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William J. Anaya is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates in environmental law transactions and litigation. He is Past Chairman of the Board of IICLE® and has received IICLE®’s Addis Hull Award for Excellence in Legal Education. He is a member of the Illinois State and Indiana State Bar Associations. Mr. Anaya received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Michael C. Bedell is a senior associate at Masuda Funai in Chicago, where he represents clients in connection with complex real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of retail, office, and industrial properties. Prior to joining Masuda Funai, he was in-house counsel for a publicly traded real estate investment trust in the Chicago area and an associate in the Chicago office of a global law firm. He has authored numerous articles on various commercial real estate matters. Mr. Bedell received his B.A. from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Scott R. Borstein is a Partner at Neal & Leroy, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in zoning, land use, and real estate transactions. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and licensed to practice law in both Illinois and California. Mr. Borstein received his B.A. cum laude from Miami University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.
Matthew E. Cohn is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate and the litigation of environmental and insurance coverage matters. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a hydrogeologist for a global environmental engineering and consulting firm for several years. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Council and the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Mr. Cohn received his B.S. in Geology with honors from Bucknell University, his M.S. in Geology from Indiana University, and his J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Paul J. Evans is the Principal Attorney of the Evans Law Firm, PC, in O’Fallon, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of agricultural law, real estate, and estate planning. He is a member of the Illinois State, Missouri, and St. Clair County Bar Associations and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He has served on the Agricultural Law Section Council of ISBA since 1995 in various capacities, including serving as Council Chair in 2002 – 2003. He has written articles for the ISBA Section Council’s Agricultural Law newsletter and has been a presenter for ISBA. He has spoken to nonprofit organizations on issues of land preservation. Mr. Evans earned his B.S. and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Joseph P. Gattuso is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of land use, zoning, historic preservation, and other regulatory matters; development incentives; acquisition of publicly owned property; liquor and business licensing issues; building and life safety code compliance; right-of-way adjustments; and subdivisions. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Gattuso received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the law review.
Keith W. Groebe is a Principal at Masuda Funai in Chicago, where he focuses on real estate. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent in Real Property Law. Mr. Groebe received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Jack Guthman is Partner Emeritus at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Chicago, where his practice encompasses a broad range of activity before state and local boards, commissions, the Illinois General Assembly, and the Congress of the United States. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Real Estate and Land Use and Zoning Law annually since 2006. He was inducted into the Chicago Association of Realtors Hall of Fame for his achievements in the real estate industry. Mr. Guthman received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Timothy J. Hammersmith, Jr., is a Principal at Masuda Funai in Chicago, where his primary areas of practice include a broad spectrum of real estate disciplines. He is a frequent author and lecturer on real estate issues such as taxation, site selection and real estate development incentives, and landlord/tenant matters. For two years, he also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. He has served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s State and Local Taxation Section Council, serving as Chair of the Section Council from 1997 – 1998. Mr. Hammersmith earned his B.S. from the University of South Florida and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the law review.
J. Cole Helfrich has been a Principal Land Surveyor at Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. in Geneva for the last 28 years. His specialties include real estate law, boundaries and boundary law, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances and servitudes, statutory and common-law plats, ALTA surveys, topography, building and site layout, and construction and project management as well as land development consulting. He has enjoyed working with countless prominent developers, attorneys, and other professionals in the field and the office. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.
Dean W. Krone is a Partner at Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP, in Arlington Heights, where he focuses on local government law and real estate development. He is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Krone received his B.S. and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Brian P. Liston is a Partner at Liston & Tsantilis, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in land use. He has been named by Leading Lawyer magazine as the #1 Leading Lawyer in Land Use for 11 consecutive years, as well as being awarded the Top Attorney Award by Crain’s Chicago Business. He is the President of Liston Equities and a member of the John Purdue Club. Mr. Liston received his B.S. from Purdue University, his M.B.A. from Saint Xavier University, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. He has tried numerous jury and bench trial and has secured over $1 billion dollars in refunds for his clients.
Kevin P. McKeown is an associate at Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP, in Arlington Heights, where he focuses on education law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Council of School Attorneys, and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. Mr. McKeown received his B.A. with a double major from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Jeffrey A. Mollet practices at Silver Lake Group, Ltd., in Highland, where he focuses his practice on banking and finance, real estate, and agriculture. He is a frequent speaker and published author on agricultural topics. He served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section Council (2005 – 2006) and has been the Council’s newsletter editor for many years. He was also a speaker on venture capital and financing at the Illinois Coalition for Animal Agriculture Symposium (2002) and spoke on the topic of “Organizing New Generation Cooperatives” for the American Agricultural Law Association (2001). Mr. Mollet earned his B.S. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his J.D. from St. Louis University Law School.
Dennis J. Powers is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago, where he focuses on construction law and real estate and commercial litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, and has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer as the result of research projects conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines. He is also listed in Leading Lawyers for Construction Law and is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and the Construction Law Forum. Mr. Powers received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Suzanne Karbarz Rovner is Of Counsel to DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, where she focuses on construction law, representing owners, developers, design professionals, and contractors in all aspects of the construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to project execution and resolution of disputes. She is a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. Ms. Rovner received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School.
Peter Tsantilis is a Partner at Liston & Tsantilis, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate tax appeals and incentives, land use/zoning, complex industrial and commercial real estate transactions/leasing, and eminent domain litigation. He is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the NAIOP Chicago Legislative Committee. He was named one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch (2013), an Emerging Leading Lawyer (2015 – 2017), and a Leading Lawyer (2018 – 2021). Mr. Tsantilis received his B.B.A. summa cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration and his J.D. cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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