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Our CLE presenters are highly experienced, leading professionals. Many of them are nationally recognized experts in their respective fields.

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Michael Alkaraki

Michael Alkaraki is a trial attorney at Leahy & Hoste, where he represents victims and their families in matters of serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Mr. Alkaraki ha...

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Michael Baron

Mr. Baron has been working with Louis S. Goldstein and Cindy G. Fluxgold since 1994. For over 20 years, Mr. Baron has represented Plaintiffs in civil litigation, including medical malpractice, per...

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Steven Behnken

B.S. 1998 Chemical Engineering, Purdue University; J.D. 2006, DePaul University College of Law. Before joining Momkus McCluskey, Steve worked for Cardinal Intellectual Property, a search and examin...

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George S. Bellas

George Bellas is a principal with the suburban Chicago firm of Bellas & Wachowski. Since ending his tenure as a state prosecutor in 1975, George has been involved in complex commercial and tort l...

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Peter Bora

Peter Bora has practiced in insurance coverage for 18 years handling liability, toxic tort and environmental coverage litigation and other insurance coverage matters. Peter earned a B.S. from Illi...

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Joel Brodsky

Joel A. Brodsky practices law from his office in Cook County, Illinois, as well as in all courts throughout the State of Illinois. In the past 28 years Joel has been a partner in several law firms,...

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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown is an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP. His experience includes representing investor-owned gas and electric utilities before the ICC in connection with rate cases, service classificati...

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Carolyn Welch Clifford

Carolyn Welch Clifford has devoted her legal career to the representation of local governments in Illinois with a special emphasis on legal issues involving the fire service. In her practice, Ms. C...

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Ira Jay Cohen

Mr. Cohen graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree, awarded with honor, in 1978. Mr. Cohen has been a member of the National Honors Accounting fraternity, Bet...

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Linda Condon-Slabaugh

Linda Condon-Slabaugh is both a registered nurse and an attorney. She has extensive knowledge and experience with medical terminology; anatomy and worker compensations fee schedule calculations for...

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Phillip Coover

Phillip N. Coover is a principal of Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. and has been with the firm since 2005. Phillip represents local and national commercial real estate investment companies, real...

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James C. Dechene

James C. Dechene has been a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s national health care group for twenty years, and has been with the firm since 1980. Mr. Dechene is nationally known for his work on health...

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Bruce deGrazia

Bruce deGrazia has been a lawyer since 1984, when he began his career in the U.S. Navy, serving as a prosecutor and an advisor to the Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Fleet. He then worked f...

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Stacey Dembo

Ms. Dembo has represented adults and children in claims for Supplemental Security Income and Disabiity Insurance Benefits since she began working at Beth Alpert & Alpert & Associates in 2008. Ms.De...

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Swati Desai

Swati S. Desai is an attorney in private practice in Libertyville, Illinois. She is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and John Marshall Law School (LL.M., Taxation). Ms. Des...

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Kevin Dixler

Mr. Dixler limits his fifteen year old practice to immigration, visa law, citizenship and related matters. Many clients are family immigration clients, because he encourages family visas over emplo...

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Lawrence M. Donoghue

Lawrence Donoghue is a practical, results oriented labor and employment lawyer with over 30 years of experience advising businesses and executives in issues governed by federal, state and local law...

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Thomas Dunn


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Michael D. Ettinger

Michael D. Ettinger graduated from John Marshall Law School with honors in 1970. He worked as Cook County State's Attorney eventually being assigned to a felony courtroom where he worked diligently...

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Gary Flanagan

Gary’s practice focuses on business litigation including employment and labor law and construction law. Gary brings extensive experience in litigation to LMKBW. For over seven years, Gary served a...

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Lee Phillip Forman

Mr. Foreman graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1962. He obtained his doctor of law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1965. Mr....

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Joseph Fortunato


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Richard Friedman

Richard F. Friedman is experienced in municipal law, real estate law, public finance, litigation, eminent domain and appellate practice. Mr. Friedman is a member of the managing group and has been ...

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Edward W. Gjertsen II, CFP

Vice President, Mack Investment Securities, Inc. Mr. Gjertsen is Vice President of the financial planning firm of Mack Investment Securities, Inc. and the founder of The Mutual Bond Group, an org...

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Frederic Goodwill II

Frederic ("Ric) Goodwill is a trial and transactional attorney with over twenty years of experience in courtrooms and boardrooms across the country. Mr. Goodwill obtained his undergraduate degree ...

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William D. Goren

William D. Goren, J. D. LL.M., is currently an Instructor and the Paralegal Program Coordinator at South Suburban College in South Holland and Oak Forest, Illinois. He is the author of three books ...

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Elizabeth A. Granoff

Ms. Granoff provides a detailed review of the stages of an investigation with guidance on responses, navigating the potential pitfalls and when representation is advised. For nearly ten years, Ms....

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Noel M. Hara

Noel Hara is Vice President and Manager of LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services. His current responsibilities include management of the sales and production of 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange qualified in...

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H. Roderic Heard

Roderic Heard is a prominent, nationally recognized attorney and presenter. He is a partner with WILDMAN, HARROLD, ALLEN & DIXON LLP and highly experience trial attorney. Rod has tried to verdict ...

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Donald V. Jernberg

Mr. Jernberg graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1969. He graduated from Northwestern University, cum laude, with his law deg...

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Peter Kaminsky

Peter Kaminsky is an in-house corporate attorney with over fifteen years of experience negotiating and drafting software license agreements from both a vendor and customer perspective. Peter ha...

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Christopher Keleher

Christopher Keleher, Shareholder in Querrey & Harrow, concentrates his practice in appellate litigation. He also has experience in commercial litigation and insurance coverage. Mr. Keleher has wr...

