Margaret Battersby Black ’08
Partner, Levin & Perconti
Margaret Battersby Black ’08 is a partner at the law firm Levin & Perconti, representing clients in all types of serious personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home and wrongful death litigation. She speaks regularly to fellow attorneys, advocates and community groups on issues related to nursing home and medical malpractice cases and has successfully tried several such cases to verdict. Margaret is active in the American Association for Justice, the American Constitution Society, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Illinois State Bar Association, and served as the ACS Chicago Chapter’s law firm outreach coordinator.
Margaret is a member of the Young Alumni Council at Chicago-Kent and has spoken at the law school on personal injury damages. She regularly mentors law students and frequently speaks to students about her experiences as a trial lawyer and has returned to judge moot court competitions. While at Chicago-Kent, she was a finalist of the Midwest Moot Court Competition and was named best oralist during the preliminary rounds.
In 2011, the Law Bulleting Publishing Company recognized Margaret as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” and this year Leading Lawyers named her an Emerging Leader. She has also been selected as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers each year since 2011.
Stephen Veltman ’08
Agent, Relativity Sports
Stephen W. Veltman ’08 is a Major League Baseball Players Association Certified player agent at Relativity Baseball, a Chicago-based sports agency that represents more than 70 MLB players, including Miguel Cabrera, Madison Bumgarner, Justin Verlander, Paul Goldschmidt and David Ortiz. Steve began working at Relativity as an intern during his second year at Chicago-Kent, with a focus on salary arbitration. In 2010, he became the youngest agent to successfully argue a salary arbitration case when he secured a $4.45 million decision for outfielder Cody Ross against the Miami Marlins. Since then, he has thrived as a full-service agent, representing some of the best young stars in MLB and helping to negotiate more than $500 million in contracts on behalf of Relativity clients.
Steve has maintained close ties with Chicago-Kent since graduating. For the past four years, he has coached Chicago-Kent teams in the annual Tulane Salary Arbitration Competition and his teams have finished in the top three (out of more than 50 teams) for the past three years.