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William L. Broom III is a Partner at Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation, estate planning, and eminent domain. He has been a Special Assistant Attorney for the Illinois Department of Transportation for eminent domain and land acquisition since 1983. He is active in the Illinois State Bar Association and has served as Chair of its Committees on Professional Responsibility, Healthcare, and Continuing Legal Education. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Broom received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Leo N. Cinquino is a member of Righeimer Martin & Cinquino, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in eminent domain litigation. He served for 11 years as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois for eminent domain cases. He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He has lectured for the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, the International Right of Way Association, the Society of Municipal Engineers, ISBA, and IICLE® and was editor of the 1992, 1994, and 1996 supplements to Frank S. Righeimer, Jr., EMINENT DOMAIN IN ILLINOIS (Callaghan). Mr. Cinquino is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
John W. Damisch is a Principal in Damisch & Damisch Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses on civil trial litigation. Mr. Damisch is a retired judge and was a condemnation trial attorney for five Illinois Attorneys General, handling civil trials for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority as well as the Batavia Nuclear Project, DuPage County, and various municipalities. He is member of the American, Illinois State, Chicago, and DuPage County Bar Associations. Mr. Damisch received his B.S. and his J.D. from Northwestern University.
B. Jay Dowling is a Partner with Clayborne and Wagner LLP, in Belleville, where he focuses his practice on eminent domain, real estate, and workers’ compensation. He is a member of the Illinois State and Missouri State Bar Associations. He earned both of his B.S. degrees (business and economic, administration) from Culver-Stockton College, his Police Officer Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board, and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Richard F. Friedman is a Member of the managing group at Neal & Leroy, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in eminent domain, land use, litigation, and historic preservation. He has been the principal attorney in over 100 appeals. Mr. Friedman teaches historic preservation law at the University of Chicago Law School and in the historic preservation graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Michele S. Gonzalesis a Partner at Elle Law Group, LLC, in Oak Park, where she devotes her practice to eminent domain and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Gonzales is Special Assistant Attorney General and a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Ms. Gonzales received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s Honor List, a member of Moot Court, a legal writing assistant, and a research assistant.
Valerie M. Moehle is a Partner at Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., in Pekin, where she focuses on real estate, estates and probate, small businesses, and local government. Ms. Moehle is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association Real Estate Committee and served on the Member Services Committee of the Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. She received her B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois and her J.D. summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University, where she was class valedictorian and a member of the NIU College Law Law Review. She was also a law clerk for Justice Ben Miller of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Christopher J. Murdoch is a Partner at Emry Murdoch LLC in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, land use, and eminent domain. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (2014 – 2021) and a Leading Lawyer and is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel. Mr. Murdoch received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Richard A. Redmond is a Partner with Holland & Knight LLP, in Chicago, where he represents clients in eminent domain, regulatory takings, land use, environmental, and other real estate-related litigation. In addition to representing private property owners, he provides legal services to governmental entities, including municipalities and state agencies, in his capacity as a Special Assistant to the Illinois Attorney General. Mr. Redmond also provides advice to lawyers and law firms on professional ethics. Mr. Redmond has served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility since 1983. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Eminent Domain Committee, and of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Patricia A. Small is an associate with the firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where she concentrates her practice in civil and appellate litigation and eminent domain matters. She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for land acquisition and real estate matters since 1996. She is a former law clerk for Chief Justice William C. Hastings of the Nebraska Supreme Court and is a member of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. She is a contributing author to EMINENT DOMAIN PRACTICE (IICLE®, 2020). She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska — Omaha and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Mark J. Steger is Senior Counsel at Clark Hill PLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. He has been named a Leading Lawyer. Mr. Steger received his B.S. and his M.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Patrick J. Thornton is an associate at Lewis Rice LLC in St. Louis, where he focuses on construction law, commercial litigation, and real estate litigation. He is a member of the Missouri and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Class of 2014 – 2015. Mr. Thornton received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he was a Board Member of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Managing Partner of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking. VanFleet is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow and a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.S. with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law.
Robert J. Will is a Member of Lewis Rice LLC in St. Louis, where he concentrates his practice in matters related trust and estate litigation, commercial litigation, class actions, and condemnation. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He currently serves as Cochair for the American Bar Association’s Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee and is a former Cochair of the ABA’s committees on Homeless Experience Legal Protection, Trust and Estate Litigation, and Zoning and Land Use. Mr. Will received his B.A. summa cum laude from Saint Louis University and his J.D. with high honors and Order of the Coif from George Washington University Law School.
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