Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

HSPRD was founded in 1985 with seven lawyers.

Firm Overview

Today, with 36 lawyers, we have an extremely diverse practice and occupy a rare niche, providing full-service legal representation and counseling by top-flight lawyers at competitive rates and with better service than many larger firms. We also have the resources and technology that other small firms cannot match, which is a true benefit for our clients.

Our Clients

HSPRD is a Chicago-based law firm with a national practice, providing legal services to a diverse group of clients, including individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and not-for-profits.

We have interpreters and translators available who are fluent in a multitude of languages, including Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Farsi, French, German, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

Our Successes

We successfully represent our clients in litigation, negotiation, arbitration, mediation, transactions, commercial disputes, immigration matters, and a broad range of regulatory and administrative proceedings.

Our talented attorneys possess the skill, experience, and tenacity necessary to maintain a winning record. For plaintiffs, our lawyers have obtained record judgments and settlements. For defendants, we have successfully defeated multi-million dollar claims.

With our commitment to the practice of law, several of our attorneys are regularly called upon to teach trial practice courses, both by area law schools and by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

We are problem-solvers. We vindicate rights and have been achieving superior results for clients for more than twenty-five years.
Main Office

Main Office
70 West Madison Street, Suite 4000
Chicago  IL  60602

Phone
  • 312-580-0100
Family
Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd. attorneys care about you and your needs.
We are sensitive to the issues that face you and your family. Our family law practice is handled by experienced, dedicated and tenacious attorneys with more than fifty years of combined experience. You can be assured that we understand that each case is unique. We will take an in-depth history from you in order to fully assess and appreciate the issues in your individual case.

HSPRD counsels clients in virtually all areas of family law, ranging from divorce to domestic battery, grandparent visitation issues, premarital and post nuptial agreements, appeals, immigration, adoption, parentage issues, name changes and much more.

When a marriage ends, HSPRD represents clients in all aspects of the dissolution, including spousal support (maintenance), child custody, child support, visitation, education contribution, tax implications of property division, asset and financial management, marital and non-marital property determinations, parenting agreements and other related matters. The Court also regularly appoints HSPRD attorneys to represent children in proceedings when custody is at issue. We know and understand what is important to the court if custody is at issue in your case.

HSPRD has been regularly retained by corporations (in Illinois and out of state) to represent them in Illinois child support matters. When necessary, we utilize top experts, including forensic accountants and psychological experts.

We have a reputation for being aggressive, while remaining professional and fair. We never back down in our vigorous representation of your case. We fight for your rights to achieve a fair and equitable result.

We handle cases in Cook, Lake, Will, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage County.

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD partner Barry Locke becomes President of the West Suburban Bar Association.

Robert R. Anderson III

Robert Anderson is a shareholder with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He has a national practice focused primarily on defending insurers in coverage litigation arising from mass tort and environmental liabilities. He also represents contractors with respect to public and private contracting matters. He joined the firm in 2005.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Lawyer Illinois Leading Lawyers Network

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, DRI

SPEECHES & PRESENTATIONS
Mr. Anderson lectures across the country on insurance coverage issues for various insurance industry groups and speaks frequently to Illinois contractors on construction-related issues.

RELATED NEWS
Thirteen HSPRD attorneys are named as Chicago's "Top Rated Lawyers" with AV Preeminent Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Insurance Law
-Construction Law

EDUCATION
-Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1984)
-Boston University (B.A. 1981)
--magna cum laude

ADMISSIONS
BAR ADMISSIONS
-Illinois (1984)

COURT ADMISSIONS
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

CHIRAG G. BADLANI

Chirag G. Badlani has joined the Firm as an associate. Mr. Badlani will represent clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and labor and employment.

Mr. Badlani graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law (J.D. 2008), where he served as a Production Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics and as a Competitions Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board. During law school, Mr. Badlani worked at NYU's Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Vera Institute of Justice. He received his B.A. from Yale College (B.A. 2003).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Badlani was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Allyne Ross, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also worked as a Planning Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, in the Center on Immigration and Justice.

Mr. Badlani is a member of the bar in Illinois and New York.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Board Member, National Immigrant Justice Center Junior Leadership Board
Chair of Outreach Committee, First 10 (formerly Chicago Young Public Interest Lawyers Network)

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
2014 Fellow, New Leaders Council (NLC) Chicago Chapter

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD lawyer Chirag Badlani was selected as a 2014 fellow by the Chicago Chapter of New Leaders Council (NLC), an organization that works to recruit, train, and promote progressive entrepreneurs and civically-engaged leaders.
The United States government lifted sanctions it had imposed for seventeen years on an American citizen labeled a "Specially Designated Terrorist" in response to a constitutional challenge brought by HSPRD, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the People's Law Office. Read more.
Five more reasons why HSPRD achieves success. Read more.
HSPRD associate Chirag Badlani discussed judicial clerkships at First 10 (formerly Chicago Young Public Interest Lawyers Network), which is an organization dedicated to supporting public interest lawyers in their first ten years of practice.
HSPRD is pleased to announce that Chirag Badlani has joined the firm as an associate.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
-Labor and Employment Law
-Class Actions

EDUCATION
-New York University School of Law (J.D. 2008)
--magna cum laude
--Order of the Coif (2008)
--Production Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics
--Competitions Research and Writing Editor, Moot Court Board
--Finalist and Best Brief Award, Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition (2007)
-Yale College (B.A. 2003)
--Yale Manuscripts and Archives Senior Essay Prize

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
-Honorable Ann Claire Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
-Honorable Allyne R. Ross, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

ADMISSIONS
BAR ADMISSIONS
-New York (2009)
-Illinois (2012)

COURT ADMISSIONS
-U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

LANGUAGES
-Spanish
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

KARYN L. BASS EHLER

Karyn Bass Ehler is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She practices in a wide array of complex litigation matters, including the areas of civil rights/constitutional law, class actions, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation. She represents businesses and individuals in employment matters, including severance negotiations, employment discrimination issues, and non-competition disputes as well as contract disputes. She joined the firm in 2007.

Ms. Bass Ehler has been named as a Rising Star in Illinois by Super Lawyers each year since 2011. She was honored with the DePaul Law School Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2013 and was named one of the Top 36 Leaders Under 36 by the JUF of Metropolitan Chicago Youth Leadership Division in 2013.

Ms. Bass Ehler is an Advisory Board member of the DePaul Center on Public Interest Law and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

Ms. Bass Ehler graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 2005), where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and graduated with honors from Northwestern University (B.A. 2000).

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Successfully represented two different plaintiffs in sexual harassment suits arising out of their employment, which resulted in favorable settlements for the clients.

Successfully represented a plaintiff in a breach of contract dispute, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.

Successfully represented the defendant in a frivolous action, and subsequent appeal, in which the plaintiff sought to bring suit in a second forum after receiving an adverse ruling in the first forum. After obtaining a dismissal in the trial court for our client, the appellate court affirmed, and the plaintiff recovered no damages.

Successfully represented a plaintiff in an age discrimination suit arising out of his employment with a large private employer, which resulted in favorable settlement for the client.

Successfully represented multiple plaintiffs in wage and hour litigation against a large private employer, which resulted in favorable settlements for the clients.

Successfully represented the defendant in a breach of contract action on appeal, which resulted in a favorable ruling for the client.

Defeated employer's motion for summary judgment in a First Amendment retaliation suit.

Successfully represented a plaintiff in an age and gender discrimination suit against a large private employer, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.

Defeated employer's motion for summary judgment in a First Amendment retaliation suit.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers (2012 - 2014)
DePaul Law School Outstanding Young Alumna Award (2013)
Top 36 Under 36, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago Youth Leadership Division (2013)

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Advisory Board Member, DePaul College of Law Center on Public Interest Law
Board of Directors, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Member, Professional Women's Club of Chicago

PUBLICATIONS
"Judge William Bauer's 'million-dollar education,'" DePaul Law News, (July 21, 2014).
Are We Really Over the Hill Yet? The Voting Rights Act at Forty Years: Actual and Constructive Disenfranchisement in the Wake of Election 2000 and Bush v. Gore, 54 DePaul L. Rev. 111 (2004).

SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS
Employment Law and Parkinson's Disease: The Legal Implications of Disclosure, presented to the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (Apr. 26, 2014).

PRACTICE AREAS
-Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
-Class Actions
-Commercial Litigation
-Labor and Employment Law

EDUCATION
-DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 2005)
--cum laude
--Editor-in-Chief, DePaul Law Review
-Northwestern University (B.A. 2000)
--with honors

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
-Clerkship with the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2006-2007)
-Clerkship with the Honorable William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2005-2006)

ADMISSIONS
BAR ADMISSIONS
-Illinois (2005)

COURT ADMISSIONS
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

JOS J. BEHAR

Jos J. Behar is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex litigation, civil rights, employment discrimination, and labor law. Mr. Behar represents individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations, and has successfully tried numerous cases concerning claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, wage-and-hour violations, and unlawful discharge, in federal courts, state tribunals, arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Mr. Behar has extensive experience drafting and consulting with clients about employee manuals and human resources policies, conducting training on the anti-discrimination and wage-and-hour laws, as well as conducting investigations of discrimination allegations.

Mr. Behar regularly counsels clients in collective bargaining, and has represented both school districts and teachers' unions regarding collective bargaining, school law, and in areas concerning educational equity and access.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Behar was a supervisory trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and an associate with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation's largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.

Lynch v. Huberman. Obtained a preliminary injunction order on behalf of several Chicago Public Schools teachers after a district court judge held that the Chicago Board of Education had violated their First Amendment rights to political speech. Read case details.

Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.

Successfully litigated constitutional claims on behalf of wrongful death beneficiaries of a federal inmate who received inadequate medical care and died in solitary confinement in private prison. The case was favorably resolved for our clients.

Represented a successful sales representative in litigation against a computer software firm for sex and age discrimination that led to her disparate treatment and termination, which resulted in a favorable resolution for our client.

Represented a teachers' union in four appeals regarding an issue of reassignment of tenured teachers under the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, which resulted in favorable resolutions.

Represented a large restaurant chain in a class sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which resulted in a favorable resolution.

Lead negotiator on behalf of non-profit organizations during labor negotiations concerning collective bargaining agreements.

Represented a school district during a two-year investigation by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights of allegations of national origin discrimination in transitional bilingual education programs, which resulted in a finding of no discrimination and dismissal of the charges.

Represented plaintiff in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against one of the nation's largest clothing retailers, which resulted in a favorable resolution.

Represented multiple plaintiffs in a wage and hour and retaliation case against one of the nation's largest discount retail stores, which resulted in a favorable resolution.

Successfully represented two students against charges of plagiarism brought against them by a university, resulting in a dismissal of the charges.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

JULIET V. BERGER-WHITE

uliet Berger-White is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She represents clients in complex litigation matters with a concentration in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, class actions, labor and employment, and whistleblower litigation. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Berger-White represents employees and employers regarding employment and severance agreements and provides training and consultation to employers on effective workplace policies and practices, including the drafting of such policies.

Ms. Berger-White has been a leader within the firm, founding the firm's Women's Committee and Green Committee and leading several firm marketing initiatives. Ms. Berger-White joined HSPRD in 2001.

Ms. Berger-White graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. During law school, Ms. Berger-White worked at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and the Bluhm Legal Clinic. She also traveled to Tanzania to conduct research on the country's juvenile justice system.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Ms. Berger-White served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Personal PAC v. McGuffage. In a First Amendment challenge filed on behalf of Personal PAC and two of its supporters, HSPRD obtained a permanent injunction, barring the enforcement of portions of Illinois's campaign finance law.

Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation's largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.

Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.

Represented a school district employee fired after exercising his First Amendment right to support the candidate of his choice in local school board elections. The verdict in this case was one of the highest ever in a single plaintiff civil rights action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Represented individual who had been discriminated against under Title VII by an employer who refused to hire her based on her caregiving responsibilities, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Represented a municipal employee fired after exercising his First Amendment right to support the candidate of his choice in the local elections, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Represented a large restaurant chain in a class sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which resulted in a favorable resolution.

Represented a class of juveniles who challenged a juvenile detention center's policy of strip searching juveniles brought to the center without regard to individualized considerations, such as the individual's circumstances, the alleged offense, or whether individualized suspicion exists to believe that the juvenile is carrying or concealing weapons or contraband. Resulted in a favorable settlement.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1999

BENJAMIN P. BERINGER

Benjamin Beringer is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability in both state and federal court with an emphasis on medical negligence law.

Mr. Beringer has represented a wide array of health care clients, ranging from individual physicians to major teaching hospitals. His experience in medical negligence law runs the gamut of medical specialties, including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, radiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, rheumatology and surgery.

Insurance companies and third-party administrators nationwide have tapped Mr. Beringer's medical malpractice experience for purposes of evaluating and setting loss reserves for their medical malpractice claims.

Although medical malpractice is the lion's share of his work, Mr. Beringer's practice also includes other areas of professional liability (home inspectors, lawyers, real estate agents), municipal tort liability, personal injury, landlord-tenant law and premises liability. He also has participated in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitrations involving the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Mr. Beringer has extensive trial experience. He also has successfully disposed of a number of medical malpractice lawsuits on their merits prior to trial. His experience includes appellate defense of a number of those pre-trial dispositions.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Represented a hospital in a wrongful death case in which a geriatric patient fell from bed resulting in injury and eventual death. Won summary judgment on behalf of the defendant and defeated plaintiff's appeal of the summary judgment order.

Defended a hospital in a wrongful death case and succeeded in securing order barring plaintiff's experts and granting defendant summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed both orders, but the appellate court affirmed the lower court rulings in their entirety.
Education
  • Indiana University
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

LARRY D. BLUST

Larry Blust became a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd. in 2014. Mr. Blust has been in private practice since 1968, except for three years during which he served as a Staff Judge Advocate and Military Judge in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Blust has extensive experience in virtually every area of corporate, tax, wealth, and real estate law. Specifically, Mr. Blust practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; tax reporting, consulting and controversies; gaming transactions; taxable and tax exempt bonds; infrastructure financing; other types of financing; fund structures; maritime matters; tax credits; entity structuring; wealthy family representation; and real estate law. Mr. Blust has also conducted a tax dispute practice in federal and state courts.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Blust was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, where he served as the head of its Chicago Corporate and Business Department. Prior to that, Mr. Blust was a partner at Jenner & Block, where he was the head of the transitional Tax Department for over 20 years and was on the firm's Management Committee for 15 years.

Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Blust received a degree in accounting and an Illinois CPA Certificate and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mr. Blust represents buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, including complicated tax structuring and cross border transactions. Some of his specialized niche areas are tax-exempt entity acquisitions and LLC acquisition structures minimizing tax on retained minority interests and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Recent transactions include:

Sale of two consulting practices for large consulting firm
Joint venture between state university and a publisher on financial index
Acquisition of beer distributorship
Sale of manufacturer with Canadian and European operations
Tax Reporting, Consulting, and Controversies

Mr. Blust represents taxpayers at the audit, appellate, administrative hearing, and court levels regarding federal income, estate, and excise taxes and state and local income, sales, use, and franchise taxes. Recent matters include:

Settlement of TEFRA audit
Settlement of Chicago lease and use tax matter at administrative hearing level
Settlement of federal accumulated surplus tax case at appeals
In addition to representing taxpayers in controversies, Mr. Blust counsels on situsing to minimize state and local taxes, handles unclaimed property audits and issues, develops structures for foreign clients for investments in the U.S. and negotiates and drafts tax reimbursement (secondment) agreements and tax allocation agreements regarding U.S. employees and operations located overseas. Mr. Blust also consulted for a former governor regarding Illinois tax legislation, including a possible gross receipts tax and regarding film tax credits.

