I am an attorney specializing in tort defense with a particular emphasis on products liability, construction negligence, and municipal claims (including Section 1983 claims). I have tried over 80 jury trials to verdict and have brought countless other matters to resolution through settlement, arbitration, mediation, or other alternative means. In addition, I have significant experience in the defense of medical and nursing professionals, commercial matters, and general personal injury defense.
I also serve as an Arbitrator in the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.
In 2013 I was selected as an Illinois Superlawyers Rising Star.
I am licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Additionally, I am a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Construction Law||Architectural Law, Construction Accidents, Construction and Design Law, Construction and Surety Law, Construction Arbitration, Construction Claims, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Equipment Liability, Construction Finance, Construction Insurance, Construction Insurance Defense, Construction Labor Law, Construction Liability, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation, Construction Mediation, Construction Products Liability, Construction Safety, Construction Workouts, Contractor Performance Bonds, Contractors Liability, Environmental Construction Law, International Construction Contracts, International Construction Law, Materialmens Liens, Mechanics Liens, Public Construction Law, Public Works, Roof Industry Liability, Scaffolding Liability, Structural Work Act|
|Insurance Defense||Arson and Insurance Fraud, Automobile Insurance Defense, Automobile Insurance Fraud Defense, Automobile Liability Defense, Casualty Insurance Defense, Commercial Insurance Defense, Disability Insurance Defense, Extra Contractual Insurance Defense, Fire Insurance Defense, First and Third Party Insurance Defense, First Party Insurance Defense, Flood Insurance Defense, General Liability Defense, Insurance Bad Faith Defense, Insurance Coverage Defense, Insurance Defense Subrogation, Insurance Fraud Defense, Life Insurance Defense, Loss Recovery, No Fault Auto Insurance Defense, Personal Liability Defense, Property Damage Defense, Property Insurance Defense, Public Liability Defense, Reinsurance Defense, Self Insured Defense, Surety Defense|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation|
|Municipal Law||Chapter 9 Municipal Reorganization, Firefighter Labor Law, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Bonds Taxation, Municipal Civil Rights, Municipal Contracts, Municipal Corporation Law, Municipal Defense, Municipal Derivative Products, Municipal Finance, Municipal Labor Law, Municipal Leasing, Municipal Liability, Municipal License Tax, Municipal Pension Law, Municipal Prosecution, Municipal Redevelopment, Municipal Risk Management, Municipal Securities, Municipal Solid Waste, Municipal Solid Waste Resource Recovery, Municipal Taxation, Municipal Torts, Municipal Utility Law, Municipal Utility Regulation, Police Labor Law, Tax Increment Finance|
|Personal Injury||Accidents, Animal Attacks, Aquatic Injuries, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Brain Injury, Bus Accidents, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Electrical Injury, Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Neurolaw, Pedestrian Injuries, Personal Injury Appeals, Product Liability, Severe Burns, Sexual Abuse, Slip and Fall, Spinal Injury, Subway Accidents, Third Party Wrongful Death, Work Place Injury, Whiplash, Wrongful Death|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
|Products Liability||Airbag Injury, All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability, Automotive Crashworthiness, Automotive Design Liability, Automotive Products Liability, Automotive Restraints, Automotive Warranty Law, Bicycle Products Liability, Biomedical Products Liability, Blood Bank Liability, Breach of Warranty, Breast Implant Litigation, Chemical Explosions, Chemical Products Liability, Dalkon Shield Litigation, Diet Drug Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Defense, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Drug Contamination, Elevator Liability, Engineering Products Liability, Environmental Products Liability, Escalator Liability, Explosions, Firearms Litigation, Flammable Fabrics, Food Borne Disease, Food Products Liability, Gas Explosions, Heart Device Litigation, Heavy Equipment Products Liability, Industrial Products Liability, Lemon Law, Manufacturers Liability, Motorcycle Products Liability, Office Equipment Products Liability, Product Defects, Product Failure, Product Recall, Product Safety, Product Warning Labels, Products Liability Arbitration, Products Liability Defense, Products Liability Insurance Coverage, Products Liability Mediation, Products Liability Subrogation, Propane Products Liability, Recreational Products Liability, Recreational Vehicle Products Liability, Seat Belt Injury, Tire Defect Litigation, Tire/Rim Mismatch, Tobacco Litigation, Vaccine Injury, Vehicle Rollovers, Warranty Law, Welding Products Liability|
|Torts||Civil Liability, Intentional Torts, Mass Torts, Tort Defense, Tort Liability|
|Transportation||Air Cargo, Bills of Lading, Cargo Claims, Common Carrier Law, Common Carrier Liability Law, Freight Claims, Freight Loss and Damage, Highway Construction Law, Highway Design Liability, International Shipping, International Transportation Law, Interstate Commerce, Logistics, Mass Transit Law, Motor Carrier Defense, Motor Carrier Law, Motor Carrier Liability, Motor Carrier Regulation, Public Transportation Law, Surface Transportation, Transit Labor, Transportation Liability, Transportation Regulation, Transportation Safety, Truck Accidents, Truck Overweight Violations, Trucking Law, Trucking Liability|
Attorney | SmithAmundsen
2013 - 2015
Attorney | Myers Carden and Sax
2012 - 2013
Attorney | Parrillo Weiss and O'Halloran
2008 - 2012
Juris Doctor | University of Illinois College of Law
2005 - 2008
Bachelor of Arts | University of Pennsylvania
2001 - 2005
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Chicago, Illinois, Cook County
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