Mary F. Andreoni is Ethics Education Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) in Chicago where she focuses on legal ethics and professional responsibility. She is Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee and a member of the CLE Advisory Group to the Illinois Commission on Professionalism. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Andreoni received her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.
Julie M. Bordo is Concierge Attorney for Professionals and Businesses for Julie M. Bordo, LLC, where she focuses on research and writing for attorneys and transactions/contracts for businesses. She is Vice President of the Board of Directors for PCH Mutual Insurance, is an author for multiple IICLE® publications, and was speaker and moderator for the IICLE® New Lawyer Institute in 2014. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, North Shore Law Group, and Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group. Ms. Bordo was an adjunct professor at DePaul University, College of Law. She received her J.D. from IIT Chicago – Kent College of Law.
Kevin C. Driscoll, Jr., is a Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP, in Chicago, where he represents secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 proceedings. A frequent lecturer and author, Mr. Driscoll has been published by the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and other publications. Mr. Driscoll received his A.B. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review, which published his note concerning student loan debt in consumer bankruptcy.
Daniel E. Fajerstein is a real estate attorney for the Fajerstein Law Office in Evanston. He is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations and the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse Board of Directors. Mr. Fajerstein earned his B.A. from Grinnell College, his M.A.Ed. from Washington University, and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Kristen Laughridge Gale is a Partner in the environmental law firm Nijman Franzetti LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on litigation and enforcement-related issues, including private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), underground storage tanks, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. She counsels clients on compliance issues as well as real estate transactions. Prior to joining Nijman Franzetti LLP, Ms. Gale was an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She was also an environmental consultant for a national environmental consulting firm, in which she performed due diligence inspections and conducted litigation support for various environmental actions. Ms. Gale is the Legislative Liaison for the Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and was formerly the Vice Chair and Legislative Liaison for the CBA YLS Environmental Law Committee. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar. Ms. Gale earned her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Patricia A. Hoke is a Partner in the firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, where she focuses on general civil practice with an emphasis on estate planning and administration. She is an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University. Ms. Hoke is a past member and Past Chair of the IICLE® Board of Directors, as well as a recipient of the IICLE Addis Hull Award. She is a member of the Jackson County, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations Ms. Hoke earned her B.S. and M.Acc. from Southern Illinois University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Frank J. Kopecky is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He focuses on family law. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative and of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Mr. Kopecky received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Timothy S. McFadden is Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency, and Restructuring Department. He concentrates his practice on matters related to bankruptcy and restructuring, creditors’ rights, commercial finance and workouts, and commercial litigation. Mr. McFadden is involved with the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Brian T. McGovern is Cofounder with Steve Hanagan of Hanagan & McGovern PC, in Mt. Vernon, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury litigation, and Social Security disability claims. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Jefferson County (Past President) and Illinois State Bar Associations. In addition to the courts of Illinois and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, he is also licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. McGovern earned his B.S. from Southern Illinois University and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Jennifer T. Nijman is a Founding Partner of Nijman Franzetti LLP, a woman-owned environmental law firm in Chicago. She was formerly a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she served as Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. She has broad experience in litigation defense and enforcement-related issues, including common-law liability and toxic tort, private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Recovery Act of 1970, underground storage tanks, and all aspects of the Superfund process. Ms. Nijman has successfully represented clients in regulatory disputes and negotiations with both state and federal agencies and has implemented supplemental environmental projects/pollution prevention plans to reduce or eliminate fines and penalties. She is a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and is a Past Board President and certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. She currently serves as President of the Board of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. She speaks and writes frequently on environmental law issues and, in 2002, won the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, which honors outstanding legal writing. She is regularly named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer and receives high praise from Chambers USA. Ms. Nijman earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Legal Forum.
S. Linn Perkins is Member of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC, in Peoria, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of credit union law, mortgage foreclosure law, collections, and general business litigation. A frequent author and lecturer, Ms. Perkins has contributed to numerous IICLE® publications. She is a member of the Illinois State and Peoria County Bar Associations. She earned her B.S. from MacMurray College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a recipient of the Rickert Award for Excellence and a National Finalist for the ABA National Negotiation Competition.
Steven N. Peskind is the Principal of Peskind Law Firm based in St. Charles, Illinois. His firm concentrates in family law matters throughout the State of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Peskind has also been elected as a diplomate of The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which is a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. He recently served on the Illinois Family Law Study Committee working to improve Illinois family laws. Mr. Peskind is a faculty member of the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, presented annually in Boulder, Colorado, by the ABA Family Law Section in conjunction with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Peskind also serves on the faculty of the Oklahoma State Bar Family Law Section Trial Institute. He speaks nationally on a variety of family law topics. He has been the keynote speaker for several state family law presentations and has spoken at conferences on such diverse topics as evidence, trial techniques, practice management, and divorce taxation. Mr. Peskind has written four books in addition to this IICLE® handbook: THE FAMILY LAW TRIAL EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, DIVORCE IN ILLINOIS, 100 DAYS BEFORE TRIAL, and IICLE®’s THE CHANGING FACE OF ILLINOIS FAMILY LAW: 2016 MARRIAGE AND DISSOLUTION OF MARRRIAGE ACT OVERHAUL. Mr. Peskind has also written numerous papers, chapters, and articles (including three academic law review articles) for various professional journals, conferences, seminars, books, and bar associations (including the ISBA, AAML, ABA, and others). In 2005, Mr. Peskind was inducted into Scribes, a legal writing honor society. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America; the Leading Lawyers Network has designated him a Leading Lawyer since 2003; Super Lawyers has recognized him as a Super Lawyer since 2008; and in 2015, Best Lawyers honored him with the award of Family Lawyer of the Year in Chicago. Mr. Peskind received his B.A. from Tulane University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Joshua Sachs is Principal Attorney of the Law Office of Joshua Sachs, in Evanston, where he concentrates his practice in appellate criminal cases. Mr. Sachs, now semi-retired after 45 years of active practice in the trial and appeals level defense of Illinois and federal criminal prosecutions, has returned to music, his first love. He plays the cello in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and in the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Mr. Sachs earned his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Stacey E. Singer is the National Practice Leader for Trust Services for the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Past President of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and a frequent speaker for the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, the Chicago Estate Planning Council, IICLE®, and ACTEC. Ms. Singer received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Todd M. Young is a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in corporate transactions and governance. Mr. Young is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and has an AV Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He was also recognized as a Notable LGBTQ Executive by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2018. He received his A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Comment Editor of the Law Review.