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David L. Antognoli is a Partner with Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., in Edwardsville, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Antognoli has served as an adjunct professor of law at Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he taught real estate finance and development. He has also lectured and published articles for several continuing legal education programs, including programs sponsored by the IICLE® and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Antognoli is a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Bar, Madison County Bar, and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Hugh S. Balsam is a Partner with Locke Lord LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in appellate law, business litigation and dispute resolution, IP pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and personal injury. Mr. Balsam is a member of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. He received his B.A. from Lawrence University, his M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the law review.
Bradley L. Cohn is a Partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the field of trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, right of publicity, and advertising and marketing law. Before entering private practice, Mr. Cohn served as law clerk to the Honorable Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Cohn has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, teaching a seminar on trademark law and writing. He has also served as a Director of the Chicago Bar Association’s 9,000-member Young Lawyers Section and as a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee and the Young Lawyers Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. He received his B.A. cum laude with distinction from Duke University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
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.
Patrick C. Gallagher is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses on intellectual property and regulatory law, assisting generic pharmaceutical companies, compounding pharmacies, and others in the agricultural, chemical, and biotechnology industries with intellectual property and regulatory matters. He was listed in Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2016), selected as an Emerging Lawyer (2015), and received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award (2010). Dr. Gallagher is admitted to the bar in both Illinois and Florida, in addition to being a well-recognized author and speaker. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin; his J.D. cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the Executive Editorial Board as Business Manager of the DePaul Law Review; and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Carol V. Gilden is a Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice on securities class actions and complex litigation. She has an been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell (2011 – 2016) and also in the Judicial Edition (2011 – 2016), named an Illinois Superlawyer (2005 – 2016), and was honored with the Best in Securities Litigation Law — Illinois & Excellence Award for Investor Protection Law at the Women in Wealth Awards (2016). Ms. Gilden is the President, National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys; the Vice President, Institute for Law and Economic Policy; and a member of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. She received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
Teri L. Havron is an associate with Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli, P.C., in Edwardsville, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Ms. Havron is a member of the Illinois State Bar and Madison County Bar Associations, as well as the Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois. She received her B.S. summa cum laude from St. Louis University and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Emily L. Hussey is an associate with Duane Morris LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on compounding pharmacy regulation, intellectual property disputes, advertising and consumer litigation, and consumer class actions. She is a member of the Women’s, Loyola Academy, Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. Ms. Hussey received the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Leadership and Service Award (2011). She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., where she received the Leadership and Service Award, was Lead Articles Editor for the Loyola Law Journal, and was a Fellow of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.
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.
Mark J. Silberman is a Partner with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, in Chicago, in the firm’s Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group. Prior to joining Benesch, Mr. Silberman served as acting General Counsel for the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and the Deputy Chief Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement at the Illinois Department of Public Health. He also served as Chief of Drug Prosecution for the Sangamon County, Illinois, State’s Attorney’s Office as well as a Special Assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of Illinois. Mr. Silberman was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star (2013) and as the Springfield Police Department, Narcotics Unit Prosecutor of the Year (2003). He received his B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Jason R. Sleezer is a Partner with Scott & Kraus, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, banking litigation, construction litigation, UCC litigation, and creditor’s rights litigation. He is a member of the DuPage County, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations. Mr. Sleezer received his B.A. with honors from North Central College where he was a College Honors Scholar and a Rhicter Fellow. As a Rhicter Fellow, Mr. Sleezer studied in Germany and the Czech Republic with the German Foreign Ministry and the German Delegation to the United Nations on the topics of international trafficking of women and children and population and development concerns in rural and urban post-reunified Germany. Mr. Sleezer received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law where he was a Sullivan Fellow.
Christopher Tompkins is a Partner with Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. He was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyer as a Rising Star in Business Litigation (2009) and by Law Bulletin Publishing Company — Leading Lawyers Network as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2015). Mr. Tompkins received his B.A. cum laude from The Catholic University of America and his J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Eitan Weltman is a solo practitioner in Bloomington, where he focuses his practice on the areas of creditors’ rights, landlord-tenant rights, business and commercial law, and real estate. Mr. Weltman is a member of the McLean County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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