James R. Asmussen is a Shareholder at Polsinelli PC, in Chicago, where he concentrates in venture capital and mergers and acquisition. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Asmussen earned his B.S.A. magna cum laude from Villanova University and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member and Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.
Michael J. Boland, a Partner with Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago, practices principally in the areas of securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mr. Boland represents both private and public companies in securities offerings (including venture capital transactions), mergers and acquisitions, and other complex transactions. He advises both public and private companies and their directors and officers on a variety of disclosure, compliance, and other corporate governance matters arising out of Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, stock exchange rules, and corporate laws, including best practices. He is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Securities Law and Corporation Law Committees of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Boland received his B.A. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Jerry J. Burgdoerfer is a Senior Partner with Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice. Mr. Burgdoerfer is Cochair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group, is the Chair of the firm’s Audit Letter Review Committee, and has served on the firm’s Management Committee. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of corporate and securities law for such organizations as IICLE®, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Practising Law Institute. He has served as Chair of the CBA’s Securities Law Committee and serves on the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Subcommittees on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting and Proxy Statements and Business Combinations. Mr. Burgdoerfer received his B.S., M.B.A., and J.D. from Indiana University.
Bryan P. Bylica is an associate in the Chicago office of McGuireWoods LLP. He handles general corporate representation and concentrates in such corporate matters as mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation, licensing as a small business investment company with the Small Business Administration, portfolio company acquisitions, and other related investments. Mr. Bylica assists both national and international clients with corporate matters in a variety of industries. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Loyola University Chicago’s College of Law, and Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Robert E. Connolly is a Partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, equity investments, restructurings and recapitalizations, corporate governance and partnership/shareholder agreements, joint ventures, capital raises and private placements, private investment fund formations, IT agreements (consulting, SaaS/cloud, managed services, outsourcing), and complex commercial agreements. Mr. Connolly is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. from Iowa State University and his J.D. cum laude from The John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of The John Marshall Law Review and recipient of the Order of John Marshall.
Joshua L. Ditelberg is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, where he maintains a broad-based labor and employment practice. His practice includes a particular focus on labor relations and the employment-related aspects of corporate transactions and business restructuring. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation, and he is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Law. Mr. Ditelberg received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, Order of the Coif.
Jessica A. Garascia serves as General Counsel and Vice President at AAR Corp.,in Chicago. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Indiana University School of Law, where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor on the Indiana Law Journal.
Lola Miranda Hale (1944 – 2011) was a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., in Chicago. She was a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law matters and authored chapters for the Matthew Bender publication BUSINESS LAW MONOGRAPHS and the Practising Law Institute’s STATE REGULATION OF BROKER-DEALERS AND AGENTS IN PRIVATE OFFERINGS. Ms. Hale served as an executive committee member of the Northwestern University Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute. She also lectured for IICLE® seminars and wrote for several IICLE® handbooks. She served on several committees and subcommittees of the Chicago Bar Association, including the organization’s Securities Law Committee and Continuing Legal Education Program. Ms. Hale received her B.A. from Albert Magnus College and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Cory Hirsch is a Partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, where he represents both Fortune 100 and private corporations in all facets of employee benefits law. He counsels companies on qualified retirement and welfare plan matters regarding plan design, plan administration, fiduciary responsibility, and disclosure requirements. He has substantial experience advising on executive employment and separation matters and has negotiated employment and pay arrangements for many organizations and executives. He also regularly advises clients regarding group separation agreements and compliance under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. Mr. Hirsch received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
John F. Kennedy isa Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Chicago, where he is a trial lawyer with a focus on crisis management. He is a Professor at The King’s Inns, Dublin, Ireland, and also serves as General Counsel and as a Member of the Board for the National Alliance on Mental Health. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Niles College of Loyola University and his J.D. with honors from DePaul University College of Law.
