Samantha Guttenberg joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in February 2016 and was hired as an associate attorney in November 2019, after graduating from DePaul University College of Law.
During her time in law school, Samantha was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Mock Trial Team, DePaul Advocates and the Women’s Bar Association. She also was involved with the DePaul Civil Litigation Clinic where she focused her work on housing discrimination cases. As a volunteer at the DePaul Criminal Appeals Clinic, Samantha appealed the conviction of a client who had been arrested during a traffic stop. She researched and wrote briefs to file with the Illinois Appellate Court.
As a law clerk for Levin & Perconti, Samantha worked closely with attorneys during trial preparation, which included researching and drafting motions in limine and trial briefs, reviewing depositions, and drafting direct and cross exams. She also drafted settlement demand letters, pleadings, substantive motions and research memorandums. Samantha reviewed and analyzed medical records and reports for medical malpractice, personal injury and nursing home cases.
Before joining Levin & Perconti, Samantha was a mock trial team coach at Benedictine University, where she taught students about trial practice, courtroom etiquette, and proper use of federal rules of evidence. She judges regional and national trial tournaments for the American Mock Trial Association. She also was a legal secretary for a family law firm prior to law school, drafting marital settlement agreements and estate planning documents.
Samantha volunteers at the Wills for Heroes Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping first responders create important legal documents including wills, living wills and powers of attorney.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading, exploring Chicago and spending time with friends and family.
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2019
B.A., North Central College, 2016
A.A.S., Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Elgin Community College, 2013
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois