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PLI Ethics Programs: Chicago 2013

 
Author(s): Terri L. Mascherin, Michael S. Sackheim, John C. Koski, Howard Schneider
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: May 2013
PLI Item #: 43410
CHB Spine #: F238

April A. Otterberg concentrates in professional responsibility litigation, focusing on defending lawyers and law firms in pending or threatened legal malpractice and related claims.  Ms. Otterberg also represents large corporate clients in breach of fiduciary duty and related claims under ERISA, and she has experience representing corporations and employees in trade secret and restrictive covenant cases.

Ms. Otterberg has represented clients in a range of civil litigation matters, including putative class actions, several appellate matters, and two cases litigated successfully at trial.  She is a member of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility, ERISA Litigation, and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition practices.  Ms. Otterberg also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's Associates Committee.

Ms. Otterberg has focused her pro bono efforts on criminal defense matters, including her longtime representation of a client on federal death row in connection with his appeal and post-conviction proceedings.  She is co-author of the Illinois portion of the American Bar Association’s 50-State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law and of the Firm’s outline of Illinois trade secrets law.  Ms. Otterberg also regularly assists in presentations and seminars on professional responsibility topics.

Ms. Otterberg has represented a number of clients in a range of professional responsibility matters, including the following:

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice, and then settled on appeal, malpractice claims asserted against an international law firm concerning its handling of a litigation matter and seeking in excess of $20 million
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of malpractice and related claims asserted against an international law firm and several of its lawyers concerning the firm’s handling of certain transactional matters
  • Member of the team that successfully settled through pre-litigation counseling, mediation, and negotiations a matter against an international law firm in which the plaintiff sought in excess of $500 million arising out of alleged improper tax advice
  • Provided litigation counseling on matters of U.S. legal malpractice law in relation to claims asserted abroad against an international law firm
  • Represented an in-house patent attorney before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for alleged “inequitable conduct” before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Otterberg also has experience in all phases of other complex litigation matters and in developing trial strategy, as shown by the following representative matters:
  • Member of the trial team that represented the plaintiff, a nuclear utility, in a three-week bench trial in federal court on a breach of contract matter related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s failure to dispose of spent nuclear fuel from the utility’s reactor.  This case resulted in a $56.8 million judgment for her client, the majority of which was upheld on appeal.
  • Member of the trial team that successfully prosecuted a patent infringement claim brought by a refrigerator shelf manufacturer in a one-week jury trial
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of ERISA claims seeking to impose non-fiduciary liability against third-party plan service provider
  • Member of the team that successfully settled a complaint against a non-profit organization for alleged trade disparagement and related claims
Ms. Otterberg also has developed experience on appellate matters and has drafted and filed a number of appellate briefs in federal and state court, including the following representative matters:
  • Primary drafter of the brief in the appeal of a class action suit by Blue Island, Illinois residents that reinstated a $120 million verdict in favor of the Firm’s clients against a refinery
  • Argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and drafted appellate briefs seeking the reversal of a criminal conviction in a pro bono bank robbery matter
  • Primary drafter of a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in a pro bono criminal matter, seeking review of questions related to the denial of expert assistance to indigent defendants and the use of a defendant’s silence to establish the death penalty aggravating factor of lack of remorse

Awards
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - "Rising Star," Professional Liability: Defense – 2012-2014
Community Involvement
  • Juvenile Justice Initiative, Member, Board of Directors - 2013-present
  • Mental Health America of Illinois, Secretary and Member, Junior Board - 2012-2013
  • Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Member, Planning Committee - 2007, 2008

Service to the Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct

Publications
  • “Defending Against Joint Defense Agreement Pitfalls: Ethical & Related Issues Arising In the Joint Defense Context,” part of “PLI Ethics Programs: Chicago 2013,” Practising Law Institute, Spring 2013
  • Co-author, “Loss Prevention for Associates: Good Habits You Can Establish Now (And Reminders for Everyone Else),” ALAS Loss Prevention Journal, Winter 2013
  • Co-author, “State of Illinois,” The Law of Lawyers’ Liability, American Bar Association, June 2012
  • Co-author, "(Possible) Good News For ERISA Fiduciaries," Law360, May 03, 2011
  • Co-author, “Ethical Issues Regarding Lateral-Entry Attorneys,” Practising Law Institute, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
  • Co-author, Client Advisory: Supreme Court Broadens Interpretation Of ERISA Attorney Fees Provision To Reject "Prevailing Party" Standard, Concluding That Only "Some Success On The Merits" Is Required, May 25, 2010
  • Co-author, "Legal Malpractice Law: State of Illinois," 50-State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, 2010
  • Co-author, Understanding and Litigating Trade Secrets Under Illinois Law: An Outline For Analyzing The Statutory And Common Law Of Trade Secrets In Illinois, Jenner & Block Practice Series 2009, October 2009
  • "GPS Tracking Technology: The Case for Revisiting Knotts and Shifting the Supreme Court's Theory of the Public Space Under the Fourth Amendment," Boston College Law Review, May 2005, Vol.46, No. 3, pages 661-704, May 2005

