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.

Jeffrey Moskowitz
Chair

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 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.

Tracy Brammeier
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.






Chastidy Burns
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.


Gavin Phelps
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.








Martin Gould
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.


Kenneth Matuszewski

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 Risvold
Project Officer

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.





Dan Berkowitz
Project Officer

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.  








Kaitlin King
Co-Editor-in-Chief of YLS Journal

Kaitlin King is an associate attorney at Hart David Carson, LLP. Her practice is mainly focused in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability. In addition to these concentrated areas of law, Kaitlin also handles a variety of other civil matters. Kaitlin graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2019. Prior to law school, Kaitlin attended the University of Missouri where she received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Kaitlin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and South Carolina. Before becoming the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the YLS Journal, Kaitlin served as the Assistant Editor.    






Alexander Passo
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.







Laura Wibberley
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.  








Jack Sanker
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.