On March 9, 2017, SmithAmundsen promoted four attorneys to partner: Thomas Hayden, Yesha Sutaria Hoeppner, Joe Trevino, and Kay Weiler. Congratulations to all!
Thomas Hayden, Partner, Products Liability, Chicago IL
Tom’s practice encompasses a number of areas, including products liability, construction negligence, transportation, retail claims and municipal tort liability. He has represented clients in matters involving commercial litigation, real estate, regulatory issues, civil rights and numerous other areas of law and has experience defending personal injury and insurance subrogation claims. He also participates in numerous arbitrations and mediations and serves as an arbitrator in the Cook County mandatory arbitration program.
Yesha Sutaria Hoeppner, Partner, Class Action, Chicago IL
Yesha regularly serves clients dealing with consumer fraud and marketing related issues, product defect, breach of contract, and violations of statutes and regulations, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), FCC regulations, the Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), and state consumer fraud statutes such as the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business practices Act. She defends clients ranging from small businesses to publicly traded, multimillion dollar companies in a wide variety of class action cases in federal and state courts across the country. Additionally, Yesha has experience defending environmental and toxic tort claims on behalf of clients in industries like manufacturing and construction. Yesha is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati and speaks conversational French and Arabic.
Joe Trevino, Partner, Professional Liability, Milwaukee WI
Joe’s practice is focused on complex high-exposure litigation and defending professionals. Recently, Joe handled a "bet the company" construction dispute, with claims and counter-claims well over $35 million each. The case involved millions of pages of electronically stored information, many depositions all over the country, and legal issues of potential first impression in Wisconsin. Joe and his colleagues developed an aggressive defense strategy that involved significant briefing and required an extraordinary command of the materials produced through discovery. In the end, Joe’s team obtained a great result for the client.
Kay Weiler, Partner, Litigation, Chicago IL
Kay is a litigator, frequently handling personal injury lawsuits and contract negotiation. She has successfully briefed and argued several dispositive motions in a wide range of tort matters, including, but not limited to, products liability, defamation, Illinois Animal Control Act claims and premises actions.