Sammi L. Renken is a Vice President of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. She joined the firm in 2001, and serves on the Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the firm's Women Initiative.
Ms. Renken is an experienced trial lawyer with litigation, advocacy and counseling skills that cross practice areas. Based on a broad jury trial background, Ms. Renken provides solutions and results for her client’s most challenging cases. Her practice has included representation and trials involving malpractice and medical actions, commercial and business disputes, nursing home litigation, drug and medical device lawsuits, Medicare and Medicaid audits, fraud claims and attorney malpractice litigation. She has also represented various professionals in licensure matters before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. She has successfully litigated cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Circuit Court of Will County, Circuit Court of Kane County, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as well as numerous venues in Southern Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
In 2021, Ms. Renken was honored to be elected for the Membership Chair position in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Illinois Chapter of ABOTA. In 2017, she was also welcomed into the fellowship of the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2018, Ms. Renken was honored to be selected as a member of The Society of Trial Lawyers. All three organizations are by invitation only to litigators with proven results as lead trial counsel. She recently was recognized as a 2020 Women in Law Inaugural Honoree by the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin publications.
Ms. Renken is licensed to practice in Illinois and North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.