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Alumni of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law impact the legal profession, the business world and their surrounding communities every day. The Alumni Association is proud to share the most recent accomplishments of Chicago-Kent graduates.

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Sirat Attapit '01 named Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sirat K. Attapit, an Illinois native, has been named Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs by the Biden administration. Attapit most recently served as director of legislative affairs for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Biden has nominated Becerra to be his secretary of Health and Human Services.) Before that, Attapit spent 12 years in various positions in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and the Illinois General Assembly, where she served as an assistant counsel to former House Speaker Michael Madigan. Attapit holds a law degree and MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law and Stuart School of Business, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jared Reynolds and Matthew McElwee Announce Opening of RM Law Group LLC
Monday, October 26, 2020

Chicago, Illinois – On October 26, 2020, Jared Reynolds '15 and Matthew McElwee '16 announce the launch of the law firm, RM Law Group LLC.


RM was formed by Attorneys Matthew McElwee and Jared Reynolds because of a noticeable lack of Attorneys who tailor their services - and prices - to fit their clients’ growing needs. By merging distinct corporate and litigation practices, RM Law Group provides a much-needed variety of services at cost-effective rates. Learn more.

Benjamin Van Airsdale ’16 joined Carter & Tani as an associate
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Benjamin Van Airsdale ’16 is now an associate at Carter & Tani, a franchise and business law firm in Wheaton, Illinois, joining partners Christine Tani ’77 and Doris Carter, and associate Alissa Carter Verson ’16.

Judge (ret.) Dorothy French Mallen '78 joins Webster Egan Mediations
Monday, August 17, 2020

Judge (ret.) Dorothy French Mallen '78 retired as a circuit judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit and joined retired Judges Webster and Egan in their mediation practice, Webster Egan Mallen Mediations. Circuit Judge Dorothy French Mallen presided over a civil Courtroom in DuPage County from 2001-2020. She served in the Law Division over 13 years handling an individual call from the filing of the case through resolution. The matters sought money damages for personal injury, including medical, institutional, and dental professional negligence, property damage, eminent domain, contract and commercial disputes, partnership dissolution, Residential Real Estate Property Act, sex abuse, BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act), BIFDA (Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act), Consumer Fraud Act, fraud, estate disputes, product liability, infliction of emotional distress, defamation/slander, premises liability, construction contract disputes and personal injury, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination, Illinois Wage Payment Act, legal malpractice, architectural malpractice, declaratory judgment and many other tort, contract or statutory civil causes of action.

Judge French Mallen understands mediation from the perspective of a judge, attorney, plaintiff and defendant. She is committed to the fair resolution of disputes by settlement through mediation.

Larry Rogers, Jr. '94 Sworn in as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Monday, June 15, 2020

Larry Rogers Jr., '94, equity partner at Power Rogers in Chicago was sworn in as president of the Illinois Trial Lawers Association (ITLA) on Friday, June 5.  Rogers was interviewed by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about his path to becoming a personal injury attorney and his view of ITLA's role in the current discussion about police misconduct. Read the Daily Law Bulletin article here. For more information about Larry Rogers Jr., read the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association news release.                 

Amanda Clark '12 Wins 7th Circuit Case
Monday, December 23, 2019

Amanda Clark '12 successfully argued a case in front of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about the case here.

Sara Schumann '11 uses her dance and law background to keep Madison Ballet on pointe
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sara Schumann '11 is the artistic director for the Madison Ballet. Read more about Sara's impact on the company here.

Tonya Newman '05 Chosen for ABA 100 Women Who Inspire Us
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tonya Newman '05 was recognized among 100 Women Who Inspire Us at the American Bar Association 2019 Women in Litigation conference, which took place from November 13–15 in Chicago. The list recognizes women leaders for their success in the courtroom, in the judiciary, and in the profession. The conference is part of the ABA Section of Litigation’s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote.
Tonya is a partner and litigator in the Neal Gerber Eisenberg Insurance Policyholder practice group. She joins other distinguished female leaders in the law on the list, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Chicago-Kent Alumna to Argue before the Illinois Supreme Court
Monday, October 14, 2019

Karolina Zielinska '11 will be appearing before the Illinois Supreme Court in Kevin McAllister v. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, et. al.  Mrs. Zielinska is a partner at Elfenbaum, Evers, Amarilio & Zielinska, P.C., a law firm in Chicago, Illinois representing injured employees in their workers' compensation claims.  This will be be Karolina's first appearance before the Illinois Supreme Court and oral arguments are anticipated to be held in early 2020.

