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Douglas M. Belofsky is the Owner of the Law Offices of Douglas Belofsky, P.C., in Northbrook. He has been practicing law for more than 28 years, concentrating in complex commercial litigation and commercial law matters. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was honored as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Rebecca E. Bennett is an associate at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in insurance coverage. Ms. Bennett received both her B.A. and J.D. from DePaul University.
Kimberly E. Blair is a Partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, in Chicago, where her practice is focused on the defense of professional and insurance coverage litigation. Ms. Blair is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Professional Liability Underwriters Society. She received her B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a member of the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board.
Ryan R. Bradley is a Partner at Koester & Bradley, LLP, in Champaign, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation and also leads his firm’s mass tort and class action litigation efforts. Mr. Bradley founded White River Consulting, holds a Series 65 Certification, and has served as a registered investment adviser and business law professor. He received his B.B.A. cum laude from Loyola University in Maryland where he also was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship and his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Nathaniel O. Brown is a Partner with Weilmuenster Keck & Brown, P.C., in Belleville, where he concentrates his practice in plaintiff’s civil litigation in federal and state court. Mr. Brown is a member of the St. Clair County Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Directors (2018 – 2020). He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the East St. Louis Bar Association. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Jenna Kristen DiJohn is an associate at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage. Ms. DiJohn received her J.D. cum laude from DePaul University College of Law and her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wesley D. Enz is an associate at Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC, in Peoria, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation, municipal law, and collections law. Mr. Enz is a member of the Illinois and Peoria County Bar Associations. He received his B.A. from Bradley University magna cum laude and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Jeshel Forrester has taught at universities in Oregon, Illinois, Australia, and New Zealand. He holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Eastern Illinois University, a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a graduate certificate in theology from Australian Catholic University.
William R. Graham, Jr. is the Owner of William R. Graham, Jr., Attorney at Law, in Champaign, where he concentrates his practice in litigation, personal injury, and real estate. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan Bar Associations and is admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth and Seventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois. Mr. Graham received his B.A. rm Baes College nd his J.D. cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law where he was Note and Comment Editor/Editorial Board member for the Law Review.
Mark Hellner is the Executive Director Emeritus for the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago. Mr. Hellner is a former Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Section Council, Judicial Evaluation Committee, and Supreme Court Rules Committee. He was also a recipient of the ISBA Governors Award and served three terms of the ISBA Assembly. Mr. Hellner received his B.S. from Illinois State University where he was an Honors Graduate and later received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of English. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and was later an adjunct faculty member at the University.
Timothy W. Kelly is a Partner at Kelly & Castagna, LLC, in Bloomington, where he focuses his practice on litigation concentrating in personal injury and malpractice. Mr. Kelly has been voted by his peers as one of the top-three attorneys in McLean County. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Commission on Access to Justice in 2014. Mr. Kelly is Past President of both the Illinois Bar Foundation and the McLean County Bar Association. He was also on the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Board of Directors from 2000 – 2007 and was named IICLE®’s Most Valuable Volunteer for Publications in 2008. Mr. Kelly received his B.S. from the University of Dayton and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Alexander Barry Mahler is a Partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in insurance coverage. Mr. Mahler is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. He also was designated as a Chartered Property Underwriter. Mr. Mahler received his B.S. magna cum laude from Arizona State University and his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinley School of Law.
Robert F. Merlo is an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in professional liability defense. Mr. Merlo is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Lawyers. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall School of Law.
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.
Richard L. Whitman, Sr., of The Whitman Law Office, in Monmouth, focuses his practice on wills, trusts and estates, real estate, family law, business litigation, and business entities. Mr. Whitman has been chosen as a Super Lawyer and as a Distinguished Lawyer by Expert Network. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University Law School where he was an editor of the Northwestern Law Review.
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