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Sharilee K. Smentek

Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5394
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Sharilee K. Smentek is counsel in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago office.

Ms. Smentek has substantial experience representing and counseling clients in a broad range of matters, including labor and employment litigation and compliance, employee discipline and terminations and, workplace investigations. Her experience in employment litigation matters includes claims brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1983, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.  Ms. Smentek also has substantial experience with other business-related litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, and restrictive covenant disputes, among others.  Ms. Smentek has represented clients in a full range of matters through all aspects of litigation—from drafting initial pleadings and emergency requests for injunctive relief to successfully trying a number of bench and jury trials, and handling appeals, arbitrations and mediations.

Ms. Smentek was selected a SuperLawyers’ Illinois Rising Star - Business Litigation (2010, 2013-2017) and a Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyer in Illinois - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Defense (2015-2016).

Sharilee K. Smentek is counsel in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago office.

Ms. Smentek has substantial experience representing and counseling clients in a broad range of matters, including labor and employment litigation and compliance, employee discipline and terminations and, workplace investigations. Her experience in employment litigation matters includes claims brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1983, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.  Ms. Smentek also has substantial experience with other business-related litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, and restrictive covenant disputes, among others.  Ms. Smentek has represented clients in a full range of matters through all aspects of litigation—from drafting initial pleadings and emergency requests for injunctive relief to successfully trying a number of bench and jury trials, and handling appeals, arbitrations and mediations.

Ms. Smentek was selected a SuperLawyers’ Illinois Rising Star - Business Litigation (2010, 2013-2017) and a Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyer in Illinois - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Defense (2015-2016).

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude (2002)
    Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Fraternity; Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Tax Committee Award Recipient

  • B.S. (Finance), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1999)
    Nancy Holmes Johnson Scholarship Award Recipient

  • Semester Study Abroad, Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan (Fall 1997)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Affiliations

  • DRI
  • Chicago Bar Association

Presentations

  • Real Estate Sales Person Liability - Illinois State Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section Seminar (2004)
  • Application of the Attorney Client Privilege to Communications Between an Insured and its Liability or Indemnity Insurer - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (2005)
  • Decisional Capacity & Guardianship - University of Illinois Hospital (September 17, 2018)

Publications

  • Real Estate Broker Law and Litigation - Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Commercial Real Estate, 2004 Edition, 2007 Supplement, 2010 Edition, 2013 Supplement, & 2017 Edition
  • Service Members’ Civil Relief Act of 2003: Old Wine in a New Bottle? - Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Winter 2005 Edition

Accolades

  • SuperLawyers’ Illinois Rising Star - Business Litigation (2010, 2013-2017)
  • Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyer in Illinois - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Defense (2015-2016)