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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 at 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. He is a member of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. Mr. Balsam 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 UIC 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. Mr. Cohn received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
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.
Patrick C. Gallagher is a Partner with Duane Morris LLP, in Boca Raton, Florida, where he chairs the Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals Litigation and Regulatory group of Duane Morris' global Intellectual Property practice and serves as a team leader for the Life Sciences and Medical Technologies Industry Group. Dr. Gallagher is on the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Global Committee and is a Member of the American Bar Association. He earned 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. Based in Chicago, where she focuses on securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, and other complex litigation. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by numerous other peer-reviewed organizations, including: Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” list (2020); Illinois Superlawyer (2005 – 2020); Crain’s Chicago Business “Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers” (2018, 2020); Chicago Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence” (2019); and Lawyer Monthly’s “Women in Law Award” (2019). Ms. Gilden served as the first female President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT) and is currently on NASCAT’s Executive Committee. She also served on the Corporate Governance and Markets Advisory Council to the Board of Directors for the Council for Institutional Investors and is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. Ms. Gilden 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 Member of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC, in Peoria, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of credit union law, mortgage foreclosure law, collections, and general business litigation. A frequent author and lecturer, Ms. Perkins has contributed to numerous IICLE® publications. She is a member of the Illinois State and Peoria County Bar Associations. She earned her B.S. from MacMurray College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a recipient of the Rickert Award for Excellence and a National Finalist for the ABA National Negotiation Competition.
Mark Silberman is a Partner with Bensch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Chicago, where he is the Chair of the White Collar, Government Investigations & Compliance Practice Group as well as the Vice-Chair of the Benesch Healthcare+ Practice Group. He is Chambers ranked in Healthcare (2018 – present) and was awarded Crain’s Gen X Leader in Law (2021). Silberman was also honored as the Prosecutor of the Year by the Springfield Police Department’s narcotics unit. Silberman 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. 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 Richter Fellow, and 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 complex commercial litigation. Mr. Tompkins has been recognized by Acritas Stars and named a Rising Star in business litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers. He is a member of the American and International Bar Associations. He 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, of the Law Office of Eitan Weltman,is a solo practitioner in Bloomington, where he focuses his practice on the areas of creditors’ rights, business and commercial law, real estate, and personal injury. Mr. Weltman has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer and is a member of the McLean County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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