Timothy Liam Epstein


Tim is a partner in SmithAmundsen’s Chicago office. His current practice focuses primarily on sports, construction, commercial, and large loss claims. Tim's Sports Law practice focuses on the litigation needs of players, coaches, teams and schools and serves as Chair of the firm's Sports Law practice group. Tim’s Sports Law practice is all-encompassing, but is litigation-based at its core. It spans from injuries on the athletic field (plaintiff and defense), to sports product issues, to disappointment lawsuits (lack of/misuse of an athlete's playing time), amateur representation issues (while not violating NCAA rules), NCAA/high school association violations, personal website/social networking issues, multiplier/anti-recruiting measures, recreational immunity, coach's standing to sue/file TRO's, Olympic issues, off-the-field issues during athletic trips, doping/drug testing, construction/sports issues, and the intersection of sports/religion.

Tim serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He currently teaches courses in Sports and Entertainment Law.

In his time at SmithAmundsen, Tim has achieved success in the court room as well as positive resolution of cases through settlement.  Tim’s work has been exceptional on cases involving sports, corporate litigation, construction defect and
injury, commercial contract litigation, and catastrophic injury cases.  Tim also serves as general counsel to the producer of numerous musical events including the Pitchfork Music Festival. 

Tim’s successes do not end in serving the litigation needs of his clients.  He is an accomplished legal writer, published as an author and contributor in nationally respected law reviews, periodicals, and bar association publications including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas, the New York Times, the Chicago Bar Association, Crain’s Chicago Business, USA Today, the University of Illinois, ESPN the Magazine, the University of Pittsburgh, Sports Litigation Alert, Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, the American Lawyer, and the Sports Business Journal.  Tim has earned the respect and trust of his fellow attorneys by being selected for numerous bar association leadership positions, including his previous work as the Defense Research Institute (the national defense trial bar) Sports Law Special Litigation Group Chairman.  Tim is listed in the Sports Law Expert Witness Directory and has been featured multiple times in the DRI Leadership Spotlight.  Tim has also served as a legal analyst for ABC, Fox, and WGN.

Prior to joining the firm, Tim worked as a summer associate for Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth and Corboy & Demetrio.

While attending law school, Tim was the notes editor for the Elder Law Journal, Founder/President of the Irish Law Students Association, a Cali Award Winner for Academic Excellence and a Rickert Award Winner for Excellence in Legal Publication.  He was also a teaching assistant for Legal Writing at the College of Law, and Ethics in Engineering at the College of Engineering.

Tim was named to the Board of Advisors of the Sports Law Institute (SLI) at Vermont Law School in 2012.
Additionally, in 2011 Tim was appointed
to an honorary position with the Fetzer Institute, specifically as a member of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Sports, and Embodied Spiritual Practices. The Fetzer Institute is a private, nonprofit operating foundation that engages with people and programs working to bring the power of love and forgiveness to the center of individual, organizational and community life. He has been a member of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Legal Task Force since 2012. Tim was recently appointed to the Selection Committee for the Tillman Military Scholars program.

In 2012, Tim received the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, representing recognition of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience by his peers. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers® list of “Rising Stars,*” published by Thomson Reuters. 

*The selection of attorneys to the Rising Stars list does not guarantee a positive client outcome in any specific legal matter or engagement nor constitute a representation by the firm of SmithAmundsen about the caliber of legal work performed by any other attorney not selected as part of this list.

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