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John L. Barger is a Member of Craig and Craig LLC, in Mattoon, where he practices in the areas of agricultural law, real estate, civil litigation, municipal law, drainage law, and estate planning and administration. Barger is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Bar Association for the Federal District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) School of Law and his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.
Patrick K. Bond a Member of Bond, Dickson & Associates, P.C., in Wheaton. Bond is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He received degrees from DePaul University College of Law and Marquette University.
Kathleen Elliott is Of Counsel with Robbins Schwartz, in Lisle, and focuses her practice on local government law. Elliott has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. She is Past Chair of the Home Rule Attorneys Committee of the Illinois Municipal League and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Honorable John T. Elsner is General Counsel for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, in Wheaton. Judge Elsner served as a judge in the 18th Judicial Court from 2000 until his retirement in 2014. He was unanimously elected by his fellow circuit judges as Chief Judge in 2011. Judge Elsner received his J.D. from Northern Illinois University School of Law.
Shawn P. Flaherty is a Senior Partner at Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd., in Naperville, and concentrates his practice in public safety, local government, and labor and employment issues. Flaherty was a recipient of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts Appreciation Award in 2016 and is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Illinois State University and his J.D. from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the NIU Law Review, Volume 16.
Marlene S. Fuentes is an associate in Tressler LLP’s Government Practice Group, in Chicago. Fuentes focuses on day-to-day operations and administrative proceedings for government clients, particularly educational institutions and municipalities. She previously was Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago and served as lead legal counsel for Chicago Public Schools and Chicago-area charter schools.
James J. Hess is Senior Counsel at Tressler LLP, in Bolingbrook, and concentrates on government and litigation matters. He represents various local government agencies, primarily as the prosecutor for misdemeanor, traffic, and administrative violations. Hess was a 2021 Super Lawyer and Rising Stars recipient.
Brian F. Johnson is Executive Director of the Greater Peoria Sanitary District. Johnson is a member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, and the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.S. from Bradley University and his J.D. cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Phillip B. Lenzini is Of Counsel at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., in Peoria, where he focuses his practice in local government. Lenzini is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and has been the Illinois Library Association’s Library Luminary Honoree. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law. His law school later named Lenzini Alumni of the Year and gave him its Alumni Achievement Award.
Deanna S. Mool is the Chief Legal Officer at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, in Boone, N.C., where she concentrates her practice in healthcare law. Mool is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, and is licensed to practice in Illinois, North Carolina, and Indiana. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and her B.S. from the University of Illinois.
John M. O’Driscoll is a Partner at Tressler LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses on representing companies and individuals in business disagreements and on providing counsel services to local government bodies. He is a member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Mr. O’Driscoll received his B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
John M. O’Driscoll is a Partner based out of Tressler LLP’s Bolingbrook and Chicago offices. His practice includes representing companies and individuals in business disagreements and providing general counsel services to local governmental bodies such as municipalities, school districts, library districts, and park districts. He has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for 2012 – 2014 and in Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2008 – 2011. He has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network. He has received the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s President’s Award and also the Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding service as co-chair of the IDC Commercial Litigation Committee. He is the Chair of the IDC’s Local Governmental Law Committee.
Andrew S. Paine is a Partner at Tressler LLP’s local government law practice, in Chicago, and focuses his practice in the representation of Illinois park districts, municipalities, and other governmental entities in transactional and litigation related matters. Paine has been selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015 – present). He earned his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and his B.A. cum laude from Beloit College.
Ann R. Pieper is an attorney at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., in Peoria, and concentrates her practice in municipal law, litigation, mediation, and guardian ad litem work. Pieper is a member of the Illinois State, Peoria County, and Tazewell County Bar Associations. She received her J.D. from Northern Illinois University, her M.A. from Loyola University, and her B.A. from Knox College.
James S. Sinclair is a Principal at Stobbs, Sinclair & Livingstone, Ltd., in Alton, and focuses his practice on local government law and general civil practice. Sinclair is counsel to the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts and is licensed in Illinois and Missouri. He received his J.D. from Washington University, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois.
M. Neal Smith is a Partner at Robbins Schwartz, in Lisle, and focuses his practice on tort, zoning, and commercial litigation. Smith is an Illinois Leading Lawyer in election, political and campaign law; governmental, municipal, lobbying, and administrative law; land use, zoning, and condemnation law; and school law. He received his J.D. cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law and his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College.
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