Celiza P. Bragança is Founder and Principal of Bragança Law LLC, in Skokie, and concentrates her practice on SEC and regulatory defense and investor protection. Ms. Bragança is a Board Member of the PIABA Foundation, former SEC Branch Chief, and former Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Chicago Law School.
Allison E. Czerniak is an associate at Vedder Price P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Czerniak has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star and a Best Lawyers in America One to Watch. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
R. Mark Halligan is a Member at FisherBroyles, LLP, in Chicago. He is an accomplished trial lawyer who focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Halligan has also developed a nationally recognized trade secrets litigation practice focused on all aspects of trade secret law. He represents individuals, middle-market companies, and large corporations, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in trade secret and noncompete disputes. He has become a “go-to” litigator on some of the most complex intellectual property matters in the United States and worldwide. Mr. Halligan has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, and peer reviews rank him as a top lawyer in Intellectual Property in Chambers USA. Best Lawyers recognized Mr. Halligan as Lawyer of the Year in trade secrets law in 2020. Legal 500 has recognized him as a leading lawyer in trade secrets litigation every year since 2008. He has also been ranked as one of the world’s Leading IP Strategists in IAM 250 and IAM 300 and recently was recognized as a leading TMT lawyer in Who’s Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology: Information Technology (2016). Mr. Halligan is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues; his speaking engagements include the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the Illinois Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLAC). He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati summa cum laude. Mr. Halligan has taught trade secrets law at The UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago for the past 26 years.
Edwin G. Harvey is a Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, in St. Louis, and focuses his practice in antitrust and commercial litigation. Mr. Harvey is a member of the American Bar Association and its Antitrust Section, the Missouri Bar Association and its Antitrust Committee, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and its Antitrust, Trade Regulation Committee. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Truman State University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where he was Senior Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.
Richard Y. Hu is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, gaming law, administrative law, healthcare law, and technology. Mr. Hu has been named an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network (2017 – 2020), a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016 – 2021), and One to Watch in Commercial Litigation and Healthcare Law by Best Lawyers in America (2021). He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. from Emory University.
Robert N. Kamensky is a Partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, in Chicago, in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice. Mr. Kamensky guides companies through major transactions and provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and business needs. He has been included as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2010 – present) and an Illinois Leading Lawyer (2014 – present). He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law.
Matthew E. Misichko is an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP, in Chicago, and focuses on corporate law. Mr. Misichko received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Joseph W. Sheyka, Senior Counsel with the firm DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, concentrates his practice in franchise and distribution law. Mr. Sheyka is a member of the American Bar Association and its Antitrust Committee and Forum on Franchising. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from Northwestern University School of Law.
Timothy M. Sullivan is Of Counsel at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses on securities law, banking, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sullivan is former Chair of Hinshaw’s commercial transactions practice group and has received the St. Robert Bellarmine Award from the Loyola Law School Alumni Association. He has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and as a Leading Lawyer in banking and financial institutions law, mergers and acquisition law, and securities and venture finance law. Mr. Sullivan received his B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.