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Lorraine K. Cavataio, Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard P.C., O’Fallon
Ms. Cavataio is an equity shareholder at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. in its O’Fallon, Illinois, office where she focuses her practice on business law, estate planning, probate and trust litigation and real estate. Ms. Cavataio has more than 15 years’ experience in representing a wide range of clients in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, tax objections, commercial and residential leasing, trusts and wills, estate and trust administration and tortious interference. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has effectively resolved numerous estate tax issues over the years. Her proficient knowledge of the court systems throughout the Illinois and Missouri state courts, and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has also been beneficial in providing superior legal counsel to her clients.
Lorraine’s experience in the estate planning practice has made her a well-respected informational lecturer, and she has been invited to various seminars on numerous occasions to speak on several different topics pertaining to estate planning. Ms. Cavataio is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She is an author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and lectures for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois State Bar Association, State Retirement Systems, and various professional and civic organizations. Ms. Cavataio currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, as well as the Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. Other professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), the American Bar Association and The Missouri Bar Association. She also serves in the Probate Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. Locally, Ms. Cavataio is a member of the St. Clair County Bar Association, where she served as the organization’s secretary in 2003 and was previously a board member. Lorraine is also a founding director and president of the St. Clair County Bar Foundation. She serves or has served as either an officer or director of numerous civic and charitable organizations, such as St. Clair County (West) Rotary Club District 6510, St. Clair County (West) Rotary Foundation, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Meredith Memorial Home, March of Dimes and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, to name a few. She received a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1991, and earned her JD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. She is also an author for three IICLE handbooks — ILLINOIS ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING FOR ILLINOIS ATTORNEYS: THE BASICS AND BEYOND, and SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS.
William J. Anaya, Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Chicago
Mr. Anaya is a Partner in the Litigation Group of Arnstein & Lehr LLP in Chicago, where he practices in areas related to environmental and real estate law. He received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the University of Indiana School of Law. Mr. Anaya has spoken for organizations including the American and Illinois State Bar Associations, and he has served on the faculty of Loyola University School of Law as an instructor in real estate since 1994. He is a member of the American, Illinois and Indiana State, and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Anaya is the General Editor of and a contributing author to three IICLE publications — COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN CORPORATE AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS, AND ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE — and is a contributing author to RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE. He also is a frequent speaker and moderator for IICLE’s real estate courses.
Thomas A. Lilien, Office of the Appellate Defender, Elgin
Mr. Lilien is the Deputy Defender in charge of the Second District Office of the State Appellate Defender. He received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1978 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year. He joined the Office of the State Appellate Defender as an Assistant Defender in the Third District Office in October 1978 and worked there until his transfer to the Second District Office in 1988. Mr. Lilien continued to serve as an Assistant Defender until he assumed the Deputy Defender position as of January 1, 2006. Mr. Lilien has served as an adjunct faculty member, co-teaching an appellate advocacy course at Northern Illinois University College of Law since 1986. He has also spoken on criminal and appellate topics to several organizations, including the Illinois Public Defender Association and the DuPage County Bar Association. Mr. Lilien is the General Editor of and an author for the IICLE publication DEFENDING ILLINOIS CRIMINAL CASES.
Robert Z. Slaughter, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago
Robert Z. Slaughter is a Senior Lecturer in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches courses entitled "The Art of In-House Legal Counseling," "Negotiation and Documentation of Merger & Acquisition Transactions" and "Corporate Governance Law and Practice."
Mr. Slaughter has broad experience in both executive in-house corporate legal positions and private legal practice. In these capacities, he has advised a wide variety of publicly and privately-held business clients with respect to complex corporate, securities and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings and similar transactional matters and corporate governance counseling.
Prior to joining Loyola's faculty, Mr. Slaughter was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Grubb & Ellis Company, a publicly-traded, real estate services company. Before joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Slaughter was a partner at Jenner & Block where he practiced in the firm's corporate transactions group. Mr. Slaughter has also served as Vice President and General Counsel of Moore Corporation Limited (a/k/a Moore Business Forms), a publicly-traded, printing, document services and business communications products and services company (which is now a part of RR Donnelley), and as a business unit Vice President and General Counsel at Ameritech Corporation, a telecommunications company (which is now a part of AT&T Inc.). Before joining Ameritech, Mr. Slaughter was in private practice for 12 years as a partner in Keck, Mahin & Cate, a Chicago-based, national law firm, and a partner in the Chicago law firm of Arnstein & Lehr.
Mr. Slaughter received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School in 1982 and graduated from Princeton University in 1978 with a degree in politics. At Princeton, Mr. Slaughter was a member and captain of the varsity basketball team and was awarded the B.F. Bunn Trophy for his contributions to the basketball program.