Speaking Engagements
  • “Identifying and Dealing with Misbehaving, Unethical, and Impaired Lawyers,” 2013 Firm Administration Conference, Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc., August 19, 2013
  • “Defending Against Joint Defense Agreement Pitfalls,” CBA Professional Responsibility Committee, May 17, 2013
  • "Defending Against Joint Defense Agreement Pitfalls" at “Ethics for Litigators 2013,” Practising Law Institute, May 01, 2013
  • "Ethical & Risk Management Issues Related to Lateral-Entry Attorneys," Chicago Bar Association's Attorney Malpractice Committee, June 02, 2011
  • “Overcoming ERISA’s Ethical Issues: Establishing Representation with Proper Parties, Preserving Privilege, and Limiting Discovery of Privileged Documents,” American Conference Institute, San Francisco, CA, April 13, 2011

Practice Groups

Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Professional Responsibility, Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 2006; summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Salutatorian; Managing Editor, Boston College Law Review
Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 2003; summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 2006

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2007
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2012


Brenda H. Feis is a founding partner of Feis Goldy LLC, a boutique employment law firm dedicated to advising, negotiating and litigating claims on behalf of individual employees, managers and executives.  Her first career was as a defense-side employment litigator and equity partner at the international law firm Seyfarth Shaw, representing Fortune 100 companies in a wide array of employment disputes.  When she decided to "switch sides," she launched her plaintiff-side career as a partner at the nationally preeminent civil rights class action boutique Stowell & Friedman where she obtained substantial recoveries and successful outcomes for individual employees, in both litigation and pre-litigation settings.  In addition to practicing law, Ms. Feis also serves as a neutral in investigations, training and counseling matters and teaches employment litigation at Loyola Law School.

Ms. Feis graduated from Duke University Law School where she was a member of the Duke Law Journal Editorial Board.  She is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and has been repeatedly recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Employment Law.


Daniel M. Kotin is a partner and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman.  Prior to founding this firm, Dan was a partner with the prominent firm Corboy & Demetrio.  His experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases in the areas of transportation, product liability, medical malpractice, and construction has led to great success for Dan's clients in the courtroom.  His results have earned him top positions on several mass tort litigation steering committees, and his reputation has earned him elected leadership positions in various prestigious legal and civic organizations.
 
During 18 years with Corboy & Demetrio, Dan obtained nearly $54 million in jury verdicts and another $140 million in settlements on behalf of his clients.  Many of these results have been either record-setting or particularly noteworthy for their type of case.
Outside of the courtroom, Dan's leadership is reflected in many elected positions.
 
He recently completed his term as President of The Society of Trial Lawyers, a 70-year-old invitation only organization comprised of experienced and respected trial lawyers in Chicago.  He is the elected Treasurer of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).
 
Dan is on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is on the faculty at Loyola University School of Law where he teaches a course in Civil Procedure and serves as a coach of the National Mock Trial Team. He is currently the President of the Board of Governors for the law school and serves as the co-chair of its Circle of Advocates.  In addition, Dan has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the hearing board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission where he helps to decide disciplinary cases against other lawyers.
 
Dan has testified at public hearings about proposed changes in Supreme Court rules. He regularly lectures at various bar associations and interest group seminars, and has published chapters and articles in legal books, periodicals, and newspapers.
 
To date, he has presented at more than 75 legal programs and has been published more than 20 times.


Frederick Snow, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, First American Bank, Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Mr. Snow heads the bank's legal, compliance and real estate valuation groups, and has responsibility for risk management related to the bank's various business units. Mr. Snow's responsibilities include managing the legal affairs of the organization’s trade finance group, wealth management group, treasury group, corporate structure, human resources, and commercial and retail loan groups, as well as litigation, regulatory compliance and information security matters.

