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President - J. Timothy Eaton is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he practices commercial litigation, appeals and arbitration.

He is a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Appellate Lawyers Association. He also was the First-Editor-in-Chief of the Appellate Law Review and chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Section of the American Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs. He is a past president of the Illinois Lawyers Trust Fund and past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals; a member of the IICPR Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for Chicago; and recently became a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is the author of more than 50 articles on litigation, appellate law and arbitration. He is co-author of the book Civil Appellate Practice: State and Federal (IICLE).

He earned his BA from Miami University of Ohio in 1973, his JD from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1977, and his LLM from Washington University School of Law in 1979. He was a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
 

First Vice President - Daniel Cotter, is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Fidelity Life Association, A Legal Reserve Life Insurance Company.  Prior to joining Fidelity Life in April 2013, he was a founding partner of Korey Cotter Heather & Richardson, LLC. Previously, he was Chair of the Corporate, Transactional and Regulatory Group at Lindemann LLC, Downers Grove. Other experience includes serving as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Argo Group U.S., Inc. and Senior Counsel with Unitrin Inc. A certified CPA, he has also worked as an accountant at the insurance giant, C N A.


He is the 2nd Vice President of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth College, the John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Advisory Council for Alliant Credit Union. He is an adjunct professor at John Marshall School of Law.

Mr. Cotter's community service includes serving as Chair of the Edgebrook School District for seven years and currently as vice chair, a Boy Scouts Eagle Board of Review Chair, and fundraising annually for the CBA's Lend A Hand-to-Youth program. He is a champion weight lifter in his spare time and often uses his competitive events to raise money for charitable causes, including Lend A-Hand-to-Youth. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Monmouth College, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, graduating first in his class. At John Marshall, he competed in the John Marshall/ABA National Criminal Defense Lawyers National Mock Trial Competition and was an Editor for the Law Review, while working full-time at CNA as an accountant.

His awards include Monmouth's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (2001) and induction into the MClub (sports) Hall of Fame (2002).

 
Second Vice President - Patricia Brown Holmes is a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP where she co-chairs the firm's Diversity Committee. A trial attorney whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal investigations, she is a former federal, state and local prosecutor and state court judge.

Her criminal and civil litigation experience includes handling matters involving financial and accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, corporate whistle-blower allegations and hot-line calls, contract disputes and other complex commercial litigation. She has also lectured on and completed internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Judge Holmes also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations at public and private entities and has conducted many highly sensitive and confidential investigations involving high-level executives. She has represented special committees and boards of directors in a variety of internal investigations.

During her career, she has often been tasked by government officials to assist in investigating sensitive matters. She was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to chair the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission; the investigation of the City of Chicago's fire commissioner for sexual harassment; the alleged cover up by the executive director of the Office of Compliance; and the 2010 investigation of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal as chair of the governor's Cemetery Oversight Task Force. That investigation led to new legislation regarding cemetery oversight and the funeral industry. She is also a member of Senator Dick Durbin's judicial commission to investigate backgrounds and select federal judges and the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois.

She is a frequent commentator and widely published legal writer and an active member of several Bar Associations. She is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola Institute for Paralegal Studies, and an instructor at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute Criminal Trial Advocacy Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Her many awards include the Visionary Award from the Black Women Lawyers Association; the Illinois Judicial Council Distinguished Service Award; the National Bar Association's Judicial Council Special Chair Award; the University of Illinois Seaberry Award for Service to the Legal Community and the University's Outstanding Alumni Award for Public Service; a peer review award from Illinois Leading Lawyers Network; and the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois/Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter.

She has also been named by several publications and organizations to their lists of outstanding attorneys in the commercial litigation, white collar and criminal defense practices. In 2011, the National Diversity Council named her "One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Illinois."

Judge Holmes earned her Bachelor's degree and her J. D. from the University of Illinois.
 
Secretary - Dan L. Boho is a senior partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where he serves as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and as Department Leader for the firm's national Defense Litigation Department. He is the State Vice-Chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers, General Counsel and a Board Executive Committee Member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Society of Trial Lawyers. Prior to serving as Secretary of the Chicago Bar Association, he was the three-term General Counsel to the CBA. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), National Client Advisory Board of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and a delegate to the General Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been featured as one of Chicago's best lawyers by Crain's Chicago Business in its, Chicago's Best, On the Record. He has been featured as one of the top 100 business lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Polish American Association and as a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of the Japan America Society. He has a national trial and mediation practice with verdicts in 5 states and appearances as pro hac vice counsel in 18 states. He handles high profile, media-intensive matters. He earned his Bachelor's Degree and his J.D. from Loyola University.
 
