James P. Bartley is a Partner with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in school law, municipal law, labor and employment law, and litigation. Mr. Bartley has advised and represented clients in numerous employment law matters, negotiated in excess of 200 collective-bargaining agreements for school districts and municipalities, and handled many arbitrations and employment-related disputes before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and the EEOC and in state and federal court. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, Nevada, and American Bar Associations and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Bartley received his B.A. from Loyola University and his J.D. with high distinction from The John Marshall Law School.
Stewart H. Diamond is a Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in representation of local government bodies. Mr. Diamond is the originating General Editor of the IICLE® handbooks MUNICIPAL LAW AND PRACTICE IN ILLINOIS and ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW and has participated in numerous seminars on these subjects. He is one of the authors of the ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL HANDBOOK, published by the Illinois Municipal League. He is also one of the authors of THE HANDBOOK ON ILLINOIS PARK DISTRICT LAW, published by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and a handbook on township law. He has written many articles on local government law. He drafted one of the first contract and bylaws agreements for a comprehensive intergovernmental self-insurance pool in the United States and currently represents a large number of intergovernmental self-insurance pools. He has taught municipal law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and is a Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council. He is the author of DIAMOND’S RULES OF ORDER,a set of parliamentary rules for government bodies and private organizations. In over 50 years of law practice, he has represented, as regular or special counsel, many government bodies in the Chicago metropolitan area and in other parts of the state. Mr. Diamond was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received both his A.B. and his J.D., and University College, Oxford, England.
Philip H. Gerner III is a Partner with Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd., in Chicago, where he counsels and represents school districts and community colleges in collective-bargaining negotiations, union representation petitions, and IELRB proceedings; teacher evaluations, remediations, and dismissals; employee discipline and discharge issues; labor contract administration and grievance arbitration; and other labor and employment issues. Mr. Gerner is a frequent presenter for the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, and other educational employer associations on a full range of labor and employment issues. He has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in employment and school law. Mr. Gerner received his B.A. cum laude from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Timothy E. Guare is a Partner with Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn, LLP, in Arlington Heights, where he practices in the areas of public sector labor and employment law. He is a frequent speaker at labor and employment conferences and seminars presented in respected forums including the Illinois and National Public Employer Labor Relations Associations, the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program, and IICLE®. A former teacher of mathematics, he has also served as a board member of his local high school district and as education editor in his community’s local press. Mr. Guare received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on local government law, election law, and labor and employment law. She was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top-50 female attorneys in the State of Illinois; one of the top-10 Leading Lawyers in government, municipal, and administrative law; and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Krafthefer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Laura M. Sinarsis a Partner with Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd., in Chicago, where she focuses on education law, including special education and student rights. Ms. Sinars is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and its Special Education Liaison Committee and the National Council of School Attorneys. She is also a member and advisor at the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education. Ms. Sinars received her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Gregory T. Smith is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal and local government law. He was named an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 – 2018. Mr. Smith received his B.S. from DePaul University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and an Associate Editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.
Scott F. Uhleris a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in school, municipal, library, and election law. He has been a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, Illinois Municipal League, International Municipal Lawyers Association, National and Illinois Councils of School Attorneys, and the Illinois and American Library Associations. Mr. Uhler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.