1 Victoria Benson has been involved in a wide variety of litigation matters since her admission to the bar, including civil rights defense, toxic tort defense, construction, product liability, employment law, premises liability, municipal lawand insurance coverage in Illinois State Courts, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will, and Winnebago Counties, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. Victoria has also handled appeals to the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. Victoria is currently an assistant corporation counsel with the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division of the City of Chicago s Law Department. Victoria received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago, graduating cum laude. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Victoria is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and DRI.
2 Jeremy N. Boeder earned his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 and his J.D. at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in He is an Associate Attorney at Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois where he concentrates his practice on professional liability, general tort defense, construction litigation, and legal malpractice and ethics. Mr. Boeder is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association.
3 Kimberly A. Davis is a partner in the Insurance Practice of Momkus McCluskey LLC in Chicago and Lisle, Illinois where her representation of clients includes bodily injury litigation, subrogation, professional negligence, risk management and fraud investigation. Kim earned her A.A. from Morton College in 1985, a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and minor in Political Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1987, and a J.D. with honors in 1997 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Kim has worked in law firms for over 25 years, and began her legal career as a paralegal, and then office manager, attorney and now member. Kim is an active participant and leader in local and statewide bar associations. She is the current Chair of the ISBA Civil Practice Section Council (member 2006-present). Kim served as elected member of the ISBA Assembly for the 18 th Judicial Circuit, and has been a member of the Allerton Conference Planning Committee since She is a Past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the American Inns of Court-DuPage County Chapter. Additionally, Kim is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the DuPage County Bar Association and she is the Chair of the DCBA s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Kim is an American Bar Leaders Fellow as recognized by the DuPage County Bar Association and North Central College s Program on Leadership, Ethics and Values. She is also a recipient of the DCBA Board of Directors Award. Kim s additional past work with the DCBA includes: Appointed Member, Ad Hoc Trial Advocacy Program Committee; Chair, Civil Law and Practice Committee; Chair, Membership Committee; Inaugural Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity; Volunteer/Evaluator, DCBA High School Mock Trial Competitions; Member, Lawyer Referral Service Committee; Member, Judiciary Committee; and Member, Committee on Professionalism. Kim also taught Litigation as an Associate Professor at the College of DuPage from
4 Carl R. Draper earned his B.S. at Bradley University in 1976 and his J.D. at the University of Illinois College of Law in He is admitted to practice in Illinois (1981), the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois (1982), and the U.S. Court of Appeals 7 th Circuit (1999). Mr. Draper is a Partner at Feldman, Wasser, Draper, & Cox in Springfield, Illinois where 65% of his practice is devoted to litigation in the areas of administrative law, civil rights, construction law, litigation & appeals, family law, and employment discrimination. His prior experience as an Assistant Attorney General and as Legal Counsel to the Governor helped him build a solid base to work on matters involving State government. Mr. Draper is an advocate of individual rights and has litigated civil rights cases in State and federal courts. He has a strong background in administrative law, including state professional licenses and other government regulations. Mr. Draper is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a board member for the Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts, and a committee member on Local Rules for the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois.
5 Robert R. Duncan is founder and principal of Duncan Law Group, LLC located in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Duncan s practice concentrates on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the State of Illinois and throughout the Midwest. He has tried cases to verdict in both State and Federal Court obtaining millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Mr. Duncan is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois College of Law. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each of the last four years (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) and was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers Association in He is active in various national and local bar associations, including the Illinois State Bar Association where he regularly lectures on various topics related to civil practice and procedure. He is also regularly invited to lecture on topics related to tort law at law schools throughout Illinois. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Duncan is the current President of the Illinois State Crime Commission and sits on the Board of the Police Athletic League of Illinois. Recently he was selected to serve on the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board of Directors.
6 Todd M. Fine earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice and Political Science at the University of Illinois Chicago and his Juris Doctorate at DePaul University School of Law in He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Pro Hac Vice Counsel in the State of Florida, and Pro Hac Vice Counsel in the State of New York. Mr. Fine is an attorney at Ruberry Stalmack & Garvey, LLC in Chicago, Illinois where he concentrates his practice on Personal Injury Defense litigation; Trucking Accident litigation; Construction Defense litigation and Medical Malpractice litigation. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta.
7 Hon. Daniel T. Gillespie is an associate judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, where he presides over a motion call. He teaches Illinois Civil Practice as an adjunct instructor at the DePaul College of Law. He is a former member of the Civil Practice Committee and the Bar Publications Committee. Judge Gillespie is an adjunct instructor of business law and ethics at the DePaul Graduate School of Business and a former trial practice instructor at Loyola Law School. Judge Gillespie, an alumnus of John Carroll University and the John Marshall Law School, has written articles for the ISBA Trial Briefs and the Illinois Bar Journal.