Mr. Snow serves as Secretary to the bank's holding company Board of Directors and is a member of the bank’s investment committee and executive loan committee.

Until 2005, Mr. Snow was a partner in Chapman and Cutler LLP, Chicago, Illinois, representing financial institutions, funds, underwriters, utilities and transportation entities as bond and underwriter's counsel in a variety of bond and project finance transactions.

Mr. Snow has served as a lecturer or moderator to various committees and continuing legal education seminars of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association concerning commercial finance, lender liability and credit enhancement.

Mr. Snow serves on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, has served as chairman of its Commercial Transactions and the Financial Institutions Committees and serves on its Finance Committee.

Mr. Snow has been designated a member of Super Lawyers in banking by Thompson Reuters and a member of Leading Lawyer Network in finance law by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Mr. Snow is a past chairman and legal counsel of Jane Addams Resource Corporation, Chicago, Illinois and serves on the advisory board of Chicago Legal Prep, a legal themed college preparatory high school serving Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood.

Mr. Snow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and holds an LL. M. (with honors) in Taxation from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Judge Hall is the Administrative Presiding Judge of the Resource Section of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Judge Hall is charged with creating initiatives to facilitate the court and community collaborating to better serve children and families within the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction.  Judge Hall is also assigned to the Chancery Division where she hears, among others, cases seeking equitable relief, corporate and partnership cases, class actions, and declaratory judgment actions.

Judge Hall was elected a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1980.  She served in the Criminal Division for four years, and thereafter in the Chancery Division for five years.  Both assignments made her the first woman in 20 years to serve in either division.  When assigned as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division in 1992, she was the first woman ever to serve as the Presiding Judge of any Division or District of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Judge Hall is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College. She is a past member of the Board of the State Justice Institute to which she was appointed by President William J. Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate April 3, 1998, and concluded her service in 2010.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

She is a past Chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, and past President of the National Association of Women Judges, and of the Illinois Judges Association. 

Among Judge Hall’s publications are “Examining New Paradigms to Address the Complexities of Family and Juvenile Cases,” a Chapter in The Improvement of the Administration of Justice, 7th Edition, 2001 published by the American Bar Association.  She also authored articles on “Interlocutory Injunctions” and “Declaratory Judgments” published in the Chicago Bar Association Record.

Judge Hall received her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin.


Judge Mulroy was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and then joined Jenner & Block in 1976 where he was a commercial trial lawyer with a national practice representing clients in litigation in the state and federal courts, involving, class actions, securities, contracts, insurance, corporate, environmental and criminal issues. He has been active in writing and teaching evidence, trial practice, electronic discovery and expert witnesses. Judge Mulroy went on bench in 2007.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Special Counsel, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (1990); Member, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Investigation and Appellate Panels;
  • Chairman, ABA Civil Procedure & Evidence Committee
  • Member Board of Directors: Legal Assistance Foundation (1989-1991); Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1987-1991}; Illinois Bar Foundation (1996-1998)
  • Member Board of Governors, Loyola University School of Law
  • Chicago Bar Association: Committee on Evaluation of Judicial Candidates (1981-1985}; Committee to Evaluate Federal Judges (1989)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, trial practice: Loyola University (1983-2001}, Northwestern University (1979-1983; 1985-1987) and DePaul University (1986; 1987; 1989); Lecturer: Northwestern School of Law, Scientific Evidence (1996-1998

Selected Publications

  • "Experts in Product Liability Cases," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2006)
  • "A Rule for Electronic Discovery," DePaul Business Law Journal (2004)
  • "Illinois Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, A Review" (2002}
  • "Internal Corporate Investigations," 1 DePaul Business Law Journal (2002)
  • "Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission" Loyola Law Journal
  • "The Attorney and the Testifying Expert," CBA Record (January 1996)
  • "Discoverability of Computerized Trial Preparation," Trial Diplomacy Journal (May/June 1996)
  • Editor: "Annotated Guide to the Rules of Professional Conduct," Illinois Institute for Continuing legal Education (1991)


Since February, 2013, Mr. Schneider serves as a Senior Consultant at Charles River Associates where he provides business consulting and expert witness services.  Prior to that, from June 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Schneider was a Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc.  For the five years prior to that, Mr. Schneider served as the General Counsel at MF Global, a NYSE listed futures commission merchant and securities broker/dealer, operating in the futures and derivatives markets around the world. He was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (“KMR”) where he concentrated in corporate, securities and derivatives/futures law and provided legal counsel in the financial markets area.  Prior to joining KMR, he served as the first General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  At KMR’s predecessor firm, he was Chairman of the Corporate Department and was also Chairman of the Firm.  Mr. Schneider is also a past Chairman (1997-2001) of the American Bar Association Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments (Business Law Section).  He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Futures Industry Association.  He served as Chairman of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Commodities Regulation from 1982-85.  Mr. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree, with distinction, from the Cornell University School of Law, where he was also an Editor of the Cornell Law Review.


