • "The Law Firm Line-Up, Primary Law Firms"
  • "Client Votes of Confidence: Go-To Law Firms, Client Short Listers"
  • "BTI Power Rankings by Company Size, Fortune 100-500 Primary Law Firms"
  • "Practice Area Power Rankings, Employment Primary Law Firms"

The survey was based on more than 400 in-depth interviews with corporate counsel representing 28% of the Fortune 100, 11% of the Global 500 and more than 15 industries.

See, BTI Power Rankings: The BTI Client Relationship Scorecard for Law Firms, a national study published by The BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, Massachusetts, pages 26, 33, 41, 70 and 89. For further information, please visit the BTI website: www.bticonsulting.com.

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