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Timothy Liam Epstein

Title/s: Attorney-Chair, Sports Law Practice Group, SmithAmundsen, LLC

Phone: 312.894.3227

E-mail: tepstein@salawus.com


Tim is a partner in SmithAmundsen's Chicago office.  His current practice focuses primarily on sports, construction, commercial, and large loss claims.  Tim's Sports Law practice focuses on the litigation needs of players, coaches, teams and schools and serves as Chair of the firm's Sports Law practice group.  Tim’s Sports Law practice is all-encompassing, but is litigation-based at its core.  It spans from injuries on the athletic field (plaintiff and defense), to sports product issues, to disappointment lawsuits (lack of/misuse of an athlete's playing time), amateur representation issues (while not violating NCAA rules), NCAA/high school association violations, personal website/social networking issues, multiplier/anti-recruiting measures, recreational immunity, coach's standing to sue/file TRO's, Olympic issues, off-the-field issues during athletic trips, drug testing, construction/sports issues, and the intersection of sports/religion.

Tim serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He currently teaches courses in Sports and Entertainment Law.

In his time at SmithAmundsen, Tim has achieved success in the court room as well as positive resolution of cases through settlement.  Tim's work has been exceptional on cases involving sports, corporate litigation, construction defect and injury, commercial contract litigation, and catastrophic injury cases.  Tim also serves as general counsel to the producer of numerous musical events including the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Tim's successes do not end in serving the litigation needs of his clients.  He is an accomplished legal writer, published as an author and contributor in nationally respected law reviews, periodicals, and bar association publications including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas, the Chicago Bar Association, Crain’s Chicago Business, USA Today, the University of Illinois, the University of Pittsburgh, Sports Litigation Alert, Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, the American Lawyer, and the Sports Business Journal.  Tim has earned the respect and trust of his fellow attorneys by being selected for numerous bar association leadership positions, including his current work as the Defense Research Institute (the national defense trial bar) Sports Law Special Litigation Group Chairman.  Tim was recently listed in the Sports Law Expert Witness Directory and also featured in the DRI Leadership Spotlight.  Tim also serves as a legal analyst for Fox and WGN.

Prior to joining the firm, Tim worked as a summer associate for Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth and Corboy & Demetrio.

While attending law school, Tim was the notes editor for the Elder Law Journal, Founder/President of the Irish Law Students Association, a Cali Award Winner for Academic Excellence and a Rickert Award Winner for Excellence in Legal Publication.  He was also a teaching assistant for Legal Writing at the College of Law, and Ethics in Engineering at the College of Engineering.

Tim has been named to the 2011 Illinois Rising Stars* list, a peer review designation published by Law & Politics magazine.

Contact address:
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60601


B.A., cum laude, Boston College, 1999
J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004

Program Areas

Entertainment and Sports Law


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