Gregory K. Brown is a Shareholder at Polsinelli PC in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), fiduciary matters, tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, and ERISA litigation. Beyond his law practice, Mr. Brown is a regular writer and speaker on a range of topics regarding employee benefits law. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the ESOP Association and Chair Emeritus of the ESOP subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. He also is a Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Section Council and the Chicago Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee. He is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He has been included in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (1995 – 2020), Best Lawyers in America guide, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (1995 – 2020), and the Top Employment Attorneys — Human Resources Executive magazine (2012 – 2018). He received his B.S. from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. from the University of Illinois.
Christopher K. Buch is a Shareholder at Polsinelli PC, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. Mr. Buch regularly writes for national publications and speaks at national conferences on employee stock ownership plans, executive compensation, and employee benefits matters. He is a member of the ESOP Association, the Employee-owned S Corporations of America, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Chicago Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Shannon R. Burke is an associate in the Chicago office of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, where she concentrates her practice in family law appeals. Ms. Burke is also an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law and teaches appellate advocacy. She has a monthly column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Prior to joining Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, she was a judicial law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly and Illinois Court of Appeals Justice P. Scott Neville. Ms. Burke is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Appellate Lawyers Association. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Joshua T. Friedman is a Partner with Davis ׀ Friedman, LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in family law, primarily in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties. He has extensive experience in divorce litigation; child custody and support; alternative dispute resolution; tax matters; and mediation, maintenance, and prenuptial agreements. He is a respected authority on family law matters, serving as a lecturer on a range of topics for the IICLE®, including business valuations, maintenance awards, and prenuptial agreements. Mr. Friedman was chosen by his peers as a leading lawyer in family law in the State of Illinois and has lectured and trained other lawyers in a variety of family law topics through IICLE®. Mr. Friedman is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. from Miami University of Ohio and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Meighan A. Harmon is a Managing Partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on complex family law cases involving the distribution of multimillion-dollar estates and represents successful business professionals and their spouses, as well as individuals with multi-generational wealth. Ms. Harmon is a Fellow and served as the President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2011 – 2012). She was elected by her peers to be President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2011), Super Lawyers named her as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois (2016), and she has also been named in Best Lawyers in America (2008 – 2009), Leading Lawyers Network (2006 – 2019), and Illinois Super Lawyers (2016 – 2019). A frequent lecturer on family law topics, she is also a published author, having assisted in the researching and drafting of PROBLEMS IN FAMILY LAW. She also has been an author for the IICLE®, and published articles in the Matrimonial Strategist, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, The Family Advocate, and other publications. She is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations. Ms. Harmon earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame where she participated in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy program.
Patricia A. Hoke is a Partner in the firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where she focuses on general civil practice with an emphasis on estate planning and administration. She is an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University. Hoke is a past member and Past Chair of the IICLE® Board of Directors, as well as a recipient of the IICLE Addis Hull Award. She is a member of the Jackson County, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. Hoke earned her B.S. and M.Acc. from Southern Illinois University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Joshua M. Jackson is a Partner at Jackson Buckley & Pfanenstiel in Lake Forest, where he focuses on family law. Mr. Jackson has been recognized in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Forty Under Forty (2018), Best Lawyers in America (2016 – 2022), and Illinois Super Lawyers (2022 – 2023). Mr. Jackson earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the Brehon Law Society.
P. André Katz is Principal at Katz & Stefani, LLC, in Chicago, and concentrates his practice on family law. House Speaker Michael Madigan named Mr. Katz Chair of the Illinois Family Law Study Committee, which was enacted by House Resolution 1101. He was also named as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Age Forty to Watch by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2000. Mr. Katz coauthored The New and Improved Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act for the Illinois Bar Journal. He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was published in its law journal.
David P. Leibowitz is the Founder and Managing Member of Lakelaw in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy. He is a former director of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the originator and Past Chair of the Consumer Practice Extravaganza, and he is a former director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, where he also served as editor of NABTalk. Mr. Leibowitz earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Claire R. McKenzie is a Senior Partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in family law. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and she has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2023) and Super Lawyers (2012 – 2023).Ms. McKenzie earned her B.S. cum laude and with university honors from Northern Illinois University and her J.D. cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Doris S. McMorrow is a Partner at Davis ׀ Friedman, LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in marital dissolution practice, which includes complex high net worth cases, pre-and post-marital agreements, spousal support, custody disputes, and business valuation. Ms. McMorrow has been chosen by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in family law and listed in the Top Female Divorce Lawyers. Ms. McMorrow is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Vassar College and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Sarane C. Siewerth, a Partner with Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in Chicago, heads the firm’s Appeals and Research Department, which focuses on client matters that involve the investigation into, and argument on, issues of law, primarily the prosecution or defense of an appeal of a trial court ruling to the appellate court or Supreme Court of Illinois. She is the author of various articles in the Illinois Bar Journal and the American Bar Association Family Advocate and is also a frequent speaker on issues such as international child abduction, child custody, and new developments in family law. A former judicial law clerk with the Illinois appellate court and current member of the Appellate Lawyers Association, Ms. Siewerth has taught appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School and has been on the faculty of several appellate writing workshops and seminars. She is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations. She has been named as a Best Lawyer in America, a Leading Lawyer, and a Super Lawyer for several years. She received her B.S. and M.A. from Northwestern University, studied at Jesus College, Oxford, England, and received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Daniel R. Stefani is a Principal with the firm of Katz & Stefani, LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on family law. He has been an author for Chicago Lawyer Magazine since 2008 and a repeated author for the Illinois State and American Bar Associations. He has also been named to Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers for over 15 years. He earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.