SmithAmundsen LLC

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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  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Changes In The Air – Employers Considering Prior Salary When Setting Wages Need To Know The Applicable Laws

The Equal Pay Act can create significant exposure for employers, if not considered when setting female employees’ wages – especially if you are relying upon a female applicant’s prior salary history and there is a difference in…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Considerations For Utilizing The DOL’s Pilot “PAID” Program

In April 2018, the US Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, launched the six-month pilot Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program which provides a voluntary framework for employers to self-report…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

High Court Says No More Narrow Construction Standard For FLSA Exemptions

On April 2, 2018 in the matter of Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, No. 16-1362, 2018 WL 1568025 (U.S. Apr. 2, 2018), the Supreme Court rejected the long held principle that exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

FYI, Text Messages And IMs Are Discoverable Too

Back in November we reported on a federal judge ordering several members of management to turn over messages from their personal email accounts and counseled employers to be proactive in managing employees’ use of personal email…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Importance Of Dotting I's And Crossing T's In The Post-Accident Investigation

A new leader of a client once asked me, “Lew, what can we do to help you do your job better?” Great question! Potentially scary answer; what do you tell the new guy? After a few moments, I came up with that as a transportation…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Arbitrating Disputes Between Independent Contractors And Motor Carriers Under The FAA

On February 26, 2018, the United States Supreme Court granted the certiorari petition of a motor carrier in a case with wide-ranging implications for the enforcement of arbitration clauses in independent contractor agreements…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Labor & Employment Law

Your Company’s Bonuses Are Discretionary, You Say?

When it comes to employee bonuses, employers often prefer “discretionary” bonus policies—as opposed to more rigid and definite policies and procedures that answer the questions of “who” is eligible to receive bonuses, “when”…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Guidance On The Proof Necessary To Impose Special Conditions As Part Of Involuntary Commitments In Indiana

In a recent Indiana Court of Appeals case discussing the proof necessary to impose special conditions as part of an involuntary commitment, the Court of Appeals correctly noted that “Indiana case law is practically undeveloped”…more
 /  Health

Aircraft Lease Financing: Who's The Owner?

Aviation lending is a world unto its own, populated by lawyers and lenders alike that focus on this niche area. Other than just understanding the difference between FAR Part 91 and Part 135, or what the Cape Town Convention was,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Transportation

Grab The Spotlight In Haste, Repent In Leisure

Buried on the third and fourth pages of The Wall Street Journal and my local newspaper recently, I found two interesting business stories. These stories followed much more prominent stories. In the first, the WSJ reported…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Hang Up And Try Again: D.C. Court Of Appeals Rejects The FCC’s TCPA Rules

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently weighed in on a 2015 FCC Order concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and sent certain provisions of that Order back to the FCC for a second try. The TCPA…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Protecting Your Neighborhood’s Identity – Registering A Trademark

For a homeowners association, the answer to “What’s in a name?” may well be, “The identity of your neighborhood.” An association’s name and logo is often how we describe the place we live, and in a mixed-use community, it…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Real Estate - Residential

Sixth Circuit Says Transgender Discrimination is Protected Under Title VII

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held—for the first time—that discrimination based on transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII. Although the court has previously held that…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Avoid The Dangers Of Misclassifying Employees As Independent Contractors

A dangerous misunderstanding persists in the business community that an employer can choose to “1099” its workers, or classify them as independent contractors, so long as there is an agreement between the employer and employee…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

IL Senate Task Force On Sexual Harassment Delves Into Both Public And Private Sector Issues

In December of 2018, I was honored to be appointed to the Illinois Senate’s Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. On December 14, 2018 the full Task Force had its first hearing in Chicago,…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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