Knowing the law is not enough for Jack; his strength as a litigator is in his curiosity about the underlying subject matter of a case. Jack gives himself an in-depth working knowledge of the subject matter with every case, even if that means pouring through medical text books, performing hands-on inspections of locomotives, analyzing detailed financial documents, or researching expert databases to give himself the edge when preparing evidence for trial. Jack understands that lawsuits do not exist in a vacuum and involve complicated underlying facts that, as an advocate, one must gain a mastery of to be able to convincingly argue to a jury.
As a member of the firm’s Construction Service Group, Jack partners with clients to resolve breach of contract issues, work towards risk mitigation, indemnity disputes, and insurance liability matters. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, contract and real estate disputes, business litigation, property loss and personal injury.
Prior to joining Amundsen Davis, Jack worked as a plaintiff’s attorney, which gives him valuable insight to the motivations, strategies, and goals of his opposition now. As a workers’ compensation attorney, Jack has handled several hundred cases through resolution via trial, favorable settlements, and on appeal.
Jack now advises employers on best practices to avoid and mitigate workers’ compensation claims. He teaches OSHA classes at the Construction Safety Institute, and regularly provides lectures for contractors associations.
Jack is the host of Litigation Nation, Amundsen Davis’ flagship weekly podcast that recaps the most interesting legal news and developments.
Membership & Involvement
- Member: Chicago Bar Association
- Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List: 2022
Resources & Insights
- SmithAmundsen Construction Alert,
- SmithAmundsen OSHA and Construction Alert,
- SmithAmundsen, Webcast,
- The CLM Magazine,
- New Changes to Illinois’ Wage Payment and Collection Law Seeks to Pressure General Contractors to Become Union SignatoryLabor & Employment Law Update,
Education on Demand
As more and more states create laws that presume an employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis is the result of their employment, employers need to be more diligent and focused on identifying and gathering key facts to shore up viable defenses.
The Implications of the Dobbs Decision, Drivers’ Lawsuit Claims Uber and Lyft Violate Antitrust Laws, Texas Could Vote to Secede From U.S. in 2023 as GOP Pushes for Referendum, Frances Haugen wants to train lawyers to fight Facebook
- US Law Firm Serves First Ever Subpoena via NFT in Crypto Exchange Hacking Case - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 27
Illinois Governor Signs Bills Expanding Contractors’ Liability for Unpaid Wages of Subcontractors’ Workers, Massachusetts high court allows AG’s Exxon Suit Claiming Climate Deception to proceed, & US Law Firm Serves First Ever Subpoena via NFT in Crypto Exchange Hacking Case.
- Uvalde families in Texas take first steps to possible lawsuit against gunmaker - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 26
New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics, U.S. court will soon rule if AI can legally be an ‘inventor’, Supreme Court leak investigation heats up as clerks are asked for phone records.
- U.S. Chicken Purchasers Get Class-Action Certification in Price-Fixing Lawsuit - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 25
Uber Escapes Liability for Sexual Assaults by Impostor Drivers, New York Subway Shooting Survivor Sues Gun Manufacturer Glock, U.S. Chicken Producers Face a Class-Action Lawsuit for Alleged Price-Fixing Conspiracy to Reduce Chicken Meat Supply and Raise Prices dating back to 2008.
- Former president of Louvre museum charged in art trafficking case - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 24
Tennessee to Make Homeless Camps on Public Land a Felony, Idaho legislator asks U.S. Congress to close Yellowstone’s ‘zone of death’ loophole, former president of Louvre museum charged in art trafficking case.
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Texas’ Social Media Censorship Ban to Take Effect - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 23
5th Circuit federal appeals court says the S.E.C.’s use of an in-house judge violates defendants’ rights, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Texas’ Social Media Censorship Ban to Take Effect, AG Paxton Sues Google for Deceptively Tracking Users’ Location Without Consent.
- Katrina survivors sued by Louisiana after using grant money to rebuild - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 22
Congress considers increased security for Supreme Court justices, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy vows state won’t cooperate with out-of-state abortion investigations, Katrina survivors sued by Louisiana after using grant money to rebuild, Surfside Condo collapse victims reach $997 million settlement.
An entire episode on the Supreme Court Roe V. Wade leak.
- The Contractual Impossibility of Dissolving Disney’s Special District - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 20
Ohio lawyer unable to practice for 6 months after swearing at a judge outside of court, A bipartisan supported bill requiring that federal judges' financial disclosure reports be made publicly available online passes congress, and the contractual Impossibility of Florida dissolving Disney’s special district.
- Foreign entities buying American farm land without legal oversight - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 19
Lack of record keeping is allowing foreign entities to buy American farm land without oversight, California COVID-19 ruling that could open the door for additional tort litigation cases, Artificially intelligent prosecutor software is being used in China.
- U.S. Officials link North Korean hackers to $615 million cryptocurrency heist - Litigation Nation Podcast- Ep. 18
Former nurse, RaDonda Vaught, found guilty in accidental injection death of 75-year-old patient, Justice tech company Paladin partners with Ukraine’s Legal Development Network to launch European pro bono portal to assist with war relief, FBI officials say North Korean hackers stole more than $600 million in cryptocurrency in single hack.
- Louisiana Supreme Court Allows Police Officer's Lawsuit Against Protest Organizer - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 16
The city of Los Angeles reached a historic $3 billion settlement to address homelessness, Louisiana court rules Protest leader's can be sued for police injury regardless of whether they attended the protest or not, many big U.S. law firms are still working with their Russian clients despite stating the contrary.
- Mercedes will accept liability if its self-driving tech causes crash - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 15
DraftKings sports gambler sues MLB over sign-stealing scandal, Mercedes-Benz says it will accept legal responsibility for crashes caused by its self-driving car tech in its latest luxury models, D.C. sues Grubhub for allegedly using deceptive trade practices.
