R. Sean Hocking is a member of Craig & Craig, LLC, in Mattoon, where he focuses his practice primarily on the areas of products liability, commercial transactions, real estate law, intellectual property, general civil litigation, municipal law, local government, and medical malpractice defense. Mr. Hocking has received an “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. He is an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Council, and the Coles-Cumberland, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Hocking received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
J. Brian Manion is an associate with Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C., in Belleville, where he concentrates his practice in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, municipal law, and labor law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar and Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations. Mr. Manion received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. cum laude from Southern Illinois University, where he served as a case note/comment editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
Alexander Memmen is Principal at The Memmen Law Firm, LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation. Mr. Memmen’s primary practice area is personal injury, but he also has extensive experience litigating insurance, construction, and general business matters. He is a Director for the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and is Chair of the YLS Future of the Profession Committee. He also serves on the Young Professionals Board for Illinois Legal Aid Online. Mr. Memmen received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Matthew D. Ports is a Shareholder/Partner with Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., in Chicago, where he spends 100 percent of his professional time as a trial lawyer representing individuals seriously hurt, injured, or killed as a result of the negligence of others, including the victims of medical malpractice, construction negligence, defective products, auto collisions, and other unsafe or dangerous conditions in Illinois. Mr. Ports is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009 – 2012. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.