Treasurer - Daniel M. Kotin is a founding member of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. He is an experienced personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice attorney.

Within the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), he serves on the Association's Finance Committee. Over the years, he has chaired multiple committees of the CBA and served as a director of the Young Lawyers Section. He is also involved in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a member of the Board of Managers and was previously the Chairman of the Association's Seminar Planning Committee. In addition, he is currently the President of The Society of Trial Lawyers.

He is on the faculty at Loyola University School of Law. He also is the President of the Board of Governors for the law school and serves as a Co-Chair of its Circle of Advocates. He is on the faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy where he teaches trial skills to lawyers in an annual program. He has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Illinois and serves on the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

In 2002, he was recognized and profiled by Chicago's Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch". He was honored by the Lawdragon as one of "500 New Stars, New World," in 2006. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an organization comprised of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. He is currently profiled as one of the Top 5% of Civil Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network, has been designated an "Illinois Super Lawyer" and maintains an AV rating - the highest possible rating for any attorney - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
 

 

CBA Board of Managers

Immediate Past President - Aurora N. Abella Austriaco, Of Counsel at Clark Hill PLC, concentrates in the areas of real estate litigation, construction litigation, mechanic's liens, defense of mortgage foreclosure, mortgage fraud, title insurance claims and other special chancery remedy cases. Before joining Clark Hill, she headed her own firm, Austriaco and Associates. Prior to forming that firm, she spent five years with a small boutique firm, worked for Harold Levine Ltd. for four years, and served as Corporate Counsel and Managing Attorney for the Indiana operations for Attorney's Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. for 10 years. She graduated from De Paul University with a B.S. in Finance (1987) and a J.D. (1990).

A past Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers' Section, she also serves on the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation and was Vice-President of the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). She is the first female and minority President of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers' Association (IRELA), a founding board member of the Filipino American Bar Association, past board member and current member of the Asian American Bar Association and former member of the ISBA Real Estate Section Council. She also served on the Board of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) and was elected to the Board of Directors of Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., a bar related title insurance company. She is the first female minority elected to the ATG board.

Aurora was recently appointed by Chief Judge James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, to serve as Chair of the 2012 Magistrate Merit Selection Panel Committee. She also served as Chair of the Tellers Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. She is currently serving her third year as CBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and was recently appointed as 2012 Diversity Director for the ABA General Practice Division.

In addition to her bar association involvement, she is also active in the community. Currently, she is in her ninth term as Chair of the Cook County States Attorney's Asian Advisory Council and her tenth year as Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission. She is also serving her eighth year as Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the board of the Park Ridge Juniors, a group of Park Ridge philanthropic women which raises funds for not-for-profit organizations in Park Ridge. She has also served as President of the Asian American Institute and was elected to the Board of Governors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Illinois. She was a member of the Filipino American Voters League from 1996-98 and served as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Chicago. She was a 2004 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and from 2006-2009, served on the Board of the Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago.
 
Edward J. Austin is the principal attorney in the law firm of Edward J. Austin, P.C. where he concentrates in criminal defense. He handles complex litigation at both the state and federal levels and his cases range from felonies to misdemeanors. Mr. Austin began his career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office having served in the Appellate and Narcotics Units. He has tried and litigated hundreds of cases and contested motions in various counties in Illinois. He has been repeatedly recognized as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" rising star.

As a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Mr. Austin has been actively involved in the Criminal Law Committee and served as its Chairman in 2010. Additionally, he was a long-term member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee where he served on its Executive Committee. In 2011-2012 he served as the Chairman of the JEC. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer legal advisor for the Cara Program, a provider of education and job training for those affected by homelessness and poverty.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Indiana University-Bloomington and received his J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago.
 
Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman was nominated to the federal judiciary by President Barack Obama and joined the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2010.

