Douglas Belofsky is the owner of Law Offices of Douglas Belofsky, P.C., in Northbrook, where he concentrates his practice in the areas complex commercial litigation, commercial law matters, probate, estate planning, and arbitration. He is a member of the American Health Law Association, the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Greater Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council. Mr. Belofsky received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where he was honored as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Thomas A. Demetrio is a Founding Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on the areas of personal injury and wrongful death. He is Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and he is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Inner Circle of Advocates. Mr. Demetrio received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a Past Chair of the Board of Advisers.
Richard Fred Johnson is the owner of Law Office of Richard Fred Johnson, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in general, transportation, and personal injury law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Association of Railroad Trial Lawyers, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Mr. Johnson received his B.S. from Miami University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.
Daniel M. Kotin is a Partner at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, in Chicago. His practice focuses on trial law. He is a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association (2016 – 2017), a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He received his B.A. cum laude from Boston College and his J.D. cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Richard L. Miller II is a Partner at Miller PC in Chicago, concentrating his practice in commercial litigation, labor law, and class actions. Mr. Miller is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he has served as an instructor for Trial Advocacy since 2005 and Advanced Trial Advocacy since 2013. He has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 2008, FINRA since 2018, and the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program from 2003 – 2005. Mr. Miller prosecuted approximately 50 jury trials as an assistant state’s attorney, including two murder cases. He has spoken at IICLE® events addressing “Trial Advocacy for Civil Litigations” (2019) and “Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence” (2018). He also served on the faculty for IICLE®’s Trial Advocacy series, speaking on Motions, Negotiating Settlements, and Cross Examinations. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Leading Lawyer, Super Lawyer, and Rising Star. Mr. Miller was named one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is a past President of the Law Alumni Board for the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Miller attended the University of Illinois College of Law on a full, merit scholarship and graduated cum laude in 1997. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Business in 1992.
Joseph C. Orlet is Partner at Husch Blackwell, LLP, in St. Louis, MO, where he focuses on toxic tort, mass tort, product liability, and class action cases. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” since 2011 and by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants since 2013 and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in 2021. Mr. Orlet received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University and his J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law.
Justin A. Relihan is Senior Counsel to Nidec Americas Holding Corporation, in St. Louis, MO, where he is responsible for all legal functions for the corporation in the Western Hemisphere, including management of all claims, products liability litigation, business litigation, warranty claims, and all other litigation matters. He is a member of the DRI and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Relihan received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Susan J. Schwartz is a Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., in Chicago, where she is a trial lawyer focusing on medical negligence cases on behalf of patients and their families. She serves on the Advisory Board for Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services and previously served as an officer and on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Foundation and the Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Schwartz received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Terrence J. Sheahan is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial matters, including breach of contract, tortious interference, fraud, defamation, insurance coverage, and other multimillion dollar disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He also focuses his practice on class action litigation and civil rights defense. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, and has been recognized for several years as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation. Mr. Sheahan received his B.A. from Indiana University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Martin Syvertsen is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, first serving in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and later in the Civil Actions Bureau in the Federal Civil Rights and Complex Litigation Units. Mr. Syvertsen received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Edward G. Willer is a Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is also the Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee. He received both his B.A., with honors, and his J.D. from DePaul University.
Laura Young is a Partner at Kominiarek Bresler Harvick & Gudmundson, LLC, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on medical malpractice. She is a member of the Illinois State and Women’s Bar Associations, as well as the Society of Trial Lawyers. Ms. Young received her B.A. from George Washington University and her J.D. summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law.