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Kelly L. Smith Appointed as Chair of Post & Schell's Toxic Tort Practice Group

Philadelphia, PA – February 16, 2022 – Post & Schell, P.C. is pleased to announce that Principal Kelly L. Smith has been appointed as Chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort Liability Litigation Practice Group.

“On behalf of the firm, I would like to express my gratitude to Kelly for taking on this role,” said A. James Johnston, President and Chief Executive Officer of Post & Schell, P.C. “Under Kelly’s stewardship, our Toxic Tort Practice Group will continue to grow and defend clients in mass and toxic tort litigation, including asbestos and benzene-related matters and litigation arising from occupational and environmental exposure to chemical and pharmaceutical products.”

Post & Schell’s Toxic Tort Liability Litigation Practice Group is comprised of experienced litigators that serve as National Coordinating Counsel and/or Regional “Local” Counsel for a wide range of clients in toxic tort matters through all phases of litigation and appellate claims. The Group also has extensive experience using alternative dispute resolution methods in these cases, such as mediation and arbitration. The Group’s attorneys represent a wide variety of clients, including employers, property owners, suppliers, small and medium-sized businesses, health care facilities, and self-insured entities.

“I would like to thank the firm for this appointment,” said Ms. Smith. “As a group, we look forward to continued growth and defending the firm’s clients in mass and toxic tort litigation across the United States.”

Ms. Smith, who is based in the firm’s Pittsburgh, PA office, maintains a national litigation practice focused on general civil defense and toxic tort defense. Her clients include product manufacturers, product suppliers, contractors, premises owners, and employers. She participates in all phases of litigation in various jurisdictions and serves as National Coordinating Counsel overseeing toxic tort litigation throughout the country.

Over her more than 20-year career, Ms. Smith has secured successful outcomes in both the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas and at the appellate level. She is highly involved with the portion of the Western Pennsylvania Bar handling asbestos litigation and regularly serves as lead defense counsel in cases in that area. She is a 1997 graduate of Duquesne University Law School and graduated cum laude from Ohio University.

About Post & Schell, P.C.

For over 50 years, Post & Schell’s attorneys have combined the operational knowledge and insight into the industries they represent with creative legal solutions – and helped clients overcome their legal and business challenges.
Founded in 1968, we have grown from a Philadelphia insurance defense-focused firm to a firm with diverse, collaborative, and complementary practices and attorneys. With over 50 practice groups and eight offices, we provide litigation, regulatory compliance, business and transactional, and dispute resolution services to clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.

With offices in Washington, DC, Mt. Laurel, NJ, Wilmington, DE, and Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Allentown, PA, our attorneys represent industries in a variety of venues and geographic markets.