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Jessica Ring Amunson is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, DC, where she concentrates her practice in litigation. She is the Chair of the Election Law & Redistricting Practice and Co-Chair of the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice Groups at Jenner & Block LLP. Ms. Amunson received her B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jeffrey D. Colman is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where his practice is concentrated in civil and criminal litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels. He has served as counsel in a number of proceedings relating to city, state, and congressional redistricting issues. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Mr. Colman received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Lari A. Dierks is an associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on regulatory and compliance and election law. She is a legislative liaison for the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee and a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Ms. Dierks received her B.A. from Southern Illinois University and her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Michael C. Dorf is the Managing Member at The Law Offices of Michael C. Dorf, LLC, in Skokie where he concentrates in election law. He coauthored CLEAR IT WITH SID: SIDNEY R. YATES AND 50 YEARS OF PRESIDENTS, PRAGMATISM, AND PUBLIC SERVICE (2019) with George Van Dusen. He is an adjunct full professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. Mr. Dorf received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the School of Law of Columbia University.
John Fogarty, Jr., is Senior Counsel to Clark Hill, PLC, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on election law. He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors and the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association and a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. Mr. Fogarty received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Brian M. Funk is an associate at O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC, in Northbrook, where he focuses his practice on litigation and municipal law. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. Mr. Funk received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law, and his LL.M. with honors in real estate law from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Anthony J. Jacob is a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, in Chicago, and concentrates his practice on business law, banking and commercial finance law, real estate law, and election law. Mr. Jacob is a board member at the Institute of Illinois Business Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, is an investment committee member of board of trustees at The John Marshall Law School, and has previously chaired the Business and Securities Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.A. at Northern Illinois University and both his LL.M. and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where he was Student Publications Editor of The John Marshall Law Review and a member of the moot court team.
Thomas A. Jaconetty, a sole practitioner in Chicago, is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations; the Justinian Society of Lawyers; and the Advocates Society. He is retired from government service as Deputy Assessor of Valuation and Appeals for the Cook County Assessor and, previously as Commissioner, Chief Deputy Commissioner, and First Assistant Commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review. A Fellow of the International Association of Assessing Officers, Mr. Jaconetty chaired its Legal Committee ten times. A long-standing member of the ISBA State and Local Taxation Section Council, he is a Past Chair of the National Conference of State Tax Judges. Mr. Jaconetty received his B.A. with honors and summa cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. An adjunct professor in the UIC-Law LLM Program, he has guest lectured at the DePaul University College of Law, University of Illinois, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Mr. Jaconetty regularly judges Northwestern and National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competitions, mentors high school and middle school student history research projects, and sits on the boards of Regina Dominican High School and the Weber High School Alumni Association.
Michael J. Kasper is a Partner at Kasper & Nottage, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates in election law. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Loyola University School of Law, and The UIC John Marshall School of Law, and he currently serves as General Counsel and Treasurer for the Democratic Party of Illinois. He was named one of the top ten most influential Democrats in the State of Illinois by Politics: Campaigns & Electionsmagazine. Mr. Kasper received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on local government law, election law, and labor and employment law. She was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top-50 female attorneys in the State of Illinois; one of the top-10 Leading Lawyers in government, municipal, and administrative law; and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Krafthefer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Michael A. Kreloff practices at the Law Offices of Michael Kreloff in Northbrook, where he focuses on election law and lobbying. He was a Democratic Party Committeeman for Northfield Township in Cook County from 2005 to 2018. Mr. Kreloff received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Adam W. Lasker is the Managing Member at Lasker Law LLC in Chicago, where he focuses on election law. He is General Counsel for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and the Association of Election Commission Officials of Illinois (AECOI) and Past Chair and current member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. Mr. Lasker received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Richard K. Means is a sole practitioner in Oak Park, where he concentrates in election law. He is twice Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. He is a frequent author and speaker on election law for IICLE® and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Means received his B.S. from Eastern New Mexico University and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Edmund P. Michalowski is the Deputy Clerk of Elections of the Cook County Clerk’s Office in Chicago where he concentrates in elections and labor. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Capital University Law School.
James P. Nally serves as Legal Counsel for Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough in Chicago and concentrates his practice in civil litigation and appellate work. He has handled nomination papers preparation, campaign formation, and prosecution and defense of objections in hundreds of cases, representing candidates seeking offices from local school board members to United States Presidential candidates. Since 2017, he has been recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Leading Lawyers each year in the category of Election, Political & Campaign Law; for 2019 and 2020, he was named to the ranks of Super Lawyers in the field of General Litigation; and has been recognized as a Top Attorney in North America as listed in Chicago Magazine.
Tiffany Nelson-Jaworski is a senior associate at Del Galdo Law Group, LLC, in Berwyn, where she focuses on municipal law and election law. She was named an Emerging Lawyer by the Illinois Leading Lawyers Division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2015, and she has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee and served as a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association in addition to serving on numerous electoral boards as a public member. Ms. Nelson-Jaworski received her B.A. with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Labor and Employment Law.
Noah Praetz, of The Elections Group LLC in Indian Head Park, is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law. He has been recognized by the Election Center Hall of Fame. Mr. Praetz received his B.A. from Bradley University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Ellen K. Raymond is a sole practitioner in Western Springs, concentrating in election law (candidates and referenda), real estate, zoning/land use litigation, TIF challenges, FOIA disclosure prosecution, and Open Meetings Act compliance. She serves as a City of Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Hearing Officer and is on the advisory board of the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) in Elmhurst. She is a recipient of the CAC’s Citizen Initiative Award for her efforts in the drafting, circulating, and passage of a citizen-initiated referendum creating a township park. Save the Timber, a not-for-profit corporation where she serves as president, received the International Society of Arboriculture’s Gold Leaf Award for the same efforts. Ms. Raymond received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
E. Leonard Rubin is a sole practitioner in Chicago, concentrating his practice in copyright, trademark, libel, and privacy law. He is the author of numerous articles on copyright and right of privacy law, he has participated as a panelist or leader in many seminars, and he has spoken both here and abroad on the areas of his law concentration. He is a certified mediator, and for over 30 years was the director, coauthor and co-producer of the Christmas Spirits musical political and social satire show produced every December through the auspices of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Rubin received his A.B. and his J.D. from the University of Miami.
Joanna G. Sharp serves as Legal Counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections in Chicago, where she concentrates on election and employment law and ethics. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the National Association of Inspectors General and is a Certified Inspector General Investigator. She received her B.S. cum laude from Skidmore College and her J.D. from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law, where she served as the Senior Notes Editor for the Indiana University Journal of Global Legal Studies.
M. Neal Smith is a Partner at Robbins Schwartz in Lisle, where he represents clients in tort and commercial litigation, zoning disputes, development and land use matters, tax increment financing, public pension law, election law, and campaign finance matters. He is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, Will County, and DuPage County Bar Associations. He has been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Election Law, Municipal Law, School Law, and Land Use and Zoning Law. Mr. Smith received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
John R. Storino is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago office, where he focuses on litigation, professional responsibility, real estate, and construction litigation. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee. He was named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2012 – 2016) and one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch — 2008 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Mr. Storino received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. with honors from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
James G. Wargo is an associate at Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd., in Naperville, where he concentrates in municipal, pension, and employment law. Mr. Wargo received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
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