Six Chicago-Kent Alumni Named 40 Under Forty
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Six Chicago-Kent alumni were named 40 Under Forty by Law Bulletin Media. This prestigious recognition is reserved for 40 attorneys each year. 

Judd Fineberg '09, Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP

Adam Garber '07, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Juan Morado, Jr. '07, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Daniel Stringfield '07, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Philip Terrazzino '13, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC

Hailee Zabrin '09, Berger Schatz


Leo Dombrowski '90 Received a Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Award
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Leo P. Dombrowski '90 a partner at the Chicago law firm of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP, recently received an award from the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program for the work he has done for military veterans over the past 20 years. A member of the TVC National Volunteer Corps since 1999, Dombrowski has represented veterans in 10 appellate cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, winning them all. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth presented him with the award at a ceremony at Union Station, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3.

Robert Fakhouri '13 Passed Out Blessing Bags in Chicago
Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Fakhouri Firm, led by Robert Fakhouri '13 started the holidays early with 7 miles of blessings for those in need. The firm prepared bags for those less fortunate and passed them out in Chicago to the homeless population. 

Georgia Loukas Demeros '98 Recognized as Most Distinguished Greek-American in Law
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Congratulations to the HBA's Second Vice President, Georgia Loukas Demeros who was honored on October 21st at the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center by the United Hellenic Voters of America as their 2018 Most Distinguished Greek-American in Law.  Georgia was recognized for her dedicaton to business and individual estate and tax planning and her contibutions to the Hellenic Bar Assocation.

Jorge Ramirez '97 to step down as Chicago Federation of Labor president
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Jorge Ramirez '97 has announced that he will step down when his term expires in June 2018. He also announed that he will support Robert Reiter '03, currently secretary-treasurer for CFL his replacement. Read the full article in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Matt Mulroe '15 Launched a Healthy Snack Food Company
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Matt Mulroe '15 launched a healthy snack food company with a focus on kids products with his brother, Mike Mulroe, in December 2017. The first product line, “MATT-N-MIKE’S Almond Butter Bites,” features three different flavors. Matt had been practicing in the private equity group of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office since graduation when Mike approached him with the idea.  Matt and Mike believed there was a gap in the kids market for healthy, all natural snacks. They decided to focus exclusively on the venture this past Fall and are now working on launching the MATT-N-MIKE’S brand full time.  Matt and Mike are lifelong Chicago residents and are manufacturing and distributing the product in Chicago. Learn more at 

Donna Rotunno '00 profiled by Chicago Magazine
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Donna Rotunno '00 was profiled by Chicago Magazine for her work as a criminal defense attorney. Check out the article here.

Gregory Funfsinn '07 Opened a New Firm, Hicks & Funfsinn, PLLC.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gregory Funfsinn and Joshua Hicks have opened a civil litigation firm, Hicks & Funfsinn, PLLC, with offices in Mercer and Fayette County in Kentucky. Gregory Funfsinn, a ’07 graduate, was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney before moving to Kentucky and working for two of the largest law firms in the state.

Greg Wyler ’96 Named Most Powerful Executive
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Greg Wyler ’96 has been named Most Powerful Executive in Telecom by FierceWireless. Wyler beat out prominent CEO’s including T-Mobile’s John Legere, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Verizon’s Lowell McAdam.  Wyler founded OneWeb in 2012 with the mission to provide affordable internet access to everyone.


Larry Donohue '95 was featured by Fit Small Business
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Larry Donahue ’95 was featured in an article titled 57 Questions to Ask When Buying a Business, by Fit Small Business this month. In the article, Donahue provides business buyers with legal advice about what to include in the sale of the business. Donahue founded Law 4 Small Business, a firm dedicated to helping small businesses in legal endeavors.