Prior to her federal court appointment, Judge Coleman was a justice on the Illinois Appellate Court, First District for two years. From 1996 until 2008 she was elected to serve as a circuit court judge in Cook County. In that capacity, Judge Coleman served nearly 10 years as a jury trial judge in the law division, and also served in the child protection division. While on the circuit court, Judge Coleman served on the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Illinois Pattern Civil Jury Instructions. During her pre-judicial career, she practiced exclusively in the public sector as an Assistant State's Attorney, Deputy State's Attorney and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Judge Coleman has been an active member of the Chicago Bar Association for more than 20 years. She has served the CBA as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and as a lecturer and panel member on various presentations regarding practice in the Law Division. She is also a member of the Black Women Lawyers' Association, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois Judicial Council, Just the Beginning Foundation, Leadership Greater Chicago, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Women's Bar Association and many other legal and community organizations. Judge Coleman has been the recipient of many awards and honors including the Esther Rothstein Award and the C. F. Stradford Award.

Judge Coleman has been a frequent lecturer at various judicial education seminars, including being selected to teach judicial ethics to incoming state judges from 1999-2008. She received her J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
 
Mary K. Curry received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1999 and graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005. Immediately following law school she clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. McGann followed by a clerkship with James F. Henry in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for two years. In 2007, Mary began clerking for the Honorable Susan E. Cox, a United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, where she is currently.

Mary's involvement in The Chicago Bar Association began in 2005 when she served as the Young Lawyers Division Chair for the Mental Health & Disability Law Committee for two years. Following that position, Mary joined the Young Lawyers Division's board serving as Secretary, Special Project Coordinator, Project Officer, and as Vice-Chair.
 
E. Lynn Grayson is a partner at Jenner & Block where she practices environmental law. She is co-chair of Jenner's Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice and serves as lead environmental counsel in U.S. and international transactions. Throughout her career, she has been consistently recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Super Lawyer and the Leading Lawyers Network. She is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-

Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. She has served as a special liaison from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law to the U.S. Department of Defense addressing regulatory reform. She is the co-editor of the firm's Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog.

Her work to improve diversity in the legal profession led to her becoming the first recipient of the Chicago Bar Association's Alta May Hulett Award. In 2009, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois' honored her with the Women with Vision Award and in 2012 the Illinois State Bar Association bestowed on her the Diversity Leadership Award. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms and a Past Chair of the ISBA's Standing Committee on Women and the Law, as well as the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women.

At Jenner, she is a member of the firm's Climate and Clean Technology Law and Defense & Aerospace Practices. She also serves as Chair of the firm's Ombuds Program, Chair (Emeritus) of the Women's Forum, and a member of the Business Services and Transaction Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, she was the Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and the State Emergency Response Commission. She has prosecuted federal and state environmental cases as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.

She earned her B.A. from Franklin College in 1983 and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law -Bloomington, in 1986.
 

Justin L. Heather is a former Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and is associated with The Quinlan Law Firm LLC ("Quinlan"), where he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitral tribunals. He also represents clients in matters involving a wide range of disputes, including: intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, international gas and energy issues, complex commercial contracts, securities law, bankruptcy, franchise law, consumer fraud, and Lanham Act issues. He devotes a substantial amount of time to pro bono cases, including, among others, successfully representing an inmate currently housed on death row in Mississippi in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Justin previously worked in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for approximately 10 years.

 

Justin is the ex officio Chair of the Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Leadership Council and previously served on the Boards of The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Young Professionals Board of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. He has also served the YLS, the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association in various capacities. Justin is the recipient of several awards for his contributions to the legal community and his legal writing, including the ABA Young Lawyers Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award. He has published a number of legal articles, including both practice-related pieces and those directed at more substantive areas of law, that have appeared in, among others, the CBA Record, the Illinois Bar Journal, the ABA Litigation Ethics Newsletter and the Journal of Law & Politics

 

He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2001 from Northwestern University School of Law, and his A.B. in 1996 from Dartmouth College, where he was a double-major in Government & History. He is admitted to the bars of State of Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois.

 
Jonathan S. Jennings is a partner in the 130 year-old intellectual property law firm Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP. Jonathan concentrates his practice on litigation, prosecution and counseling relating to trademark, unfair competition, copyright, advertising, domain name and right of publicity law. He also handles IP-related licensing, clearance, due diligence and portfolio management issues worldwide. Jonathan has a long record of obtaining favorable results in trademark and copyright litigation as well as transactional matters for companies and individuals in a wide variety of industries.

