Legislative Committee

The CBA Legislative Committee is charged with structuring and overseeing the Association's legislative program. The Committee has three essential functions: (1) consider and make recommendations to the Board of Managers on legislation drafted by CBA committees for inclusion in the Association's legislative program; (2) review committee recommendations for action on all legislation not sponsored by the CBA; and (3) provide technical research, drafting and informational assistance to CBA members and members of the Illinois General Assembly. The Legislative Committee works with legislative liasons appointed by CBA and YLS committees to assist them in learning about the legislative process to maximize the Association's effectiveness.

2018-2019 Executive Officers


Ben Orzeske
Chair
312-450-6621

Benjamin Orzeske is Chief Counsel at the Uniform Law Commission, a non-profit law reform organization formed in 1892 and made up of volunteer lawyers from all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.  The ULC drafts uniform and model state legislation on topics for which uniformity is desirable and practical, and works for the enactment of uniform laws in state legislatures. Ben is Co-Chair of the Uniform Laws Committee in the ABA Section on Real Property Trust and Estate Law, and also a member of the ABA Business Law Section.  He is the ULC’s staff liaison to the Joint Editorial Boards for Uniform Real Property Acts and Uniform Trust and Estate Acts.  He is also the Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. Ben is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DePaul University College of Law, and makes his home in Chicago.

Tara Goodwin
Vice-Chair
312-739-4200

Tara L. Goodwin is a member of Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC. She has practiced consumer protection and class action law since 1991. She has handled class and individual cases under the FDCPA, FCRA, TILA, RESPA and local and state landlord tenant laws, with a recent focus on cases involving mortgage servicing errors and credit reporting issues. Ms. Goodwin is a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Consumer Law Committee. She has previously been a speaker at the Practicing Law Institute’s Consumer Financial Services Institute in Chicago, speaking on issues relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and mortgage litigation. Ms. Goodwin also spoke at the 2016 Conference on Consumer Finance Law’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference on mortgage servicing issues. Ms. Goodwin is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA with Honors), and Chicago-Kent College of Law (High Honors, Order of the Coif).

Lawrence J. Suffredin Jr.
Lobbyist
(312) 836-4120

Larry Suffredin has been in private practice for a number of years. Mr. Suffredin has extensive state and federal trial experience. He has argued appellate cases before the United States and Illinois Supreme Courts as well as the Second and Seventh Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and three of the districts of the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. Suffredin has specialized in recent years in a government relations practice that has included lobbying and administrative work at the local, state and federal levels. He has represented major corporations, large business associations, health care concerns, cultural institutions, professional associations, local governments and individuals in their interactions with various governmental units.

Tom Suffredin
Lobbyist Assistant
(312) 816-5563

Since beginning legislative work in 2003, Tom Suffredin has experience in representing clients before both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, the Executive Branch and its agencies, the City of Chicago and various municipalities.  A licensed attorney since 2006, Tom Suffredin specializes in assisting a diverse group of clients in drafting legislation and shepherding it through the legislative committee process; monitoring and analysis of proposed and pending legislation; working with allied groups and individuals to pass or defeat legislative initiatives; securing appropriations; and serving as clients' general eyes and ears in the statehouse. Law Offices of Thomas M. Suffredin, Ltd. Maintains offices in both Chicago and Springfield.

Loretta Wells
Director of Government Affairs
(312) 554-2060

As Director, Loretta is responsible for the planning and implementation of all legislative activity in conjunction with the Association's Legislative Committee, Legislative Counsel and Executive Director. As the key component in the Legislative Committee's efforts to forward its legislative agenda to both CBA members and the general public, Loretta serves as a legislative liaison to all CBA and Young Lawyers Section Committees, in addition to outside organizations.