Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Education

Indiana University (B.A., honors with distinction, 2001)

Indiana University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)

Profile

Tiffany Sorge Smith concentrates her practice at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court.  Her practice includes the defense of the nation's leading banks, mortgage lending organizations, and related entities in individual and consumer class actions in state and federal court, and advising clients on compliance with federal law and loan servicing and retail banking practices.  She also represents businesses and non-profit organizations in cases involving a variety of federal and state law claims, including tort, contract, and fraud claims.

Ms. Sorge Smith also has extensive experience representing pro bono clients in immigration and poverty law matters. She serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee, as well as the Junior Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center.  

Ms. Sorge Smith earned a B.A. in Political Science and minors in both Spanish and International Studies from Indiana University in 2001, with an honors diploma with distinction, and her J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 2007.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Sorge Smith was an associate and summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis.  Prior to practicing law, Ms. Sorge Smith managed a loan and grant program administered by the Indiana Department of Commerce.

Experience

Ms. Sorge Smith has extensive experience litigating and settling complex cases in state and federal courts. 

Her experience includes representing the nation's leading banks in consumer financial services litigation and consumer class actions.  She has successfully represented clients in matters involving claims under numerous federal statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Homeowners Protection Act, Dodd Frank Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and state law claims of fraud, violation of state consumer protection statutes, and state uniform commercial code claims.  She has litigated cases challenging origination and mortgage servicing practices, suspension of HELOC accounts, loan modification, lender placed insurance, flood insurance, fees, credit reporting and collections, title disputes, consumer contact, check fraud, and credit card practices.  She also has extensive experience settling national consumer class action cases and individual cases in state and federal courts, as well as representing clients in appellate matters, and advising clients on compliance issues.

Ms. Sorge Smith's experience also includes representing small and large businesses and non-profit organizations in a variety of federal and state law claims, including contract, sales, insurance coverage, fraud, negligence, mass tort, personal injury, product liability, bankruptcy, and cross-border disputes through all stages of litigation in state and federal courts. 

Her pro bono experience includes representing asylum seekers in immigration court, immigrant women seeking visas, survivors of trafficking, and low-income clients in family law matters.  Ms. Sorge Smith also participates in initiatives to educate schoolchildren about constitutional rights and the justice system through mock trials.

 Representative Cases:

 First American Bank. v. RBS Citizens, N.A. and Goodson, 2015 WL 9304354 (N.D. Ill), 2015 WL 391588 (N.D. Ill.), affirmed by 2016 WL 6872056 (7th Cir. Nov. 22, 2016) (affirming dismissal of complaint alleging violations of Regulation J and Illinois Uniform Commercial Code relating to presentment and payment of counterfeit check)

Rodriguez v. Chase Home Finance, LLC, 2011 WL 5076346 and 2011 WL 4435633, No. 10 C 5876-CH (N.D. Ill.) (dismissal of both counts of plaintiff's class action complaint alleging violations of the Homeowners Protection Act and state consumer protection statute)

Renzi v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2:10-cv-08476-GAF –PJW (C.D. Cal.) (class action complaint dismissed with prejudice in its entirety where plaintiff asserted claims for breach of contract, fraud, and violation of state consumer protection statutes)

In re JPMorgan Chase Bank Home Equity Line of Credit Litigation (N.D. Ill.), defending mortgage lender in consolidated multi-district litigation challenging suspensions of home equity lines of credit based on significant declines in property value 

Honors & Awards

  • Indiana Governor’s Commendation for Service
  • 2010 Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation Distinguished Service Award
  • 2008, 2009, and 2010 Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Awards 

Professional/Community

National Immigrant Justice Center, Junior Leadership Board 

Chicago Bar Association, member

American Bar Association, member

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