University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2006, cum laude
Trinity College, B.A., 2003
A well-rounded litigator often has the upper-hand in class actions or toxic tort claims; most firms handling these matters operate with such a one-track mind that their attorneys never develop other skills. Well-rounded litigators can think on their feet, ask better questions and understand the long term effects of each question they ask or decision they make.
Erin is one of those rare well-rounded advocates who understands that creativity, critical thinking and experience handling other types of litigation lead to successful resolutions for her clients. She defends claims alleging consumer fraud, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and asbestos and benzene exposure, as well as complex suits seeking special remedies, such as environmental clean-up, and judicial review of zoning board decisions as well as other municipal ordinances. She also defends statutory violations including the Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Erin has successfully defended companies from liability in both product and premises liability claims. Similarly, she has defended companies against claims premised in secondary, or “take home” exposure, as well as against claims by plaintiffs who allege direct exposure.
She has represented numerous defendants in asbestos personal injury claims in Illinois and Missouri.
Memberships & Involvement
- Member: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Auxiliary Board, Society: American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
- Plaintiffs, on behalf of a putative class of over sixteen million, filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois alleging improper disclosure of personal information. Judge dismissed the complaint and held that plaintiffs could not bring a claim in federal court for the alleged disclosure of personal information without also alleging a concrete and tangible harm.
- On remand, the Illinois Appellate Court not only vacated the trial court’s order of certification, but it also found that the plaintiff did not have a cause of action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as a matter of law. The Illinois Appellate Court agreed with SmithAmundsen’s argument that the defendant was not liable for the acts of the third party in violation of the TCPA, because the third party broadcaster exceeded the scope of its authority. The trial court subsequently entered judgment in favor of defendant.
- Successful petition for leave to appeal before the Seventh Circuit pursuant to Rule 23(f), resulting in the application of a more rigorous standard to determinations of counsel’s adequacy and vacatur of the district court’s decision.
- Obtained dismissal of premises defendant in asbestos lawsuit, without payment.
- Obtained judgment in favor of defendant in TCPA action on statute of limitations grounds.
Presentations & Events
- SmithAmundsen Hosts University of Illinois College of Law Students for Their “Expedition to the Profession” DaySmithAmundsen, Seminar; Chicago, IL, October 6, 2016
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, April 20, 2016