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Jill B. Berkeley is Senior Counsel at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage litigation. She is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (2012 – present); a member of the American Arbitration Association serving as a member of the Commercial Dispute Panel (2006 – present); and a member of the American Bar Association serving as a member of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; and a recipient of the ABA Lifetime Achievement Award (2017). Ms. Berkeley earned her B.A. with high distinction and honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Andrew S. Boris is General Counsel and Secretary to the American Agricultural Insurance Company, in Schaumburg, where he concentrates his practice in reinsurance. He has been recognized as one of the top insurance coverage attorneys in Illinois by Illinois Super Lawyers. He is a regular speaker on insurance coverage and reinsurance topics on a national basis and is a frequent author with articles appearing in National Underwriter, Global Reinsurance, Journal of Reinsurance, Journal of Insurance, and RISE (CPCU Reinsurance Committee newsletter). Mr. Boris earned his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D., Order of the Coif and member of the Law Review, from DePaul University College of Law.
Michael C. Bruck is a Founder and Partner at Spellmire Bruck LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on professional liability and ethics, financial malpractice, insurance and reinsurance litigation, and complex commercial disputes. He has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for professional malpractice, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage and reinsurance law. He also has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for professional liability, business litigation, and insurance coverage. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Mr. Bruck earned his B.S. from Purdue University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Karen M. Dixon is a Partner with Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in counseling insurers on complex insurance coverage issues and litigating coverage matters on their behalf. She has coauthored many articles and book chapters on a variety of insurance topics. Ms. Dixon served on the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board of Directors (2012 – 2018), and she has received the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, DRI, and the Union League Club of Chicago. Ms. Dixon earned her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her J.D. with highest honors, Order of the Coif, from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was the recipient of the Academic Merit Scholarship and CALI awards for Evidence, Legislative Advocacy and Capital Punishment, and Judicial Procedure.
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Jean M. Golden is a Partner with Cassiday Schade LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage and commercial law. Ms. Golden handles complex, high-exposure matters in multiple jurisdictions. She also is Cochair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group and is a member of its Executive Committee. She has authored or coauthored a number of articles and/or presentations, including for IICLEÒ, Mealey’s, Business Laws Inc., the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the American Contractors Insurance Group, CPCU, ECMA, and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a Leading Lawyer in Illinois, an Illinois Super Lawyer, and a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Boston College and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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Rebecca R. Haller is a Partner with Hinshaw & Culberton LLP, in Chicago. Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson, Ms. Haller was a partner in a litigation firm headquartered in Chicago. In addition, she was responsible for setting up and managing the Midwest Regional Coverage Counsel office for a national property and casualty insurer. She now focuses her national litigation practice in the counseling and representation of insurance companies in coverage litigation. She has litigated coverage issues arising under commercial general liability, errors and omissions liability, professional liability, and directors’ and officers’ liability policies. In addition, Ms. Haller also handles construction related claims (including construction defect, additional insured, indemnity, and workers’ compensation lien and waiver issues), product liability and mass tort claims, nursing home claims (under both CGL and professional liability policies), and intellectual property/advertising injury claims. She has represented clients in all phases of litigation process, including trial and appellate work, as well as arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Haller is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her J.D. with honors from DePaul University College of Law.
