Your Outside In-house Legal Counsel Since 1985

Samuel J.Erkonen

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Samuel J. Erkonen

Plainfield, Illinois

Sam is a partner with Howe & Hutton and earned his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and is a 1989 graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Sam was elected President of his legal fraternity. He also possesses a Master of Laws degree in taxation. Sam brings Howe & Hutton extensive litigation experience at the state and federal levels. He presently serves the hospitality, entertainment, not for profit and trade association industries in the areas of contract negotiation and litigation. Sam has served twice as the chairman of the Trade and Professional Association Committee as well as serving on the Nominations Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2009


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1989
    • Honors: Magister (President) of Phi Delta Phi Fraternity
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • LL.M. – 1996
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.B.A. – 1986
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Finance

Published Works

  • The Spotlight is on Construction – The Potential Consequences of Hiring, Fencepost, March/April, 2007
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations in Illinois


  • Is That Legal?, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2001 – Present
  • Legal Issues That Impact How We Do Business, International Association of Corporate Executives
  • Numerous, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Numerous, Association Forum of Chicagoland
  • Numerous, Paid Speaking Engagements

Honors and Awards

  • Chairman, Trade and Professional Associations Committee, Chicago Bar
  • Member, Nominations Committee, Chicago Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association