Jill Webb '96 Named Top Woman Lawyer
Monday, November 13, 2017

Jill Webb was recently recognized as a Top Woman Lawyer by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Recipients of this award are women who have “made major contributions through their service in a leadership
role.” Ms. Webb, a ’96 graduate, mentors students at Chicago-Kent through the Women in Law mentoring program. Jill opened the Law Office of Jill M. Webb in 2016.

Jonathan Rhodes ’09 is leading the Louisiana Civil Justice Center
Friday, November 3, 2017

Jonathan Rhodes ’09 is leading the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a disaster-focused civil legal aid organization in New Orleans. Following the hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the LCJC is busy at work. Most of the calls getting through to the LCJC are from the U.S. Virgin Islands and deal with matters mostly related to emergency family law and landlord-tenant issues. They expect to see a higher volume of calls from Puerto Rico when the power returns to the island.

Randy Micheletti ’09 founded Incubate IP
Monday, October 30, 2017

Randy Micheletti ’09 founded Incubate IP this fall, a boutique firm dedicated to servicing startup companies. Incubate IP prides itself on making startups the “core” of the firm’s client list.

William Gibbs '04 was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

William Gibbs '04 was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. This esteemed invite-only organization is comprised of top trial lawyers across the country who demonstrate superior qualifications as
civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Gibbs is a 2004 Chicago-Kent graduate. He is a partner at Corboy & Demetrio.

In memoriam: Robert David Eatman '81
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Robert Eatman '81, a prominent broadcast talent agent whose clients included Mancow Muller, Opie and Anthony, Drex, Rover and other current and former Chicago radio personalities. Eatman died Sunday of cancer at 65. A Chicago native and graduate of Chicago Kent School of Law, he represented AFTRA, SAG and other performers unions before forming his own talent agency in 1991. “Bob took me from $70,000 a year when nobody else saw anything in me and made me one of the top radio personalities in America,” Muller recalled. “Eatman made the difference.” Robert graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981 and received the Alumni of Distinction award in 2013. Full story available here.


Gary Kanter ’95 Announced as Named Shareholder of Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter
Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumnus Gary Kanter ’95, was recently announced as a named Shareholder of Chicago law firm Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C. in recognition of over two decades of dedicated and personalized client service. With more than 20 years of legal and accounting experience, Gary has built a reputation as a strategic thinker, a creative problem solver and a responsive and dedicated lawyer and counselor. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his tax, business law and estate planning practices. 



Stephen Vertucci ’02 Starts New Law Firm, Law Office of Stephen Vertucci
Friday, February 10, 2017

Chicago-Kent alum, Stephen Vertucci, ’02, recently started his own law firm, The Law Firm of Stephen Vertucci, LLC. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, his firm focuses on family law issues. Specifically, Mr. Vertucci’s firm focuses on complex issues within family law such as child custody, child support, divorce, and spousal maintenance. At Chicago-Kent, he developed a passion for advocating for clients’ rights in the courtroom; he went on to learn effective trial techniques, cross-examination strategies, and crafting effective courtroom presentations. Upon graduating, Mr. Vertucci worked with some of the most highly regarded family law attorneys in Chicago, where he further honed his talent and passion for working in family law. Mr. Vertucci also worked as a criminal prosecutor in Arizona for several years before moving to Colorado and beginning this firm. 

TorHoerman Law Doubled Their Success And Gave Away 1,000 Turkeys To Madison County Families In Annual Thanksgiving Give Away
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TorHoerman Law increased their outreach these holidays and gave away 1,000 turkeys in November 2016. This year marked the third year that TorHoerman partnered with local sponsors to help residents in Alton and Granite City, Illinois. Last year, the law firm, which has strong ties to Madison County, was able to provide 500 turkeys to families in need.  The turkeys were distributed based on a first come, first serve basis. Alton Mayor Brant Walker commented that "It is tremendous that the law firm comes to help out the less fortunate." Tor Hoerman and Jessica (Paluch) Hoerman are both 1995 graduates of Chicago-Kent. Learn more about ways the TorHoerman Law gives back to the community here 

Full story available here.



