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Theophillus Smith



Theo’s work at Nichols Kaster involves helping people who have lost money due to the mismanagement, greed, or fraud of employers, business leaders, and investment managers. Claims to recover money are made under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which allows attorneys to hold those bad or careless people and businesses accountable for their mistakes.

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Theo’s legal experience includes working at Kirkland & Ellis’s Corporate Lab, the Uniform Law Commission’s national headquarters, the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and for Judge John Z. Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Theo graduated from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was awarded a half-tuition scholarship every year.

Before law school, Theo was a full-time volunteer in Taiwan for two years, went to college in Beijing, China, and worked as an investigative journalist on the editorial board of a newspaper.

Theo remains active in his community, having served as a volunteer welfare coordinator for those in poverty or unemployed, a youth group mentor, a volunteer English tutor, and as a local civic organization member.

Admissions & Education

  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 2019
  • B.A., Brigham Young University - Idaho, 2016