Lawsuits filed by Timothy Smith, on behalf of 36 Northern Michigan municipalities, are projected to bring in $26 million to those cities and counties to combat the opioid epidemic, with nearly $430,000 allocated to Leelanau County. This is just a partial settlement with just 4 of the defendants in the lawsuit. Smith & Johnson, as counsel of record for 36 cities and counties across Northern Michigan and across the Upper Peninsula, is proud of the role it has played to bring close to $800 million to the citizens of Michigan to reimburse municipalities for the monies spent cleaning up the epidemic these companies created and for future prevention and treatment of opioid addiction in our communities. The litigation against the remaining defendants in the lawsuit will continue and we anticipate additional monies from the remaining manufacturers, distributors and retailers. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the invaluable assistance of County Administrator Chet Janik and all the commissioners who decided to take a stand against these companies and hold them accountable.
Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.