SmithAmundsen Promotes Margaret Firnstein, Christine Anto and William Hackney to Partner

May 17, 2010

SmithAmundsen is pleased to announce the election of several new partners effective May 14, 2010. The following attorneys in the firm’s Chicago office were elected to partner:

Christine Anto, a member of the firm’s Insurance Services Group, concentrates her practice on personal, commercial, and professional lines of insurance, as well as extra-contractual/bad faith claims. Ms. Anto has handled coverage matters in the areas of automobile liability, uninsured/underinsured motorists, homeowners, business liability, medical malpractice, construction, environmental, and toxic tort. Ms. Anto received a B.A. from Marquette University and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Margaret Firnstein, a member of the firm’s Insurance Services Group, focuses her practice in civil litigation, representing homeowners, small business owners, teachers, school districts, and construction-related entities in the defense of property loss and serious bodily injury/wrongful death claims. In addition to her legal practice, Margaret is an Adjunct Professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law teaching Trial Advocacy and coaches the law school's mock trial team that earned the title of National Champions in 2007 and 2008. Ms. Firnstein received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

William Hackney, a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, concentrates his practice in the area of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and creditors' rights. Mr. Hackney has significant experience representing debtors, secured creditors, creditors' committees and trustees, among others, in all manners of chapter 11 and chapter 7 matters as well as out-of-court workouts. He also acts as outside bankruptcy counsel to a number of corporations and provides general business counseling in distressed situations. Mr. Hackney received a B.A. from The University of Illinois and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.

"We are extremely proud of each of these attorneys and the hard work and dedication they have shown the firm and especially our clients,” said Larry Schechtman, SmithAmundsen’s Managing Partner. “We know they will continue to be significant contributors to the firm and help us grow into the future.”