Smith, Owen H.

  Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Owen is a partner in the Firm’s Motor Vehicle and Litigation Groups.

He represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors, as well as captive finance companies, in the automobile, motorcycle, and power sports industries. Owen’s practice involves representing manufacturer clients on a nationwide basis in dealership litigation matters, including trials, appeals, and other proceedings before federal and state courts, as well as state administrative agencies. He has litigated cases involving proposed dealer relocations and establishments, terminations, incentive programs, sales performance standards, and ownership changes. Owen also has advised manufacturer clients on business and regulatory issues relating to their distribution networks, including rights of first refusal over dealership transfers, the structure of vehicle allocation systems, and the structure and implementation of national dealer incentive programs. In addition, a significant part of his practice involves advising manufacturer clients on antitrust issues arising under the federal Sherman Act and Robinson-Patman Act, as well as under state antitrust and price discrimination laws.

Apart from his motor vehicle practice, Owen’s practice involves a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, including antitrust counseling and defense, securities and financial institutions litigation, and cases involving fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, he was an attorney with a large international law firm where his practice focused on securities litigation, antitrust counseling and defense, and general contract disputes.

Owen is the Chair of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Motor Vehicle