For ten years, Jonathan has been both an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School and a member of the Advisory Board for the DePaul University College of Law's Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology. He co-authored the book Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Critical Issues in the Law, published by Law Journal Press (New York, 2012), and has authored several articles and chapters of other books on a wide variety of intellectual property issues. He frequently lectures on IP issues relating to social media, gray market goods, and identity rights.

On behalf of the Chicago Bar Association, he testified before the Illinois Senate on right of publicity legislation that he helped to draft while co-chairing the YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee. He also served on the CBA's Legislative Executive and Strategic Planning Committees, and currently serves on the Finance Committee. In addition to his work with the CBA, he has been involved in the leadership of other bar and trade associations. For example, he served on the Leadership Council for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and as the Parallel Imports Committee Chair for the International Trademark Association.

Jonathan is an AV-rated Preeminent Lawyer, 2013 Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation, and American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell rated him a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law. The 2013 World Trademark Review 1000 singled him out for his "comprehensive trademark nous [mind]" and as a leader in right of publicity law. His pro bono accomplishments were the subject of a 2013 Spotlight article: http://www.inta.org/Membership/Pages/JonathanJenningsLCA.aspx

He received his B.A. degree from Emory University, was a Rotary Scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and received his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for The Journal Of Criminal Law and Criminology.
 
Sharon E. Jones is the founder and President of Jones Diversity Group. The Chicago-based firm provides consulting on diversity and inclusion initiatives to corporations, law firms, foundations, not-for-profits, and government agencies.

Formerly a federal prosecutor, she has been a litigator, a counselor, an educator and a problem-solver with regard to extremely complex and sensitive matters. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the Chicago Urban League. From 1985-1989, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, conducting federal grand jury investigations and trials in high profile white-collar criminal cases. In private law practice, Sharon Jones was a partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz in Los Angeles. In addition to her litigation practice, she was responsible for all in-house continuing legal education, as well as being an adviser to clients on a variety of employment and workplace harassment issues. She was Of Counsel at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles, where she created and implemented its litigation training as well as firm-wide orientation training and evaluation programs. She has also taught Trial Advocacy, both as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

In the corporate sector, she managed litigation matters worldwide for Abbott Laboratories, as well as advising senior management in matters of crisis management and in fashioning creative solutions to highly complex business issues. After leaving Abbott Laboratories, she joined SBC Communications (now AT&T) as Senior Counsel. From 2000-2001, Ms. Jones served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Private Antitrust Litigation Committee and from 1994-1995, she was Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association West Coast Committee of White Collar Crimes.

She is a co-author of two bar association reports providing consulting advice to Los Angeles County: \The City in Crisis - A Report by the Special Advisor to the Board of Police Commissioners on the Civil Disorder in Los Angeles (October 1992) and Report of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Advisory Committee for the Office of the District Attorney (September 1994).

Ms. Jones was Counsel of Record in the amicus curiae brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in 2003 by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago in Grutter v. Bollinger and the University of Michigan in support of diversity in higher education.

A past President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago, she also served that organization as the Program Chair and created the innovative monthly BWLA Roundtable luncheon series designed to increase mentoring and networking opportunities for its members. She currently serves on the Board for Women Employed. She also served as a consultant to the ABA General Counsel Steering Committee to the Minority Counsel Program and is the past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity. In this role, she was instrumental in the 2006 adoption of the CBA Diversity Initiative and Commitments on Racial & Ethnic Diversity. She is the past President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association.

Ms. Jones is a co-author of a guide published by the American Bar Association in May 2004 entitled, "Walking the Talk: Creating a Law Firm Culture Where Women Succeed."

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.
 
Erin E. Kelly is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP's general litigation practice group. She litigates a wide array of matters, including class action lawsuits alleging violations of ERISA, litigation filed under the federal securities laws, patent disputes, and other commercial cases. Erin has trial experience in federal court, Illinois state court, and has participated in AAA arbitrations and administrative proceedings. She is highly committed to public service and has handled over twenty individual pro bono civil and criminal cases over her career.

