Matthew G. Burke is a Managing Partner at Heineke & Burke LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in defense litigation of insurance clients including motor vehicle, premises liability, Dramshop Act liability, construction injury, and employment discrimination matters. He is a member of the Chicago Bar and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Society of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Burke earned his B.A. from Miami (Ohio) University and his J.D. magna cum laude from UIC John Marshall Law School. He was a member of the UIC John Marshall Law School Moot Court and a Staff Editor of the UIC John Marshall Law Review.
Jeffrey S. Jordanis a Partner at O’Connor & Nakos, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses on plaintiffs’ personal injury law. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Jordan received his B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Daniel J. McDevitt was made a Partner at the Law Offices of John J. Dwyer, Jr., P.C., in Chicago, and the firm name was changed to Dwyer & McDevitt to reflect the partnership. John Dwyer retired on January 1, 2015, and the firm name was changed to McDevitt Law Offices P.C. Mr. McDevitt is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Million Dollar Advocate Forum. He has been named a Rising Star (2008 – 2011) and a Super Lawyer (2016 – 2020). Mr. McDevitt earned his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Mary Beth O’Brienis an associate with Chilton Yambert Porter LLP in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation, with an emphasis on construction, premises, and dramshop liability. She is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, Lake County, and Women’s Bar Associations and the Society of Trial Lawyers. Ms. O’Brien received her B.B.A. from St. Mary’s College and her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law.
M. Michael Waters is a Partner with Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in personal injury, employment law, and labor law. He has lectured frequently for IICLE®, the Peoria County Bar Association, and business and labor groups on Dramshop Act practice, workers’ compensation, employment law matters, and various areas of tort law. Mr. Waters is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Peoria County Bar Associations; the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He received his B.S. from Illinois State University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Kerrianne L. Waters is an attorney with the Law Office of Jeff Green, in Peoria, where she focuses her practice in products liability. She is a member of the Peoria County, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Ms. Waters has been the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award, awarded Pro Bono Legal Service Certificates (2012– 2013, 2013 – 2014), and named the Peoria County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Young Lawyer of the Year (2019). She earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.