JAMES J. GROGAN is both the Deputy Administrator and the Chief Counsel (DACC) of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC). For 35 years, he has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct and has argued dozens of disciplinary cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He is a Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators. For 30 years, Mr. Grogan has taught legal ethics, first at the DePaul University College of Law and then at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has presented hundreds of speeches, lectures and workshops to law firms, bar associations, corporations and judicial and governmental groups and agencies on various professional responsibility and lawyer regulation topics.


Jennifer Nijman was formerly a partner and chair of the environmental practice group at the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of Environmental Law and Litigation.

Ms. Nijman has broad experience in litigation defense and enforcement issues, including common law liability and toxic tort, private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, underground storage tanks, and all aspects of CERCLA and the Superfund process. In 2010, she defended a waste company in a seven week jury trial against plaintiffs claiming property damage under common law theories, resulting in a jury verdict for the defense. Her practice includes representing clients at permit and siting proceedings as well as serving as hearing counsel in these proceedings. Ms. Nijman has successfully represented clients in regulatory disputes and negotiations with both state and federal agencies, and has implemented supplemental environmental projects/pollution prevention plans to reduce or eliminate fines and penalties. She counsels clients in compliance issues and in the development of environmental management systems. Ms. Nijman also represents clients in the environmental aspects of significant corporate and real estate transactions and develops strategies for the acquisition and sale of contaminated property. She is a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She served as President of the Chicago Bar Association in 2002-2003.

Ms. Nijman received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987, and her B.A. from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1984. She is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and is admitted to the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.




John Koski is the Global Chief Legal Officer for Dentons; Chair of the Global Risk Management Committee and the Global Security Committee; and legal advisor to the Global Board and Global Management Committee. 

John also leads the firm's US Lawyers Professional Liability Practice, which counsels law firms, corporate law departments, and individual attorneys on a wide variety of issues.  He has substantial experience in law firm risk management; ethics compliance; partnership, fiduciary duty, and employment law; and insurance matters.

John co-founded and co-edits The Risk Tip, "an unstuffy miscellany of risk and ethics issues of questionable interest to lawyers, risk managers, and other kindred souls who spend too much time on the internet."

John is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility, and speaks frequently on ethics, risk, and professionalism topics. 

John is current Board Member and past Board President of Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., a positive youth development agency in Evanston, Illinois.  Prior to joining the firm, John served as a research consultant to the American Bar Association's Judicial Administration Division/Lawyer's Conference Task Force on the Reduction of Litigation Costs and Delay. 

John received his J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Miami Law Review.  While at Miami, he participated in United States Supreme Court Associate Justice William Brennan’s Constitutional Law Seminar.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Psychology at Vanderbilt University.


Julie Bauer is an experienced trial lawyer and a partner in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. She has tried cases before state, federal district and bankruptcy courts and administrative agencies.

Ms. Bauer's significant trials include: Altria Group Inc. v. United States (S.D. N.Y. 2009), involving the validity of federal corporate income tax deductions related to leveraged lease transactions; United States v. Ryan,(N.D. Ill. 2006), the defense of former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan on public corruption charges; Price v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Madison County, Ill. 2003), a consumer class action concerning the sale of “light” cigarettes; and Auditorium Theatre Council v. Roosevelt University (Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.1998), a dispute over the operation and control of the Adler and Sullivan-designed Auditorium Theatre and in particular, whether the university created a public trust of the theatre.

In addition, Ms. Bauerhas handled a wide variety of complex commercial and class action litigation.  She represented Caremark International Inc. in In re Caremark International Inc. Derivative Litigation, 698 A.2d 959 (Del Ch. Ct. 1996), which culminated in a significant decision on the scope of the duty of care owed by directors and officers to a company; and Isquith v.Caremark International Inc., 136 F.3d 531 (7th Cir. 1998), in which the Seventh Circuit held that a stockholder who received shares in a spinoff could not state a claim under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Ms. Bauer joined Winston & Strawn in 1987 following a clerkship with the Hon. Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois. 

EDUCATION

Ms. Bauer received a B.A., with distinction, in 1982 from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, and a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1985 from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she served as a member of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

HONORS & AWARDS

Ms. Bauer has been named as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network and as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005 to 2014, including as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2008 and 2013.  She was named was named by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Media & Entertainment Litigation in 2007-2012.

In 2012, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association honored Ms. Bauer and a team of Winston & Strawn lawyers for Outstanding Work in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for their work on behalf of two families whose children were wrongly removed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
 
The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women bestowed upon Ms. Bauer its Founder’s Award in 2009.  Given annually, the award honors an outstanding woman attorney who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics, and excellence.

ACTIVITIES

Ms. Bauer currently serves as president of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, an association of lawyers and judges who practice in the federal courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.  She previously served as a member of the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association and as co-chair of the CBA’s Alliance for Women.  From 2001-2004, she was a member of the board of visitors of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Ms. Bauer also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution and has completed its 40-hour mediation skills training program.

PRESENTATIONS

Ms. Bauer’s recent presentations include “30 Female Blackstones:  Celebrating Our Accomplishments 1893-2013”.  She frequently presents on ethical issues in litigation and the corporate attorney-client privilege.  She teaches regularly at trial advocacy programs and has led a seminar on historic preservation law.


Leslie Ellis is a senior jury consultant for TrialGraphix, a litigation consulting firm specializing in jury consulting, graphic design, presentation technologies, and trial preparation solutions. In her role, Dr. Ellis consults with attorneys on high-risk and complex civil cases to develop themes and trial strategies, witness preparation, voir dire, and jury selection. She provides quantitative and qualitative analysis through focus groups, mock trials, damages assessments, and venue analyses. Dr. Ellis’s research interests and publications include social media and juries, the dynamics of the jury decision-making process, the relationship between juries’ liability and damages decisions, how juries decide damage awards, jury reform, the effects of Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny on jury selection, and minority representation on juries. Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Dr. Ellis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in psychology and law and statistics, methods, and measurement. She received her B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.


Matthew Gehringer focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, professional liability and product liability. He regularly represents clients in matters involving commercial contract disputes, product liability, professional liability, and insurance coverage/bad faith. In his years of practice, he has successfully represented parties in complex contract litigation, ranging from acquisition agreement disputes to insurance contracts; defended law firms in claims alleging professional negligence; defended corporations in consumer class actions; and has handled nationwide product liability claims involving catastrophic injuries. Matt has been admitted pro hac vice in 25 separate state courts.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013

Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - 2013

Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

 (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)



Maurice Grant concentrates in the areas of business and commercial litigation, real estate, and employment discrimination. Mr. Grant has extensive experience representing Fortune 500, governmental entities, medium and small businesses, and individuals.

Prior to founding Grant Schumann, Mr. Grant started the Law Offices of Maurice Grant. Earlier, he worked as an associate specializing in commercial, real estate, and employment litigation at the law firm now known as Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament & Rubenstein, P.C. After law school, Mr. Grant spent a year as a judicial law clerk for Justice Calvin C. Camp- bell of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Mr. Grant served as an adjunct faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent School of Law where he taught Legal Drafting General Practice to second year law students.

Mr. Grant is a former member of the Board of Managers for the Chicago Bar Association and is a former Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and as Pro Bono General Counsel for the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Grant also served on the Board of Trustees of Living Word Christian Center and the Board of Directors for the Illinois Facilities Fund (the largest not-for-profit lender in Illinois), the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and was the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Abraham Lincoln Centre. Mr. Grant currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Chicago State University Foundation.

Mr. Grant graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1984. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from De- Paul University.  Mr. Grant also attended graduate school at DePaul University majoring in European and African History. Mr. Grant is a licensed member of the Illinois Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Grant has been named a Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013, and 2014 for commercial litigation.

In 2013 Mr. Grant was honored as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.

 Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Lending
  • Employment Discrimination

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1984)
  • Articles Editor of the Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade
  • Assistant Editor of the Maryland Law Forum
  • DePaul University (B.A. 1980)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Board Memberships and Committees

  • Chairman of the Board - Abraham Lincoln Centre (Member - 2001 - 2011) (Chairman - 2008 - 2011)
  • Chicago State University Foundation (2002 - Present) (Chairman - 2011 - Present) Chairman of the Governance Committee (2007 - Present)
  • Evanston Symphony Orchestra (2011 - 2013)
  • Center for Conflict Resolution (2010 - 2013) (Audit Chair)
  • Vice-Chair of Solo & Small Firm Committee - Chicago Bar Association (2005 - 2006)
  • Chair of Solo & Small Firm Committee - Chicago Bar Association (2006 - 2007)
  • Board of Managers - Chicago Bar Association (2007 - 2009)
  • Finance Committee and Inclu- sion Initiative - NAMWOLF (2009 - Present)
  • Steering Committee - Justice Enterprise Project (2012 - Present)
  • Finance Committee – Chicago Bar Association (2013-Present)

Presentations

  • Guest Speaker – Serving on the Board of a not-for-profit organization (2004 - 2006)
  • MCLE Evaluation (2005)
  • PLI Faculty Member (2013- Present)
  • Guest Speaker – CBA Law Practice Management and Technology Conference, "How to Handle High Maintenance Clients" (2007)
  • Guest Speaker – Entity Type and Partner Considerations, “Starting Your Own Law Practice” (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Webcast – CBA Practice Pointer, “Marketing for Solo and Small Firms” (2010)
  • Webcast – CBA Practice Pointer, “Developing a Website for Solo and Small Firms” (2010)
     


Mr. Sackheim concentrates on exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters, including structured products.  He advises financial and commercial entities on the implications of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Past Chair, New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee. 

Managing Editor, Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.). 

Member, Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance, Business Law Partner Advisory Board.

Member, Futures Industry Association, Law & Compliance Division.

Recent Publications

  • The Duck That Broke the Camel’s Back:  What SIFMA v. CFTC Means for U.S. Swaps Regulation (Futures Industry Magazine, November 2014)
  • US Swaps Compliance for Multinationals (IFLR.com, August 26, 2014)
  • End User Exception from Dodd-Frank Clearing Mandate and Trade Execution Requirement (Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Online, August 2014)
  • Structuring In Good Faith – Transactions that Will and Won’t Run Afoul of U.S. Swap Anti-Evasion Rules (International Financial Law Review, February 2014)
  • Professional Responsibility Issues for Swaps Lawyers Under Dodd-Frank (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, November 2012)
  • Four Critical Issues Affecting Commodity Pools and Derivative Transactions Under Proposed Regulations Implementing the Volcker Rule (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, June 2012)
  • In the Aftermath of MF Global (Law360, December 21, 2011)
  • Dodd-Frank Act Has Its First Birthday, But Derivatives End Users Have Little Cause to Celebrate (Harvard Business Law Review Online, July 2011)
  • Position Limits for Commodity Derivatives Under Dodd-Frank (Thomson Reuters Accelus™  - Business Law Currents, June 21, 2011)
  • Ethical Issues for Lawyers Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:  Lawyer Representations Under the End-User Swap Exemption (Securities Regulation & Law Report, June 6, 2011)
  • Commodities Regulation and Derivatives (Chapters 3 and 16, Derivatives:  Legal Practice and Strategies, Aspen Publishers, 2010)
  • Deconstructing Dodd-Frank:  Regulation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives (Practical Law, November 2010)
  • Knocking on the Clearinghouse Door (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, August 2010)
  • Energy Prosecutions:  Is the CFTC Out of Gas? (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, December 2009)
  • DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund:  An Innovative Exchange-Traded Fund (Futures Industry Magazine, May/June 2006)
  • Derivatives, Issuers & Counsel:  Reporting of Material Violations (Derivatives Week, December 22, 2004)
  • False Reporting of OTC Energy Transactions (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, August 2004)
  • Ethical Standards for New York Brokerage House Attorneys (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, October 2000)


Patricia C. Bobb is principal of the law firm of Patricia C. Bobb & Associates and Of Counsel to Mossing & Navarre, LLC.  As a civil trial lawyer, Patti specializes in plaintiffs' personal injury law with an emphasis in medical malpractice litigation. She also represents individuals in general civil litigation. She has tried and settled hundreds of cases. She has extensive experience in consulting, teaching jury selection and case analysis and has run many jury focus groups. She has also conducted numerous mediations in medical malpractice cases and other types major civil litigation.

