Jeffrey M. Moskowitz is a trial attorney with a broad knowledge of criminal law. He is a graduate of DePaul University, College of Law, where he received a Certificate in Criminal Law and the prestigious CALI award for excellent trial litigation skills.
Jeff has handled hundreds of criminal cases and has primarily focused his practice on felonies. He has successfully represented clients charged with murder, attempted murder, criminal sexual assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, aggravated battery, assault, felony DUI, armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, theft and residential burglary. Jeff has achieved favorable outcomes for clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will County. Outside of work, Jeff is very active within the community. He is a recipient of the Benjamin Hooks' Distinguished Public Service Award for his extensive pro bono work. Jeff also serves on the DePaul University, College of Law's Dean's Advisory Counsel and is a member of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center’s Young Professional’s Counsel. Additionally, he is a member of the Chicago Bar Foundation's Young Professional's Board and is an attorney mentor for the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneur's Project. He also coached the Little Village High School mock trial team and did volunteer expungements for Cabrini Green Legal Aid.
First Vice Chair
Tracy is an attorney at Clifford Law Offices, P.C. Her practice focuses on aviation, transportation, premises, and construction liability in addition to other areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. She obtained a certificate in advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has served as a judicial extern in the Northern District of Illinois. Previously, Tracy has been involved in the YLS as Public Services Manager and enjoys participating in the YLS Wills for Heroes project. She also serves on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Second Vice Chair
Chastidy Burns has been an Assistant Public Defender in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender since July of 2013. She is currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division. Prior to joining the office, she was an Associate Attorney for the Shiller Preyar Law Offices where she practiced criminal defense and civil rights litigation. She graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2008, and she received her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Public Interest Law from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. In addition to being the Member Services Manager of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Chastidy is the Immediate Past President of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., a member of the Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization Associate Board, a founding member and Past President of the DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board, and a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board of Directors.
Secretary / Treasurer
Gavin Phelps is a business law attorney helping clients with everything from starting a business, negotiating/drafting contracts, insurance coverage analysis, or anything in between. He has worked with start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies. Gavin graduated from Hillsdale College with a bachelors in Political Economics and received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 2016. His passion is to help clients be competitive.
Member Services Manager
Martin D. Gould is a trial attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC where he works in the firm’s complex litigation and catastrophic injury group, representing individuals and classes of victims in wrongful death, toxic exposure, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, auto and trucking accidents, construction and other workplace accidents, sexual abuse, including priest abuse, product defect, and airline crashes. Martin graduated toward the top of his class from Chicago-Kent College of Law, cum laude, and was a published member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Currently, Martin holds leadership positions within numerous legal organizations, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Torts Litigation Group and serving as a Co-Chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Martin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University, where he was also a four-year member of the Northwestern Varsity Wrestling Team. The team placed 4th in the NCAAs Martin’s sophomore year in 2007.
Public Services Manager
Kenneth “Kenny” Matuszewski is an Associate Counsel at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP, and concentrates his practice in patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation. Representative technologies he has worked with include electronic gaming machines, blockchain, drones, microphones, power tools, cancer treatments, and autofluorescent tissues. He double-majored in Biological Sciences and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame, earned his J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and later obtained a B.S. in Computer Science at Oregon State University. In addition to serving as the Public Service Manager, Kenny is also a Co-Chair of the YLS IP Committee. He received the YLS’ Rising Star Award for Leaders with Exceptional Promise in 2019. In 2020, he earned both the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service in Intellectual Property and the Impact Award for Leaders with Substantial Impact on the Section. In his spare time, Kenny plays tuba and euphonium in the CBA’s Symphony Orchestra and Barristers’ Big Band.
John, a trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He exclusively represents individuals and their families who are victims of personal injury or wrongful death. John works tirelessly to get the best outcome for his clients and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has tried cases to verdict in Illinois and handled cases throughout the country. Prior to joining The Collins Law Firm, John defended large multi-national corporations in multimillion dollar litigation, giving him a unique insight into how cases are handled by the companies and individuals responsible for catastrophic injury.
Daniel Berkowitz is an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He practices in the General Law Bureau, focused on defending State Agencies and State Employees when they are sued in court. He handles all manner of complex litigation from initial case analysis through trial.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of YLS Journal
Kruti J. Patel is an associate attorney at Wintersteen Law Group and practices exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, with a particular focus on healthcare immigration. Prior to joining Wintersteen Law Group, Kruti founded a practice focusing on providing immigration services for small businesses, startups, and individuals under the umbrella of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, the Chicago Bar Foundation’s non-for-profit incubator for innovative law practices. Kruti earned her Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL with the highest honors in 2011, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Bar Association, the International Medical Graduates Taskforce, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. Kruti has a deep interest in community service and has volunteered with ENLACE/CALA, CVLS, Midwest Asian American Center, and the Chicago Legal Clinic. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey and is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.
Co-Editor in Chief of the YLS Journal
Alexander I. Passo is an Associate at Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, including representing clients in matters involving internal business disputes, breach of contract, fraud, emergency business litigation, unfair competition, and professional negligence actions. Alex graduated from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law magna cum laude in 2014. Alex has previously served as a YLS Director, as Co-Chair of the YLS Tort Litigation Committee, and as contributor and steering committee member for the CBA's @theBar Blog.
Co-Editor in Chief of the @theBar Blog
Laura Wibberley is an attorney at Barker, Castro, Kuban & Steinback LLC. She practices in general litigation with a concentration in the area of medical negligence with the privilege of serving in the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. She also serves in the defense of long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities. Laura received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2017, where she graduated Valedictorian and summa cum laude.
Co-Editor in Chief of the @theBar Blog
Jack Sanker is an associate with the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC. As a member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group, Jack partners with clients to resolve breach of contract issues, risk mitigation, indemnity disputes, and insurance liability matters. He focuses his practice on tort and insurance litigation, property loss and personal injury. Jack is an aggressive litigator with a mind towards dispute resolution. Jack received his J.D. from the Loyola University College of Law and his B.A. in History and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.