Joe Carlasare '12 Appointed to the Rialto Square Theatre Board
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Joseph Carlasare '12 was appointed to the board by Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. Joe is an Associate at SmithAmundsen in their Commercial Litigation and Electronic Discovery & Information Guidance practice areas. He was named "Champion" and "Best Advocate" at the 2010 National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions.

Read the full story here.

Matthew Topic '06 Represents Journalist in McDonald Video Lawsuit
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Matthew TopicMatthew Topic '06 represented the journalist who successfully sued for the release of the Laquan McDonald video, discusses that case and other transparency issues in interview with Channel 7 Eye Witness News.

Full Story Available Here.

Lorien Schoenstedt '15 Joins Chuhak & Tecson P.C. as an Associate.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LorienSchoenstedtChuhak & Tecson P.C. added Lorien Schoenstedt '15 as an associate. Lorien practices in estate and trust administration and litigation and estate planning and asset protection. Lorien graduated this year from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and also earned a certificate in international and comparative law.

Michael Anderson '15 Joins Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Monday, November 16, 2015

MichaelAndersonMichael R. Anderson '15 is now an associate in Reinhart's Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Michael's prior experience includes serving as an IP law clerk with a firm in Chicago and an IP extern with a Milwaukee-based firm. His background also includes providing technical consulting and support to a Chicago-area school district. His B.S. in electrical engineering is from Valparaiso University.


Full story available here.





Sylvia St. Clair '13 joined Faegre Baker Daniels
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sylvia St. ClairSylvia St. Clair '13 has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the labor and employment practice group. Sylvia will focus on employment litigation, counseling clients on proper employment practices and risk management from the law firm's Chicago office. Sylvia brings experience in cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Illinois Department of Human Rights, and state and federal courts. From small business owners to large companies, Sylvia has defended employers in wrongful termination and discrimination matters involving gender, race, national origin and age discrimination. In addition to labor and employment, Sylvia experience includes commercial, product liability, toxic tort and transportation matters.

Full Story available here.

Peter G. Karahalios '76 Appointed to the Illinois Court of Claims
Monday, November 9, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Peter G. Karahalios '76 to the Illinois Court of Claims. Peter brings 40 years of experience as an attorney in both the private and public sectors to the bench. Currently, Peter is the Chief Legal Counsel and Sworn Deputy Treasurer in the Cook County Treasurer's Office. He oversees the compliance of state statutes and county ordinances on real estate tax collection and coordinates litigation with the Cook County State's Attorney and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Peter has held this position since 2007. It's a return to the Cook County Treasurer's Office because he previously worked there from 1998-2003 as the Chief of Staff and Sworn Chief Deputy Treasurer. Peter has worked in private practice, as well.

Michael E. Schultz '15 Joins Jones Day Chicago Office as an Associate
Friday, November 6, 2015

MichaelSchultzMichael Schultz '15 has joined Jones Day in their Chicago office, representing clients on general commercial real estate matters, including leasing, acquisitions, and dispositions. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Michael worked for a Chicago real estate law firm where he successfully closed numerous residential real estate transactions. Michael also worked in Chicago as a legal intern for Geneva Advisors (a Registered Investment Adviser [RIA]) and for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he gained significant regulatory experience. Before attending law school, Michael enjoyed a career as a professional jazz musician and private music instructor.

Karen Klein '95 Featured In Corporate Counsel
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

KarenKleinKaren Klein '95 was featured in Corporate Counsel on her experience as general counsel of Hotel Tonight, a mobile-only company that specializes in last-minute hotel deals. Klein spoke to senior editor Rich Steeves; an edited version available here.

Yosef C. Klein '11 Joins Collins Einhorn Farrell PC
Thursday, October 29, 2015

YosefKleinCollins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Yosef C. Klein '11 has joined the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group. Yosef will focus his practice primarily on analyzing and litigating insurance coverage disputes. In law school, Yosef was the president of Chicago-Kent’s Decalogue Society and a member of the Federalist Society’s executive board.

Full story available here.

Rachel J. Foster '98 Joins Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Thursday, October 29, 2015

RachelFosterRachel J. Foster '98 has joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as senior counsel. Rachel focuses her practice in real estate and construction law, corporate finance and the oil and gas industry. Rachel has experience in assisting developers, landlords and tenants as well as commercial and residential property owners in the acquisition, sale and leasing of real property. Rachel is also experienced in representing owners, contractors and subcontractors in preparation of construction agreements and in construction lien and bonding matters. Rachel will practice in the firm's Kalamazoo office.

Full story available here.

Rob Kohen '14 becomes Associate at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RobKohenSalvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. announced today the promotion of Rob L. Kohen '14 to Associate. Rob first joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. as an attorney in 2014. He concentrates his legal practice on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Outside of his legal practice, Rob is an avid and ranked triathlete. He is currently ranked in the top 5% overall as an All WORLD Ironman Age Group Athlete.

Full story available here.

Brian T. Lesiewicz '12 Joins Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd.'s Chicago Office
Monday, October 26, 2015

BrianLesiewiczBrian T. Lesiewicz '12 is the newest associate at Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd. in their Chicago office.  Mr. Lesiewicz is an associate attorney focusing his practice on toxic tort, products liability, and complex commercial litigation matters. He has extensive experience in all stages of litigation, including drafting motions and pleadings, conducting depositions, issuing and answering discovery requests, writing legal reports, and client counseling. Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Mr. Lesiewicz worked as an attorney at a commercial litigation and business transaction law firm in Chicago. In addition, he has previous experience working as a claims specialist for a Fortune 100 insurance company and as a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Chance Badertscher '14 Joins Lavelle Law, Ltd
Sunday, October 25, 2015

ChanceBadertscherLavelle Law, Ltd, in Palatine, IL, has announced the hiring of attorney Chance Badertscher '14. Chance received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison before pursuing his law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Lavelle Law, Chance will focus his practice on working with residential and commercial real estate clients as well as business formation, health law, and corporate law cases.

Keith Dronen '84 Wins 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager Award
Thursday, October 22, 2015

KeithDronenKeith Dronen '84, Dronen Financial Services, LLC, will be featured in a special section of the November issue of Chicago magazine as a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner. Five Star Professional partnered with Chicago magazine to identify and showcase an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field. Keith is a director of the Western Golf Association, a board member of Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) and past president and former board member of Wilmette Public Schools District 39.

Daniel P. Walsh '96 to receive Ohio's 61st Humanitarian Award
Thursday, October 15, 2015

DanielWalshDaniel P. Walsh '96 is going to receive the 61st Annual Humanitarian Award on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at the award's annual dinner. Daniel is being honored for his extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer, and professional organizations and his contribution to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Northeast Ohio. Daniel is currently the CEO of CityMark Capital in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information on the Award Dinner, click here.

Michael Debre '08 joins Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Michael DebreMichael Debre '08 has joined Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. as an associate for the firm’s banking group.  Mike represents financial institutions on a nationwide basis in matters involving loan enforcement, insolvency, fraud, breach of contract, replevin, conversion and mortgage foreclosures. Mike’s service extends to the community where he volunteers his time to several organizations, including the Legal Prep Charter Academy where he assists students in applying to and preparing for college.

Stephanie Grattan '11 Joins Koley Jessen in Omaha
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Steph Grattin '11Stephanie Grattan '11 has joined Koley Jessen as an Immigration and Healthcare attorney. She will work with clients on a broad range of immigration matters, including family and employment based visa petitions, adjustment of status (green card) applications, consular processing for immigrant visas, wavers of immigration violations, visas for victims of crimes, applications for asylum and other relief from harm, and naturalization and citizenship. Stephanie also represents individuals in detention and removal/deportation proceedings and on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Additionally, Stephanie counsels businesses on I-9 compliance and the E-Verify process.

