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Todd A. Smith
Allyson Christine Cox

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Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Civil Rights

Biography

Allyson Cox is a plaintiff-side civil litigation attorney in Chicago, driven by a desire to help real people in some of their most difficult times. Her practice focuses primarily on personal injury, medical negligence, and civil rights. Prior to joining the Smith LaCien team as an associate attorney, Allyson clerked for the firm, assisting on cases ranging from prisoner rights to business interruption. Before that, Allyson clerked for another Chicago litigation firm, assisting with their plaintiff-side caseload while studying for the October 2020 Illinois Bar Exam. 

Allyson obtained her law degree cum laude in 2020 from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. As a law student, Allyson served as the External President of the Hastings Association of Youth Advocates, and a staff editor on Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Lois A. Weithorn. Allyson spent her final semester of law school in Chicago, externing for the Honorable Justice Carl A. Walker at the Illinois First District Appellate Court. 

A proud Chicago native, Allyson grew up in Mundelein in the Northern Chicago suburbs with her parents and four siblings. Prior to attending law school, Allyson received her undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Kansas in 2017. There, Allyson volunteered at several local schools, and worked as a home-teacher for a young woman with autism. Allyson is passionate about educational access and equity for all students and plans to focus much of her pro bono work on this issue. 

Allyson was admitted to the Illinois Bar in January of 2021. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Chicago Bar Association, and Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2021
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.S. - 2017
    • Major: Secondary Education - English

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2021 to Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2021 to Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2021 to Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2021 to Present
  • Women's Bar Association, Member, 2021 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2021