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John T. Brooks is a Partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, 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 – 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2003 – 2020 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 his 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 on financial services and healthcare litigation. Mr. Darke received 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. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Mr. Darke earned 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 Partner at Clark Hill PLC in Chicago, where she focuses on estate and trust litigation. She is a member of the Trust & Estate Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business’s Notable Women in Law in September 2022. Ms. Hyde received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Ray J. Koenig III is a Member at Clark Hill PLC in Chicago, where he serves as the Managing Member of Clark Hill’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on trusts, probate, guardianships, will and trust contests, will and trust construction and reformation actions, citations to recover, breach of fiduciary duty claims, charitable disputes, and guardianship litigation. Mr. Koenig is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has served as a member of its Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating and was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Trust and Estate Litigation Super Lawyer or Rising Star for most years from 2010 through 2021 and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois from 2018 through 2020. 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 represents clients in contested estate and trust matters. Her practice includes estate and trust contests, judicial construction actions, disputed charitable pledges, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, contested issues in heirship and adoption, and other complex controversies in probate estates. She frequently writes and speaks on contested issues in estates and trusts and has been selected as an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 – 2020 and Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2019 – 2021 for her work in this area. Ms. Levin received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Matthew W. McQuiston is a Partner at Stern & Associates in Chicago, where he focuses his practice in probate and estate planning. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, and he has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from 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 Belleville News-Democrat Readers’ Choice Awards for Best of the Best for 2019 and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 People’s Choice of Southwest Illinois award for Best Lawyer in Southern Illinois. He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s Top Rated Lawyer Award for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Client Distinction Award, and Client Champion Gold Award. 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, was an Associate Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly, and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for the top grade in Criminal Law.
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