Larry P. Smith is a consumer attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collections Practices violations as well as consumer fraud claims and lemon law. He is the Managing Partner at SmithMarco, P.C.
Mr. Smith has briefed and argued countless cases regarding consumer fraud and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims. He has argued successfully in the appellate courts for the State of Illinois on consumer rights issues, and has argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on several occasions. Mr. Smith has tried dozens of consumer rights cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of Illinois, Georgia and Wisconsin and has arbitrated over 700 cases. Additionally, he has amicably resolved over 3000 consumer fraud, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases via settlement.
Mr. Smith was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1993 and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Smith has been admitted pro hac vice in Arizona’s Federal District Court, Georgia state and federal courts, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana state courts in order to represent consumers.
Mr. Smith earned his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School (now the University of Illinois Chicago) in 1993. He earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1990. Mr. Smith has provided interviews and advice for consumer reporters on FOX TV and NBC News Target 5 reports and has been a guest on WGN Radio to discuss consumer rights topics.