SmithAmundsen LLC

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150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.894.3200
Fax: 312.894.3210
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
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  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
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  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Social Media & Municipalities: A Roundtable with SmithAmundsen’s Municipal Attorneys

In our digital evolving age, social media platforms create a multitude of opportunities to engage the citizenry. They also create a minefield of dangers for municipalities to avoid. Moderator, Julie Proscia, led a discussion…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

Last week, a federal judge presiding over a sex discrimination case ordered several members of management to search their personal email accounts and turn over all relevant information. The ruling serves as a reminder of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Legislation May Allow Carve-Out For Bypassing Wisconsin Court Of Appeals

In an unprecedented deal for the state of Wisconsin, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics company, has been offered an incentive package worth an estimated $3 billion to bring a manufacturing plant to southeast Wisconsin. Part of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

House Republicans Try To Remedy Patchwork Of Paid Sick Leave

Eight states, the District of Columbia, and more than 30 municipalities have enacted laws mandating differing paid leave requirements. Localities such as New York and San Francisco, have enacted some of the most aggressive sick…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Breaking News! Illinois Senate Refuses To Override Governor’s Veto

We previously reported that Governor Rauner’s August 25, 2017 veto of HB 2462 amending the Illinois Equal Pay Act related to applicant salary history inquiries was subject to be overridden by the General Assembly. On October…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

UPDATED: California Bans Applicant Salary History Inquiries

Add salary history to the growing list of topics that may be off limits on employment applications and during interviews, depending on where your business operates. California joins a growing list of jurisdictions banning…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Self-Help Ways To Increase Your Legal Bill

As most clients who have been through commercial litigation know, discovery is expensive. Unfortunately, in trying to reduce legal expenses, many times clients make mistakes that increase legal expenses and sometimes hurt their…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Opioids In The Workplace

One of the first questions I ask when providing drug and alcohol training to managers, supervisors and employees is “What is the most commonly used illegal drug?” Typically, the response that I get will be alcohol (albeit not…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Equitable Subrogation In Real Estate

The doctrine of conventional subrogation in real estate is familiar to most lenders: a new lender that pays the mortgage of a prior one steps into the shoes of – or is subrogated to – the prior lender’s security interest in the…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Is Your Company’s “Flexible Scheduling” Policy A Violation of Wage And Hour Law?

An employer who allows its employees the “flexibility” to self-schedule time off the clock must make sure that it is paying its employees for all time worked. And beware, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), “hours worked”…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Court Lays Out Guidance For Ensuring Hourly Workers Are Paid For Off-Duty Work

Addressing an employment issue of interest in an increasingly digital world, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over lower federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin­­) recently upheld a prior…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Illinois Employer Faces Class Action For Using Fingerprints To Track Attendance

Technology allowing employers to use biometric data tools to track attendance and maintain worksite security abounds. Purveyors hype the advanced technology’s ability to accurately validate time entries, eliminate fraud, and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Instant Litigation; A Bus You Cannot Ride And A Really Big Switch

My wife is an executive with a large corporation. Recently she asked me if "instant litigation" was a legal term. I was surprised. I told her no, but I wondered what "instant" litigation might be. Was it a powder or maybe a…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure

Know Your Borrower

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan introduced the American population to the concept of “trust, but verify.” President Reagan was actually quoting an old Russian proverb, useful during his negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev…more
 /  Finance & Banking

Seventh Circuit Holds That Multiple-Month Extended Leaves Are Not Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

Because not all recoveries from medical conditions come in neat twelve-week packages, employers commonly need to address employees’ requests for additional leave after they have exhausted all leave afforded under the Family…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law
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