Best Lawyers in America® 2014

August 18, 2013

Glen Amundsen, Michael Resis, Eric Samore and Richard Valentino have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Inclusion in this listing is entirely based on peer review and demonstrates that attorneys in each nominee’s respective fields hold these attorneys in high esteem.

SmithAmundsen has also been ranked on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2014. The firm’s appellate practice was ranked a tier-one firm in Chicago and a tier-two firm nationally. Other practice groups also received Chicago rankings – commercial litigation (tier-two); insurance law (tier-two); mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants (tier-three). Firms on the “Best Law Firms” list have received impressive ratings from clients and peers, and are known for professional excellence.

Glen Amundsen, the firm’s chairman and CEO, was selected for his work in commercial litigation. Glen is one of only three large case commercial litigation attorneys in Chicago on this list. Glen has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. He is frequently lead trial counsel for the firm’s most complex and highest profile matters.

Michael Resis, a founding partner of SmithAmundsen and chairman of the firm’s appellate group, was recognized by his peers for his abilities in appellate law. He has been included on the "Best Lawyers" list since 2009. Additionally, Mike and his team have been named to the “Best Law Firms” list as a tier-1 firm in Chicago, tier-2 nationally, for appellate law in 2013. He has practiced law for more than 20 years and handled more than 500 appeals on behalf of government entities, businesses, and professional organizations as amicus curiae before the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. 

Eric Samore was selected by his peers for his services in representing defendants in mass tort litigation/class actions. Eric has defended more than 60 class actions in more than ten different states, alleging consumer fraud, breach of contract, data privacy, and various statutory violations (e.g. Junk Fax, Superfund, Fair Debt Collection, and Fair Credit Transaction). Eric is a founding partner of SmithAmundsen and chair of the firm’s class action, environmental and toxic tort groups. 

Richard Valentino was selected based on his work in the field of insurance coverage. Rich handles complex coverage litigation in state and federal courts in and outside of the Chicago area. He has served as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) Insurance Law committees and has authored insurance-related articles for the International Risk Management Institute, IDC Quarterly and Insurance Insight Magazine.