Paul E. Bateman, Littler Mendelson, PC, Chicago
Mr. Bateman is a Shareholder of Littler Mendelson, where his emphasis is in employment litigation, NLRB and arbitration proceedings, and labor and employment counseling. Mr. Bateman represents both domestic and foreign companies in all facets of labor and employment law in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. His practice includes representing and counseling employers in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and traditional labor law matters, including NLRB, arbitration, and injunction proceedings. He received his B.S. from Illinois State University in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. Mr. Bateman is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law matters for bar, trade, and educational groups. He is recognized as a Leading Illinois Attorney in the employment law field. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois State Bar and American Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections. He has been admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, First, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Illinois. He has written for IICLE’s EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION and EMPLOYMENT TERMINATION handbooks and has served on the planning committee and as a course speaker for numerous IICLE employment law and labor law courses.
Deborah Gersh, Ropes & Gray LLP, Chicago
Ms. Gersh joined Ropes & Gray in 2009 as a Partner in the Healthcare Group and is resident in the firm's Chicago office. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and private equity transactions. She also works extensively with healthcare companies in addressing a multitude of healthcare regulatory issues, including compliance with federal and state anti-kickback statutes, Stark, HIPAA, and other federal and state healthcare regulations. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law and has written for numerous publications, including RAISING CAPITAL FOR HEALTHCARE COMPANIES (Aspatore Books, 2005), THE REGULATORY MAZE (American Health Lawyers Association, Apr. 1999), and BANKRUPTCIES IN HEALTHCARE: A PHYSICIAN’S GUIDE (American Medical Association, Spring 1999). She is a member of the Midwest Executive Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League, the Internet Executives Club, the Women Health Executives Network, the National Health Lawyers Association, and the American and Chicago Bar Associations. Ms. Gersh has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in Illinois in 2005 – 2008, received the Women in Black Award as one of the top 26 women leaders in technology in the Chicagoland Area in 2001, and was named one of the top 100 business technology leaders in the Chicagoland Area in 2001. Ms. Gersh, who also speaks Spanish, received her B.A. from Northwestern University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. with honors from George Washington University. Ms. Gersh has spoken for IICLE’s Health Law Conference.
Posegate & Denes, P.C, Springfield
Jane Denes is a partner of Posegate & Denes, P.C. in Springfield, Illinois. She is a transactional attorney concentrating in estate planning, taxation, and business planning. Ms. Denes has extensive experience with closely-held businesses in choice of entity issues, operating as an S corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, and succession of ownership. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, a master’s degree in economics from Northwestern University, and a J.D. and LL.M. in tax law from Washington University. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri and is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Ms. Denes is a frequent speaker for IICLE. She has been a long-time participant in the annual Estate Planning Short Course and has presented at a variety of other IICLE events, including Advising Farmers, Starting Points: Administering Your First Estate, Contested Estates and Trusts, and Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Springfield
James Lestikow has an active estate planning and wealth preservation practice. Reflecting his substantial estate planning experience, he was elected to Fellowship in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2001, and in 2006 was appointed a member of its Asset Protection Committee. He also practices in the areas of corporate and business law and commercial real estate.
Mr. Lestikow’s estate planning and wealth preservation practice includes the drafting of wills and trusts, family limited partnerships and other devices that help clients achieve their financial goals in the most tax efficient manner and protect their assets for retirement and the next generation. He also handles estate and trust administration, as well as handling estate and trust administration disputes through alternate dispute resolution or in the probate courts and has testified as an expert witness on duties of executors / trustees, fees of executors and in attorney malpractice cases.
Mr. Lestikow also represents businesses, many of them family owned or not-for-profit associations or foundations, seeking to be organized as corporations or limited liability companies, and to obtain and maintain tax exemptions. He also helps them with their choice of business entity, and advises them on such day-today issues as employment discrimination, credit, contracts and management activities. Mr. Lestikow also offers transactional advice on asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, financing and dissolutions. He advises on succession plans for closely held and family held businesses.
Mr. Lestikow handles real estate matters including financing, taxfree exchanges, purchases, sales, leasing and zoning.
Since 2006 Mr. Lestikow has been included annually in “The Best Lawyers in America®” in the area of Trusts and Estates. He has also been recognized by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in the categories of Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning Law. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Lestikow was named to the Super Lawyers list in the area of Estate Planning/Trusts by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. Since 2007 he has been named annually in Estate Planning & Probate. In 2008 he was named by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, and one of the Top 50 Downstate Leading Consumer Lawyers.
Mr. Lestikow is a past chair and former member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Trusts and Estates Section Council. In addition, he is a past President of the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council and a member of the American Bar Association's Probate, Trust and Real Estate Section.
