SmithAmundsen Promotes Five to Partner

February 24, 2020
Ronald Balfour, Laura Bonadies, Anne Fishbeck, Kelly Haab-Tallitsch, Brian Wacker

On February 24, 2020, SmithAmundsen promoted five attorneys to partner, including Ronald Balfour, Laura Bonadies, Anne Fishbeck, Kelly Haab-Tallitsch, and Brian Wacker.

Ronald Balfour, Class Action; Commercial Litigation; Data Privacy – Chicago, IL

Ron defends putative class claims involving a wide range of substantive issues, from alleged consumer fraud to breach of contract, to housing and disability discrimination. In addition, Ron helps to resolve business disputes arising out of business relationships, including insurer-agent, corporation-stockholder, and competitor disputes.

Laura Bonadies, Health Care – Indianapolis, IN

Laura defends medical providers, including long-term care facilities, hospitals, individual practitioners, and health care systems. She handles medical malpractice and breach of contract claims and has significant experience in motions practice and mediation. She also assists health care providers in guardianship actions and has represented individual practitioners before the state licensing board.

Anne Fishbeck, Commercial Transportation & Logistics – Chicago, IL

Anne defends clients in contract disputes, personal injury, regulatory compliance, preservation of evidence and risk avoidance in catastrophic loss scenarios.  

Kelly Haab-Tallitsch, Labor & Employment – St. Charles, IL

Kelly counsels clients on employee benefit and executive compensation matters, helping employers understand their obligations under the Affordable Care Act, ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She advises employers on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), health and welfare plans, wellness programs and severance plans.

Brian Wacker, Commercial Litigation; Labor & Employment – St. Louis, MO

Brian’s clients range from employers and manufacturers to trustees and fiduciaries. He handles a variety of litigation, including commercial, employer-employee, fiduciary and trustee disputes. He works with clients at all stages of litigation through trial and appeal, including where appropriate, pre-litigation risk management.