Stacy Pollock '05 Named One of Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers®
Monday, August 17, 2015

Stacy Pollock '05 of Mazanec, Raskin, & Ryder Co., LPA, is named one of Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers®. Stacy, a first-time recipient, is an associate in MRR’s Columbus office selected for her work in Education law. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources who represents and advises public and private employers in labor and workers’ compensation matters, including schools and school administrators.

Joseph E. Collins '96 Joins Chicago Fox Rothschild LLP
Friday, August 7, 2015

JosephCollinsFurthering the rapid expansion of the firm's Chicago office, Fox Rothschild LLP is excited to announce the addition of Joseph E. Collins '96 as a partner and head of the Chicago Litigation Practice. "Our goal was to expediently and strategically add talent in our Chicago office to broaden and deepen the services we provide to clients, including a seasoned, first chair litigator," said Donna B. More, Fox's Chicago office managing partner. "We are delighted to welcome Joe to the team. He is an exceptional talent and adds tremendous depth and experience to our litigation."

Kathleen Bankhead '83 Appointed the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman
Monday, August 3, 2015

Kathleen_BankheadGovernor Bruce Rauner has named Kathleen Bankhead '83 the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman. 

Read more about Kathleen's appointment from the Illinois Government News Network.

Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann '98 Named Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Friday, July 31, 2015

Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann '98, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division's El Paso East office, was recognized for her commitment to Texas children by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division's El Paso region. 

Read more from the Attorney General of Texas.

Amy Rapoport Gibson '07 Appointed Co-Chair of Aronberg Goldgehn's Business Law & Transactions Practice Group
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amy Rapoport GibsonAronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa has appointed Amy Rapoport Gibson '07 as co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. 

Read more about Amy.

Eileen Flaherty '83 Appointed Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight
Monday, July 27, 2015

Eileen Flaherty '83 joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission as the director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight. Eileen brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the financial service industry as she has served as the global head of compliance and financial crime prevention for Newedge, as well as general counsel of the Americas.

Read the article from The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Zachary J. Hendricks '04 Joins Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Zachary J. Hendricks has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm's Chicago Office. 

Read more in the article by Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.

Heather Glaser '14 Joins Lavelle Law
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Heather Glaser '14Heather Glaser '14 joined Lavelle Law, becoming the 22nd lawyer in the expanding practice. Heather will focus in health law, corporate law, and business formation and organization. 

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Billy Dec '99 to Appear in new National Travel & Food Show, Big Night Out
Monday, July 6, 2015

Billy Dec '99Billy Dec '99 will host a new national travel and food show, Big Night Out, airing on FYI Network on Thursday, July9 at 9:30 Central Standard Time. 

See the trailer here.

Nate Hinch '07 receives Young Lawyer of the Year from McLean County Bar Association
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The McLean County Bar Association at the June 16, 2015 annual meeting of its members announced that Nathan Hinch '07, of Mueller, Reece & Hinch, LLC, has been selected as the recipient of its annual “Young Lawyer of the Year” award. The Young Lawyer of the Year is awarded to the MCBA member attorney, age 40 or younger or with 10 or less years practicing law, who exhibits the highest achievements in the areas of 1) employment history, 2) individual achievements in the practice of law, 3) service to the MCBA, and 4) community service and pro bono work.  Read more at Illinois L@wyer.

Scott J. Fisher '96 To Become Managing Partner of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
Friday, June 19, 2015

Scott J. Fisher '87

Scott J. Fisher '96 will assume the role of managing partner of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP on January 1, 2016. Scott joined the firm almost 10 years ago, most recently serving as chair of the general and commercial litigation practice group. 

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern '93 Elevated to Equity Principal of Much Shelist
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern '93Sheryl Jaffee Halpern '93 was elevated from principal to equity principal of Much Shelist. Sheryl serves as chair of the firm’s labor & employment practice group. She helps employers minimize risk as they make employment decisions, while promoting legal compliance. 

