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John T. Brooks is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focuses his practice on estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation. He has been elected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 in the field of trusts and estates, was named the Chicago Litigation — Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America in 2015 and 2019, and was selected for inclusion in the 2005 – 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2003 – 2018 Leading Lawyers lists. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Brooks earned both his B.S. and J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois.
Michael Butts is an attorney with Hartweg, Turner, Wood, and DeVary, in Bloomington, where he focuses on civil litigation, real estate, criminal law, family law, estate planning, and personal injury. He worked for the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s office and in the insurance defense field before joining Hartweg. Mr. Butts is the Cochair of the Young Lawyers Division of the McLean County Bar Association, and he is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Richard P. Darke is a Partner with Duane Morris LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation, consumer lending litigation, bankruptcy litigation, class action and antitrust litigation, and insurance litigation. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Darke was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer (2013 – 2015), was the recipient of the Group Award For Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2009), and was named Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2011). Mr. Darke received his B.B.A. from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Daniel G. Deneen is a practitioner with Deneen & Deneen, in Bloomington, where his practice focuses on estate planning, probate, guardianship, and fiduciary fraud. Mr. Deneen has written articles for the Illinois State Bar Journal, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and Advancing the Consumer Interest. He has served on the ISBA Committees on Mental Health Law and Consumer Law, as well as being a presenter at the National Association of Consumer Advocates Autofraud Conference. He serves as the President of the Illinois Guardianship Association (2016 – 2017). He is a member of the Illinois State and McLean County Bar Associations. Mr. Deneen received both his B.S. and his J.D. from the University of Illinois.
MacKenzie A. Hyde is a Senior Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group of Clark Hill, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in contested guardianships and estates, as well as fiduciary litigation and estate administration, representing individuals, medical institutions, and financial institutions. Ms. Hyde is frequently appointed by judges in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County to serve as a guardian ad litem in disabled estates and a special administrator in decedents’ estates. She has been selected to the Illinois Rising Stars list (2013 – 2016) by Super Lawyers. Ms. Hyde is the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Elder Law Committee, and a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Board of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Arizona, M.A. from Dominican University, and J.D. from Loyola University School of Law where she participated in the Elder Law Clinic.
Ray J. Koenig III is a member in Clark Hill’s Litigation and Personal Legal Services Practice Groups, in Chicago, where he serves as the Managing Member of Clark Hill’s Chicago office and on the firm’s Executive Committee. He focuses his practice in the areas of will contests, will construction, citations to recover, probate litigation, trust contests, trust reformation, trust construction, total return trusts, trust litigation, breach of fiduciary duty claims, fiduciary litigation, claims for fiduciary and legal fees, guardianship litigation, elder law, estate planning, and probate estate administration. Mr. Koenig is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves as a member of its Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law (2013 – 2015), received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Trust and Estate Litigation Super Lawyer or Rising Star (2010 – 2016), and was selected as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch in 2013. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Jena L. Levin is Senior Counsel to Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on trusts and estates litigation. She is a 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star — Estate and Trust Litigation and is President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Council for Health Justice. Ms. Levin received her B.A. with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Matthew W. McQuiston is an associate with Stern & Associates in Chicago, where he focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, guardianship, and estate administration and litigation, including will contests and trust disputes. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is on the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago, a not-for-profit devoted to assisting children with Down Syndrome, and serves on the Board of Directors of Temple Sholom in Chicago. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Hrant “Hud” Norsigian, Jr., is the Founder and owner of Norsigian Law Office, LLC, in O’Fallon, where he focuses his practice in personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, estate planning, probate, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and contracts. He is a member of the Illinois State, St. Clair County, and Missouri Bar Associations. Mr. Norsigian is a recipient of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 People's Choice of Southwest Illinois award for Best Lawyer in Southern Illinois, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyer by the National Advocates, and has been listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Illinois by The Legal Network. Mr. Norsigian received his B.S. with honors from Washington University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Washington University School of Law, where he earned Order of the Coif honors and was an Associate Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly and was also awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for the top grade in Criminal Law.
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