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Dayna Smith

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Phone: (630) 527-1595 Ext: 230
Fax: (630) 527-1193

1770 Park St #200
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Dayna Smith joined the Collins Law Firm in 2019 as a law clerk, then in 2020 as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice in environmental litigation and personal injury.

Dayna graduated Summa Cum Laude and top of her class from Vermont Law School where she concentrated on environmental law. While in law school, Dayna served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She also participated in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition where she was awarded the honor of Best Oralist in her courtroom. Additionally, she was a student clinician at Vermont Law School’s Environmental Advocacy Clinic, where she argued in front of the U.S. Atomic Safety Licensing Board. Upon graduating, Dayna was awarded the Learned Hand Award for Academic Excellence and the Marc Mihaly Environmental Leadership Award.


J.D., Vermont Law School, 2020
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

M.S., Western Illinois University, 2016
M.S. Biology

B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2014
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Sustainability

Past Experience
  • Vermont Law School Appellate Advocacy Program, Student Clinician
  • Vermont Law School Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Student Clinician
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Law Clerk
  • Dayna Smith, The Final Straw? Evaluating Possible Challenges to Single-Use Plastic Straw Bans, 50 Tex. Envtl. L. J. 331 (2020)
  • Dayna Smith & Mark Latham, From Civil Rights to Nuisance: Novel Approaches to Battling Climate Change, VT. J. ENVTL. L.
  • Dayna L. Smith et al, Body Burdens of Heavy Metal Contaminants in Lake Michigan Wetland Turtles, 188 Envtl. Monitoring & Assessment 1 (2016).
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I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
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