Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

Social Media home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES                DOWNLOAD PDF ISSUE

BUSINESS Betty Tsamis opens local law firm
by Ross Forman
2008-06-25

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Betty Tsamis began practicing law in 2001 while living in Colorado, and was the lead counsel for a much-publicized case where she represented a pharmacist undergoing gender transition.

She returned to Chicago in 2005 and was licensed legally in Illinois in 2006.

In 2008, she started the Tsamis Law Firm, P.C.

'I've worked for very small to mid-size law firms and, to be quite honest, I really wanted to go out and do my own thing. I wanted to see if I could be successful at my own my law firm, and so far it's been working out very well,' Tsamis said. 'I always felt like something was missing when I was working for other attorneys and other law firms.

'I've seen some very strange things at various law firms that I've been at. It seems as though the people we represent sometimes get lost in the mix.

'I have been on both sides, meaning, I have represented both people and also entities/companies, so I have had the perspective from both sides.'

Her firm will concentrate on business, employment/HR law and GLBT matters.

'The most fantastic work experience I've had was when I was working for a mid-sized firm in Colorado, and they really had the focus on doing the right thing,' Tsamis said. 'It was at that firm where I worked on two high-profile case, both of which received wide-ranging media exposure—and that's when I realized that being an attorney was the right thing [ for me ] to do. Unfortunately, my dad became very sick in Chicago and he passed away, and I then decided to come back home. Or I probably would still be with that law firm in Colorado.'

Tsamis has worked with clients in various industries: food/restaurant; oil & gas; aviation; telemarketing; retail; wholesale; and professional service organizations. She also has worked with GLBT companies and GLBT individuals on various matters.

'I couldn't be happier now, being the master of my own universe, so to speak,' Tsamis said. 'More important, I get to apply my values in the practice of law and practice the way I feel good about practicing. Some of my core values are, providing affordable, competent legal services—and not turning someone away and helping someone out, be it an individual or business, however possible.

'One of the things I pride myself on is, out-of-the-box thinking on creating fee agreements that actually work, not just for the attorney, but also for the clients. I want to reach out to those who may not have the full resources up front, or they may have limited resources, or they may not have any resources. I really pride myself on being very creative on how I can help people.'

Tsamis said she expects to add another attorney to the firm in the next year possibly, but never a huge mega-firm.

'Within the GLBT community, I want to continue representing GLBT individuals in the areas of employment- and business-law,' she said. 'I also want to work with individuals in other areas, such as contracts and litigations, plus domestic partnerships.

'I also want to work with GLBT business owners, particularly small, start-up companies, emerging companies, and entrepreneurs.'

Tsamis said she 'couldn't be happier' since she's now working for herself. 'I feel like I have found myself as an attorney and have really come into my own,' she said. 'I can't see myself going back to working in a law firm for someone else after having this experience [ running my own firm ] . I could see working with other attorneys, but I can not see myself as anything but self-employed at this point.'

Tsamis is an active volunteer for the Chicago Lighthouse, which supports people who are blind.

For more information on Tsamis Law Firm, P.C., contact Betty Tsamis at 312-827-7973 or TSAMISLAW@aol.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Booksellers launch "Boxed Out" campaign, a look at consumer choices 2020-10-22
--From a press release - (New York, New York) 20% of independent bookstores across the country are in danger of closing. Today, theAmerican Booksellers Association launched the "Boxed Out" campaign to draw attention to the high stakes indie bookstores face this ...


Gay News

Author/academic John D'Emilio on new book, future endeavors 2020-10-01
- Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives is a new book by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives President and University of Illinois at Chicago History and Women's and Gender Studies Professor Emeritus John ...


Gay News

Out Illinois State coach dives into new position 2020-09-16
- Logan Pearsall, an accomplished college diver who has since transitioned into master's level diving, was competing at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He was doing a challenging inward dive from a one-meter ...


Gay News

Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy 2020-09-02
- Riverside resident Joseph Baar Topinka is still impressed with the resolve and stamina with which his late mother, longtime GOP politician Judy Baar Topinka, was able to "slug it out" in the political arena. "She got ...


Gay News

'Making Sweet Tea': Out NU dean talks about new documentary 2020-08-18
- Performer and Northwestern University Dean E. Patrick Johnson discussed his new film and the importance of reclaiming storytelling agency in a virtual Q&A Lambda Legal hosted Aug. 9. Johnson, dean of Northwestern University's School of Communication, ...


Gay News

Asha Ransby-Sporn talks building on the anti-racism movement's legacy 2020-08-05
- With anti-racism protests happening around the United States, in what some media outlets are saying is the largest movement in this country's history, demands to abolish the police have increasingly been a part of the rallying ...


Gay News

Local lesbian couple celebrate 50 years together 2020-08-05
- When Alice Cozad and Linda Young met each other as freshmen at the University of Iowa they knew almost instantly that they would be together as a couple for the rest of their lives. "The electricity ...


Gay News

Teen LGBTQ+ activist aims to inspire with Be You Tiful Initiative 2020-07-31
- Allison Frank is a 16-year-old lesbian activist from Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School who found her passion for activism and began the Be You Tiful Initiative. It all started when Frank was feeling overwhelmed in a makeup ...


Gay News

Cicero student finds his voice 2020-07-29
- When Jorge Martinez-Arevalo was in eighth grade, he was elected president of an LGBTQ+ after-school club at Unity Junior High School, in Cicero. During his eighth-grade year, the club, which is known as NJAW (short for ...


Gay News

Chicago man takes face masks into luxury 2020-07-10
- During COVID-19 David Altman is encouraging people to wear their heart on their face with masks that his brand Vintage Luxe Up is currently making out of vintage luxury designer silk scarves. Altman grew up on ...


Gay News

E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts 2020-07-08
- E. Patrick Johnson is a man often associated with the word "first." He was the first in his family to go to college, and the first Black native of Hickory, North Carolina, to receive a Ph.D., ...


Gay News

Gay sign-language interpreter on press conferences, LGBTQs 2020-04-01
- As a child, Michael Spencer Albert never knew how important his hands would be one day as an interpreter for the deaf community. He was born in Edgewater Hospital and grew up in Skokie. In college, ...


Gay News

Man behind memorial crosses diagnosed with terminal cancer 2020-03-22
- Greg Zanis—the Aurora man who has built more than 27,000 white crosses to commemorate victims of gun violence—has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, The Chicago Tribune reported. Also, despite surgery to remove the tumor, the disease ...


Gay News

Windy City Times printable election guide charts 2020-03-16
- For printable Election Guide charts, please follow the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2020_webcharts_full_20200309.pdf . Also see many candidate interviews and profiles throughout recent weeks. ...


Gay News

Memoir profiles lesser-known sides of Edie Windsor 2019-12-11
- Mention the name Edie Windsor, and many LGBT residents would correctly associate her with the landmark litigation that ultimately paved the way for the United States Supreme Court declaring marriage equality to be the law of ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.