Christopher R. DiPlacido is a Managing Attorney of Collections and Commercial Litigation with Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC, in Decatur, where he focuses his practice on creditors’ rights. He is the author of For the Record: The Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Admission of Business Records through Foundational Sources, 108 Ill.B.J. 36 (2020), and Objection, Hearsay! Eliminating Confusion on Business Records Admissibility, 31 DuPage Cty.B. Ass’n Brief 5 (2019). He has presented seminars for IICLE®, the Illinois Creditors Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. DiPlacido graduated cum laude from Wabash College and received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, which he attended while serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Michael L. Starzec is a Partner with Blitt and Gaines, P.C., in Vernon Hills, wherehe concentrates his practice in creditors’ rights. He is a President Emeritus of the Illinois Creditors Bar Association, author of The History of Credit in 4,000 Years or Less (Loyola Consumer Law Review, Fall 2013), has been recognized by Chief Justice Burke for work to aid unrepresented consumers whose accounts were frozen while courts were closed during the pandemic, thus preventing them from appearing in court to request exemptions. He has presented for IICLE®; the Illinois State, Chicago, and National Creditors Bar Associations; the Conference of Chief Judges of the State of Illinois; the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee; and the First Municipal District. Mr. Starzec earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.