Gaming Transactions

Mr. Blust represents financial institutions and gaming companies in Indian and non-Indian gaming transactions. Examples of Indian gaming and economic development transactions are:

Certification of Tribes and Bands with Bureau of Indian Affairs
Acquiring and dedicating trust and reservation land
The financing of over 30 Indian casinos in California (3 of 4 Palm Springs casinos), Wyoming (only non-state regulated Indian casino), Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, New Mexico, and Wisconsin
Tax exempt Indian Economic Development Bonds for gaming related hotel and spa
Representation of Indian casino management firm
Examples of Non-Indian Gaming Transactions:

Transfer and registration of gaming boats
Financing and licensing "trip to nowhere" gaming boat operations in Florida and New York
Representing owners of two casinos in Blackhawk, Colorado
Representing co-lead lender in refinancing of casinos in Las Vegas
Consultant to former governor regarding Illinois gaming legislation
Taxable and Tax Exempt Bonds

Mr. Blust has acted as bond counsel, borrower's counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel, and credit enhancer's counsel on virtually every type of tax exempt and taxable bond. He was a pioneer on 501(c)(3) and Indian bonds and various synthetic bond and credit enhancement structures. Recent taxable bond transactions include the financing of a number of failed condominium project loans for several community banks by taxable variable rate demand bonds credit enhanced by Federal Home Loan Bank back to back letters of credit.

Recent tax-exempt bond transactions include:

Issuer's counsel on 2009 and 2010 Central DuPage Hospital bonds of $90 million and $240 million respectively
Bond and borrower's counsel on $50,000,000 re-credit enhancement of housing bonds
Several low and moderate income housing financings involving tax credits as well as tax exempt bonds
Infrastructure Financing
Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1968

STEVEN H. COHEN

Steven H. Cohen, principal of Cohen Law Group, is of counsel to Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He joined the firm in 2013. Steven is nationally recognized for his representation of whistleblowers inqui tam cases brought under the False Claims laws. He has investigated and prosecuted sealed and unsealed qui tam cases spanning the spectrum of fraud involving government program monies, including health care, government contracting, and federally insured financial institutions.

In 2001, Steve founded the Cohen Law Group, where he dedicated his practice to representing whistleblowers in qui tam cases. In 2003, Steve co-founded the Whistleblower Action Network, an alliance of lawyers that investigated and prosecuted qui tam lawsuits on behalf of whistleblowers. Prior to the Cohen Law Group, Steve was a litigator in private practice, with a focus on class actions, shareholders' rights litigation, securities, business, and consumer fraud.

In addition to practicing law, Steve is active in local and national political campaigns. He was a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Following the 2008 election, Steve was appointed as an advisor to the Department of Justice Agency Review Transition Team for qui tam/False Claims Act issues. In 2012, President Obama appointed Steve to the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, an independent federal agency that provides scholarships to students seeking professional careers in public service.

Steve serves on a variety of academic, non-profit and foundation boards, including the Mikva Challenge, the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, and Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, Steve is a partner at Impact Partner Films, which finances independent documentaries that address pressing social issues. Steve also serves on the President's Counsel of Taxpayers Against Fraud, the national public interest organization of whistleblower lawyers dedicated to combating fraud against the government and protecting public resources through public-private partnerships, and has taught clinical trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University School of Law.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
United States ex rel. Steinke v. Merck. Settled federal and state false claims act cases involving Medicaid pricing fraud that had been initiated by a qui tam whistleblower. After seven years of investigation and litigation, Steve's efforts returned more than $400 million to federal and state taxpayers, making the settlement one of the largest Medicaid drug fraud civil settlements in the history of the federal False Claims Act.

State of Illinois ex rel. v. The University of Chicago Hospitals. Represented two relators in a case against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) in which the relators alleged that the UCMC Children's Hospital violated Illinois law by improperly billing Medicaid for services provided in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Illinois Attorney General's investigation, prosecution and ultimate recovery began after the relatorstwo longtime NICU nursesfiled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the NICU had violated Illinois licensing regulations by systematically placing two high risk neonatal intensive care babies in a bed space licensed for one baby, an egregious practice known as "double-bunking." The relators alleged that the UCMC placed these high-risk babies at further risk by systematically double-bunking and overcrowding the NICU from at least 1997 through 2005. The case was settled for $7 million. Under the unique settlement mechanism negotiated by the State of Illinois and the relators, the Illinois AG will disburse the settlement money to healthcare facilities that serve indigent women on the South Side of Chicago.

United States ex rel. Hamilton v. Leo Burnett. Litigated a qui tam action against Leo Burnett Company, Inc. in which the relators, two former high-level executives, alleged that the company had told the Army that an independent subcontractor was working on the internet portion of the "Army of One" advertising campaign, even though Burnett was completing the work. This enabled Burnett to charge the Army higher hourly rates and to circumvent the contract's cap on government reimbursement for Burnett's in-house work. The relators also alleged that Burnett had improperly inflated the hourly rates it billed the Army. The company paid the federal government $15.5 million. The relators received an award of $2.79 million.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1979

MARTA DELGADO

arta Delgado became of counsel to Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd in 2010. She has concentrated her practice in the area of immigration and naturalization law since 1998.

Ms. Delgado assists individuals and families in their efforts to obtain legal status in the United States or apply for naturalization, including preparing and filing any waivers that may be necessary. She also represents individuals in removal proceedings, including appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, to assist them in avoiding deportation.

She routinely represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the U.S. Department of State, and numerous U.S. consular posts worldwide.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter (1998-present)
Co-Chair, Illinois Secretary of State Committee (2009-2010)
Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2008-2009)
Co-Chair, Community Outreach/Family Immigration Advocacy Committee (2005-2006)
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee Member (2005-2006)
Member, District Counsel Sub-liaison Committee Member (2004-2005)
Member, Hispanic Lawyers Association (2005-present)
Member, JD Mentors/Mentee Program (2007)
Member, Judiciary Committee (2006)
Volunteer Attorney, Consulate General of Mexico (2006-2007, 2009-2010)
Volunteer, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
Breakout Moderator, Interviewing Skills (2009)
Trainer, Naturalization Requirements (2007)
Trainer, Family Visas Eligibility Training (2005, 2006)
Volunteer, Lunes de Inmigracion at Telemundo/Channel 44 (2004 & 2005)
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

MARK S. DYM

Mark Dym is a shareholder, founding lawyer, and member of the management committee of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. His practice concentrates on catastrophic personal injury claims and complex litigation. Mr. Dym is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for attorneys in both legal ability and ethical standards given by that company. Mr. Dym has also been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers, which is an honor given to only five percent of attorneys in Illinois. He has also been named a Leading Laywer.

Mr. Dym and his group represent individuals and companies in a variety of legal settings. Mr. Dym has recovered millions of dollars for injured persons and their families in claims throughout the country. His practice involves wrongful death claims, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, quadriplegia, paraplegia, loss of eyesight and hearing, serious disfigurement and other devastating injuries.

Mr. Dym and his firm also defend parties in a multitude of diverse injury, products liability, coverage issues, commercial, fiduciary, estate and employment matters, and counsel companies on safety measures and risk avoidance.

