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Lindsay S.C. Brinton is a Member at Lewis Rice LLC, in St. Louis, and concentrates her practice on eminent domain litigation. Ms. Brinton is a Member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
William L. Broom III is a Partner at Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation, estate planning, and eminent domain. He has been a Special Assistant Attorney for the Illinois Department of Transportation for eminent domain and land acquisition since 1983. He is active in the Illinois State Bar Association and has served as Chair of its Committees on Professional Responsibility, Healthcare, and Continuing Legal Education. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Broom received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
John W. Damisch is a Principal in Damisch & Damisch Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses on civil trial litigation. Mr. Damisch is a retired judge and was a condemnation trial attorney for five Illinois Attorneys General, handling civil trials for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority as well as the Batavia Nuclear Project, DuPage County, and various municipalities. He is member of the American, Illinois State, Chicago, and DuPage County Bar Associations. Mr. Damisch received his B.S. and his J.D. from Northwestern University.
B. Jay Dowling is a Partner with Clayborne and Wagner LLP, in Belleville, where he focuses his practice on eminent domain, real estate, and workers’ compensation. He is a member of the Illinois State and Missouri State Bar Associations. He earned both of his B.S. degrees (business and economic, administration) from Culver-Stockton College, his Police Officer Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board, and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Richard F. Friedman is a Member of the managing group at Neal & Leroy, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in eminent domain, land use, litigation, and historic preservation. He has been the principal attorney in over 100 appeals. Mr. Friedman teaches historic preservation law at the University of Chicago Law School and in the historic preservation graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Michele S. Gonzalesis a Partner at Elle Law Group, LLC, in Oak Park, where she devotes her practice to eminent domain and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Gonzales is Special Assistant Attorney General and a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Ms. Gonzales received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s Honor List, a member of Moot Court, a legal writing assistant, and a research assistant.
Chase M. Hundman is an associate at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on business and employment law. Mr. Hundman received his B.A. cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Ariane M. Janz is an associate at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Chicago, and concentrates her practice in commercial and general litigation. Ms. Janz is a Member of the Chicago Bar Association and its Commercial Litigation Committee. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Syracuse University and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Ms. Janz was a federal clerk for Judge C.J. Williams at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
Meghan S. Largent is a Member of Lewis Rice LLC, in St. Louis, and focuses her practice on federal eminent domain. Ms. Largent has been named an “Up & Coming” lawyer in Missouri Lawyers Weekly and has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. She also has received the Albert E. Arent Pro Bono Award. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Noah A. Menold is an associate at Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in Peoria, where he focuses his practice in commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and Construction Law Section Council. He has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in the areas of commercial litigation, closely and privately held business law, and medical malpractice defense law. He has also been recognized as “One To Watch” by Best Lawyers in the area of commercial litigation. Mr. Menold received his B.S. summa cum laude from Bradley University, where he was recognized as the Kalman Goldberg Outstanding Senior Business Student (2010 – 2011) and awarded the rank of Top Collegiate Scholar: Management (2011). He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he was the Brian E. and Tamra A. McGough Prize Recipient (2014) and the Northern Illinois University Law Review: Notes & Comments Editor (2013 – 2014).
Valerie M. Moehle is a Partner at Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., in Pekin, where she focuses on real estate, estates and probate, small businesses, and local government. Ms. Moehle is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association Real Estate Committee and served on the Member Services Committee of the Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. She received her B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois and her J.D. summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University, where she was class valedictorian and a member of the NIU College Law Law Review. She was also a law clerk for Justice Ben Miller of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Christopher J. Murdoch is a Partner at Emry Murdoch LLC in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, land use, and eminent domain. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (2014 – 2021) and a Leading Lawyer and is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel. Mr. Murdoch received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Patricia A. Small is an associate with the firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where she concentrates her practice in civil and appellate litigation and eminent domain matters. She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for land acquisition and real estate matters since 1996. She is a former law clerk for Chief Justice William C. Hastings of the Nebraska Supreme Court and is a member of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. She is a contributing author to EMINENT DOMAIN PRACTICE (IICLE®, 2020). She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska — Omaha and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Mark J. Steger is Senior Counsel at Clark Hill PLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. He has been named a Leading Lawyer. Mr. Steger received his B.S. and his M.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Managing Partner of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking. VanFleet is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow and a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.S. with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law.
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