Erin is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and teaches pre-trial advocacy. She is also a contributing author of Employee Benefits Law, Third Edition, published by Bloomberg BNA. In addition to serving on the Board of Managers, Erin is a member of the Executive Board of the CBA's Alliance for Women and serves on the boards of the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Lawyers Club of Chicago, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and is a member of the Leader Council of the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Erin has been recognized in U.S. Legal 500 and other publications for her work in employee benefits and commercial litigation. In 2011, the National Diversity Council named her "One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Illinois."

Erin received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law.
 
Ray J. Koenig III is a member of Clark Hill PLC's Litigation Practice Group and serves in the leadership role as the Managing Member of Clark Hill's Chicago office. Ray graduated from Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of moot court.

His areas of emphasis and experience include probate, trust and guardianship litigation. Ray has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice. Ray has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts. Ray is frequently appointed Guardian Ad Litem and defense counsel in complicated guardianship matters; he is also appointed Special Administrator in problematic probate matters. Ray received an "AV®" Preeminent Rating by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ray is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. He teaches an elder law course with topics including guardianship, advance directives, discrimination actions, ethical issues in determining competence and cognitivity, elder abuse, and end of life issues. Ray is also a frequent speaker to numerous legal, community and civic groups on issues related to his legal experience.

Ray is involved in the communities in which he works and lives, including the following: Chicago Bar Association (Board of Managers 2012-14); Illinois State Bar Association (2011-12 Chair of the Trusts & Estates Section Council and past Chair of the section Legislation Committee; Member of the Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law); LAGBAC; Chicago Estate Planning Council; Chicago Area Task Force on LGBT Aging; Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights (Board of Directors, Junior Board founding Vice President and past President); Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund (Co-Chair of National Planned Giving Council); Chicago House and Social Service Agency (Board of Trustees); Never Coast for Cancer Foundation (Treasurer); Congressman Mike Quigley's LGBT Advisory Council; Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's LGBT Advisory Council (Chair); and Alderman Tom Tunney's Senior Advisory Council. Ray has also been nominated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as a Commissioner on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Ray resides in Chicago with his partner and two children. Ray is an avid fan of the Cubs as well as Michigan State football and basketball.
 
Jill Eckert McCall, JD, MBA, CAE connects lawyers to resources they need. Jill is active in both the association and legal world. Within the bar association realm, Jill contributes as both a staff member and volunteer. At work, she's Director of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Development (previously ABA-CLE). Her department annually oversees the MCLE processing of 700+ program applications and creation of 300+ programs. Jill also serves on the ABA's Business Continuity Planning Task Force to ensure that the ABA has a "Plan B" when disaster strikes. Jill previously assisted the ABA as Director of its Young Lawyers Division, a 150,000-member entity that maintains a network of 300 bar organizations, as interim director for its Law Practice Management Section, and as a career counselor and professional development program producer. As a volunteer, she is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association's 9,000-member Young Lawyers Section and now serves all 22,000 members as a member of the bar's Board of Managers. As an association leader, she was named to the 2012 Association Forum Critical Conversations for the Future Think Tank, and focused on innovation in associations. Follow Jill: @chiyounglawyer
 
Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy has been on the bench since 2007 and sits in the Law Division, Commercial Section. Prior to becoming a judge, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and then a partner at Jenner & Block. He was a commercial trial lawyer with a national practice representing clients in complex litigation in the state and federal courts. He has written and taught on trial practice issues, including evidence, expert witnesses and discovery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Governors of Loyola University School of Law and a Member Board of Managers, Chicago Bar Association. In addition, Judge Mulroy was

  • Special Counsel, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
  • Chairman, ABA Civil Procedure & Evidence Committee
  • Director, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Director and Life Member, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Bar Association: Committee on Evaluation of Judicial Candidates; Committee to Evaluate Federal Judges
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, trial practice: Loyola University, Northwestern University and DePaul University
  • Lecturer: Northwestern School of Law, Scientific Evidence
 
John G. O'Brien, Vice President and Counsel to the CEO of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Mr. O'Brien served as President of The Illinois State Bar Association in 2009/10. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA). IRELA is the leading advocate for protecting the role of the attorney in the residential real estate process. Mr. O'Brien has lectured on real estate topics for the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Education and Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund (where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors) as well as numerous Bar Associations throughout the State. Mr. O'Brien was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on The Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. Recently, he has been elected to the board of PHI ALPHA DELTA Law Fraternity. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Law Committee of the ABA General Practice, Solo& Small firm Division. Mr. O'Brien was recently elected to a two year term on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association where he also serves as Chair of the Real Property Committee.

He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1968 and a J.D. from Loyola University in 1972.
 
Hon. Joseph D. Panarese
In 2006 Judge Joe Panarese was appointed as a Judge in the Cook County Circuit Court and became an Associate Judge in 2007 - in his present assignment he hears both criminal and civil juries though out the 1st Municipal District of Cook County.

Judge Panarese began his legal career at Panarese & Panarese in Chicago. He then spent ten years as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney where he worked his way up to the Trial Division. He returned to Panarese & Panarese in 2000 where he worked until becoming a judge in 2006. He is a regular speaker and volunteer with various legal, civic and educational groups throughout the county.
 

Jane S. Park is the Chief of Staff to Commonwealth Edison President and CEO Anne R. Pramaggiore, and also serves as the Assistant Corporate Secretary for ComEd. She assists the CEO on a wide range of strategic and operational matters, and leads the staff of the Office of the President & CEO on a day-to-day basis. She serves as a liaison for the Office with affiliate organizations within Exelon Corporation, the parent company of ComEd, as well as with external stakeholders and organizations. Prior to joining ComEd as the CEO’s Chief of Staff, Jane was in-house counsel to Exelon Corporation, first as Assistant General Counsel in Exelon’s Litigation Group, and then as a close advisor to ComEd’s General Counsel, where she oversaw a wide range of ComEd-specific legal matters. Prior to Exelon, Jane was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP where she worked on complex commercial matters, often in a class action context.


Jane has previously chaired the CBA’s Corporate Law Department Committee and serves on the board of the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) and on the Board of Ambassadors for the YWCA. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  

 
Devlin J. Schoop is a partner at Laner Muchin, Ltd. where he practices labor and employment litigation with an emphasis on health and safety-related litigation arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), in addition to non-compete/restrictive covenant litigation and employment discrimination claims. He has significant experience handling appeals, arbitrations, trials and mediations before federal and state tribunals and private forums.

Devlin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Conflict Resolution and is a Certified Arbitrator with the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Panel. Since 2008, he has received successive appointments from the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), serving as a Panel Chair since 2011. He is the author of articles on litigation and is a contributing author to Employment Discrimination, 2012 Ed. (Chapter 3, age discrimination) published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).

Devlin is a life-long resident of Chicago and attended Whitney Young High School. His most interesting pre-law employment was working as a beer vendor at Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field, where he quickly learned to keep his baseball allegiances to himself. He earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served on the Law Review. He served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Blanche M. Manning (ret.). Devlin is a 2011 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service presented by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
 
Frederick M. Snow
As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, First American Bank, Elk Grove Village, Frederick Snow heads the bank's legal, compliance and real estate valuation groups, and has responsibility for risk management related to the bank's various business units. His responsibilities include legal matters involving bank's trade finance group, wealth management group, securities, corporate structure, litigation, and commercial and retail loan portfolios, as well as regulatory compliance and information security. He also serves as Secretary to the bank's holding company Board of Directors.

Until 2005, he was a partner in Chapman and Cutler LLP, Chicago, representing financial institutions, funds, underwriters, utilities and transportation entities as bond and underwriter's counsel in a variety of bond and project finance transactions.

He has served as a lecturer or moderator to various committees and continuing legal education seminars of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association concerning commercial finance, lender liability and credit enhancement. He is a former chairman of the Commercial Transactions and the Financial Institutions Committees of the CBA and serves on its Finance Committee.

Mr. Snow has been designated a member of Super Lawyers in banking by Thompson Reuters and a member of Leading Lawyer Network in finance law by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

He is also a past chairman and legal counsel of Jane Addams Resource Corporation, Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Chicago Legal Prep, a legal themed college preparatory high school serving Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School he also holds an LL. M. (with honors) in Taxation from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
 
Timothy S. Tomasik is a founding member of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. In his 24 years of practice, Tim has distinguished himself as one of Chicago's elite trial attorneys. Prior to joining the firm, Tim practiced for 15 years at the prestigious Clifford Law Offices in Chicago and, before that, as a member of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Bureau of Special Prosecutions. He has tried over 100 jury and bench trials to verdict. Tim has handled and successfully resolved billions of dollars in claims in a variety of practice areas, including complex premises liability, aviation litigation, medical negligence, medical liability, hospital liability, and mass disasters.