Mr. Dym has also handled and argued cases before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Dym counsels clients throughout the world, including Canada, England, and the Middle East. Mr. Dym has provided legal services for many professional athletes and served as legal counsel to the City of Chicago for the 1994 World Cup matches. He represented Soccer International in promoting and hosting the Opening Ceremony for the 1994 World Cup soccer matches. He counseled a group of American businessmen in a joint venture with a Russian company for the installation of a phone system in Far East Russia. He has counseled business groups in Iraq and the Assyrian Democratic movement in Iraq.
Education
  • George Washington University National Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

TERRY YALE FEIERTAG

Terry Yale Feiertag is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He joined the firm in 2007, bringing his extensive immigration and nationality law practice with him. Mr. Feiertag has practiced immigration law for more than 35 years. He has vast experience in counseling and representing companies, institutions, law firms and individuals in complex cases, concentrating his practice in business, professional, employer sanctions, and investor immigration matters.

Mr. Feiertag handles all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including all types of non-immigrant and immigrant visas, naturalization, citizenship, removal, waivers, administrative appeals, labor certification, visa processing and adjustment of status, and litigation in federal courts of immigration and citizenship cases. In addition, Mr. Feiertag has experience as an expert witness in immigration-related litigation.

Mr. Feiertag has litigated immigration cases in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Served as co-lead counsel in the landmark federal class-action case in immigration law that successfully challenged the U.S. State Department's Western Hemisphere immigrant visa allocation practices between 1968 and 1976, resulting in injunctive orders preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people, authorizing their lawful employment in the United States, and recapturing and re-issuing 144,000 immigrant visas for natives of Western Hemisphere Countries.

Represented the plaintiffs in a case that established the right of federal employees to trial de novo of Title VII claims, a ruling that was confirmed by the Supreme Court's decision in another case.
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1966

CLAUDIA FLORES

Claudia Flores is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, labor and employment, and class actions. She joined the firm in 2013.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Ms. Flores worked as a legal advisor for the United Nations in Zimbabwe and East Timor. In both positions, she advised governments on constitutional and legislative reforms to increase legal protections for human rights and civil liberties. Ms. Flores also managed a program of the AFL-CIO American Center for International Labor Solidarity to develop services for human trafficking victims in Indonesia.

Prior to working overseas, Ms. Flores worked as a staff attorney at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union. There she represented clients in employment discrimination, labor exploitation and wage theft matters. Finally, Ms. Flores was a Skadden Fellow at the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law where she was director of the Immigrant Household Workers Project which provided free legal representation in employment matters to women working as household employees.

During law school, Ms. Flores worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the International Process and Justice Project in Arusha, Tanzania. She also spent a summer working for the Legal Resource Center in the Constitutional Litigation Unit in South Africa.

Ms. Flores is a member of the bar in Illinois and New York.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Successfully litigated claims of sexual harassment, retaliation and assault and battery on behalf of three female retail employees which resulted in a favorable jury verdict of $455,000.

Successfully litigated claims of employment discrimination and tip garnishment on behalf of two waitresses which resulted in a favorable settlement for the clients.

Successfully litigated claims of sexual harassment and wage theft on behalf of four women hotel employees which resulted in a favorable settlement for the clients.

Represented household workers subjected to human trafficking which resulted in favorable settlements for the clients.

SUSAN GZESH

Susan Gzesh became of counsel to Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. in 2010. She focuses on the areas of civil rights, class actions, and labor and employment.

Since 2001, Ms. Gzesh has been Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. She directs an interdisciplinary academic program and teaches courses on contemporary issues in human rights, the rights of aliens and citizens, and human rights in Mexico. Her research interests bridge human rights and migration policy.

From 1977 until the mid-1990s, Ms. Gzesh practiced law in Chicago, working at the Legal Assistance Foundation, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and at two law firms. She represented individual immigrants and refugees, as well as political candidates and religious organizations. In the 1980s, she was legal adviser to national and local religious organizations that participated in the Sanctuary movement. In 1983, Ms. Gzesh won political asylum in the U.S. for Dennis Brutus, a Northwestern University professor and prominent South African anti-apartheid activist.

From 1996-2001, she co-directed the Regional Network of Civil Organizations for Migration, an international civil society coalition that advocated for the human rights of migrants with governments of the Regional Conference on Migration. From 19971999, she served as legal advisor to the Minister for Migration Affairs of the Embassy of Mexico. Ms. Gzesh was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico in 1990 and served on the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team in 1992.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, National Commission on ICE Misconduct for the United Food & Commercial Workers Union
Non-resident Research Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
Board of Directors, Red Internacional de Migracion y Desarrollo
Member, Task force on the Midwest perspective on immigration policy, convened by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Board of Directors, Kartemquin Films
Public Square Advisory Board Member, Illinois Humanities Council
Advisory Board Member, PRODESC, Mexico City
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1977

MICHAEL A. HIERL

Michael A. Hierl is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Mr. Hierl has practiced exclusively in the area of intellectual property law since 1980. He has considerable experience in a wide range of patent, trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secret and regulatory matters, and has successfully resolved numerous intellectual property disputes over the years, with and without litigation. He joined the firm in 2009.

Mr. Hierl has been AV Preeminent rated for the past 25 years by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for attorneys in terms of both legal ability and ethical standards by that company. He has also been named a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property law for the past 10 years (since the first year of publication) by the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Experienced in counseling on the proper use and protection of trademarks and service marks, preparation of trademark availability opinions, prosecution of trademark applications to registration and trademark opposition practice.

Broad experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications in various chemical, mechanical and electro-mechanical areas including reissue and reexamination practice.

Experienced in negotiating and preparing patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret license agreements and other technology related agreements, providing opinions on patent/trademark infringement and validity matters, counseling clients regarding infringement avoidance and advising on other intellectual property matters including management of IP portfolios.

Represents movie studios, authors, publishers, songwriters, musicians and music production companies in copyright and contract matters. Copyright litigation has involved copyright infringement, title and damages issues.

Extensive litigation experience in patent, trademark, unfair competition, copyright and trade secret matters over 30 years of practice involving many technologies and disciplines.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

JOHN K. HUGHES

John Hughes is a founding member, shareholder, and member of the Management Committee of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Since 1974, Mr. Hughes has been engaged in civil litigation in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level. He has extensive trial experience, particularly in the areas of personal injury; professional, product and municipal liability; medical malpractice; and insurance coverage.

Mr. Hughes has defended physicians, attorneys, therapists and hospitals from claims of deviation from the standard of care owed to patients or clients, wrongful death and violation of statutory duties. He has also tried cases involving admiralty law, industrial accidents and other personal injury matters. His municipal liability practice involves defending local governmental entities from tort claims.

Mr. Hughes has served as coordinating counsel of insurance programs for both physicians and attorneys, and has represented professionals before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Successfully defended a women's healthcare clinic in a case involving the care of a 13-year-old girl who died immediately after a second trimester abortion.

Successfully defended an obstetrician/gynecologist in a case involving an alleged failure to give antibiotics prior to an abdominal hysterectomy. The plaintiff required two subsequent surgeries and sixteen more hospitalizations.

Successfully defended a general surgeon accused of alleged negligence in performance of right antecubital cut down and failure to monitor administration of narcotic drugs, resulting in left hand amputation and drug dependency.

Successfully defended an internist in a case involving an alleged excessive administration of steroids, resulting in bilateral avascular necrosis, causing need for bilateral hip replacement.

Successfully defended a cardiologist to whom a patient with a positive treadmill test was referred who discharged patient after a negative arteriogram and discontinued medications. Patient died shortly thereafter of heart attack.
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

CHRISTOPHER A. JOHNSON

Christopher Johnson is an associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in insurance coverage advice and litigation. He joined the firm as an associate in 2010.

Mr. Johnson defends insurers in nationwide complex coverage litigation arising from mass toxic tort and environmental contamination losses. He has performed extensive research and provided advice on insurance coverage issues including allocation of loss, trigger of coverage, duty to defend, and number of occurrences.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Johnson worked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Juvenile Justice Bureau.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

RICHARD FRED JOHNSON

Richard Johnson is of counsel with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law, transportation law, and personal injury. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in nearly all types of civil litigation, including construction, railroad, admiralty, commercial, and insurance. He has represented railroads and other major businesses throughout his career.

Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in claims involving the hospitality industry. This includes hotels, restaurants, theaters, and bars. Mr. Johnson also has extensive experience in claims against municipalities and other local governmental entities and insurers, including zoning disputes, civil rights claims, tax issues, and wrongful termination claims. In addition, he is experienced in the defense of arson claims.

Mr. Johnson practices law in state and federal court, where he has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Lawyer Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Meritorious Service Award from the Board of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Rated "highly qualified" by the Chicago Bar Association
Edward J. Lewis II 2004 Award of the Chicago Bar Foundation
American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1969

JOSHUA KARSH

Joshua Karsh is a shareholder with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, general commercial litigation, consumer protection, whistleblower litigation, appeals, insurance coverage and all manner of statutory and common law fraud litigation, with a substantial focus on class action and multi-party complex cases. Mr. Karsh joined the firm in 1999.

Before joining HSPRD, Mr. Karsh worked at Plotkin, Jacobs & Orlofsky and at the Law Offices of Robert D. Allison & Associates, primarily in the areas of consumer protection, securities fraud, and ERISA litigation.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation's largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.

Lewis v. City of Chicago. In this ongoing class action, HSPRD represents more than 6,000 African Americans who took and passed a hiring exam for entry-level firefighter positions in the Chicago Fire Department and then were wrongfully denied the opportunity to be considered for employment by the City. The trial court ruled that the City's method of hiring bore no demonstrable relationship to the relative skills or abilities of candidates for the position and that it disproportionately excluded African Americans, making it more than 5 times more likely that a white candidate rather than an African American would be hired. The City's practice was, as the trial court called it, "a manifest violation of Title VII," our nation's core federal guarantee of equal employment opportunity. We have prevailed not only at trial but also in the federal Court of Appeals and before the US Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion in favor of our clients. In May 2011, the Court of Appeals directed the trial court to enter a remedial order, which will result in the hiring of 111 class members as Chicago Firefighters and payment of $78.5 million in back pay and pension contributions.
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

ROBERT KRUG

Robert W. Krug is a partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He represents individual clients and major corporations in a broad range of immigration matters, including temporary and permanent employment and family-based immigration, asylum, consular processing, and citizenship matters. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. consular posts around the world.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Krug practiced immigration and nationality law for six years in Chicago.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, American Lawyers Immigration Association
CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Board Member, International Chamber Artists
Secretary, School Board of Northside Catholic Academy
PUBLICATIONS
Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, in Business Immigration Law: Forms & Filings (L. J. Press 2010). Read more.
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

CARYN C. LEDERER

Caryn C. Lederer is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She represents clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, with a focus on civil rights, class actions, and labor and employment cases. She joined the firm in 2010.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Lederer worked with the Special Litigation Unit at New York Legal Assistance Group, where she litigated class actions challenging systemic violations of low-income and immigrant New Yorkers' rights to government benefits and services. Prior to that, Ms. Lederer served as Special Counsel for Public Service at the Center for Legal and Court Technology at William & Mary Law School, where she oversaw the Center's public interest projects including the Accessible Courts Initiative and work related to the Guantnamo military commissions. Prior to her work with the Center, Ms. Lederer was a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges.

During law school, Ms. Lederer served as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Politics and participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Following law school, she worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Represents the American Immigration Council in ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation seeking records concerning "voluntary" returns of noncitizens from the United States to their countries of origin. Since the lawsuit was filed in June 2012, DHS and CBP have released several hundred pages of previously withheld records.

Cristobal Lopez, et al. v. Fish Farms, et al. Represented 14 Mexican agricultural guestworkers in a lawsuit against a Tennessee tomato farm that recruited the workers through the federal government's H-2A visa program, subjected them to discrimination, inhumane working conditions, and then retaliation for complaining to federal and state authorities. HSPRD, with co-counsel Southern Migrant Legal Services, successfully resolved the lawsuit with a settlement of $390,000.

Successfully represented an executive employee in litigating Title VII retaliation and breach of contract claims against his employer, resulting in a favorable resolution for our client.

Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.

ROGER LITTMAN

Roger Littman is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He joined the firm in 2012. He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical negligence, representing physicians, nurses, clinics, laboratories and hospitals involving death and catastrophic injury. Mr. Littman has tried more than 60 cases before juries, 42 of which involved medical negligence.

Mr. Littman represents clients from different professions in court and before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Mr. Littman also has experience handling commercial litigation involving intellectual property and fraud. Mr. Littman is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is one of fewer than 100 elected Illinois members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization that promotes improvement of ethical and technical standards of trial practice.

Before joining HSPRD, Mr. Littman was a partner at Querrey & Harrow where he practiced for almost 29 years. Prior to that, Mr. Littman was an Assistant Attorney General, representing government agencies and officials before state and federal courts in civil rights, employment, and personal injury matters.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Obtained defense verdict for a neurologist who treated a patient who was recovering from a stroke by slowly resuming oral anticoagulation rather than using the intravenous anticoagulant Heparin. Patient suffered second stroke on his first night home from the hospital before the Coumadin had resumed protective levels. Despite an extraordinarily sympathetic case, the jury supported the neurologist's analysis that the risk of bleeding on Heparin outweighed the risk of second or recurrent stroke.

Won trial for suburban internist who misdiagnosed subungual melanoma as traumatic lesion, delaying diagnosis until cancer metastasized to organs, resulting in death after 16 months of chemotherapy and radiation.

Obtained defense verdict for urgent care doctor in Whiteside County whose patient's unrelenting headaches proved to be subdural hematoma, which resulted in intracranial bleeding and death.

Won trial for Rockford cardiologist whose attempts to anticoagulate and then through endovascular means evacuate brachial artery clot resulted in massive spontaneous bleeding and death.

Successfully defended Kankakee emergency physician who sent patient home with cool, pale leg with diagnosis of musculoskeletal injury, only to have patient return with cold, blue leg, resulting in above-knee amputation.

Obtained defense verdict for two Chicago internists who treated 36 year old male with complaints of shortness of breath and GI distress after exercise as having exercise-induced asthma and heartburn. Patient suffered fatal myocardial infarction after running several miles, leaving widow and two children under age 7.
Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1979

BARRY LOCKE

Barry Locke is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He has been a litigator for over 25 years with a focus on family law matters, including adoption, contested and uncontested divorce, child support modification, custody, visitation, parentage, property distribution, maintenance, estate planning and contested estates, probate, and general litigation.

As a seasoned trial attorney and skillful negotiator, Mr. Locke has successfully resolved thousands of cases in Cook County and the collar counties and has successfully litigated cases before the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. Locke is often appointed by the courts to represent children whose parents are disputing custody or visitation.

Family Law Matters: Although disputed family law matters are often emotionally trying as well as complex, Mr. Locke uses his years of experience to resolve these matters, always being attentive to the emotional and financial needs of his clients, especially when support or parental rights are at issue. When appointed as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Child's Representative, Mr. Locke works one-on-one with children and parents to help all involved cope with the challenges of litigation. Mr. Locke has a reputation for fairness, honesty, and skillfulness. Because of his background in business, having also received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), he is often retained not only by clients, but also as a consultant or as co-counsel to other attorneys to help them evaluate cases involving complex assets or significant property holdings.

Mediation as an Alternative: Mr. Locke has extensive training and experience as a mediator in family law disputes. Through the mediation process, Mr. Locke assists the parties in a range of issues including distribution of property (assets/liabilities), child custody and parenting time, child support/maintenance, retirement and taxes.

The goal of the mediation process is a resolution in the form of a marital settlement agreement. The process is voluntary, confidential, and continues until resolution. It can take up to 5 to 10 sessions to resolve all issues.