Christina D. Harrison is a Partner with Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in commercial disputes, class actions, insurance coverage, and bad-faith matters in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Harrison also handles appeals at the state and federal levels. She has represented power companies, law firms, insurance brokers, and contractors in breach of contract claims and defended lawsuits brought against medical bill review companies, food manufacturers, car dealerships, and insurance companies seeking certification of state and national classes. She has also successfully prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions and provided coverage opinions for claims arising from general liability, commercial auto, personal auto, and homeowners’ policies. In addition, she has defended insurance companies against claims of bad faith, consumer fraud, and breach of contract. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for commercial litigation, insurance, insurance coverage and reinsurance, civil appellate, and class action/mass tort defense law. Ms. Harrison is also peer review rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. She is a member of the Chicago Lincoln Inn of Courts and the American Bar Association. She received her B.S. from the University of Illinois College of Communications and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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Bradley C. Nahrstadt is the Chief Operating Officer of Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC, in Chicago. Mr. Nahrstadt is a Past Chair of the Primerus Defense Institute, has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and is a Past President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He is AV Preeminent peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell; was selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for products liability and medical malpractice defense; was selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for products liability defense; was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch; and was selected as among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers in commercial litigation, general practice, and insurance law. He has served as Regional Counsel for a national testing laboratory, for a large consumer of welding rods, and for one of the leading optical manufacturers in the country. He has served in the past as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and as an adjunct professor teaching a litigation course at the College of Lake County. He is an award-winning author and has written more than 75 articles on various areas of trial practice and discovery that have appeared in numerous leading publications, coauthored course books for the Institute of Paralegal Education and the National Business Institute, authored a quarterly column that appears in the IDC Quarterly, authored multiple book chapters on issues related to litigation defense, and is a frequent speaker on law-related topics. He also serves as the General Editor of IICLE®’s ILLINOIS PRODUCTS LIABILITY PRACTICE. He is an active member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the American Law Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Professional Liability Defense Federation, the Council on Litigation Management, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (member of the Board of Directors), the Defense Research Institute, and the Chicago-Lincoln American Inn of Court. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude with distinction from Monmouth College and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Daniel J. Neppl is Associate General Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, in Chicago, where he provides legal advice to the firm. He has deep experience over a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on disputes affecting the insurance and financial services industries. He is a frequent lecturer and author on insurance and reinsurance issues, general litigation matters, and trial advocacy skills. Mr. Neppl has received numerous professional recognitions including recognition by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2010 – 2017), The Legal 500 U.S. (2012 – 2014), and The Best Lawyers in America (2014 – 2019), as well as being selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2013). He earned his B.S. with honors from the University of Iowa and his J.D. cum laude from Creighton University School of Law.
Robert T. Park is with the firm of Califf & Harper, P.C., in Moline, where he concentrates his practice in litigation, insurance defense, and insurance law. He was a member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2012 – 2014). He is the Editor of the ISBA Trial Briefs newsletter (2006 – present) and a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (1977 – present; board member 1993 – 2005). He was chosen for Chicago Magazine’s list of Illinois Super Lawyers (2005 – present). Mr. Park is a member of the Rock Island, Scott County, Illinois State, and Iowa State Bar Associations, as well as holding federal bar membership in the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois and Southern District of Iowa; the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. He received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign.
Michael H. Passman is an associate with BatesCarey LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in insurance law representing insurers in coverage disputes, with an emphasis on commercial liability coverage and public entity coverage. He has represented insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation in a variety of coverage areas in both state and federal court. He is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Mr. Passman has written for FLASHPOINTS (IICLE®, 2015 – present) and COMMERCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE (IICLE® 2019). He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Regan, in Ottawa, has tried cases in many Illinois counties and handled appeals in the Illinois Supreme Court, every district of the Illinois Appellate Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Those cases have involved a wide spectrum of clients and issues. A Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, he also served as President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. Mr. Reagan served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions from 1985 – 1995 and as the Reporter to that Committee from 1996 – 2003. He was also a member of the Special Supreme Court Committee on Unpublished Opinions/Supreme Court Rule 23. Among other work for the Illinois State Bar Association, he has served as Chair of the Tort Law Section Council and Cochair of an ISBA Special Committee on Appellate Practice. He received the Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award from the ISBA in June 2009. Mr. Reagan has lectured and prepared numerous written submissions for many legal organizations. He received his B.S.M.E. from Purdue University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
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Justin C. Steffen is a Partner with Ice Miller LLP, in Chicago, and a member of the firm’s Date Security and Privacy, Litigation and Financial Services Practice Groups. Mr. Steffen has been named a National Law Journal FinTech Trailblazer and a BAI Emerging Leader. He is also Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee. Mr. Steffen earned his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois and his J.D. magna cum laude from Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Charlotte L. Wager is a Partner in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, where she serves as the firm’s Chief Talent Officer and oversees all aspects of the firm’s hiring and attorney development. At Jenner & Block, she is Cochair of the Hiring Executive Committee, Chair of the Associate Development and Evaluation Committee, an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum and Pro Bono Committees. Ms. Wager has been a featured speaker on hiring and development at programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Illinois State Bar Association, and numerous law schools. She is a Past President and longstanding member of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) and a former member of the ABA Accreditation Committee. She received her LL.B. from Queen Mary College, University of London; was a visiting scholar at the Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary; and received her J.D. summa cum laudefrom the University of Illinois College of Law.
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