Young Lawyers Section Executive Council

The YLS Executive Council, chaired by the Chair of the Section, is composed of approximately 100 volunteer attorneys. The  Council aims to address the needs and interests of attorneys during their first 10 years of practice. It also sets the policy and exercises general supervision and control over the Section subject to the provisions of the YLS By-Laws. The Executive Council is comprised of the Officers, the Immediate Past Chair, the Directors, the Chairs of each of the various YLS Committees, and Special Project Coordinators. The Executive Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month and at additional times when called by the Chair.  

Officers and Directors

The Section’s officers consist of a Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, a Member Service Manager, a Public Service Manager, a Secretary/Treasurer, two Project Officers, two Editors-in-Chief of the YLS Journal section of CBA Record and ten Directors. The Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Member Service Manager, Public Service Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, and Project Officers serve one-year terms. The Editors-in-Chief of the YLS Journal section of CBA Record and the Directors serve two-year terms. The Chair is not eligible for re-election. The Second Vice-Chair automatically success to the position of First Vice-Chair and the First Vice-Chair automatically succeeds to the position of Chair at the conclusion of his or her term.

Brandon Peck

Octavio Duran, Jr.
First Vice Chair

Jeffrey Moskowitz
Second Vice Chair

Svetlana Gitman
Secretary / Treasurer

Alexis Crawford Douglas
Member Services Manager

Tracy Brammeier
Public Services Manager

Katherine Oswald
Project Officer

Daniel Berkowitz
Co-Editor-in-Chief YLS Journal

Natalie Chan
Co-Editor-in-Chief of YLS Journal

Brandon is a Partner with Peck Ritchey, LLC. Brandon concentrates his practice in the areas of trust, estate, and guardianship litigation and administration. For five consecutive years, Brandon has been selected by his peers in multiple statewide surveys of Illinois attorneys as a “Super Lawyer”, an attorney to whom other attorneys would refer their family. From 2015-2018 he has also been selected by Leading Lawyers Magazine as a top emerging lawyer in Elder Law, Trust, Will and Estate Planning. He also was a contributor to the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, which was published by the American Bar Association in 2013. Brandon is the current Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section. Brandon lectures frequently in the areas of trust and estate litigation, guardianships, special needs and estate planning before his colleagues and other professionals, including at The Chicago Bar Association, National Academy of Elder LawAttorneys, as well as numerous hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and community organizations.

Octavio dedicates his practice to representing individuals and families in all areas of personal injury including automobile collisions, construction negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and premises liability. Octavio has had much success in his young career. He has acquired millions of dollars for his clients and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2013-Present. Octavio is an active member in the legal community. He formerly served as the Parliamentarian for the Alumni Association Board for Michigan State University College of Law and is currently the First Vice Chair for the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Through both organizations, Octavio has launched several fundraising functions that will benefit law school students and the legal community. He formerly served as the chair of the Tort Litigation Committee for the CBA and currently serves as the social chair for the YLS. When he is not spending his time volunteering for political candidates, he spends his time running and biking. He recently placed in the top 1% of all runners in Race Judicata, a race that raises funds for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

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. 
Jeffrey 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. 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.
Svetlana is an associate at Bruce Farrel Dorn and Associates where she focuses her practice on civil litigation defense. She is also an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law. Svetlana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. While working towards her undergraduate degree, Svetlana studied abroad at Queen Mary University, in London and returned to London to work at the Honourable Lincoln’s Inn upon graduation. After working in London for a year, Svetlana returned to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School. While in law school, Svetlana served as the co-chair of the YLS Law Student Committee, helping to organize numerous events. Svetlana also served as a staff editor of The John Marshall Law School Law Review, and her comment, titled (Dis) service of Process: The Need to Amend Rule 4 to Comply with Modern Usage of technology, was published in Spring of 2012. After graduating law school, Svetlana remained involved with the YLS, serving as a special project coordinator from 2012–2013 and as a co-chair for the Public Service Committee from 2013-2015. She has also served as a Director and as a Project Officer.
Alexis is a senior associate at K&L Gates LLP and concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property, including a range of transactional and litigation matters related to trademarks and copyrights, along with the strategic management of intellectual property portfolios. Alexis regularly represents clients ranging from multi-national to start-up companies in a variety of industries including consumer products, marketing and advertising, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, financial, technology, and entertainment. Alexis previously served as co-chair of the YLS Creative Arts committee and as a YLS Director. Alexis volunteers for NIJC as a pro bono asylum attorney and is a mentor at the 2112 business incubator. She routinely speaks on topics related to social media and trademark law. Alexis graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was president of Moot Court Honor Society and executive articles editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property.

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. Tracy volunteers for the 100 Club of Chicago, a not-for-profit organization that assists the families of police officers and firefighters throughout Cook and Lake Counties, by providing the families with a legal resource following the death of a loved one killed in the line of duty.  Previously, Tracy has been involved in the YLS as a project coordinator and enjoys participating in the YLS Wills for Heroes project. She also serves on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Katherine focuses her practice on helping clients with trust and estate planning and administration, probate, tax controversy and planning, and business succession planning matters. Katherine has been licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the Northern District of Illinois since 2014. Katherine obtained her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Missouri and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago. While in law school Katherine volunteered at the Wills for Heroes program where she drafted estate plans for Chicago’s emergency responders and their families. Prior to joining Golan Christie Taglia LLP, Katherine practiced trusts and estate law in Chicago. As a Project Officer for the YLS, Katherine looks forward to making this a great bar year.  

Daniel is an attorney at Aronberg Goldgehn. His practice focuses on representing insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation arising under general liability, director and officer, and professional liability policies. He also handles matters involving claims of bad faith and provides strategic counseling to clients regarding potential liability and strategies for handling underlying liability matters. He appears regularly in state and federal court, and represents clients in all matters of litigation, including pre-suit counseling and advice, motion practice, discovery and mediation.

Natalie is an associate in the Employment and Labor group in the firm’s Chicago office. Natalie maintains an active pro bono practice in areas including employment and labor, immigration, and veterans’ benefits. She received the firm’s Thomas H. Morsch Award for Pro Bono Achievement in 2016. Natalie was one of 25 Fellows selected nationally as a Fellow for the Class of 2016 National Employment Law Council (NELC) Academy, which is considered a pipeline for future leaders of the NELC, an organization primarily composed of minority outside and in-house lawyers, throughout the United States and abroad. Natalie earned her law degree magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Washington University School of Law. While in law school, Natalie served as Managing Editor of the Washington University Law Review and co-taught an undergraduate course on “Women and the Law.” Natalie was a recipient of the Scholar in Law Award, Excellence in Oral Advocacy Certificate, and Legal Practice Excellence Award for exemplary first-year writing. Prior to joining Sidley, Natalie served as a judicial extern at the Cook County Circuit Court in the Law and Chancery Divisions. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism.