Timothy Liam Epstein
Title/s: Litigation Chair, Duggan Bertsch, LLC
Tim serves as chair of Duggan Bertsch's Litigation group, and brings to the Firm a reputation as one of the top lawyers in sports and entertainment in the country. Tim's civil litigation and trial experience covers commercial, construction, product liability, 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, doping/drug testing, construction/sports issues, and the intersection of sports/religion.
In the entertainment world, Tim serves as general counsel and outside consulting counsel to numerous music and arts festivals and events, including Pitchfork, Life is Beautiful, and Riot Fest. Tim's work in this space spans North America, counseling clients in all aspects of the business including contract negotiation and drafting, risk management, insurance needs, claims management, and strategic consulting.
Tim serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He currently teaches courses in Sports and Entertainment Law.
Tim 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 New York Times, the Chicago Bar Association, Crain’s Chicago Business, USA Today, the University of Illinois, ESPN the Magazine, 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 previous work as the Defense Research Institute (the national defense trial bar) Sports Law Special Litigation Group Chairman. Tim is listed in the Sports Law Expert Witness Directory and has been featured multiple times in the DRI Leadership Spotlight. Tim has also served as a legal analyst for ABC, Fox, and WGN.
Prior to joining the firm, Tim served as a Partner and Chair of the Sports and Event Law Group at SmithAmundsen, and 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 was named to the Board of Advisors of the Sports Law Institute (SLI) at Vermont Law School in 2012. Additionally, in 2011 Tim was appointed to an honorary position with the Fetzer Institute, specifically as a member of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Sports, and Embodied Spiritual Practices. The Fetzer Institute is a private, nonprofit operating foundation that engages with people and programs working to bring the power of love and forgiveness to the center of individual, organizational and community life. He has been a member of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Legal Task Force since 2012. Tim is also a member of the Selection Committee for the Tillman Military Scholars program.
Tim is an “AV” rated lawyer from Martindale-Hubbell, representing recognition of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience by his peers. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers® list of “Rising Stars,” published by Thomson Reuters; a designation awarded to less than three percent of all lawyers in the State.
BA, cum laude, Boston College, 1999
JD, cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004