Elected Member

Mary L. Smith

Lansing, IL
Loyola University-Chicago, B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

Mary L. Smith specializes in corporate governance, compliance, operations, regulatory matters, data privacy, cybersecurity, government and public policy, and risk management.  Smith is also a national leader on health equity. She has served on boards, as the chief executive officer of a $6 billion national health care organization, and as chief legal officer.  Her industry experience includes health care, insurance and banking.

In her private sector experience, Smith served in a senior role at Tyco International (US) Inc., a $40 billion public company, where she managed one of the most high-profile corporate governance matters in the country. At Tyco, she oversaw multi-billion litigation and governmental investigations. Smith managed an over $60 million dollar budget and regularly advised the board and senior executives on corporate governance matters and compliance. Additionally, Smith served as Special Counsel & Estate Trust Officer at the Office of Special Deputy Receiver in Chicago, Illinois where she managed over 20 insurance companies with approximately $1.5 billion in assets.

Mary Smith has served at the highest levels of government, both at the federal and state level. In a recent role, Smith was the chief executive responsible for managing a national health care system (the Indian Health Service) serving over 2.2 million persons with a budget of over $6 billion that includes 26 hospitals.  Smith has also served on the senior team of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice and was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Insurance and member of senior management, overseeing legal and compliance functions. Earlier in her career, Smith served in the Clinton White House as Associate Counsel to the President and Associate Director of Policy Planning in the Domestic Policy Council.

Mary Smith was a Partner in the Chicago office of Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, a women-owned firm, and an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C.  While at Skadden, Smith specialized in governmental investigations and securities class actions. 

Mary Smith is Secretary and a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Association.  She has completed the Stanford Law School’s Directors’ College as well as Women's Director Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  


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Areas of Expertise
Government Law
Compliance, Enforcement & Risk Management (Commercial Law)
Data Privacy (Constitutional Law)
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Securities Law
Cyber Law (Science & Technology)
Administrative Law
American Indian Law
Commercial Law