SmithAmundsen Welcomes Partners Bettie Lewis & Michael Hughes

October 3, 2012

We are happy to announce the addition of two new lateral partners in the month of September. These new additions further the firm’s goals of multi-dimensional growth to better serve clients both in depth of experience and geographic location.

Michael F. Hughes joins the firm as a partner in St. Charles, IL. Michael brings nearly a decade of labor, employment, and business-related immigration law experience to SmithAmundsen’s distinguished labor and employment practice group. Michael’s practice is dedicated to counseling employers with respect to employment matters and labor relations, including compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations regarding Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Michael’s capabilities include representing clients during litigated matters involving the enforcement of non-competition and other restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty and trade secret misappropriation. Additionally, he is well versed in providing assistance in traditional labor relations matters and litigating such matters with the National Labor Relations Board. Finally, Michael counsels clients in business-related immigration matters by obtaining documents for temporary foreign employees and by conducting compliance audits of employers’ work authorization obligations.

Bettie Lewis joins the firm as a partner in Chicago. Bettie brings nearly a decade of experience in municipal, employment and entertainment law practice to the firm. She provides legal solutions and strategies for municipalities. Her experience includes serving as corporate counsel for municipalities throughout Illinois. Her background includes dealing with issues relating to civil rights defense, contract disputes, workers’ compensation, premises liability and labor and employment issues. She has successfully negotiated numerous police, fire, public works and administrative employee collective bargaining agreements on behalf of management and has negotiated government contracts with major corporations and energy suppliers on behalf of municipalities. Bettie is also an experienced traffic court prosecutor.

“It is important to our firm that we continue to expand our capabilities by bringing attorneys with different experiences and skill sets on board,” said Managing Partner Larry Schechtman. “Bettie’s proficiency in this area of law will provide our clients with the additional resources needed to resolve their matters effectively.”