We have been recognized by our clients and by the legal and business communities for our leadership as a labor and employment law firm. Here are several of our recent awards and honors.

 
  January, 2017

Terry J. Smith
Laura A. White

Selected as Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2017

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  January, 2017

Terry J. Smith
Mary Aileen O'Callaghan

Recognized as Top Employment Lawyers for Management in
Leading Lawyers Network for 2017

Terry J. Smith and Mary Aileen O'Callaghan have been selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network, published by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in Chicago.

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  January, 2016

CorporateINTL Global Award:

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

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  January, 2016

Terry J. Smith
Laura A. White

Again Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2016

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  January, 2016

Leading Lawyers Network Recognized
Terry J. Smith and Mary Aileen O'Callaghan
As Top Employment Lawyers in Illinois

Terry J. Smith and Mary Aileen O'Callaghan have been selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network. The Network is comprised of the top 5% of all Illinois lawyers. Mr. Smith and Ms. O'Callaghan were recommended for this honor by their peers in the category of Employment Law: Management.

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  January, 2013

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

Again Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2013

Each of the named partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White
again selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in Labor and
Employment Law for 2013

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  January, 2013

Smith O'Callaghan & White
Proudly announces and congratulates:

Robert R. Duda. Jr.

Selected again by his peers and recognized
as an Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law, 2013

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  January, 2012

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

The new Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois list
by Super Lawyers magazine for 2012 once again includes
Mary Aileen O'Callaghan, Partner.
She received the same recognition in 2010.

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  January, 2012

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

Again Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2012

Each of the named partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White once
again selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in Labor and
Employment Law for 2012

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  January, 2012

Smith O'Callaghan & White
Proudly announces and congratulates:

Robert R. Duda Jr.

Selected again by his peers and recognized
as an Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law, 2012

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  January, 2011

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

Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2011

All of the named partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White
selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law

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  January, 2011

Smith O'Callaghan & White
Proudly announces and congratulates:

Robert R. Duda Jr.

Selected by his peers and recognized
as an Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law, 2011

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  October, 2010

Leading Lawyers Network Recognized
Smith O'Callaghan & White Partners
As Top Employment Lawyers in Illinois

Terry J. Smith, Mary Aileen O'Callaghan & Laura A. White have been selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network. 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.

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  January, 2010

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

Named Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law for 2010

All of the named partners of Smith O'Callaghan & White
selected as Illinois Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law

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  January, 2010

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

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

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  January, 2010

Terry J. Smith
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Terry J. Smith has been inducted
as a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America,
the national trial lawyers honorary society.

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  June, 2009

 

 


 

Smith O'Callaghan & White
Delivers as One of Best in Employment Law in
The 2009 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard:
Ranking Law Firm-Client Relationships

On June 5, 2009, 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 is based on BTI's independent interviews with more than 550 corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 organizations recently concluded in March, 2009. The scorecard cites only those law firms specifically identified by name by corporate counsel in the interviews.

There are only 411 law firms worldwide cited in the scorecard (out of thousands of law firms). 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.

Smith O'Callaghan & White pays no consideration to the BTI Consulting Group for this recognition. BTI's research results are independent and unbiased.

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  January, 2009

 

 


 

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

For the second consecutive year, we have 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 interviews were conducted between May 1 and September 15, 2008. The 2009 survey results can be found at the BTI website: www.bticonsulting.com.

The BTI survey for 2009 – as it did in 2008 – specifically named Smith O'Callaghan & White to the Honor Roll of Law Firms as delivering outstanding client service in the following categories:

  • Best at Client Focus
  • Best at Understanding the Client's Business
  • Best at Regional Reputation
  • Best at Unprompted Communications
  • Best at Dealing with Unexpected Changes
  • Best at Anticipating the Client's Needs

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  2009, 2008
  & 2007

Smith O'Callaghan & White
proudly announces and congratulates:

Terry J. Smith

Mary Aileen O'Callaghan


Selected by their peers and recognized
as Illinois Super Lawyers
in Labor and Employment Law,
2009, 2008 & 2007, Chicago magazine

Terry J. Smith's Super Lawyer profile:

                   .      PDF Document

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  2009 & 2008

Smith O'Callaghan & White
proudly announces and congratulates:

Laura A. White

Selected by her peers and recognized
as an Illinois Rising Star
in Labor and Employment Law,
2009 & 2008, Chicago magazine

Laura A. White's Illinois Rising Star profile:

PDF Document

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  July, 2008

 

 


 

On July 25, 2008, Smith O'Callaghan & White was recognized along with some of the largest law firms in the United States and internationally in BTI Power Rankings 2008: The BTI Client Relationship Scorecard for Law Firms

Smith O'Callaghan & White was identified by name in this 2008 survey based on in-depth interviews with corporate counsel. Smith O'Callaghan & White was specifically identified in the survey 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 2008: 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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  June, 2008

 

 


 

Smith O'Callaghan & White Selected
Best-in-Class in National Legal Market Study

Smith O'Callaghan & White was selected as best-in-class in a national study based on the firm's visibility and high recognition level among corporate counsel who select outside law firms.

In BTI's Survey of National Market Awareness for Law Firms 2008, published in June, 2008, Smith O'Callaghan & White captured best-in-class recognition as a boutique labor and employment law firm.

The study conducted by BTI Consulting Group asked corporate counsel about their awareness and perception of law firms in areas such as the ability to provide desired client service and innovative approaches to client service and technology. BTI Consulting Group is a respected leader in research for law firms and General Counsel.

The results of the 3-year study were based on more than 1,700 individual telephone interviews conducted with corporate counsel at companies and financial institutions across the country.

We are pleased to be recognized by corporate counsel in this study.

A link to the study, including an executive summary, can be found on the website of BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, Massachusetts, www.bticonsulting.com.

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  January, 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 a "Go-To Law Firm" in the practice area of Labor and Employment law.

According to Corporate Counsel magazine, 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. A firm cannot pay to be included on the list. Firms selected by General Counsel at the top 500 companies make the list.

We thank our clients for this recognition of our efforts on their behalf.

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  January, 2008

Smith O'Callaghan & White ranked
among best law firms in United States for exceptional client service in survey of corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting Group

The results of this national survey are set forth in the report:
BTI Client Service A-Team 2008:
The Survey of In-House Counsel on Client Service

Smith O'Callaghan & White was specifically recognized 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

There were 251 law firms nationally named to the "Client Service A-Team," including some of the largest and most visible law firms in the country. We are honored to be in such company.

We thank our clients for this recognition.

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.

A link to this report can be found on the website of BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, Massachusetts, www.bticonsulting.com.

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  January, 2008

Mary Aileen O'Callaghan to celebrate 10 years as Fellow
in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


Smith O'Callaghan & White is proud to announce that 2008 will mark Mary Aileen O'Callaghan's 10-year anniversary as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers honors leading lawyers in the practice of labor and employment law and strives to promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice while providing a forum for discussion and collegiality among its Fellows.

Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

www.laborandemploymentcollege.org

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