Attorney Brendan Smith works as an associate at Simmons Hanly Conroy where he dedicates his practice to representing people who have been harmed through no fault of their own. His primary focus is on sexual abuse, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

As a member of the Complex Litigation Department, Brendan works on cases nationwide through all stages of the litigation process and has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. He represents clients in the areas of sexual abuse, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Essure, Xarelto, Taxotere, Zofran and others.

In the area of sexual abuse litigation, Brendan works tirelessly with victims to help secure the justice they deserve.

“What my clients have been through is inconceivable. They were taken advantage of and preyed upon in an atrocious way,” Brendan said. “They deserve a voice and they deserve justice – and I am proud to stand beside them and help them achieve that result.”

In the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Brendan has extensive experience representing victims of defective products.

“Some of our clients have suffered terrible injuries as a result of unsafe products manufactured by national and multi-national corporations,” Brendan said. “These companies focus on generating a profit but don’t give the necessary attention needed to make their products safe for consumers. Their business is lucrative but they chronically value profits over consumer safety – and they deserve to be held accountable for those practices.”

Before joining the firm, Brendan worked as a law clerk for several judges, including Judge Robert Dowd, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Judge Thomas Mummert, III, Eastern District of Missouri; and Judge G. Patrick Murphy, Southern District of Illinois.

Brendan earned his J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in civil litigation skills. During law school, Brendan interned in the university’s legal clinic, where he argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals for unemployment appeal cases.

He has a B.A. in English writing from DePauw University, where he also played football and baseball and was on the Dean’s List. A St. Louis native, Brendan developed a deep respect for the law at an early age through his parents who are both attorneys.

“The practice of law is rooted in striving to achieve justice for everyone,” he said. “The injuries my clients suffer are so devastating; it is gratifying to use my legal experience to fight on their behalf.”

Practice Areas:

  • Mass Tort
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Sexual Abuse Litigation

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • New York, 2020
  • Illinois, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2013
  • Missouri, 2012


  • Recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2020

Published Works:

  • “Discovering Evidence for Trial through Production of Documents and Things and Entry Upon Land” (Co-author), Missouri Bar Association Deskbook, 2015; 2018 Supplement
  • “Discovering Evidence for Trial through Physical and mental Examinations” (Co-author), Missouri Bar Association Deskbook, 2015; 2018 Supplement

Representative Experience:

  • Sexual Abuse Litigation
  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy
  • Zofran
  • Essure
  • Elmiron
  • Taxotere
  • Xarelto
  • Transvaginal Mesh


  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Association of Justice
  • Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Illinois Trial Lawyers
  • Young Professionals Board for the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., May 2012
  • DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, B.A., English writing, May 2009