Mr. Locke has personally conducted dozens of divorce mediations to a successful conclusion. In obtaining his MBA, Mr. Locke studied Labor Relations and Negotiation principals in addition to course work in listening skills and communications. Through this training, Mr. Locke is able to assist parties in resolving various disputes.

Estate Planning: In addition to the practice of family law, Mr. Locke is available to assist clients in structuring their estates so that the future interests of loved ones may be protected as well. He has represented numerous clients when estates are in contest.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

JENNA L. MIARA

Jenna L. Miara is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and labor and employment. She joined the firm in 2011.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Miara was a senior attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she represented clients in employment, housing, family, and public benefits matters.

During law school, Ms. Miara participated in the Youth and Education Law Project Clinic and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. She also served as Board President, Lead Teacher, and School Site Coordinator for the Street Law Community Law Program and as School Site Coordinator and teacher for Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc., an organization that provides mentoring, legal education and leadership training programs for at-risk and disadvantaged youth.
Education
  • Stanford Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

SCOTT MUELLER

Scott Mueller is a senior associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability in both state and federal court with an emphasis on medical negligence law. He joined the firm in 2013.

Since he graduated law school in 2003, Mr. Mueller has focused his practice on insurance defense, including the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, and premises liability. Prior to law school, Mr. Mueller worked in the insurance industry as a professional liability specialist and a casualty claims representative.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Represented a nursing home in a wrongful death case, establishing an alternate cause of death despite staff admissions that they had disobeyed physician orders to transfer the patient.

Obtained defense verdict for a hospital in a premises liability case in which the plaintiff claimed substantial wage loss as a result of the injury.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Chicago Bar Association

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Boy Scouts of America, Scout Leader

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD is pleased to announce that Scott Mueller has joined the firm as an associate in the professional liability practice group.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

TODD S. PARKHURST

Todd S. Parkhurst is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He has more than 35 years of experience in litigation, transactions, and counseling in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Mr. Parkhurst joined the firm in 2008.

Prior to working at HSPRD, Mr. Parkhurst was an attorney at Holland & Knight LLP, where he served as head of the intellectual property practice in Chicago.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
COMPUTER LAW
Mr. Parkhurst has prepared software production agreements and software copyright and trade secret licenses. He has represented several small special-purpose computer companies in all intellectual property and contractual matters, and represented several large and complex businesses in the acquisition and licensing of software. He recently obtained injunctive relief for an important securities dealer that prohibited ex-employees from marketing computer software designed to assist in securities trading.

COPYRIGHT MATTERS
Mr. Parkhurst has represented large and small publishing companies in all phases of copyright and related matters. His copyright litigation experience has involved copyright infringement, ownership, and damage issues. He is also experienced in copyright renewal issues.

LICENSING AND NEGOTIATIONS
Mr. Parkhurst's licensing and patent acquisition activities have included representation of an important video game and slot machine manufacturer, various software developers and users, and fluid distillation systems. Mr. Parkhurst has experience in complex license negotiations and preparation of patent, trade secret and know-how, trademark, and other licenses and agreements for a variety of clients. He has also negotiated and prepared intellectual property transfers in a number of corporate acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.

LITIGATION
Mr. Parkhurst has litigated over 60 patent infringement and other intellectual property lawsuits involving hand tools, computer software, electronic lighting controls, video games, electronic pianos, deep sea dredges, knee orthoses, film drying apparatus, machine tools, and screw machinery. In trademark and unfair competition areas, Mr. Parkhurst has been responsible for numerous litigations involving computer processes, laser welding of tubes, industrial lubricating oils, and fluid processes. Mr. Parkhurst has also litigated copyright infringement lawsuits involving books, electronic video games, fantasy role-playing game literature, software for financial transactions, and photo identification card production.

PATENT PROSECUTION
Mr. Parkhurst has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and handled all subsequent solicitation activity in various mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including hand tools, data processing software, railroad cars, pinball games, material transfer systems, neutron generators, cryogenic particle sorting equipment, and sophisticated machine tools. He has also been responsible for all corresponding foreign patent prosecution, including travel to Europe to file and prosecute applications. He is familiar with EPC and PCT prosecution and has authored numerous infringement opinions.

TRADEMARK CAUSES
Mr. Parkhurst has prepared numerous use and infringement opinions and registered several hundred trademarks. He is experienced in opposition, cancellation, and concurrent-use proceedings. He represented a leading radio-television network in trademark registration and use issues as well as a leading vacuum-bottle manufacturer in trademark revivification efforts. He has extensive experience representing a large petrol
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate , 1966

DONALD G. PETERSON

Donald Peterson is of counsel with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. after many years as a partner with the firm. Mr. Peterson is among a few lawyers to have appeared both before the United States Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court, in addition to trying many cases to juries in the state and federal trial courts.

Mr. Peterson's depth of legal experience in business, engineering, financial, and insurance issues spans a wide range of civil litigation and dispute resolution. His trial and appellate practice concentrates on claims of professional liability. In representing design professionals, accountants and lawyers, he assists in claim avoidance and provides lawsuit defense. He joined the firm in 2000.

Mr. Peterson is retained by lawyer and accountant professional liability insurers and by self-insured and insured design professionals. He represents enterprises throughout the United States and from Europe. He has had over 100 jury verdicts and a variety of trial experience, including lawsuits on design and construction of public, commercial, high rise, and industrial structures. In his law practice, he also has managed construction claims and counsels on the avoidance of legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, and construction claims.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
APPELLATE CASES
Civil rights wrongful death. Before the U.S. Supreme Court, obtained review by writ of certiorari and prevailed in reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and in affirming the trial court in the denial of plaintiff's statutory attorney fees against defendant police officers in a wrongful death civil rights suit.

Trucking catastrophic injury. Before the Illinois Supreme Court, obtained review by petition for leave to appeal for a truck fleet lessor and mooted a $21 million judgment.

Construction injury. Before the Illinois Supreme Court, obtained review by petition for leave to appeal the 4-year statute of limitations for a construction injury.

Construction catastrophic injury. Before the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, prevailed by using the 2-year Contribution Act statute of limitations for a concrete erector to defeat a claim for a catastrophic injury.

Federal civil engineering project insurance coverage. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, prevailed by an affirmance for an Army Corps of Engineers' dredging contractor of insurance coverage for a catastrophic injury claim.

Firefighter injury product liability. Before the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, prevailed by reversing the trial court and thereby barring a product liability claim for the fire helmet of the plaintiff firefighter.

FLSA class action. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, prevailed for the employee class members by affirming the trial court in applying the Fair Labor Standards Act to a public entity for wage and hour claims.

Motor vehicle catastrophic injury. Before the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, prevailed for a motor vehicle insurer by affirmance of a motion to dismiss in a suit which sought payment of a $15 million judgment.

JURY TRIALS
Construction defects. Before the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, prevailed by a directed jury verdict, affirmed on appeal, for a precast concrete fabricator in a building construction defects claim that resulted in a $8,346,889 consequential and punitive damages verdict against the general contractor.

Sewer construction gas explosion wrongful death. Prevailed for a sewer contractor by a directed jury verdict on a claim for the wrongful death of a bystander from a gas explosion of the street during excavation. Not appealed.

Consumer product liability injury. Prevailed by a not guilty jury verdict for a hair dryer manufacturer in a wrongful death products suit. Affirmed on appeal.

Machine tool product liability. Before the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, prevailed by a not guilty jury verdict for a press brake manufacturer in a product liability arm crushing injury suit. Affirmed on appeal.

Safety equipment product liability. Prevailed by a not guilty jury verdict for a safety eyeglasses manufacturer in product liability eye loss suit. Affirmed on appeal.

Civil rights wrongful death. Before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, prevailed for defendant police officers with a $60,000 jury verdict in a civil rights wrongful death claim for the police shooting of the deceased in his home.

OTHER LITIGATION SUBJECT MATTERS
Commercial high rise construction defect. Resolved for a general contractor a high rise construction design defect suit without a trial.