8 Robert H. Hanaford concentrates his practice in personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from construction, transportation, aviation, product and work place accidents. His firm also represents clients in commercial and insurance disputes. Mr. Hanaford is past chairman of the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, current Continuing Legal Education liaison for the Council, member of the ISBA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, and co-editor of the ISBA Insurance Law Journal. He is a frequent author and speaker on trial practice. Mr. Hanaford received the ISBA Board of Governors Award for service and contribution to the Association and Bar of Illinois in 2009, as well as the ISBA Newsletter Service Award (Insurance Law) in 2009.
9 Shawn S. Kasserman is a Founding Member at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his role at Tomaski Kotin Kasserman, he served as a partner and trial lawyer at Corboy & Demetrio in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout his career, Mr. Kasserman has successfully tried cases involving medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, transportation negligence, automobile negligence, municipal liability and contract disputes. He has also handled many successful appeals both as an appellant and appellee and has successfully settled cases involving theories as diverse as toxic torts and defamation. His success as a trial attorney has gained him recognition. In 2009, Shawn was named to the list of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois and was the youngest of only 17 plaintiff s personal injury attorneys on the list. He has also been named one of the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys by the Leading Lawyers Network and has achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In 2004, he was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company s list of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, based on his career achievements, his quick rise in the field of personal injury law and his contributions to the community and the legal profession. He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to trial practice and strategy. In addition to the numerous articles he has written, he has authored Proper Parties, Amended Complaints and Relation Back Doctrine and was a contributing author of Jury Selection Strategy & Science, Third Edition. He is a past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association, currently on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Association for Justice and the DuPage County Bar Association. He is very active in Kids in Danger and Anchored for Safety, groups started by parents of children killed by defective products, with the goal of protecting others. Mr. Kasserman graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1990.
10 Michelle M. Kohut, a Chicago personal injury trial lawyer, joined the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 2004 and practices in all areas of personal injury law, including cases arising from automobile collisions, medical malpractice, construction negligence, premises liability, product liability and railroad negligence. She has tried many personal injury cases to verdict and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements. After two days of trial, Michelle secured a $5 million settlement where a hospital and doctor delayed the delivery of a baby, resulting in severe brain damage. Where a roofing foreman fell through a hole in a roof, fracturing his heel, she secured a settlement of $2 million on behalf of her client. She also settled a lawsuit against a hospital for $1 million when an emergency room patient was not properly treated or diagnosed. Michelle is very active in local and national bar associations, including the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Women s Bar Association of Illinois, where she serves as First Vice President. She has also served as President of Women Everywhere - Partners in Service Project, Inc., a community service project which seeks to open doors to women and children in need and to expose high school girls to challenging careers in the legal profession. Michelle has also served on the Board of Directors of Heartland International Health Center, which is dedicated to improving the health of persons living in several communities of Chicago by providing affordable, quality, multilingual, and culturally competent health services. In 2007, in recognition of her success, hard work and community involvement, she was named one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. She has also been honored with the designation of Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star each year since A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Michelle was a Judicial Law Clerk to William D. Maddux, Presiding Judge of the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, prior to joining Corboy & Demetrio.
11 Robert R. McNamara earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. at Loyola Law School in Chicago. He is a Shareholder at Johnson & Bell, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois where he specializes in the defense of product manufacturers and electrical utilities. Mr. McNamara is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Chicago Bar Association.
12 James A. Murphy concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including commercial litigation, municipal litigation, personal injury, construction litigation and appellate practice. Jim has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Jim received his Bachelor s Degree from Knox Collage in 1982 and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in After law school, Jim served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence D. Inglis, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, from Jim was admitted to the Illinois Bar in He is also a member of the trial bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. He is a member of the Will County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), where he serves on the Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council. Jim is also active in the community. He currently serves on the Three Rivers Arts Counsel as its Vice President. This organization promotes the arts in the Will and Grundy county communities of Channahon, Shorewood and Minooka.
13 Michael T. Reagan received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BSME from Purdue University. He has tried cases in many Illinois counties and handled appeals in every Illinois reviewing court and the Seventh Circuit. A Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, he also served as president of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. Mr. Reagan served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions from 1985 to 1995, and as the Reporter to that Committee from 1996 through He was also a member of the Special Supreme Court Committee on Unpublished Opinions/Supreme Court Rule 23. Among other work for the Illinois State Bar Association, he has served as Chair of the Tort Law Section Council and Co-chair of an ISBA Special Committee on Appellate Practice. He received the Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award from the ISBA in June 2009.