Before starting her own practice, Patti was a partner of the firm Bobb, Kane, Obbish and Propes and an associate at the Law Offices of Philip H. Corboy & Associates.  Prior to working in the private sector, Patti served as an Assistant States Attorney for Cook County in the Felony Trial Division after receiving her law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

Patti has also been actively involved in many professional organizations including serving as President of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association.  She was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a Regent for Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana on ACTL's Board of Regents. She was elected as a Fellow of International Society of Barristers and the International Society of Barristers. She is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and has served on ITLA's Board of Managers. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, and has served on a number of ABA committees.

Patti was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Rules Committee and also served as the Chair of that committee for a number of years.  The Illinois Supreme Court also appointed her Commissioner of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. 

Patti is involved in the training of other lawyers as a member of the Board of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy having previously served as its Chairman.  She is a former Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy for Northwestern University Law School, and has taught, spoken and written for various bar associations and advocacy programs for over 35 years including the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Bar Association, the American Justice Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and many other state and national organizations.

She also has served as an appointed member of the Chicago Police Board and as Chair of The Chicago Network. In 2004, Patti was selected by the Sun Times as one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago and one of ten of Chicago's most influential women attorneys.

In every year since 2007, Patti has been selected in a survey of her lawyer peers in Illinois, through the Leading Lawyers Network, as the #1 Leading Woman Lawyer in Illinois.


Robert Denby is Senior Vice-President?—?Loss Prevention with Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc. (ALAS), based in Chicago.  In that capacity, he heads the Loss Prevention department, a group of 11 lawyers who spend their time writing, lecturing, and consulting about matters of professional responsibility, ethics, and claims avoidance.  He graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in 1986, and then received his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1989.  Upon graduation, he joined the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block.  He remained there until 2000, becoming a partner in the litigation group in 1997.  At Jenner & Block, Bob concentrated on trial practice both in complex civil and criminal matters. 

In 2000, Bob joined the in-house law department at Ameritech Corporation, now part of AT&T.  He stayed there for approximately three years, and for the last year ran the Ameritech litigation department, which had a staff of 25 and oversaw an extremely active litigation docket.  He joined ALAS in December 2002. 

 


Terri L. Mascherin is a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP. She is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. She also serves as an adjunct member of the Firm's Professional Liability Practice.

Ms. Mascherin represents businesses in disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses, and contracts. She is a first chair trial attorney who is effective in both jury and bench trials, and in representing clients in arbitrations and arguing appeals in state and federal appellate courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Mascherin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2007, Ms. Mascherin was recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal, and in 2012 she was selected among the "Top Fifteen Women Trial Attorneys" in America by Law 360. A former President of the Chicago Bar Association, Ms. Mascherin has been nationally recognized for her legal work, including her pro bono representation of those on death row and her work to promote effective representation of defendants in capital cases.

Ms. Mascherin's recent commercial cases have included a $101 million jury verdict in a tortious interference case arising from the acquisition of a REIT, a $75 million verdict in a partnership dispute against a Wall Street investment banking firm, a $75 million arbitration award in a dispute over the breach of a petrochemical supply contract, a jury trial over infringement of a patent for a battery charging device used in uninterruptible power supplies, and an international arbitration over infringement of three patents used in gas-electric hybrid vehicles.


John Koski is the Global Chief Legal Officer for Dentons; Chair of the Global Risk Management Committee and the Global Security Committee; and legal advisor to the Global Board and Global Management Committee. 

John also leads the firm's US Lawyers Professional Liability Practice, which counsels law firms, corporate law departments, and individual attorneys on a wide variety of issues.  He has substantial experience in law firm risk management; ethics compliance; partnership, fiduciary duty, and employment law; and insurance matters.

John co-founded and co-edits The Risk Tip, "an unstuffy miscellany of risk and ethics issues of questionable interest to lawyers, risk managers, and other kindred souls who spend too much time on the internet."

John is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility, and speaks frequently on ethics, risk, and professionalism topics. 

John is current Board Member and past Board President of Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., a positive youth development agency in Evanston, Illinois.  Prior to joining the firm, John served as a research consultant to the American Bar Association's Judicial Administration Division/Lawyer's Conference Task Force on the Reduction of Litigation Costs and Delay. 

John received his J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Miami Law Review.  While at Miami, he participated in United States Supreme Court Associate Justice William Brennan’s Constitutional Law Seminar.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Psychology at Vanderbilt University.


