Terrence M. Barnicle is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on municipal and school law. Mr. Barnicle is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations; a member and Past Chair of the Standing Home Rule Attorneys Committee of the Illinois Municipal League; and a member of the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, receiving its Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in Recognition of Distinguished Service to Local Government Law. Mr. Barnicle has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of municipal law. He received his B.S. cum laude from Loyola University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Northwestern Law Review.
Yevgeniy Bolotnikov is an associate a Ancel Glink, P.C., in Vernon Hills, where he concentrates his practice on sunshine laws. Mr. Bolotnikov received his B.A. summa cum laude from DePaul University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he completed the Labor & Employment Certificate Program. In law school, Mr. Bolotnikov received the CALI Award of Excellence in International Law, Comparative Law, and Low-Wage Workers Law.
Robert E. Browne, Jr. is a Partner at Troutman Sanders, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on intellectual property law and business litigation. Prior to private practice, he served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney as well as a federal judicial clerk. Mr. Browne received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where he was a Founding Member of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review Note and Comment Editor of the initial publication of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review.
John F. Costello, Jr., concentrates his practice in regulatory compliance and government relations and served as Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Officer in the Office of Illinois Attorney General in the wake of the 2010 substantial amendments to both laws. Mr. Costello is a commentator on public access laws for media groups, in addition to providing advice and counsel on public access requests. He received his B.S. from Quincy University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Donald M. Craven is Owner of the Law Offices of Donald M. Craven, P.C., in Springfield, where he focuses his practice on media law. Mr. Craven serves as General Counsel to the Illinois Press Association, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He received the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award from the Illinois Press Association (2015), and the Central Illinois ACLU Civil Liberties Award (2014). Mr. Craven is a member of the Illinois State and Sangamon County Bar Associations and is on the Media Law Defense Counsel Committee. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Brian Day is Corporation Counsel for the Town of Normal, Illinois, where he focuses on local government law. Mr. Day is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, serves as Illinois State Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and was appointed to the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorney’s Committee. He received his B.A. from Washington State University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Jane N. Denes is a Partner at Posegate & Denes, P.C., in Springfield, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning. Ms. Denes is Chair of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the American, Illinois State, Missouri, and Sangamon County Bar Associations, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Ms. Denes received her B.A. from Smith College, her M.A. from Northwestern University, and her J.D. and LL.M. in tax law from Washington University.
Sara Gadola Gallagher is an associate with Montana & Welch, LLC, in Elmhurst, where she focuses her practice on Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act compliance, records management and retention matters, and election and campaign finance issues. Ms. Gallagher is a Member of the Chicago and Illinois State and Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.
Mark R. Heinle is an associate at Ancel, Glink, P.C., in Naperville, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of local government law, land use, zoning, economic development, licensing, and code enforcement. Mr. Heinle is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and Former Chair of the CBA’s Local Government Committee. He received his B.A. cum laude from Marquette University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Howard C. Jablecki is a Partner with Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law and litigation. Mr. Jablecki is a member of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, the Chair of the Municipal Prosecutors Group, and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star and Illinois Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer. Mr. Jablecki received his B.A. from Ripon College and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized for excellence in trial advocacy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Michael T. Jurusik is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law and local government. He is a guest speaker for and a Past President of the Local Government Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer from 2016 – 2018. Mr. Jurusik received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Benjamin L. Schuster is a Partner at Elrod Friedman LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in local government, land use, and real estate. Mr. Schuster is a member of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and a graduate of the CBA’s Leadership Institute. He received his B.A. with honors from Hamilton College, his M.A. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors and Order of the Coif.
Esther J. Seitz is Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, in Chicago and Springfield, where she focuses on First Amendment, intellectual property, construction, transportation, and appellate law. Ms. Seitz is a Member of the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the Program Director of the Lincoln-Douglas American Inns of Court, and an Editorial Board Member of the Illinois Bar Journal. She received her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and her LL.M. from the Max-Planck Institute of Intellectual Property and Competition Law.
Julie A. Tappendorf is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in local government and land use law. She is Past Cochair of the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Week, and a member of the American Planning Association’s Amicus Committee and Planning and Law Division. She currently serves as village attorney to the Villages of Glenview, Gilberts, and Lindenhurst and city attorney to the Cities of Lake Forest and Park Ridge. Prior to her law career, she served in the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch, as a Korean cryptologic linguist. She is also the author and moderator of the local government blog, Municipal Minute, where she writes about land use and other local government issues. Ms. Tappendorf received her B.A. from Illinois State University and her J.D. from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law.