Christina Smedley joined the Faraj Law Firm in 2013, while she was in her second year of law school. Ms. Smedley quickly moved up the ranks from legal intern, to law clerk, to attorney, and has been an attorney with the firm since November 2015.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Smedley attended Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. She was enrolled in the honors program, where she received credit for several college courses as a high school student. After high school, Ms. Smedley decided to stay in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a B.A. in English. She took one year off after graduating from college, but quickly decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer.
Ms. Smedley was accepted to the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. After one year, she transferred to DePaul University to study Intellectual Property Law. While at DePaul, Ms. Smedley served as the seminar articles editor for the Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property Law (JATIP) and was published in the spring 2014 edition. She graduated in May 2015 with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law, passed the bar exam on her first try, and was sworn in as an attorney in November 2015.
Ms. Smedley is a phenomenal writer, which is an indispensable skill in the legal world. Although she primarily handles civil rights cases, contracts, and business disputes, she participates in major writing projects for all firm cases, including catastrophic injury cases. Ms. Smedley works closely with the firm’s trial attorneys to ensure they understand all potential legal issues and are in the best legal position possible before trial. Ms. Smedley has had continued success keeping cases alive, despite repeated attempts by the defense to have those cases thrown out prior to trial. This enables our team to obtain significant settlements and trial verdicts on behalf of our clients.
When Ms. Smedley is not busy with her writing projects, she enjoys listening to a variety of podcasts, including true crime and political podcasts. She also enjoys refreshing her Spanish-speaking skills by using a variety of applications and even watching Spanish TV. She hopes to become fluent in Spanish within the next few years.
Ms. Smedley is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.