Since February, 2013, Mr. Schneider serves as a Senior Consultant at Charles River Associates where he provides business consulting and expert witness services.  Prior to that, from June 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Schneider was a Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc.  For the five years prior to that, Mr. Schneider served as the General Counsel at MF Global, a NYSE listed futures commission merchant and securities broker/dealer, operating in the futures and derivatives markets around the world. He was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (“KMR”) where he concentrated in corporate, securities and derivatives/futures law and provided legal counsel in the financial markets area.  Prior to joining KMR, he served as the first General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  At KMR’s predecessor firm, he was Chairman of the Corporate Department and was also Chairman of the Firm.  Mr. Schneider is also a past Chairman (1997-2001) of the American Bar Association Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments (Business Law Section).  He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Futures Industry Association.  He served as Chairman of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Commodities Regulation from 1982-85.  Mr. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree, with distinction, from the Cornell University School of Law, where he was also an Editor of the Cornell Law Review.


Terri L. Mascherin is a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP. She is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. She also serves as an adjunct member of the Firm's Professional Liability Practice.

Ms. Mascherin represents businesses in disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses, and contracts. She is a first chair trial attorney who is effective in both jury and bench trials, and in representing clients in arbitrations and arguing appeals in state and federal appellate courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Mascherin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2007, Ms. Mascherin was recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal, and in 2012 she was selected among the "Top Fifteen Women Trial Attorneys" in America by Law 360. A former President of the Chicago Bar Association, Ms. Mascherin has been nationally recognized for her legal work, including her pro bono representation of those on death row and her work to promote effective representation of defendants in capital cases.

Ms. Mascherin's recent commercial cases have included a $101 million jury verdict in a tortious interference case arising from the acquisition of a REIT, a $75 million verdict in a partnership dispute against a Wall Street investment banking firm, a $75 million arbitration award in a dispute over the breach of a petrochemical supply contract, a jury trial over infringement of a patent for a battery charging device used in uninterruptible power supplies, and an international arbitration over infringement of three patents used in gas-electric hybrid vehicles.


Mr. Sackheim concentrates on exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters, including structured products.  He advises financial and commercial entities on the implications of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Past Chair, New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee. 

Managing Editor, Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.). 

Member, Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance, Business Law Partner Advisory Board.

Member, Futures Industry Association, Law & Compliance Division.

Recent Publications

  • The Duck That Broke the Camel’s Back:  What SIFMA v. CFTC Means for U.S. Swaps Regulation (Futures Industry Magazine, November 2014)
  • US Swaps Compliance for Multinationals (IFLR.com, August 26, 2014)
  • End User Exception from Dodd-Frank Clearing Mandate and Trade Execution Requirement (Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Online, August 2014)
  • Structuring In Good Faith – Transactions that Will and Won’t Run Afoul of U.S. Swap Anti-Evasion Rules (International Financial Law Review, February 2014)
  • Professional Responsibility Issues for Swaps Lawyers Under Dodd-Frank (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, November 2012)
  • Four Critical Issues Affecting Commodity Pools and Derivative Transactions Under Proposed Regulations Implementing the Volcker Rule (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, June 2012)
  • In the Aftermath of MF Global (Law360, December 21, 2011)
  • Dodd-Frank Act Has Its First Birthday, But Derivatives End Users Have Little Cause to Celebrate (Harvard Business Law Review Online, July 2011)
  • Position Limits for Commodity Derivatives Under Dodd-Frank (Thomson Reuters Accelus™  - Business Law Currents, June 21, 2011)
  • Ethical Issues for Lawyers Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:  Lawyer Representations Under the End-User Swap Exemption (Securities Regulation & Law Report, June 6, 2011)
  • Commodities Regulation and Derivatives (Chapters 3 and 16, Derivatives:  Legal Practice and Strategies, Aspen Publishers, 2010)
  • Deconstructing Dodd-Frank:  Regulation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives (Practical Law, November 2010)
  • Knocking on the Clearinghouse Door (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, August 2010)
  • Energy Prosecutions:  Is the CFTC Out of Gas? (Futures & Derivatives Law Report, December 2009)
  • DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund:  An Innovative Exchange-Traded Fund (Futures Industry Magazine, May/June 2006)
  • Derivatives, Issuers & Counsel:  Reporting of Material Violations (Derivatives Week, December 22, 2004)
  • False Reporting of OTC Energy Transactions (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, August 2004)
  • Ethical Standards for New York Brokerage House Attorneys (Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, October 2000)