The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2004, cum laude
University of Dayton, B.A., 1998, cum laude
When people in the transportation industry find themselves facing probable litigation Tanya provides the honest counseling and thorough representation they need. She represents clients in all types of civil litigation from contract disputes to catastrophic injury.
As part of SmithAmundsen’s Rapid Response Team, Tanya coordinates immediate responses to catastrophic accidents. She gets an early evaluation of significant accidents, ensures the preservation of evidence and protects attorney client privilege. The insight she gains at each accident site helps her successfully resolve matters for her clients.
Her success is not limited to the courtroom. While she wins favorable trial verdicts, she also achieves favorable results through mediation, arbitration and settlement negotiations.
Tanya is a student mentor at The John Marshall Law School and a volunteer in its Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs. When she is not working, she is spending time with her family and attending activities at her children’s school.
- Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Memberships & Involvement
- USLAW Women’s Connection: Education Coordinator 2016-2017; Secretary 2017-2018; Vice Chair 2018-2019
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Vice-chair of Diversity, Transportation Committee
- Member: Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; American Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI); Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI); Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)
- Litigated an admitted liability case in which the plaintiff claimed seven figures in damages and sought mid-seven figures at trial. We received a verdict for one third of claimed damages.
- Obtained summary judgment from the Circuit Court of Cook County for an entity that repairs appliances and equipment that had been sued by a plaintiff alleging negligence that resulted in lost fingers.
- Successfully resolved an alleged wrongful death matter pre-suit.
News & Press Releases
- 36 SmithAmundsen Attorneys Included on 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2016 Illinois Rising Stars ListsSmithAmundsen, January 8, 2016
- January 12, 2015
- January 3, 2013
- State of Illinois Transportation Compendium of LawUSLAW, 2018
- The Legal Definitions of ‘First ResponderNational Cooperative Highway Research Program, NCHRP Project 20-59(41), Research Results Digest 385, November 2013
Presentations & Events
- Program Co-Director and Presenter, USLAW Trucking Boot Camp for LawyersUSLAW Trucking Boot Camp for Lawyers; Omaha, NE, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
- USLAW Network; Webinar, January 9, 2018
- USLAW Transportation & Logistics Co-Chair of the USLAW Transportation Law Exchange 20172017
- Witness PreparationUSLAW Transportation & Logistics Law Exchange 2017, February 2, 2017
- Deciphering Financial Documents: Top 10 things to look for when examining financial records during claims and litigation processUSLAW’s EduNet, Webinar, November 17, 2016
- Social Networking, the Internet, Claims and Litigation2012 USLAW Women’s Collection, Austin, TX, April 27 - 28, 2012
- Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - Language Differences in the Legal ArenaUSLAW Webinar, January 14, 2015