Susan Poll Klaessy is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on bankruptcy and business reorganizations. She is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation. She was named a Super Lawyer: Business Bankruptcy in 2020 – 2023. Ms. Poll Klaessy received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Michael P. Lusk is a former Partner in the Private Equity Practice Group of McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago. Mr. Lusk has represented investment funds and portfolio companies in all types of private equity transactions from venture to mezzanine to buyout transactions. In addition, he has developed a substantial practice in the areas of complex financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation for public and private companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early-stage and emerging growth companies. He assisted in drafting amendments to Kentucky’s Limited Liability Company Act and Revised Uniform Partnership Act in 1997. Mr. Lusk is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Kentucky Bar Associations. He received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Louisville and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
Rachel Williams Mantz is a Partner with McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago, where she counsels clients on a wide range of issues, including transaction structure, negotiation and legal strategy, securities law compliance, regulation of securities, and general corporate procedures. She has represented public and private companies of all sizes in a variety of industries with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, spin-offs, tender offers, and public and private securities offerings. She received her B.A. from Washington University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Condon A. McGlothlen is a Partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, representing employers in equal employment opportunity and other employment law matters. Mr. McGlothlen has for many years advised employers on reduction in force and release issues under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He has advised hundreds of companies on such issues, including Motorola, Tribune Company, Amoco (now BP), Dial, and the National Association of Securities Dealers. He also has extensive experience representing companies in complex employment litigation, including class actions and pattern and practice cases under various employment laws. Mr. McGlothlen is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. He received his B.A.magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Zachariah B. Miller, formerly an associate with the firm McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago, has assisted clients with a variety of legal issues, including securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, regulation of securities, and general corporate governance and procedures. Mr. Miller is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.A. from Centre College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Jeffrey S. Shamberg is a Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, in Chicago, where he serves as is a tax planning advisor and Certified Public Account with a national client base. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Shamberg earned his B.S. with honors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Russll I. Shapiro is a Partner with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago and chairs the Corporate Practice Group. He is a recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other complex corporate transactions, including spin-offs, consolidations, management buyouts, and distressed asset transactions. As a certified public accountant, he also brings financial and tax expertise to corporate transactions. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeremy Stonehill is a Shareholder at Shefsky & Froelich in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in corporate and securities matters, with special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and federal securities law compliance. Mr. Stonehill received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was an Editor-at-Large of the Loyola Law Review.
Christopher J. Verstrate is a Partner in the Chicago office of McGuireWoods LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Services Group. He handles general corporate representation and specializes in such corporate matters as mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, contracts, corporate finance, and joint ventures. Mr. Verstrate assists both national and international clients with corporate and intellectual property matters in a variety of industries. He has written for a variety of publications and presented at several seminars on various corporate law topics and issues. He is also an adjunct professor of business law at a Chicago-area college. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Mark R. Williams is currently a Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group. He was previously the Senior Vice President at Axiom Global, Inc., and Head of LawyerLink, the Managed Discovery Division of Axiom. Mr. Williams was formerly a Partner at DLA Piper (US) LLP and concentrated his practice in the areas of general corporate, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, franchise, and venture capital transactions and in advising distressed companies in corporate matters. He has also been involved in numerous international transactions, including corporate restructurings, licensing transactions, joint ventures, and foreign direct investments (particularly with respect to Asia and China). He has worked in Bangkok, Thailand, on a Luce Fellowship, concentrating on legal reform issues in Indochina, and at the law firm of Lee & Ko in Seoul, South Korea, focusing primarily on international commercial transactions. He has also lived in Spain and England and worked in a human rights law firm in South Africa. Mr. Williams spent four years in China and was Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s Beijing office (having spent nearly two years in the Shanghai office). Mr. Williams then spent a year in Doha, Qatar, and opened DLA Piper’s office there. He obtained his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois. He also obtained an M.B.A. from a joint program offered by the University of Maryland/Beijing University for International Business and Economics.
Kevin J. Young is a Partner in McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago, where he has handled diverse transactional, commercial, and complex litigation matters for corporate clients and financial institutions for over 20 years. His principal areas of focus have been mergers and acquisitions, private equity, financial services, corporate counseling, corporate and shareholder disputes, and international transactions. The profile of Mr. Young’s clients ranges from regional-based businesses to multinational companies based in the United States and throughout Europe. He is a regular speaker at continuing education seminars regarding financial transactions and has written numerous articles and newsletters regarding issues affecting technology and high-growth companies. He is a member of the Business Law Sections of the American and California Bar Associations. Mr. Young received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, and he has completed substantial course work in the Financial Services LL.M. Program at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.