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Ivar R. Azeris is a Senior Partner in Clausen Miller PC in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in business law, commercial litigation, real estate, estate planning, and estate and trust litigation. Mr. Azeris’ experience in the general corporate area includes establishing and advising closely held corporations, sale and acquisition of corporate and other business entities, and negotiating employment and related agreements. He has lectured for bar associations and authored materials for National Business Institute CLE programs on resolving real estate title defects and fundamental probate procedures. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and has served on the CBA Corporation and Business Law Committee and Civil Practice Committee. Mr. Azeris received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Edward X. Clinton is Principal at The Clinton Law Firm, LLC, in Chicago, where he has specialized in corporate and securities law matters since he began practicing law. Mr. Clinton is a member of the Evanston Golf Club, a member of the Lay Advisory Board of the Little Sisters of the Poor Chicago Home, and the President of the Children’s Care Foundation. A former instructor in securities regulation at The John Marshall Law School, he has written and lectured extensively on corporate, securities, and banking law topics. Mr. Clinton received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Edward X. Clinton, Jr., is a Shareholder at The Clinton Law Firm, LLC, in Chicago where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Mr. Clinton served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and also as an associate with the firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt before joining the Law Offices of Edward X. Clinton, P.C., in Chicago. He is a member of the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, Illlinois State, and American (Section of Litigation) Bar Associations. Mr. Clinton is a member of the Lay Advisory Board of the Little Sisters of the Poor Chicago Home and a member of the Board of Directors for Saint Ignatius Chicago Rowing Club. He maintains a blog on commercial litigation and securities issues and has authored presentations for IICLE® and other groups on contract law. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his LLM from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.
R. Mark Halligan is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates in intellectual property litigation. Mr. Halligan has been selected by Corporate Live Wire as the 2017 Commercial Litigator of the Year in North America, and Legal 500 ranks him as a Leading Lawyer in trade secrets litigation in the United States. Mr. Halligan has been inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks him for his exceptional standing in intellectual property law, and Managing Intellectual Property recognizes him as an “IP Star.” He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati summa cum laude.
Robert N. Kamensky is a Partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, in Chicago, in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice. Mr. Kamensky is a Member of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law and has been included as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2010 – present). He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law.
John F. Kennedy is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Chicago, where he is a trial lawyer with a focus on crisis management. He is a Professor at The King’s Inns, Dublin, Ireland, and also serves as General Counsel and as a Member of the Board for the National Alliance on Mental Health. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Niles College of Loyola University and his J.D. with honors from DePaul University College of Law.
Susan Poll Klaessy is Senior Counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on bankruptcy and business reorganizations. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2019 and an Emerging Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyer in 2018. Ms. Poll Klaessy received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Don R. Sampen is a Partner with Clausen Miller P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on appellate and commercial litigation. He has authored articles and book chapters in various areas of the law, including contempt of court, special remedies, and whistleblower litigation. Beginning January 1, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Mr. Sampen to the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility. He also has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Appellate Lawyers Association and serves on the Rules and Seminars Committees for the Association. Mr. Sampen is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations; the Appellate Lawyers Association; and the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Northwestern University College of Law where he was Executive Editor of the Northwestern Law Review.
Joseph W. Sheyka, Senior Counsel with DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago, concentrates his practice in U.S. and international franchise law. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising, the Franchising Committee of the Antitrust Section of the ABA, and the International Franchising Committee of the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association. Mr. Sheyka is a frequent lecturer on franchising and distribution topics and is a coauthor of Franchising in the United States, published in the Canadian Franchise Guide. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology.
Ronald A. Stearney, Jr., is a solo practitioner in Chicago, concentrating his practice in commercial litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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