- Chapman University Professor Sues Student for Copyright Infringement After Course Exam Posted Online - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 14
Biden administration takes aim at breaking up monopolies in the domestic meat and poultry industries, federal court in Iowa strikes down proposed 'Ag-gag" law ruling it unconstitutional, lack of record keeping is allowing foreign entities to buy American farm land without oversight, and a Chapman University Business Professor is suing a student for copyright infringement after course exam is found posted online.
- U.S. actor Jussie Smollett has been sentenced after a jury found he lied about being a hate crime victim - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 13
Department of Justice hires an art sleuth targeting Russian oligarch assets, U.S. actor Jussie Smollett has been sentenced after a jury found he lied about being a hate crime victim. Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens receive guilty verdicts for contributing to the opioid crisis in two Ohio counties.
- Law firms & U.S. companies respond to imposed Russian sanctions over Ukraine - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 12
U.S. law firms & companies respond to imposed Russian sanctions over Ukraine, N.Y. lawsuit raises important questions on non-human personhood, White House Department of Justice ramps up its White Collar Prosecution of individuals that may have defrauded the government in terms of COVID-19 financial assistance.
- Sandy Hook Families Reach Settlement With Gunmaker for $73 Million - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 11
Sandy Hook families settle with Remington, marking 1st time gun-maker held liable for mass shooting, George Zimmerman lawsuit against Trayvon Martin's parents dismissed, U.S. judge blocks Biden measure for calculating climate risks.
- San Francisco D.A. says, SF police Department used rape victims’ DNA to try to ‘incriminate’ them - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 10
Texas AG sues Facebook for allegedly collecting facial-recognition data without consent, U.S. court revives Philadelphia news anchors lawsuit against Facebook over misappropriation of her right of publicity, and San Francisco D.A. says, SF police used rape victims’ DNA to try to ‘incriminate’ them.
- Montana residents receive a trial date for potential landmark climate change lawsuit - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 9
Trial set in climate change lawsuit brought by Montana youths, Inside Johnson & Johnson's secret plan to cap litigation payouts to cancer victims with "Project Plato", and California accuses Tesla of alleged discrimination in their San Francisco Bay Area factory.
- Former NFL coach sues the National Football league over racial discrimination in their hiring processes - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 8
Former NFL coach is suing the National Football league over racial discrimination in their hiring processes, young attorneys are burning out and many of them are seeking to leave the practice altogether, Growing frequency of climate disasters is forcing the insurance industries to adapt.
- Facebook is shutting down its facial recognition system after years of litigation stemming from privacy laws - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 7
Wisconsin medical providers go to the courts to prevent their at-will employees from being allowed to quit and work elsewhere, San Jose is introducing a new liability insurance requirement for gun owners, the first of its kind in the country, Facebook is shutting down its facial recognition system after years of litigation stemming from privacy laws passed in Illinois and other states.
Prosecutors file first felony charges tied to Tesla Autopilot crashes, Uber slapped with ADA lawsuit from three wheelchair-using New Orleans residents, attorneys brought up on ethics charges for their online behavior.
Artificially intelligent prosecutor software is being used in China, litigation financing through cryptocurrency, legal developments from the Surfside Condo collapse in south Florida. Join Litigation Nation host Jack Sanker every Tuesday for the most interesting litigation cases of the week.
- The Legal Technology Sector is Consolidating Significantly as Larger Corporations Increase Acquisitions - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 4
New Jersey Law firm buys office space in the Metaverse, regulatory overhaul across the country, legal technology companies are being consolidated and acquired by larger companies, a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney takes on a civil case and wins a 25 million dollar verdict against Chicago Police Department, and the Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict in jeopardy after a juror admits he may not have been truthful on his questionnaire.
- Courts Rule New York State Justified in Opioid Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 3
4th Amendment ruling in PA could rewrite what is considered acceptable probable cause, Colorado modifies previous runaway truck driver sentencing, Ghislaine Maxwell, Bankruptcy Lawyers, and New York State score a win against a pharmaceutical company for the opioid epidemic.
- California COVID-19 Ruling Could Open The Door For Additional Tort Litigation Cases - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 2
Market trends among law firms demonstrate a growing gap between the top firms and the best of the rest, Colorado criminal conviction sentence of 110 years spurs massive logistic-workers strike, and a California COVID-19 ruling that could open the door for additional tort litigation cases.
- Litigation Financing Blamed for Increased High Dollar Verdicts in Tort Claims - Litigation Nation Podcast - Ep. 1
Join Litigation Nation Host Jack Sanker as he recaps the most interesting legal news of the week
- 35 SmithAmundsen Attorneys Included on 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists35 SmithAmundsen Attorneys Included on 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Congratulations to all of our attorneys named to the 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2022 Illinois Rising Stars lists!
- New Pending Illinois Legislation Could Impact Potential COVID-19 Exposure ClaimsNew Pending Illinois Legislation Could Impact Potential COVID-19 Exposure Claims
Illinois legislators have introduced new legislation that, if passed, could drastically alter the liabilities faced by employers and businesses to potential COVID-19 exposure claims.
- Reducing and Defending COVID-19 Workers' Compensation ClaimsReducing and Defending COVID-19 Workers' Compensation Claims
View our on demand webcast from Jeff Risch and Jack Sanker as they take a deep dive into new trends regarding workers compensation and COVID-19.
- SmithAmundsen Promotes Seven Attorneys to PartnerSmithAmundsen Promotes Seven Attorneys to Partner
Congratulations to Luke Behnke, Amber Bishop, John Hayes, Matthew Kees, Elizabeth Lum, Paul Mackowski & Jack Sanker!