On March 15, 2018, SmithAmundsen promoted seven attorneys to partner: Steve Jados, Lisa Johnson, Anna Kazaz, William Klinger, Philip List, Kristen Lukaszak, and Erika Stamper. Congratulations to all!
Steven Jados, Labor & Employment – St. Charles, IL
With more than 10 years of experience, Steven concentrates his practice exclusively in labor and employment law. His representations include claims involving discrimination and harassment; wage and hour; union grievances and unfair labor practice charges; and handbook and policy review. In his trial counsel and defense, Steven protects the interest of clients in the manufacturing, construction and trucking industries, as well as local government agencies.
Lisa A. Johnson, Real Estate, Corporate, Intellectual Property – St. Louis, MO
Lisa’s practice is primarily focused on the real estate and construction industries. She assists clients in business organization, purchase and sale transactions, real estate title issues, and drafting agreements. She also has experience in the organization, documentation, and management of homeowner and condominium associations, in trademark registration and maintenance, and in loan review, negotiation, and documentation.
Anna Kazaz, Commercial Litigation – Chicago, IL
Anna brings a global perspective to her trial counsel and defense work; she has practiced law in the United States as well as Russia. Utilizing her analytical skills and passion for justice, Anna focuses her practice in all areas of commercial and insurance litigation. Her representations typically include automobile collision, premises liability and construction.
William Klinger, Construction – Chicago, IL
Bill handles matters such as breach of contract, construction defect and personal injury lawsuits, enforcement of judgment issues, contract drafting assistance, risk management, OSHA compliance issues, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, premises liability and construction delay. He also works within the realms of insurance coverage, appellate practice, first-party property insurance disputes and premises liability. In addition, Bill functions as national coordinating counsel for an insurer client, managing subrogation recovery of high value claims on a nationwide basis.
Philip List, Health Care – Indianapolis, IN
Philip has a broad range of experience in handling complex disputes for clients across many industries. He regularly advises and defends healthcare providers who are faced with issues involving medical malpractice, contract interpretation, premise liability, products liability, licensing issues, and regulatory compliance. He also helps businesses resolve matters involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, fiduciary duties, and tortious interference claims. He regularly represents clients in administrative proceedings and in civil litigation, from inception through jury trial. Outside of practicing law, Philip serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Kristen Lukaszak, Construction – Chicago, IL
Kristen represents general contractors, sub-contractors and others in the industry. She has successfully represented clients facing construction negligence and products liability claims, as well as complex breach of contract issues. She has first and second-chaired numerous jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court.
Erika Stamper, Insurance Services – Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN
Erika’s entire practice is focused on counseling insurers on complex coverage and other insurance related matters at both the claim stage and in litigation. She concentrates her insurance coverage practice on personal, commercial and professional lines of insurance and handles coverage matters in the areas of business liability, homeowners and renters liability, underinsured/uninsured motorist claims, mass tort, construction, environmental and professional liability. Erika also routinely counsels and represents insurers regarding extra-contractual and bad faith claims. Erika’s practice involves providing coverage opinions, negotiating coverage disputes at the pre-litigation stage, handling all aspects of coverage litigation on behalf of insurance companies and participating in settlement negotiations and mediations.