Tracy M. Billows is a Partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in representing and counseling employers in a variety of areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Billows is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago. She received her B.A. from DePaul University, her M.S. from Loyola University, and her J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Daniel R. Bryer is counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, in Northbrook. Mr. Bryer received his B.A. from Indiana University, his J.D. magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School, and his LL.M. degree in Business Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Paul H. Burmeister is a Partner with Davis & Campbell, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in labor and employment matters. Mr. Burmeister is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Joshua L. Ditelberg is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice on labor and employment issues. He is President of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Ditelberg earned his B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School.
Michael F. Hughes is a Partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, in St. Charles, where he concentrates his practice in employment law. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and on the Board of Directors for the Fox Valley Associated General Contractors. He is a contributing author on SmithAmundsen’s The Labor & Employment Law Update blog. Mr. Hughes earned his B.S from the Illinois Institute of Technology and J.D. with high honors from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Kaitlyn N. Jakubowski is an associate in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Healthcare Department, Labor & Employment Law Department, and BT VentureTech Group. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois and a Leadership Advisory Board Member of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Ms. Jakubowski earned her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she received the BNA and ABA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law and served as Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Legislation.
David E. Krchak is a Partner at Thomas Mamer, LLP, in Champaign, where he concentrates his practice in labor and employment law and civil rights defense. Mr. Krchak is Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the Board of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Mr. Krchak received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. He was also an Urban Mass Transportation Fellow at Northwestern University.
John F. Kuenstler is a Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP, in the firm’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices, where he concentrates his practice in the defense of employers in labor and employment litigation and litigation avoidance counseling. He appears before federal and state courts and agencies across the nation, defending his clients against claims of employment discrimination. Mr. Kuenstler has experience litigating and managing class actions and other complex litigation as well as obtaining favorable resolutions of high-profile litigation. He has obtained numerous summary judgment rulings for his clients on claims for alleged sexual harassment and age, race, and disability discrimination. Mr. Kuenstler also conducts management training seminars on issues of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Mr. Kuenstler received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Washington University St. Louis School of Law.
Michael R. Lied is an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in Peoria, where he focuses his practice on labor and employment law and immigration law, representing employers. Mr. Lied is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and its sections of Litigation and Labor and Employment Law, and the Illinois State Bar Association and it section on Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the Leading Lawyers network and has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2007 – 2020). Mr. Lied received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Richard P. McArdle is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, in Chicago, where he represents employers in the entire range of employment law matters. Mr. McArdle is a member of the American Bar Association’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. Mr. McArdle received his B.A. cum laude from Cleveland State University, M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University — Weatherhead School of Management, and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Marco A. Moreno is a Partner at Moreno & Villarrubia LLP and the Indiana Regional Center, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he concentrates his practice in immigration law. Mr. Moreno is a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a presenter on I-9 inspections for the Indiana Manufacturer’s Association, and a panel speaker at the EB-5 Industry Forum. He represents the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis as appointed by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations and is a recipient of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Service Class XXXIII by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moreno has been named to the Forty under 40 list by the Indianapolis Business Journal and has been selected as a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.
Jeffrey A. Risch is a Partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment issues. Mr. Risch is Chair of the Employment Law Council and Chair and Board Member of the Employment Law & Litigation Committee of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He is the Chapter Labor Attorney and a National Advisory Board Member of the Associated Builders & Contractors of Illinois. He also serves as Labor Counsel to the Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association as well as to the Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois. He has been selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list every year from 2013 to 2020 and recognized in Best Lawyers from 2015 to 2020. Mr. Risch received his B.S. from Illinois State University and his J.D. with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Nancy E. Sasamoto is a Principal at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd., in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in employment law. Ms. Sasamoto is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Asian American Bar Associations as well as the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Sasamoto received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Mark J. Sobczak is a Partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on appeals. Mr. Sobczak received his B.A. from Illinois State University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Norma W. Zeitler is a Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. She has extensive experience in litigating all forms of disputes that arise out of the employment relationship and advising clients on all aspects of litigation avoidance. As a former Army intelligence officer, Ms. Zeitler uses the skills she learned in the military to assess (and overcome) vulnerabilities in the defense of cases. In fact, in her many years of litigation, of the cases she has managed, summary judgment has been denied only once. She is the Commissioner of the Western Springs Park District and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer. While in the Army, Ms. Zeitler received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Ms. Zeitler received her M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the law review.