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Douglas M. Belofsky is the Owner of the Law Offices of Douglas Belofsky, P.C., in Northbrook. He has been practicing law for more than 28 years, concentrating in complex commercial litigation and commercial law matters. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was honored as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Kimberly E. Blair is a Partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, in Chicago, where her practice is focused on the defense of professional and insurance coverage litigation. Ms. Blair is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Professional Liability Underwriters Society. She received her B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a member of the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board.
Gregory M. Boyle is a Partner with Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, and a member of the firm’s Class Action Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Boyle concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, having represented clients in numerous class actions, including federal multidistrict litigation brought by commodity customers of the bankrupt firm MF Global, and an Illinois state court putative consumer class action against a bank concerning its debit card and overdraft charges, and other cases involving electrical service interruptions, landlord-tenant laws, and the Consumer Fraud Act. Mr. Boyle is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Litigation, where he has served as a Coeditor of the Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Ryan R. Bradley is a Partner at Koester & Bradley, LLP, in Champaign, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation and also leads his firm’s mass tort and class action litigation efforts. Mr. Bradley founded White River Consulting, holds a Series 65 Certification, and has served as a registered investment adviser and business law professor. He received his B.B.A. cum laude from Loyola University in Maryland where he also was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship and his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Nathaniel O. Brown is a Partner with Weilmuenster Keck & Brown, P.C., in Belleville, where he concentrates his practice in plaintiff’s civil litigation in federal and state court. Mr. Brown is a member of the St. Clair County Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Directors (2018 – 2020). He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the East St. Louis Bar Association. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Jeffrey D. Colman is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where his practice is concentrated in civil and criminal litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels. He has served as counsel in a number of proceedings relating to city, state, and congressional redistricting issues. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Mr. Colman received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Jeshel Forrester has taught at universities in Oregon, Illinois, Australia, and New Zealand. He holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Eastern Illinois University, a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a graduate certificate in theology from Australian Catholic University.
Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh is an Appellate Judge in the Illinois Appellate Court Fifth District, in Belleville, where he has served since 1988. Prior to his service on the appellate court, Judge Goldenhersh was a Circuit Judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. He is a member of the St. Clair County and Illinois State Bar Associations and former President of the Illinois Judges Association. Judge Goldenhersh is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Complex Litigation, the ISBA Section Council on Civil Practice and Procedure, and former Chairperson of the Associate Judge Coordinating Committee. He received his A.B. from Washington University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
William R. Graham, Jr. is the Owner of William R. Graham, Jr., Attorney at Law, in Champaign, where he concentrates his practice in litigation, personal injury, and real estate. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan Bar Associations and is admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth and Seventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois. Mr. Graham received his B.A. rm Baes College nd his J.D. cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law where he was Note and Comment Editor/Editorial Board member for the Law Review.
Mark Hellner is the Executive Director Emeritus for the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago. Mr. Hellner is a former Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Section Council, Judicial Evaluation Committee, and Supreme Court Rules Committee. He was also a recipient of the ISBA Governors Award and served three terms of the ISBA Assembly. Mr. Hellner received his B.S. from Illinois State University where he was an Honors Graduate and later received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of English. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and was later an adjunct faculty member at the University.
Timothy W. Kelly is a Partner at Kelly & Castagna, LLC, in Bloomington, where he focuses his practice on litigation concentrating in personal injury and malpractice. Mr. Kelly has been voted by his peers as one of the top-three attorneys in McLean County. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Commission on Access to Justice in 2014. Mr. Kelly is Past President of both the Illinois Bar Foundation and the McLean County Bar Association. He was also on the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Board of Directors from 2000 – 2007 and was named IICLE®’s Most Valuable Volunteer for Publications in 2008. Mr. Kelly received his B.S. from the University of Dayton and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Alexander Barry Mahler is a Partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in insurance coverage. Mr. Mahler is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. He also was designated as a Chartered Property Underwriter. Mr. Mahler received his B.S. magna cum laude from Arizona State University and his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinley School of Law.
J. Brian Manion is an associate with Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C., in Belleville, where he concentrates his practice in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, municipal law, and labor law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar and Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations. Mr. Manion received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. cum laude from Southern Illinois University, where he served as a case note/comment editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
Tyler S. Mertes is an associate with Troutman Sanders LLP, in Chicago, with an extensive practice in matters related to insurance issues. He has also represented attorneys in both state and federal courts in numerous lawsuits involving a variety of claims, including but not limited to real estate malpractice, litigation malpractice, and business advice/transactional malpractice, in arbitrations and before the ARDC. He received both his B.A. and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois.
S. Linn Perkins is a Partner with Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC, in Peoria, where she concentrates her practice in commercial litigation, banking, creditors’ rights, and collection matters. She authored the numerous chapters in both past and current IICLE® handbooks. She is a member of the Illinois State and Peoria County Bar Associations and the Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court (Emeritus Member). Ms. Perkins received her B.S. from MacMurray College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Christina Rose Spiezia is an associate with Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Ms. Spiezia is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Howard S. Suskin is a Partner with Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on securities litigation and class action defense. He was recognized by Chambers USA for his work in securities litigation (2020), by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial and Securities Litigation (2013 – 2020), and in Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers (2007 – 2010, 2014 – 2018). Mr. Suskin received his B.A. with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Editor of the Michigan Law Review.
Richard L. Whitman, Sr., of The Whitman Law Office, in Monmouth, focuses his practice on wills, trusts and estates, real estate, family law, business litigation, and business entities. Mr. Whitman has been chosen as a Super Lawyer and as a Distinguished Lawyer by Expert Network. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University Law School where he was an editor of the Northwestern Law Review.
Miles J. Zaremski is the Founding Partner of the Zaremski Law Group in Highland Park, where he concentrates his practice in healthcare, professional medical liability, alternative dispute resolution, and appeals. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Who’s Who in American Law and has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer in healthcare. Mr. Zaremski received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
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