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Jan L. Kodner

Jan Kodner graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1978. He graduated cum laude from University of Illinois in 1975 with a degree in accounting. Recently, Jan was named the Top So...

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Charles Krugel

15 years ago, Charles Krugel, charlesakrugel.com, started his own management side labor & employment law & human resources counseling practice. His clients are small to medium sized companies & no...

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John LaMantia

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. LaMantia graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School and attended Fordham University in the Bronx, New York before returning to obtain his ...

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David Lutrey

David M. Lutrey is the managing partner of the Lake Forest law firm of Lesser Lutrey McGlynn & Howe, LLP. For the past 19 years, Mr. Lutrey has counseled individuals and corporate fiduciaries as a...

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Anna Morrison-Ricordati


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James J. Moylan

Jim has a national securities and commodity futures litigation practice. In addition, he has a general corporate practice, counseling business owners on: types of business entities, formation of bu...

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Steven Murawski

Steven Murawski is an environmental attorney with the law firm U.S. Environmental Law Counsel. He regularly advises U.S. and multinational companies on environmental-related compliance obligations ...

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Adrienne B. Naumann

Ms. Naumann established her own practice in 1996 which is exclusively intellectual property law. Ms. Naumann’s practice includes individual entrepreneurs and start-up companies, as well as small an...

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Rodney Nordstrom

Dr. Nordstrom, Ph.D.,J.D. is a trial consultant in Peoria, Illinois. He works primarily with trial lawyers from the Midwest and frequently speaks at national and state bar association meetings. R...

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Chipo C. Nyambuya

Chipo C. Nyambuya began her career as in-house legal counsel in the financial services sector with a focus on copyright, technology procurement and retail banking. She then transitioned to a career...

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Tom Olofsson

Tom Olofsson is an attorney practicing in Illinois. He helps clients in a few limited areas of the law including planning their estates, protecting their assets and passing those asset t...

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Martin Osinski

Mr. Osinski is a founding partner of the law firm of DiCaro & Osinski, LLC and represents clients in all aspects of Family and Matrimonial Law, including divorce, child support, visitation, mainten...

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Millie Palmer


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Thomas E. Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976, was a salesman for one year, and then attended law school, graduating from DePaul University in 1979. In law school, he was ...

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Linda S. Pieczynski

Linda S. Pieczynski is an attorney engaged in the general practice of law in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She founded her law firm, Linda S. Pieczynski, Attorney at Law, P.C. in 1984 af...

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Phillip Pippenger


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Eric Rhein

Eric Rhein earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, with high honors, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was an ed...

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Anna Rivera

Ms. Rivera is the principle for Mediate Not Litigate where she facilitates stress free dispute resolution sessions. Individuals create their own outcome, eliminating the need for a judge and/or jur...

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David C. Roe

David has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer.

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David Roe

David Roe practices in the area of business liability analysis, liability insurance coverage, casualty and commercial disputes. David’s practice includes litigating business issues, insurance cover...

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Brad Rosley, CFP

Brad Rosley, CFP, CFS is founder and President of FFG and has been providing financial solutions to his clients since 1986. FFG is a fee-based firm, meaning that it charges a fee for financial plan...

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Audrey H. Rubin

Audrey H. Rubin is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Law Department of Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management and human resources consulting and outsourcin...

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E. Leonard Rubin

E. Leonard Rubin concentrates his practice in copyright, trademark, defamation, trade secret and entertainment law. He has extensive experience handling negotiations, legal problems, internet impl...

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Justin Schwartz


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Tim Jon Semmerling

Tim Jon Semmerling holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University and a J.D. with certificate in criminal law from DePaul University’s College of Law. He has trained a...

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Steven H. Shapiro

Steve Shapiro is a corporate partner in the firm’s Chicago office. He advises companies on spin-offs and works with sellers and buyers to complete mergers and acquisitions; assists underwriters and...

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Charles Silverman

Charles Silverman was a middle-school teacher for a number of years before making a career change to law. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, his intellectual property education include...

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Sherry Silvern

Office of the State Appellate Defender, Second Judicial District, Elgin, Illinois. Admitted to Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court. J.D...

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Bryan Sims


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Olga Stambler

Olga Stambler graduated Magnu Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 1992 with a Bachelors of Art in Political Science. She attended Fordham University School of Law and graduated in the top 20% of ...

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Anthony Suizzo

Anthony G. Suizzo began his career in insurance defense at Jacobs Williams and Montgomery, Ltd. He has now been a construction attorney for nearly twenty five years. Mr. Suizzo has successfully han...

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Robert R. Tepper

Robert R. Tepper graduated from The University of Michigan with a degree in mathematics. Mr. Tepper later attended The University of Michigan Law School in 1969. He received the American Jurispru...

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Jonathan P. Tomes

Jonathan P. Tomes is a health care attorney practicing in the greater Kansas City area as a partner in the law firm of Tomes & Dvorak, Chartered. Jon is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Cour...

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Scott E. Wade

Areas of Practice/Concentration - Worker's Compensation Education - Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law J.D., 1993 - University of Wisconsin, Madison B.A., 1990 Professional...

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Kellie Walters

Kellie Walters graduated from DePaul University with a baccalaureate in Sociology in 2001. She then spent two years working as a domestic violence counselor in an emergency shelter before enrolling...

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Richard E. Weber

Rick Weber is a practicing attorney and is frequently invited to speak as an expert in the field of Electronic Discovery at conferences and CLE seminars sponsored by corporations, law firms, the Am...

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Audra Wilson

Audra worked as a welfare advocacy staff attorney with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for five years. At the Center, she wrote a monthly column monitoring the effects of welfare...

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Sofia Zneimer

Sofia Zneimer practices in the area of business immigration and litigation and has represented multi-national corporations, individual investors, hospitals, non-profit organizations and business en...