Glen Amundsen, Michael Resis, Jeffrey Risch, Eric Samore and Richard Valentino have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2015. 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.
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 chair 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. He has practiced law for more than 30 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.
Jeffrey Risch, chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, was selected for his work in employment law. Jeff has extensive experience in all aspects of employment and labor law and he works with clients to provide them with the most efficient avenue to effectively manage. He also serves as chairman of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Law & Litigation Committee and Chapter Labor Counsel for the Associated Builders & Contractors of Illinois. Jeff frequently speaks and publishes on a multitude of labor and employment topics.
Eric Samore was selected by his peers for his services in representing defendants Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants. Eric is one of 19 Chicago lawyers honored for this area of law. He has defended more than 100 class actions in more than fourteen 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 law. 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.