Arlene Y. Coleman '87 Installed As President of the Cook County Bar Association
Friday, June 12, 2015

Arlene Coleman '87Congrat
ulations to Arlene Coleman '87, managing member at Coleman & Brown, LLC, on her installation as 101st president of the Cook County Bar Association last Friday! Arlene is pictured here with Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans at her installation on June 12.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Kathleen Herrmann '83 Named Principal Technical Specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff
Monday, June 1, 2015

Kathleen Herrmann '83Kathleen Herrmann '83 was named a principal technical specialist in the Chicago Office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. 

Kathy will manage the drafting, review and interpretation of contracts and grant requests, primarily for the Chicago to St. Louis High Speed Rail Program. 


Elizabeth Walter Sexton '84, Associate Judge, Leads DuPage County's Pro Se Courtroom
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Elizabeth Walter Sexton '84Elizabeth Walter Sexton '84, an associate judge for DuPage County Circuit Court, leads the county's two month old pro se courtroom in the domestic relations division. The pro se court was a response to the Illinois Supreme Court's Access to Justice initiative.

Elizabeth, who has been a DuPage County associate judge since 1996, will lead the courtroom for two years.

Read more in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Peter J. Birnbaum '83 Appointed Chief Justice, Illinois Court of Claims
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Peter Birnbaum '83Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Peter J. Birnbaum '83, president and CEO, Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., as chief justice of the Illinois Court of Claims. Peter has served as a judge on the Court since 2004.

Peter is a past president of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board of Directors and current member of the Board of Overseers. He was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the college in 2004. In 2013, he was named one of the college’s 125 Alumni of Distinction for his outstanding professional and community service achievements.


David Goldberg '83 Appointed to Second Judicial District in Denver
Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations to David Goldberg '83 on his appointment as the newest district court judge to the Second Judicial District in Denver!

Read more in the CBA Legal Connection.

Governor Bruce Rauner Appoints Bob Schillerstrom '80 to Illinois State Tollway Authority
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bob Schillerstrom '80Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Bob Schillerstrom '80 to the Illinois State Tollway Authority on Friday, May 22. Bruce previously served three terms on the DuPage County Board, most recently as its Chairman.

Bruce is currently a partner in Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group, where he advises clients on issues related to local and state government and their public finance issues. Bruce previously served in the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office and has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney. 

Michelle Weinberg '92, of LAF, Represents Elderly LaGrange Couple in Home Repair Fraud Case
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michelle Weinberg '92

Michelle Weinberg '92, an attorney with LAF, is representing an elderly LaGrange couple in their home repair fraud case Jeffrey Henson, of Wilmington, and Homeowner Helper, Inc., of Crestwood, for a total of $165,000 in payments. 

Read more here.

Megan Mathias '03 to be Honored by The Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women
Monday, May 11, 2015

Megan Mathias '03 is being honored by The Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women for her contribution to the progress of women in the law at its annual awards luncheon.

Megan is a principal at Lopp Mathias Law Group, where she represents small companies and large corporations in business and litigation issues, focusing on women and minority owned businesses. Megan helps women and minority business owners overcome challenges and obtain access to opportunities. 

Amanda E. Fraerman '10 to Join Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP as Associate Counsel
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Amanda E. Fraerman will join Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP as associate counsel to the firm’s real estate tax practice group. Amanda has extensive experience in all levels of both commercial and residential real estate tax appeals in Cook and the collar counties. Prior to joining Neal Gerber Eisenberg, Amanda was an associate at Mayster and Chaimson, Ltd.

Ben Roth '75 joins Roetzel & Andress LPA as Partner
Monday, May 4, 2015

Ben_Roth75Ben M. Roth '75 has joined the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA as Partner.  Ben will work from the firm’s Chicago office and focuses his practice on estate planning, federal taxation and retirement benefit planning.

Read more from The Chicago Business Journal.

Chicago-Kent All Over Takeda $2.4 Billion Pharmaceutical Settlement
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chicago-Kent was all over the Takeda $2.4 billion pharmaceutical settlement - one of the largest in history! Tor Hoerman '95 and Allen Schwartz '84 represented the plaintiffs, Sherry Knutson Vaughn '96 represented the defendants, and Hon. Deborah Mary Dooling '78 presided over the case.