14 Julie Ann Sebastian is an Assistant State s Attorney in Cook County for the Civil Actions Bureau. She attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before receiving her B.S. (cum laude) from Loyola University of Chicago where she was a member of Psi Chi and Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. Ms. Sebastian also received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law Chicago and her Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She is admitted to practice in Illinois (1987), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1987), the U.S. Supreme Court (2002), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2004), the U.S. Court of Military Appeals for the Armed Forces (2005), and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar (2010). Ms. Sebastian has been active with the ISBA Administrative Law Section Council since the Honorable Alexander P. White suggested writing about the Illinois Supreme Court Lockett decision. A prior Chair of the ISBA Administrative Law Section Council, she currently serves as co-editor of the newsletter, in addition to serving on other ISBA section councils and on the ISBA assembly. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and is current Vice Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Chicago Alumni Chapter, and a member of its Board of Directors since January Ms. Sebastian received the Award for Excellence in Public Interest Service at the 10 th Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Ceremony in She has also received the ISBA Board of Governors Award (2012) and has been recognized for service as co-editor of the ISBA Administrative Law Section Newsletter.
15 Sara Lillian Siegall earned her B.A. (cum laude) at Florida State University, her M.S. (cum laude) at Fordham University, and her J.D. (with honors) at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is an attorney at Chapman Spingola, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois where she focuses her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation and professional malpractice. During her tenure with the firm, she has played an integral role in a wide range of ligation matters in state and Federal court, including briefing and arguing dispositive motions and appeals, taking and defending depositions, and presenting oral argument and examining witnesses at trial. Ms. Siegall is an appointed Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, Co-Editor of the Illinois State Bar Association s monthly newsletter, Trial Briefs, a member of Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Social Chair for the Chicago-Lincoln chapter of the American Inns of Court, Alumni volunteer for Chicago-Kent College of Law Moot Court Honor Society, and volunteer mentor for Chicago-Kent College of Law Women in Law Society.
16 John M. Stalmack has extensive experience in civil litigation and trial work and has been obtaining outstanding results for over 35 years. He has tried over 75 complex cases to verdict throughout Illinois and the country in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, governmental liability, trucking negligence and toxic torts. He has had additional concentration in the area of the Structural Work Act and large property damage losses. He frequently lectures and writes in the field of medical malpractice as well as trial evidence. Recently, John has gone to verdict in a case involving allegations of exposure to lead poisoning in paint and in a case involving exposure to polyurethane in a floor sealant. John has deposed and cross-examined at trial hundreds of retained expert witnesses including engineers, physicians, accountants, scientific experts, reconstruction experts and economic experts. In January of 2003, John was named by the Chicago Lawyer as one of Chicago's Top 20 Defense Lawyers. John has been consistently named by Chicago magazine as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005 to He has also been consistently named to the Leading Lawyers Network from 2004 to John is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. From 2000 to 2001, he was President of the Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers. He has written 20 major articles for publication in the areas of evidence, trial practice, and medical negligence. He has also been a frequent lecturer for the CBA, ISBA, and IICLE. John graduated from Coe College in 1971 with a B.A. cum laude. In 1974, John graduated from Loyola University Law School, where he was Editor on the Law Review, with a J.D. From 1974 until 1976, John was with the United States Department of Justice and was hired under the United States Attorney General's Program for Honor Law Graduates. In 1975, he received his L.L.M. from the George Washington University National Law Center.
17 Shawn Wood is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as national chair of the firm s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He has over 20 years of experience representing companies and individuals in commercial litigation and product liability matters, including contract and post-acquisition disputes, emergency injunction hearings, and matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful death, defamation, fire loss, and disputes over corporate governance. Shawn also serves as national counsel for an affiliated group of appliance manufacturers in connection with their commercial and product liability litigation. Shawn is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois. He has won cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including in Texas, California, North Carolina, Iowa, and Illinois. He has also prevailed as lead counsel before the United States Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Illinois First District Appellate Court. Shawn has published and presented on a wide range of topics relevant to civil practice, commercial litigation and product liability. He co-authors the ISBA Civil Practice Handbook chapter regarding motion practice and serves as an annual presenter at the ISBA Civil Practice Conference. Shawn serves by appointment on the Civil Practice Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and as ISBA liaison to the Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee. He is also a featured columnist in Chicago Lawyer magazine and a recipient of its Annual Writing Award. He has been honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of its 40 under 40 Attorneys To Watch and selected by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in appellate practice and commercial litigation. Most recently, Shawn was listed among The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in commercial litigation, and the Commercial Litigation Practice Group that he chairs was ranked in 2013 among the nation s Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report. Shawn earned his B.A. (cum laude) at the University of Dayton in 1989 and his J.D. at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in He is admitted to practice in Illinois, the Federal Trial Bar, U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Easter District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits.