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Douglas Belofsky is the owner of Law Offices of Douglas Belofsky, P.C., in Northbrook, where he concentrates his practice in the areas complex commercial litigation, commercial law matters, probate, estate planning, and arbitration. He is a member of the American Health Law Association, the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Greater Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council. Mr. Belofsky received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, 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, and concentrates her practice in insurance coverage. She is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. 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 plaintiff’s personal injury/mediation. A frequent speaker for IICLE® and the Illinois State Bar Association, he is a Past President of the Illinois Bar Foundation and a Past Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice. He has been voted one of the Top Three Attorneys in McLean County by his peers. Mr. Kelly served on the IICLE® Board of Directors (2000 – 2007) and was selected as IICLE® Volunteer of the Year for Publications in 2008. He received his B.S. from the University of Dayton and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Alex B. Mahler is a Partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, and concentrates his practice in insurance coverage. He is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, the West Suburban Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, and the American Bar Association. Mahler has been designated as a Chartered Property Underwriter. He received his B.S. magna cum laude from Arizona State University and his J.D. from Indiana University of Law — Indianapolis.
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 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.
Richard L. Whitman, Sr., is an attorney at The Whitman Law Office in Monmouth, where he engages in general practice. He is a Past President of the Warren County Bar Association and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Whitman received his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was Editor of the law review.
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