In the course of his career he has formed and represented closely and family held businesses, and since its inception, has been recognized by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in the category of Closely & Privately Held Business Law. Mr. Lestikow was one of the initial members of the Advisory Board of the Central Illinois Family Business Forum sponsored by S.I.U. Edwardsville. He has also served as chair of the ISBA’s Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council. Mr. Lestikow is very active in the Illinois Bar Foundation, of which he is both a Charter and Gold Fellow. He has been appointed as a director of the Foundation and serves as its Treasurer, Chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, and a member of its Executive, Investment Oversight and Planned Giving Committees.
In addition, Mr. Lestikow holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.
He joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 1992.
Mr. Lestikow is a frequent writer and speaker on estate planning topics for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). He helped plan the 48th Annual IICLE Estate Planning Short Course (2005). Mr. Lestikow is the Co-General Editor of “Asset Protection Planning,” published by IICLE in February 2007. He also authored a chapter, “Practical and Ethical Considerations.” In addition, Mr. Lestikow served as General Editor of “Estate Planning for Illinois Lawyers: The Basics and Beyond,” IICLE, 2001, 2005 and 2008, and authored the chapter dealing with the initial meeting and client relationships. He is a Co-General Editor of a new IICLE book, “Postmortem Estate Planning,” and is writing its “Asset Protection” chapter.
His presentations include: “Asset Protection and Family Wealth Management for Physicians,” Illinois State Medical Society Seminars, Collinsville and Peoria, Illinois, July 2006; “Protecting Family Assets,” IICLE, Advanced Asset Protection Planning for 2006 seminar, Bloomington, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, December 2005; “Planning and Drafting for Illiquid Assets,” IICLE, 48th Annual Estate Planning Short Course, Chicago, Illinois, April 2005, and again in Urbana, Illinois, May 2005; "Post-Mortem Planning with Disclaimers," IICLE, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois, June 2004.
Mr. Lestikow is a member and 2008 Chairman of the Board of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Ben Alexander Neiburger, JD, CPA,
Generation Law, LTD, Elmhurst
Ben Alexander Neiburger was previously a senior associate in the Chicago office of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. He left the executive compensation and employee benefits group to start his own legal practice, Neiburger Law, Ltd. in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Ben quickly became a recognized and respected attorney in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning, which includes expertise in Long-Term Care Planning, Special Needs Trusts and Tax Planning for families and their elders.
In fact, Mr. Neiburger was named a “Super Lawyer” in Elder Law by Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago magazine. Only 14 other attorneys in the state of Illinois were recognized this way in 2007. He was honored again with this distinction in 2009 and 2010, when he was one of just five elder law attorneys awarded.
Ben is an active member of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and through frequent speaking engagements and ongoing course work both locally and nationally, is in continuous pursuit of knowledge and insight to the laws and finances that affect our families and senior citizens. He brings this wealth of knowledge, his clear and common sense explanations, his patience, gentle humor and sensitivity to each of his legal consultations.
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance, Mr. Neiburger added CPA to his name and went on to receive his juris doctor degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where later he was an Adjunct Professor. He taught Employee Benefits Law for four years while simultaneously becoming a top regional instructor for the Becker CPA Review course. Currently, Mr. Neiburger is one of the top-rated speakers and instructors for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) as well as NAELA.
In addition to recently being admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, membership in the DuPage County Estate Planning Council, DuPage County Bar Association, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce, and Oak Park Senior Citizen’s Services Committee, Mr. Neiburger is a frequent speaker and writer in his specialty areas of law to audiences of professionals in legal, financial and healthcare fields as well as individuals seeking information about planning and caring for their own families.
For additional information about Ben Neiburger, JD, CPA and his practice, please visit www.NeiburgerLaw.com or give him a call at 630-782-1766.
Michele Jochner, Judicial Law Clerk, Illinois Supreme Court, Chicago
Michele M. Jochner serves as a judicial law clerk to Justice Charles E. Freeman of the Illinois Supreme Court. Ms. Jochner formerly served in the same capacity to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow from 1997 until Justice McMorrow’s retirement in July, 2006.
Ms. Jochner received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Mundelein College in 1987, and is a 1990 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where she received her J.D. with Honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In 1992, she also earned an L.LM degree from DePaul.
