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Theophillus Smith


Theo is a member of Nichols Kaster’s national litigation team that helps people who have lost money due to mismanagement of retirement plans and investment accounts or corporate wrongdoing. He represents everyday people, consumers, employees, and retirees in lawsuits against the country’s largest corporations and investment managers, holding these companies accountable when they fail to deal fairly and honestly with their employees and customers. His team's recent cases have led to the recovery of millions of dollars for thousands of participants in retirement plans across the country, in addition to forcing wealthy corporations to make permanent improvements to how they treat their employees.

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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

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 2019
  • B.A., Brigham Young University - Idaho, 2016