Smith V. Lillian

Lillian V. Smith


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2016
    • Editor-in-Chief, Brooklyn Law Review
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with High Distinction, 2008


  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016-2017


  • 2017, New York
  • 2018, District of Columbia

Lillian V. Smith represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation and has substantial experience trying high-stakes matters for clients in both federal and state courts.

Lillian joined Kellogg Hansen as an associate in 2017.  Prior to joining the firm, Lillian served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Law Review.  Lillian earned her undergraduate degree with High Distinction from the University of Virginia.

Representative Experience

  • State of Florida v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al. Served as counsel for the State of Florida in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers, alleging that these defendants contributed to the opioid crisis in Florida.  The case settled during the fourth week of trial, at which point Florida had recovered more than $3.5 billion from the defendants.
  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ripple Labs Inc. (S.D.N.Y.). Represented fintech company in defense against SEC enforcement suit.  Won partial summary judgment against the SEC, in what is believed to be the first time the SEC lost any part of a cryptocurrency enforcement action.  Successfully obtained exclusion of an SEC expert who had testified in multiple previous cryptocurrency enforcement matters.
  • In re Determination of Royalty Rates & Terms for Making & Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords IV”), No. 21-CRB-0001-PR (2023-2027). Represented Amazon as lead trial counsel in Copyright Royalty Board rate-setting proceeding to establish statutory mechanical-royalty rates for interactive music streaming.  Case resolved on eve of trial.


  • Note, Recreating the “Ritual Carving”:  Why Congress Should Fund Independent Redistricting Commissions and End Partisan Gerrymandering, 80 Brook. L. Rev. 1641 (2015)