Ms. Jochner has served as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School and at DePaul University College of Law. She has authored nearly 100 articles on a wide array of legal topics appearing in publications nationwide, and has a regular column – “Law From a Different Perspective” – which appears in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. She has also extensively lectured on legal issues across the state, and has appeared on several cable television programs discussing law-related topics. In addition, Ms. Jochner is listed in several Who’s Who publications, and was recognized in 2004 as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Throughout her career, Ms. Jochner has also been actively involved in numerous bar association activities and has served in several leadership roles. She served a six-year term as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and was Secretary of the ISBA for 2006-2007. In recognition of her service and contributions to the Illinois legal community, she was recently honored with a Board of Governors’ award. Ms. Jochner has also been very active in planning and coordinating various continuing legal education programs for the ISBA, including the ISBA’s annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Ms. Jochner chaired the inaugural planning committee for the Conference, and continued in that capacity the following year. She is also a past chair of the ISBA’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council, and has been active in a number of other ISBA committees, including the Board’s Committee on Scope and Correlation, the Budget and Audit Committee, the Judicial Evaluations Committee and the Special Committee for Minority Outreach. Currently, she serves as a member of the editorial board for the ISBA Bar Journal, and as a co-editor of the ISBA’s Bench & Bar Newsletter. Ms. Jochner is also a record-holding seven-time recipient of the ISBA’s Lincoln Award for Legal Writing, and a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Ms. Jochner is also active with the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the CBA’s Alliance for Women, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the CBA Record. In addition, Ms. Jochner is a member of the DePaul University College of Law Dean’s Council, of the Advisory Board of DePaul University College of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law, and also of the Board of Directors for the “Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project.” She serves as a member of the Leader Council for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, is a Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, and is the Chair of the Executive Board of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, after serving as the Chapter’s Justice for the past two years. She was named the fraternity’s Outstanding Alumni Chapter Justice for 2010, and, under her leadership, the Chicago Alumni Chapter was also recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Chapter. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and an officer of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.
Bradley L. Cohn,
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, Chicago
Bradley L. Cohn is a partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP in Chicago. He concentrates his practice in the fields of trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, right of publicity, and advertising and marketing law. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law and been a Director for the Chicago Bar Association's 9,000-member Young Lawyers Section. He has also served as a chair and legislative liaison for the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Cohn is a contributing author to IICLE®'s Intellectual Property Law Handbook and has spoken at IICLE seminars on topics such as trademark protection, product placement, Internet advertising, and "eco-friendly" marketing claims. Before entering private practice, Mr. Cohn served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Anne C. Conway of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Cohn earned his B.A. in Latin from Duke University (1989), and received his J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School (1994).
LaVon M. Johns,
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Chicago
Ms. Johns was selected as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch" by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2004. In 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Ms. Johns has been designated an "Illinois Super Lawyer" as a result of research conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicagomagazines. She has been named one of the 100 Top Women in Real Estate by the Illinois Real Estate Journal for the past three years. Ms. Johns is listed in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America - the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. She has also been selected in 2011 as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network.
Ms. Johns has recently attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. She is currently one of very few attorneys in Illinois to attain this designation.
Ms. Johns serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. She is also a lecturer at the National Business Institute.
Janine L. Spears, DePaul University, Chicago
Janine Spears is an Assistant Professor at DePaul University with expertise in IT governance, information assurance, and privacy. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in legal issues in information assurance and information security management. Professor Spears’ research has examined regulatory effects on information security management; fair information practice principles and online privacy; information security within the e-Discovery process; and model-based risk analysis in organizational business processes. Her research has been published in MIS Quarterly, ISACA Journal, and several academic conference proceedings. She has been a guest speaker at industry educational forums, such as ARMA International, and an invited speaker at university colloquia. She serves as Director of the DePaul Information Assurance Center and works on curriculum development in governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC).
Professor Spears earned her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Donald P. Seberger, Special Counsel, Rio Tinto Alcan, Chicago
Donald P. Seberger is currently Special Counsel to Rio Tinto Alcan, a Montreal-based multinational corporation (and wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc), engaged in the manufacture and sale of aluminum. Until his retirement on November 1, 2008, Mr. Seberger was the Vice President and Chief Counsel (USA) and Chief Counsel of the Alcan Bauxite & Alumina Group (Worldwide). He joined Pechiney (then a French multinational corporation) in February 2001, assuming primary responsibility for all merger, acquisition, and strategic and special projects of the Pechiney Group in North and South America. Alcan acquired Pechiney in December 2003, and as part of Pechiney's integration into Alcan, he was named Alcan's Chief Counsel in the United States. In addition to holding senior in-house positions in several multinational corporations, Mr. Seberger practiced law for more than 10 years (as an associate and later as a partner) at Jenner & Block LLP. Mr. Seberger has negotiated and documented corporate and commercial transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures, throughout the United States and in Europe, South America, Australia, Malaysia, India, and The Peoples Republic of China. While his practice is concentrated largely in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and similar strategic corporate and business transactions, he also has substantial experience in commercial lending, bank regulatory matters, and corporate reorganization and restructurings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Seberger is a graduate of Valparaiso University, where he earned both his J.D. (1980) and B.A. (1974) and where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Valparaiso University Law Review. He is the author of several professional articles, including the chapter Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements in IICLE's SECURED TRANSACTIONS handbook, and has been on the planning committee and spoken for several IICLE courses, including Advising Businesses in a Challenging Economic Environment.