Ray Smietanka - Of Counsel

vCardIconSmRay serves the firm as of counsel in complex cases involving federal criminal and administrative law and procedure, bankruptcy, crime victims compensation,  and  interstate governmental relations. 

Following his graduation from law school, Ray worked in various capacities for the House Judiciary Committee for 31 years,  where he served under both Democratic and Republican Chairs: Peter Rodino (D-NJ), Jack Brooks (D-TX) Henry Hyde (R-IL) and F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) While with the Judiciary Committee, he specialized in bankruptcy reform, as well as numerous legislative issues involving Presidential and judicial impeachment, the federal death penalty, crime victims compensation and oversight of the United States Department of Justice.  

Civil Litigation
Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan 1975 

Court Admissions:
Berrien County 1975
Supreme Court of Michigan 

John Marshall Law School
Chicago, Ill.
J.D., 1975

International Law and Relations
University of Vienna, Austria

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Evanston, Ill.
M.S.J., journalism  

DePaul University
Chicago, Ill.
B.A. , Liberal arts, 1967 

Awards and Honors:  
U.S. Army commendation medal for his coverage as a Vietnam War correspondent of a midnight raid on Viet Cong troops.