Glen Amundsen, Michael Resis, Jeffrey Risch, Eric Samore, Richard Valentino, and Robert Jackson have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2016. 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. He is an exceptional trial lawyer, having been lead counsel in well over 100 cases taken to verdict during his career. An incomparable leader, mentor and advisor, Glen is frequently the lead trial counsel for the firm’s most complex and highest profile matters.
Michael Resis, a founding partner of SmithAmundsen and chairman 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 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 in mass tort litigation/class actions. 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. Eric is a founding partner of SmithAmundsen, chair of the firm’s class action group, and co-chair of the firm’s data security and breach group.
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.
Robert Jackson, Of Counsel in our St. Louis office, was selected for his accomplishments in the field of tax law. He represents clients in tax disputes, tax delinquencies and ruling requests and handles audits of individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs, exempt organizations and qualified retirement plans. He defends federal and state tax collection efforts against individuals and business entities. He files ruling requests with the Internal Revenue Service and state revenue departments. He also files technical requests in connection with Internal Revenue Service audits.
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