Smith, Noel

Smith, Noel L. Partner

Smith, Noel L. Partner

Practice Focus

Noel Smith is a partner in our Litigation practice. His practice focuses on toxic tort defense (asbestos) and general civil defense litigation. He defends complex business litigation matters, general product liability and personal injury cases through all phases of litigation from pleadings through trial. Noel’s experience includes significant court appearances in Madison County, Illinois, St. Clair County, Illinois & St. Louis, MO. He is the primary client contact for numerous businesses and insurers in these areas of practice and has done substantial settlement negotiation work.

Professional Background

Noel was a Partner at Heplerbroom, LLC in Edwardsville, IL where he primarily defended complex business litigation matters, general product liability and other personal injury cases, including asbestos. Noel also served as National Coordinating Counsel for an asbestos client with litigation pending in multiple jurisdictions. Noel’s legal experience is quite varied including most recently having represented a local water district in a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of the expansion and upgrading of the district’s water treatment plant and representing an automobile parts manufacturer in a wrongful death claim. He has tried cases to verdict in both Illinois and Missouri. Noel was nominated Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010, Illinois Emerging Lawyer, 2015 – 2016 and an Illinois Leading Lawyer 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Madison County Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)




  • "Punitive Damages in Illinois," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Chicago IL, 2017
  • "Marketing & Client Development," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Chicago IL, 2016
  • "The Rules of Evidence," National Business Institute, Collinsville IL, 2015
  • "Succeeding as a Young Associate: Deposition Issues," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Edwardsville IL, 2015
  • "Toxic Law Update," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel , Edwardsville IL, 2013