The settlement compensates plaintiffs who alleged that their use of Takeda's drug, Actos, resulted in diagnosis of bladder cancer.  This settlement was the single largest mass tort settlement for a drug still on the market, and covers an estimated 9,200 cases, including future cases not yet filed.

Read more in the Legal Examiner.

Alumnae Ashlee Highland '00 and Anne Shaw '95 Receive Public Interest Awards
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alumnae Ashlee Highland '00 of CARPLS and Anne Shaw '95 of Shaw Legal Services Ltd, along with the Chicago Legal Clinic, were honored at Chicago-Kent's eigth annual Public Interest Awards. 

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Ashlee Highland '00 of CARPLS received the 2015 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award. 


Anne Shaw '95


Anne Shaw '95 of Shaw Legal Services Ltd. received the 2015 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.



The Chicago Legal Clinic received the 2015 Public Interest Partner Award.

Seth Herkowitz '07 Named Partner at Hunter Pasteur Homes
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seth Herkowitz '07, member of Chicago-Kent's Alumni Board of Directors, was named partner at Hunter Pasteur Homes, a Southeast Michigan-based developer and builder. Herkowitz will focus on the the company’s sales, construction, development and administrative divisions. 

Brendan Bouffard '12 joins Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt, P.C. in Traverse City
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BrendanBouffard12Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt, P.C. is pleased to announce Brendan Bouffard '12 became an associate attorney in the firm. Brendan practices in the areas of commercial transactions, business organizations, estate planning, civil litigation and appeals, employment law and environmental and energy law. Brendan graduated from Michigan State in 2008. 

Amy Campanelli '87 approved as Cook County Public Defender
Sunday, April 5, 2015

Amy Campanelli '87The Cook County Board on Wednesday, April 1 approved the nomination of Amy P. Campanelli '87 as the new county public defender after County Board President Toni Preckwinkle nominated her last month for a six-year term.

Campanelli has worked in the office as an assistant public defender for 23 years, most recently as its deputy of suburban operations. She is the second woman to lead the office in its 84-year history.

USDA Profiles Anne Alonzo '84, Administrator of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Anne Alonzo '84The USDA celebrates Women's History Month with a profile ofAnne Alonzo '84, Administrator of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Anne has built a successful career in public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, and sees herself a leader of the growing population of Latinos in agriculture.

Read more at the USDA blog.

ChicagoInno Profiles Tarek Fadel '03 and his Online Bar Prep Company, AdaptiBar
Monday, February 23, 2015

Tarek Fadel '03Once a law student, always an innovator! ChicagoInno profiles Tarek Fadel '03 and his company, AdaptiBar, a leader in online Bar exam preparation.

AdaptiBar tracks a test-taker's performance, and adjusts the questions presented to focus on your weaknesses, while continuing to reinforce your strenths. Although competitors have moved into the online Bar exam prep market, Fadel says his tehnology is "leaps and bounds above anything [else] in our space."

Read the article here.


Elder Law Expert Kerry Peck '78 Talks to Fox Chicago About Ernie Banks' Estate
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kerry Peck

WATCH: Elder law expert Kerry Peck '78, of Peck Bloom LLC, talks to Fox Chicago about the fight for Ernie Banks' estate.

His caretaker for the past decade, Regina Rice, is fighting Banks' children and estranged wife for his estate.

"Generally, it's a winner take all," Kerry told Fox Chicago.

Watch the video here.

Rossana Fernandez '96 is First Latina Cook County Circuit Judge Appointed by IL Supreme Court
Monday, February 2, 2015

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Rossana P. Fernandez '96 to be a Cook County circuit judge. She is filling the vacancy created by the death of Richard Elrod, and her term will expire on December 5, 2016.

Rossana said she is “humbled and honored beyond belief” to be the first Latina appointed by the high court as a circuit judge and called it a ‘dream come true.’ “This is the start of something amazing. I pledge to serve the citizens of Cook County to the best of my ability,” she added.