On February 26, 2019, SmithAmundsen promoted seven attorneys to partner, including Betsy Ballek, Joe Carlasare, Max Goodman, John Ochoa, Suzannah Overholt, Michael Schlechtweg, and Allison Sues.
Betsy Ballek, Health Care - Chicago, IL
Betsy defends doctors, nurses and pharmacists against issues such as professional negligence and premises liability. She represents clients in all types of health care settings, including hospitals, long term care facilities, hospice and home health care.
Joe Carlasare, Commercial Litigation - Chicago, IL
Joe handles commercial litigation, defending clients in matters relating to product liability, professional liability, premises liability, and election law.
Max Goodman, Hospitality - Chicago, IL
Max counsels and defends clients experiencing difficulties in the areas of defamation, advertising, right of publicity and other privacy related claims. He defends clients against issues including, premises liability, negligence and Dram Shop liability.
John Ochoa, Class Action - Chicago, IL
John has extensive experience litigating privacy and consumer protection claims, including claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and various state consumer fraud and privacy statutes. He also has significant experience litigating claims involving the use of emerging technology, such as mobile applications and cloud-based services.
Suzannah Wilson Overholt, Labor & Employment; Health Care - Indianapolis, IN
Suzannah advises clients in licensing and regulatory matters, commercial and corporate transactions, contract negotiations and nonprofit corporate governance.
Michael Schlechtweg, Commercial Litigation - Chicago, IL
Michael routinely represents clients in tenders of defense, recovery of workers’ compensation liens, and spoliation of evidence claims.
Allison Sues, Labor & Employment - Chicago, IL
Allison handles workplace disputes, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, lost wages and failure to accommodate a disability. Her experience includes representing clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare systems, state universities, public agencies, and small employers, in state and federal court litigation.