SmithAmundsen Promotes Five Attorneys to Partner

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March 17, 2015

The law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC announces the recent promotion of five attorneys to partner.

Michelle Casper is a commercial and civil litigation attorney practicing out of Columbus, Ohio. She manages multi-faceted litigation and serves as lead litigator for many of the firm’s corporate clients in Indiana and Ohio. Michelle regularly counsels individuals and corporations on matters pertaining to general litigation, property damage, construction defects, corporate law, and complex negligence issues. She also handles commercial and civil litigation matters in Illinois and routinely represents clients in a variety of cases in both state and federal courts. Michelle received her law degree from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Colin Gainer is a health care attorney practicing out of the firm’s Chicago office. Colin focuses his practice on HIPAA and HITECH compliance, patient privacy concerns, and electronic medical records. He works on a variety of medical malpractice and healthcare related claims including delayed diagnosis/misdiagnosis claims, birth injury litigation, institutional negligence claims and nursing home and long term care facility litigation. Colin is also certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) from the Compliance Certification Board. This designation demonstrates knowledge of privacy compliance procedures and the ability to implement policies and programs to ensure healthcare providers and business associates observe federal, state and local healthcare privacy regulations. He employs this certification in his day to day interactions with his clients, and with his strong background in compliance, is uniquely equipped to handle data breaches. Colin received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Darren Grady is an attorney in the firm’s Chicago office. Darren handles a variety of cases including large loss bodily injury claims, wrongful death cases, automobile collisions, and homeowners litigation. Darren defends individuals and corporations involved in significant injury claims in the areas of premises liability and auto defense. In his work in the entertainment industry, he handles defamation and privacy matters, and he counsels restaurants and hotels in the hospitality industry. Additionally, he assists not-for-profits, especially those involved with the arts, with incorporation matters and 501c3 forms. Darren received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Tim Lessman is an attorney in the Chicago office and a member of the insurance and data security and breach groups at SmithAmundsen. He handles complex insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes involving both domestic and international policy forms and is experienced in a variety of claims, including mass torts, environmental liability, product liability, employers and professional liability, government entity liability, and construction defect. In the data security and breach group, Tim advises insurers regarding appropriate responses and coverage implications with respect to data breaches and cyber-attacks. Tim received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law.

James Sanders is an attorney in the St. Louis office and a member of the commercial litigation, professional liability, and toxic and environmental tort groups at SmithAmundsen. He works with his clients on a multitude of issues including commercial contract disputes, corporate, labor, real estate, distribution agreements, class action defense, catastrophic personal injury, complex bankruptcy, environmental and toxic tort cases. James also serves as principal counsel for several craft breweries and restaurants in the dynamic and growing St. Louis food and drink scene. James received his law degree from Saint Mary’s University School of Law