As a trial attorney, Tim has handled some of this generation's most high profile and complex cases. For instance, after 180 depositions and navigating millions of pages of documents over several years, Tim, acting as one of the lead counsel of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, secured a $1.2 billion settlement in the World Trade Center litigation against the airlines for security breaches that led to the tragic 9/11 hijackings and air crashes. After a scaffolding collapse at the John Hancock center in March 2002 that resulted in the heartbreaking death or serious injury of ten bystanders, Tim acted as co-counsel and received a $75 million global settlement for the victims. Tim also obtained a sizable settlement as one of the lead lawyers for NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, who tragically lost his 14-year-old son when a chartered plane crashed moments after takeoff due to the pilot's failure to de-ice the plane's wings.

As co-counsel, Tim obtained a $13 million jury verdict for a medical doctor who was paralyzed as a result of negligently-administered epidural anesthesia before a routine knee surgery. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the verdict as well as several key trial practice and agency issues. After a dilapidated structure owned and operated by the Chicago Cubs collapsed on a 21-year-old man, resulting in his death, Tim recovered a $2.5 million settlement from the Cubs. In another wrongful death action, Tim obtained a $1.9 million settlement from a national retailer after its pharmacy negligently provided incorrect prescription drugs that killed the victim in a matter of days. Tim also obtained a $2 million settlement for a Chicago Tuckpointer who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after he was struck by cement falling from a building he was working on. Tim brought a medical malpractice action after a mother of two's doctor failed to properly treat a lesion on the victim's lung that led to Stage III B non-small cell lung cancer and death. The case settled for $5 million. In another matter, Tim obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered multiple fractures while he was the unwitting passenger of a drunk driver in a horrific Ferrari crash.

Tim's peers have also recognized his excellence in trial work. He was inducted as a fellow into the International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers. Tim's accomplishments have followed him throughout his career. In 2000, he was named a Top 40 Attorney Under 40 Years Old by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company of Chicago. Tim has also been recognized multiple times as a Super Lawyer, and was named a Leading Lawyer in 2008. Tim served for 15 years, including as a General Chair, for the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee. In 2009, Tim received the William J. White Award of Excellence for his exceptional efforts for that committee. Tim is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, American Bar Association Torts Committee, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Experts and Evidence. Tim was also a member of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Pre-Emption. He also sits on the Chicago Bar Association's Board of Managers.

Tim began his career as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County. As a member of the Bureau of Special Prosecutions, Tim handled numerous high profile criminal cases, including the trial of capital murder and sexual assault cases. In 1999, he was named the American Legion Expert Litigator for his outstanding service as a gang prosecutor in the Chicago community as well as for his excellence as a civil litigator.

Tim is frequently invited to speak before audiences ranging from anesthesiologists to business professionals to other lawyers. He has given presentations on aviation litigation and mass disasters before audiences in New York, Miami, London and Shanghai. Specifically, in February 2012, Tim lectured on the profound effects 9/11 has had on the aviation industry and aviation litigation to the International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium in Shanghai. Tim also presented on litigating cases in the United States at the 2012 Cross Border Personal Injury Seminar in London. As a recognized authority in the legal field, Tim also speaks regularly to members of the American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, and Chicago Bar Association on a wide range of legal topics, including the benefits of mock juries, jury research, professionalism, Medicare, aviation, medical malpractice, and evidentiary issues. As a fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, Tim also moderated a forum for state appellate court judges at the American Association of Justice Convention.

Widely published, Tim has authored numerous articles on varying legal topics. For instance, Tim has published multiple articles on the proper measure of damages for property damage on the ground in the wake of his work on the 9/11 litigation. Tim's work on jury research can also be found in the American Bar Association's publication for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Holding a number of prestigious faculty appointments, Tim regularly donates his time to assist law students and other lawyers. Tim is an Instructor of Trial Advocacy at the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia Law School. He has also taught trial advocacy for the National College of District Attorneys and National Advocacy Center, and is a former instructor for the Illinois Federal Bar Training Course.

Away from work, Tim also sits on the Board of Lawyers-Lend-A-Hand, a foundation which provides grants to mentor programs dedicated to serving Chicago's underprivileged youth.
Tim received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and his law degree from the University of Denver. He is also licensed to practice in Colorado.