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Heather A. Bailey is a Partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on employment and labor litigation, including discrimination and trade secret/noncompete lawsuits, Fair Labor Standards Act class actions, labor arbitrations, affirmative action, OFCCP/DOL audits, and FINRA matters for the management side. Ms. Bailey was recognized as a Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree (2015) and as a Pro to Know by Automatic Merchandiser and VendingMarketWatch (2015), was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2014 – 2018), and received the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award (2018). She earned her B.A. from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Tiffany L. Carpenter is a member of Howard & Howard, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in matters related to employment and construction agreements. Ms. Carpenter has experience representing and defending clients during individual and corporate depositions and drafting and arguing analytical memoranda, demand letters, settlement agreements, and substantive motions in federal and state courts throughout the nation. She has been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star (2013 – 2018) and as an Illinois Leading Lawyers’ “Emerging Lawyer” (2015 – 2018). Ms. Carpenter is a member of the Illinois Judges Foundation Lawyers Auxiliary Committee; the Diversity Scholarship Foundation; and the Chicago (Judicial Evaluation Committee Investigator), Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Marcia G. Cotler is Principal and Founder of Cotler Law LLC, in Northbrook, where she focuses her practice on employment law. She serves as Arbitrator for the Lake County Illinois Mandatory Arbitration Program, is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and is a board member of North Shore Law. Ms. Cotler holds two certifications in mediation, one from the Center for Conflict Resolution and another from DePaul University College of Law. She earned her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.
Jacinta Epting is a Special Assistant for Legal Affairs in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer of Cook County, in Chicago, where her practice areas include employment law, real estate, litigation, procurement, public finance, and eminent domain. She also has experience in insurance coverage, construction law, and consumer protection law. She previously coauthored the insurance coverage chapter in CONSTRUCTION LAW IN ILLINOIS (IICLE®, 2004) and coauthored a chapter in EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (IICLE®, 2012). Ms. Epting earned her B.A. from Elmhurst College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign.
Lynn W. Esp is General Counsel for the Great Lakes Credit Union, in Bannockburn, where she provides assistance and advice to credit unions and their retained counsel regarding general corporate, employment, and financial institution law. She has represented management, including credit unions, in employment issues before state and federal courts, drafted employee guidelines and handbooks, and delivered presentations on current issues in employment law. She coauthored Employment-at-Will: A 1989 State by State Survey for the National Employment Law Institute. Ms. Esp earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Steven M. Hartmann is a Partner and General Counsel at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, where he is head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Hartmann has been peer selected for Illinois Leading Lawyers (2018) and recognized by Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Illinois State and Wisconsin Bar Associations as well as being licensed to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, and before numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Michael J. Leech is an independent mediator-arbitrator of Talk Sense Mediation with offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. Mr. Leech is rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer (2005 – present), and a Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer (2011 – 2013). He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1997), a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (2011), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2011), a member of the American Law Institute (2013), Past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Michael R. Lied is an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in Peoria, where he focuses his practice on labor and employment law and immigration law, representing employers. Mr. Lied is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and its sections of Litigation and Labor and Employment Law, and the Illinois State Bar Association and it section on Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the Leading Lawyers network and has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2007 – 2020). Mr. Lied received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
L. Steven Platt is a Shareholder with Robbins Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in labor and employment law, business representation, and litigation. He was recognized as the Professional of the Year Representing the Legal Services Industry by Cambridge Who’s Who (2009), was recognized in Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in the State of Illinois (2009), was named to Who’s Who in the American Lawyers (2012), was named in the Who’s Who Registry (Labor and Employment Lawyer – 2013), and has been elected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of labor and employment law (2008 – present). He is also holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating for ethics and legal ability), has an AVVO rating of “superb” or 9.4, and is rated an “Elite” Lawyer by Elite American Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.
Emily J. Stine is an associate at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on commercial and reinsurance litigation. She was selected by peer review as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2018). Ms. Stine earned her B.A. with distinction from Purdue University, Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of Lead Articles for the DePaul Law Review.
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