Residential high rise construction defect. Resolved for a design professional a high rise construction design defect suit without a trial.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

MATTHEW J. PIERS

Matthew Piers is a shareholder and the president of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., as well as a member of the firm's Management Committee. He joined the firm now known as HSPRD in 1989. He is a nationally-recognized trial attorney, with a focus in complex litigation matters. He has 40 years of experience in commercial, tort, and class action litigation in a broad array of federal and state courts around the country. For plaintiffs, he has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. For defendants, he has successfully handled claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

After three years of college at Cornell University, Mr. Piers enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated in 1974. He worked for a year as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, and then established a private litigation practice focused on constitutional, civil liberties and employment discrimination cases as well as class actions and other complex litigation matters.

From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Piers served as Deputy Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago, and was in charge of the supervision of all litigation for the City under the administration of Mayor Harold Washington.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation's largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.

Lewis v. City of Chicago. In this ongoing class action, HSPRD represents more than 6,000 African Americans who took and passed a hiring exam for entry-level firefighter positions in the Chicago Fire Department and then were wrongfully denied the opportunity to be considered for employment by the City. The trial court ruled that the City's method of hiring bore no demonstrable relationship to the relative skills or abilities of candidates for the position and that it disproportionately excluded African Americans, making it more than 5 times more likely that a white candidate rather than an African American would be hired. The City's practice was, as the trial court called it, "a manifest violation of Title VII," our nation's core federal guarantee of equal employment opportunity. We have prevailed not only at trial but also in the federal Court of Appeals and before the US Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion in favor of our clients. In May 2011, the Court of Appeals directed the trial court to enter a remedial order, which will result in the hiring of 111 class members as Chicago Firefighters and payment of $78.5 million in back pay and pension contributions.
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

KALMAN D. RESNICK

Kalman Resnick is a shareholder with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym., Ltd. Mr. Resnick's almost 40 years of experience as an immigration law practitioner and his vast knowledge of a multiplicity of immigration practice areas contributes to his ability to advocate for and counsel his clients in the field of immigration law. In addition to immigration law, Mr. Resnick practices in the areas of labor and employment law, civil rights and constitutional law.

Mr. Resnick has practiced immigration law since 1973. He has extensive experience in virtually every area of immigration practice, including business immigration, family unification, asylum and refugee matters, nationality and citizenship issues, employer sanctions and other employment related immigration matters, the defense of foreign nationals under removal proceedings, and federal immigration matters.

He has litigated immigration cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

His clients include multinational corporations, medium and small-sized businesses, universities, medical centers, and individual foreign nationals and their families. He counsels corporations, unions, universities, and other non-profit organizations concerning institutional immigration policies and practices, including employment-related immigration issues.

Mr. Resnick has decades of experience representing clients in the fields of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitration, wage and hour matter, and the litigation of labor and employment matters.

Upon graduation from law school in 1973, Mr. Resnick received a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship to work at the 18th Street Neighborhood Legal Services Office of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. In 1976, he obtained private foundation funding to open the Legal Services Center for Immigrants, one of the nation's first legal services advocacy centers for immigrant rights, which continues in operation today.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Served as co-lead counsel in the landmark federal class-action case in immigration law that successfully challenged the U.S. State Department's Western Hemisphere immigrant visa allocation practices between 1968 and 1976, resulting in injunctive orders preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people, authorizing their lawful employment in the United States, and recapturing and re-issuing 144,996 immigrant visas for natives of Western Hemisphere Countries.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation which resulted in the United States Supreme Court's decision establishing the right of state and local governmental workers to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the right of lawful permanent residents to employment with the United States Postal Service.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the right of refugees and asylees to receive Illinois States Scholarships.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the rights of unemployment insurance claimants to due process of law in the adjudication of their claims, including their rights to adequate notice and fair hearings.
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1973

KENDRA H.M. SCHEUERLEIN

Kendra H.M. Scheuerlein is an associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the areas of immigration and nationality matters. These include family-based immigration issues, naturalization, asylum, U visa, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival applications. Ms. Scheuerlein also represents clients in removal proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security. She joined the firm in 2014.

Ms. Scheuerlein graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in May 2013. During law school, Ms. Scheuerlein worked in two immigration law-based clinics and volunteered with various organizations, including the asylum project through PROBAR in Harlingen, Texas; the expungement project through Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago, Illinois; and the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Violence Courthouse Project.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, American Immigrant Lawyers Association
Member, Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Member, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Chicago, IL
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2013

ADAM SNYDER

Adam Snyder is an associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He practices exclusively in the areas of medical malpractice and professional liability defense. He joined the firm in 2005 and began working as an associate in 2010.

Mr. Snyder defends health care clients in complex medical malpractice suits and in appeals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The majority of his practice focuses on the defense of birth trauma and wrongful death matters and issues involving women's health.

Mr. Snyder counsels and defends insurers and hospital systems on Medicare matters, helping them overcome the challenges posed by Medicare's increasingly stringent reporting requirements and the obligations and liability concerns that arise because of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. Mr. Snyder has also defended the physican-patient privilege successfully, taking a personal contempt sanction to the Illinois Appellate Court.

Outside of the daily practice of law, Mr. Snyder serves as a contributing editor to well known legal publications, and is an avid wine collector and mountaineer. In the past, he chaired two annual auctions that raised a substantial amount of money to fund scholarships for students pursuing legal careers that would directly benefit the public, and presently serves on the board of Friends of Prentice, the charitable organization that supports Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers (2014)

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS)
Board of Governors, West Suburban Bar Association
Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)
Member, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
Member, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC)
Member, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Member, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Vice-President and Gala Co-Chair, Friends of Prentice Women's Hospital
Member, Gala Committee, Advocate Christ Medical Center

PUBLICATIONS
Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009) (as a Contributing Editor).

SPEECHES & PRESENTATIONS
The Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital Summer Educational Series (July 26, 2013).

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD lawyers Karyn Bass Ehler, Adam Snyder, and Daniel Waitzman were named to the 2014 Illinois Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.
HSPRD lawyers Donna Kaner Socol and Adam Snyder presented "The Anatomy of a Lawsuit" to resident and attending obstetricians as part of Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital's Summer Educational Series.

ADAM SNYDER

Adam Snyder is an associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He practices exclusively in the areas of medical malpractice and professional liability defense. He joined the firm in 2005 and began working as an associate in 2010.

Mr. Snyder defends health care clients in complex medical malpractice suits and in appeals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The majority of his practice focuses on the defense of birth trauma and wrongful death matters and issues involving women's health.

Mr. Snyder counsels and defends insurers and hospital systems on Medicare matters, helping them overcome the challenges posed by Medicare's increasingly stringent reporting requirements and the obligations and liability concerns that arise because of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. Mr. Snyder has also defended the physican-patient privilege successfully, taking a personal contempt sanction to the Illinois Appellate Court.

Outside of the daily practice of law, Mr. Snyder serves as a contributing editor to well known legal publications, and is an avid wine collector and mountaineer. In the past, he chaired two annual auctions that raised a substantial amount of money to fund scholarships for students pursuing legal careers that would directly benefit the public, and presently serves on the board of Friends of Prentice, the charitable organization that supports Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers (2014)

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS)
Board of Governors, West Suburban Bar Association
Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)
Member, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
Member, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC)
Member, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Member, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Vice-President and Gala Co-Chair, Friends of Prentice Women's Hospital
Member, Gala Committee, Advocate Christ Medical Center

PUBLICATIONS
Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009) (as a Contributing Editor).

SPEECHES & PRESENTATIONS
The Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital Summer Educational Series (July 26, 2013).

