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The term “SmithAmundsen LLC” or “SA” on this website refers to SmithAmundsen LLC, a limited liability company. Use of this website and materials presented on it are subject to the following terms and conditions. By using this website, you acknowledge that you have read and accept these terms and conditions.
No Attorney-Client Relationship Created by Use of this Website. This website is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. Neither your receipt of information from this website, nor your use of this website to contact SmithAmundsen (hereinafter “the Firm”) or one of its lawyers creates an attorney-client relationship between you and the Firm. You will become a client of the Firm only if and when you sign an engagement agreement setting forth the scope of the Firm’s engagement, the fee arrangement and other relevant matters. The Firm does not accept a new client without first investigating possible conflicts of interests and obtaining a signed engagement letter. (The Firm may, for example, already represent another party involved in your matter).
No Legal Advice Intended. This website includes general information about legal issues and developments in the law and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should it be construed as legal advice, on any subject matter. Such materials are for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. Legal advice cannot be given without full consideration of all of the relevant information relating to your particular set of facts or circumstances. No recipients of content from this site, client or otherwise, should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included on the site without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice from an attorney licensed in the recipients’ state. SmithAmundsen LLC expressly disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all contents of this site.
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No Intent to Refer Matters to Other Firms. Unless otherwise expressly stated on a particular page of the Firm’s website or specifically stated to you with regard to a matter for which we have been engaged, the Firm intends to act as primary counsel in representing clients who retain the Firm.
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No Guarantee of Results. Some of the case summaries, reports of past results, and individual lawyer biographies on this website describe past matters handled for clients of the Firm. These are meant only to provide information to the public about the activities and experience of our lawyers. They are not intended as a guarantee that the same or similar results can be obtained in other matters undertaken by our lawyers. You should not assume that a similar result can be obtained in a legal matter of interest to you. The outcome of a particular matter can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific factual and legal circumstances and unexpected developments beyond the control of any client or lawyer.
No Claim of Expertise, Specialization or Certification.* This website lists areas in which lawyers of the Firm practice. In so doing, no lawyer makes a claim of “expertise,” “specialization” or “certification.” Any lawyers of the Firm who have additional credentials in a practice area have so indicated in their biographies.
*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and any certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.
*Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
IRS Circular 230 Notice. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service requirements, this is to inform you that any information on this website that could be construed as United States tax advice is not written or intended to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed on this website.
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Authorized Practice of Law. The jurisdictions in which each of the Firm’s lawyers are licensed to practice are noted on each lawyer’s biography on this website. The ability of any Firm lawyer to engage in any activities for a client outside of that lawyer’s state(s) of licensure is subject to state statutes, professional standards and court rules. The Firm does not seek, and this website is not intended to solicit, legal engagements in jurisdictions outside of our lawyers’ states of licensure when such engagements would constitute the unauthorized practice of law in any jurisdiction.
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150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3300
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Please do not send any other correspondence or inquiries to our DMCA agent.
Limited Liability Company. SmithAmundsen LLC is organized as a limited liability company under Illinois law. We maintain minimum insurance in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 722. This means every attorney in our firm who either performs or supervises legal services for you will have full professional responsibility and legal liability for those services, in addition to the firm itself. However, individual attorneys in the firm who have no involvement or direct supervisory role in your representation will not have any personal liability for the legal services performed by others in the firm.
Responsible Lawyer. The Firm lawyer responsible for the content of this website is Larry Schechtman, Managing Partner.
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