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Tanya N. Petermann



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.


  • State of Illinois Transportation Compendium of Law
    USLAW, 2018

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