2015 Alumni Awards Honorees


Professional Achievement Award

Bart Lazar ’87
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Bart Lazar ’87 is a pioneer in the areas of data privacy and security, Internet law and social media, as well as one of the nation's leading and most innovative intellectual property and advertising attorneys. A partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP since 1991, Bart formed the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice in 1998 and continues to handle significant privacy and security counseling transaction and litigation matters, as well as cutting-edge security breach, cybercrime and anonymity issues. He has handled such precedent-setting cases as the first Internet privacy case brought by the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of GeoCities; the first database security breach case brought by the New York Attorney General on behalf of CS Stars; and the first temporary restraining orders and impoundment orders to investigate and halt cyberpiracy. He has also assisted in civil cases and investigations that resulted in some of the first criminal prosecutions for cybercrime. Bart has successfully policed counterfeit merchandise at events such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the NBA Finals in Chicago, and has represented major brands in breaking up international and domestic counterfeiting rings. He also helped to enact Illinois’ anti-counterfeiting statute, including drafting and negotiating the language of the statute and testifying on its behalf. In the advertising, social media and trademark space, Bart works with leading agencies and brands to develop, commercialize and enforce their intellectual property rights both online and offline.

Bart has also been a leader in giving back to Chicago-Kent. He helped to establish Chicago-Kent’s first intellectual property focused externship at Seyfath Shaw in 2003 and since then has mentored more than 20 Chicago-Kent student externs. He has lectured in the Intellectual Property Strategies course and other privacy courses at Chicago-Kent and has participated in several Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review seminars. Bart also served on Chicago-Kent’s 125th Anniversary Gala Host Committee and DJ’d at the 125th Anniversary Block Party. In 2011, the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society recognized him as its inaugural Intellectual Property Alumnus of the Year.


Hon. Daniel G. Martin ’84
United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

After serving in the federal court system for more than 20 years, Hon. Daniel G. Martin ‘85 was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois in 2012. Judge Martin began his career as a staff attorney with the Law Offices of the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, where he tried more than 50 federal criminal jury trials and argued more than 40 cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as the director of continuing legal education and as a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel attorney selection committee for the Northern District. In 2002, Judge Martin created and administered the Federal Defender Program’s Summer Trial Skills Institute.

Judge Martin is an adjunct faculty member at Chicago-Kent, teaching several courses on trial advocacy and working with the law school’s nationally ranked trial advocacy teams. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America and the Association of Horizon. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1981.


Distinguished Service Award

Tarek A. Fadel ‘03
CEO, AdaptiGroup, LLC

Tarek Fadel ’03 is the chief executive officer of AdaptiGroup LLC, a company he founded in 2003 to address the need for greater and more intelligent use of technology in bar examination preparation. Thousands of students in all 50 states and more than 50 countries now use AdaptiGroup’s online multistate bar examination simulator and preparation software each year.

Tarek is a member of the Legal Education, Admission and Competency committee of the Illinois State Bar Association and previously served on the Women in Law committee. He also served as a delegate to the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division assembly, where he was a member of the ABA’s Truth in Law School Education Committee. He mentors dozens of law students and young lawyers annually though his involvement with the ISBA and Chicago-Kent. He served as president of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and remains an ex-officio member of the Board. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Illinois Institute of Technology.

While at Chicago-Kent, Tarek was the president of the Student Bar Association and received the SBA President of the Year Award from the ABA. Prior to attending law school, he served as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies on technical issues related to Y2K compliance. Tarek earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from DePaul University in 1998.


Richard Reibman '78
Partner, Thompson Coburn

Richard Reibman ’78 is a co-chair of Thompson Coburn’s corporate and securities group and leads the practice in the firm’s Chicago office. With more than 25 years of experience on the legal and regulatory side of financial markets, Rick advises trading firms, brokerage firms, trade execution firms and investment managers in the futures, securities and options markets. He has successfully represented clients before NFA, FINRA, CFTC, SEC and the various futures and securities exchanges and frequently leads litigation efforts in highly complex areas. Rick also represents registered and unregistered fund managers in the formation and operation of private investment funds and advises electronic trading platform providers, as well as licensors of trading programs and front-end systems. Unlike many financial regulatory attorneys, he has direct experience in the futures and options markets, having spent the first decade of his career as a principal of futures and options arbitrage and brokerage operations.

Rick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Chicago-Kent since 1995, regularly teaching courses in financial services regulation and in creditors' rights and bankruptcy law. He serves on the Chicago-Kent Compliance Advisory Board and is the founder and faculty chair of the law school’s annual Conference on Futures and Derivatives, now in its seventh year.


Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award

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

Veltman 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.


Institutional Partner Award

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
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Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. was founded in 1986 by four attorneys practicing general litigation. Since then, it has grown to be a national firm of trial lawyers representing and counseling clients in product liability, toxic tort, complex commercial, employment, insurance, construction, environmental, professional liability, transportation and warranty matters. With offices in Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Jersey City, New York City, Philadelphia and St. Louis, Segal McCambridge has more than 180 attorneys nationwide. The firm is also a leader in the use of information technology, developing litigation support software programs that provide cutting-edge solutions for trial preparation and custom-built extranet programs for clients based on the requirements of their particular litigation.

Twenty current attorneys at Segal McCambridge graduated from Chicago-Kent, which is indicative of the close relationship between the firm and the law school. Managing shareholder Kathleen McDonough ’94 sits on the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers and Emily Acosta ’13 is a vice president of the Young Alumni Council. Other alumni at the firm have mentored students through the Women in Law Mentoring Program, have advised students during Alumni-Student ConneKtions Week and have spoken on panels for the Admissions Office, the Career Services Office and for various student organizations. Segal McCambridge also participates in the Semester Law Associate Program at Chicago-Kent, hiring students each year in positions that often lead to offers of full-time employment after graduation.

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