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Heather A. Bailey is a Partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on employment and labor litigation for the management side. She is a member of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (President, 2015 – 2016), was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2014 – 2022), and received the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award (2018). She earned her B.A. from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Tiffany L. Carpenteris a shareholder/member of Howard & Howard PLLC in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in matters related to employment, products liability, and commercial litigation. She has experience representing and defending clients during individual and corporate depositions and drafting and arguing analytical memoranda, demand letters, settlement agreements, and substantive motions in federal and state courts throughout the nation. She was recognized by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch (2021). She is a member of the Illinois Judges Foundation Lawyers Auxiliary Committee and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Marcia G. Cotler is Principal and Founder of Cotler Law LLC, in Northbrook, where she focuses her practice on employment law. She has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2019 – 2022). She earned her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.
Jacinta Epting is Vice Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago. She has experience in employment law, real estate, litigation, procurement, public finance, eminent domain, insurance coverage, construction law, and consumer protection law. She earned her B.A. from Elmhurst College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign.
Lynn W. Esp is General Counsel for M&K Truck Centers, Bryon Center, MI, where she practices corporate and employment law. She has represented management, including credit unions, in employment issues before state and federal courts, drafted employee guidelines and handbooks, and delivered presentations on current issues in employment law. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Steven M. Hartmann is a Partner and General Counsel at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on employment law and commercial litigation. He has been peer selected for Illinois Leading Lawyers in Commercial Litigation, Creditors’ Rights, and Bankruptcy & Workout Law (2015 – 2021) and recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (2015 – 2021). He earned his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Michael J. Leech is an independent mediator-arbitrator of Talk Sense Mediation with offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. Mr. Leech is rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer (2005 – present), and a Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer (2011 – 2013). He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1997), a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (2011), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2011), a member of the American Law Institute (2013), Past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Michael R. Lied is an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in Peoria, where he focuses his practice on labor and employment law and immigration law, representing employers. Mr. Lied is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and its sections of Litigation and Labor and Employment Law, and the Illinois State Bar Association and it section on Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the Leading Lawyers network and has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2007 – 2020). Mr. Lied received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
L. Steven Platt is Senior Counsel at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and is rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.
Emily J. Stine is an associate at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on commercial and reinsurance litigation. She was selected by peer review as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2018). Ms. Stine earned her B.A. with distinction from Purdue University, Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of Lead Articles for the DePaul Law Review.
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