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD lawyers Karyn Bass Ehler, Adam Snyder, and Daniel Waitzman were named to the 2014 Illinois Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.
HSPRD lawyers Donna Kaner Socol and Adam Snyder presented "The Anatomy of a Lawsuit" to resident and attending obstetricians as part of Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital's Summer Educational Series.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

DONNA KANER SOCOL

Donna Socol is a founding member and shareholder of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates on representation of the health care industry, including tort, medical malpractice, medical device, pharmaceutical and commercial litigation defense. She has defended numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits involving brain damaged and impaired infants, as well as serious injuries and deaths involving adults and children. She has defended almost every medical specialty in malpractice matters. She has also arbitrated matters before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation on behalf of physicians.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Represented a neurologist in a case in which the plaintiff was paralyzed from lupus-related transverse myelitis. The plaintiff demanded $16 million, and, after a month-long trial, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict in 45 minutes.

Represented a cardiologist and a hospital in a wrongful death case accused of failing to diagnose and treat a patient with congestive heart failure. A not guilty verdict was obtained for both defendants in fewer than thirty minutes.

Represented a physician in a wrongful death action who was alleged to have caused the death of an elderly patient for failing to diagnose and treat an E. Coli infection. Despite inflammatory evidence presented at trial, a not guilty verdict was obtained.

Represented a radiologist in a case involving plaintiff's headfirst fall from a myelogram table in which he allegedly suffered multiple cervical fractures and never returned to work. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on behalf of the defendant.

Represented a manufacturer of tampons in toxic shock syndrome cases throughout the state of Illinois.

Represented a pediatric surgeon in a case involving the dealth of a twin and his brain-damaged twin brother in which she obtained a not guilty verdict.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving a magnesium explosion at a steel plant. The case was successfully concluded on behalf of Ms. Socol's client.

Represented a manufacturer of asbestos in a products liability action.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best's Listed Recommended Attorney
Listed in Who's Who in American Law by Marquis
Illinois Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyer Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law by The American Laywer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2014)
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

MEREDITH TURNER-WOOLLEY

Meredith Turner-Woolley is an associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the areas of family law and medical malpractice defense. She joined the firm in 2012.

Ms. Turner-Woolley graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School. During law school, Ms. Turner-Woolley strengthened her skills in family law through her work as a family law intern with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and as an extern with the Honorable Judge Thomas J. Kelley in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Turner-Woolley worked primarily as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. In this capacity, she provided crisis intervention to families, as well as community prevention and support programs focused on family violence. She has successfully completed the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training as well as the Illinois Victim Assistance Academy.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Women's Bar Association of Illinois

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Member, Professional Women's Club of Chicago

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD is pleased to announce that Meredith Turner-Woolley has joined the firm. Read more.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2013

ERIC J. VANDER AREND

Eric Vander Arend is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. His practice includes construction and condominium litigation, defense of premises liability and professional liability claims, and commercial litigation. He joined the firm in 1996.

His litigation experience arises under federal antitrust law; Illinois tort, contract and warranty law; the Uniform Commercial Code; and the Illinois business corporation, limited liability corporation, and partnership statutes. He developed legal arguments on automobile retail finance law that were adopted by all the divisions of the Illinois Appellate Court. He has extensive experience and success in class action litigation in both state and federal courts under civil RICO, the Federal Truth in Lending and Truth in Leasing Acts, Federal Trade Commission Regulations, Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and state consumer statutes. He has had numerous trial and arbitration victories.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Included on the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2012- 2014)
Leading Lawyer Illinois Leading Lawyers Network

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD partners Mark Dym, Terry Yale Feiertag, John Hughes, Joshua Karsh, Roger Littman, Todd Parkhurt, Donald Peterson, Matthew Piers, Kalman Resnick, and Eric Vander Arend have been selected for inclusion on the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers List.
HSPRD Partners Mark Dym, Terry Yale Feiertag, John Hughes, Roger Littman, Matthew Piers, Kalman Resnick, and Eric Vander Arend are selected for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers List. Read more.
HSPRD partners Mark Dym, Terry Yale Feiertag, John Hughes, Matthew Piers, Kalman Resnick, and Eric Vander Arend are included in the Illinois Super Lawyers 2012 list. Read more.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

DANIEL A. WAITZMAN

Daniel Waitzman is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation and general commercial litigation matters. Mr. Waitzman's experience spans the range of the litigation process, including pre-suit claim investigation, analysis, extensive fact and expert discovery, dispositive motion practice and trial. He has significant experience representing insurers in coverage disputes nationwide involving long-tail exposure, including bodily injury and property damage related to asbestos, environmental, mass tort and product liability claims.

Mr. Waitzman regularly counsels clients with respect to claims involving complex insurance coverage issues, including the nature and extent of the duty to defend; trigger of coverage; allocation; potential bad faith claims; responding to settlement demands; policyholder and insurer insolvencies. He has also represented individuals in breach of contract and consumer fraud actions.

Prior to working at HSPRD, Mr. Waitzman served as a judicial extern for Judge Lee Preston, then Supervising Judge of the Commercial Section of the Cook County Law Division.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Presently leading a joint defense group site team for a phase 1 trial site in an insurance coverage suit concerning environmental liabilities at sites throughout the United States.

In a multi-million dollar asbestos bodily injury insurance coverage suit, served as trial counsel during a several month trial resulting in a ruling that the insured had failed to demonstrate primary exhaustion.

Obtained a favorable ruling on motion for summary judgment regarding an insurer's duty to defend under a vendor's endorsement.

Co-liaison counsel for communication with the Court and Discovery Master on behalf of joint defense group in an insurance coverage suit concerning environmental liabilities at sites throughout the United States.
Education
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

MARK B. WEINER

Mark Weiner is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, workers compensation, and commercial litigation. He joined the firm in 1992.

Mr. Weiner's practice includes the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions. Mr. Weiner has also represented the health care industry in the defense of medical malpractice actions, as well as in transactional and real estate matters. Mr. Weiner is an experienced trial lawyer.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Weiner worked as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Antitrust Division and for the DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Division. Mr. Weiner also served as the Third Ward Alderman in Berwyn, Illinois from 2005-2009.

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS
LEGAL
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Municipal Arbitrator, Cook County
Board Member, Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board (2001-2005)

CIVIC / COMMUNITY
Board Member, 16th Street Theater Board (2009-present)

RELATED NEWS
HSPRD partner Mark Weiner received a favorable decision of permanent and total disability from the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission on behalf of an airline worker who was injured on the job.
Education
  • University of Denver Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

CHRISTOPHER WILMES

Christopher Wilmes is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus on employment and civil rights cases. Mr. Wilmes joined the firm in 2009.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Wilmes worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation as a Skadden Public Interest Fellow representing clients with criminal-record-related legal issues.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Successfully represented a custodial worker in a jury trial against the City of Chicago. Our client prevailed in her claims that the City of Chicago violated the Illinois Human Rights Act by barring her from her workplace based on an old dismissed criminal charge.

Successfully brought Fair Credit Reporting Act claims on behalf of a job applicant who was erroneously labeled a sex offender by a background check company.

Recovered $550,000 in unpaid wages owed to hundreds of individuals who worked for a national tanning salon chain.

Lynch v. Huberman. Obtained a preliminary injunction order on behalf of several Chicago Public Schools teachers after a district court judge held that the Chicago Board of Education had violated their First Amendment rights to political speech. Read case details.

Represented plaintiffs in Fair Credit Reporting Act class action lawsuit alleging that employer denied thousands of individuals jobs based on background check reports without first providing them a copy of their report. Case resulted in settlement of $975,000.

Joshaway v. First Student and Hunter v. First Transit. National class actions against the two subsidiaries of the largest public transportation provider in the United States, challenging the use of criminal background checks on employees and applicants in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The $5.9 million settlement is the largest FCRA settlement resolving employment-related claims in U.S. history and requires corporate policies in full compliance with the law.

Arroyo v. United States of America. Successfully defended in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals a twenty-nine million dollar Federal Torts Claims Act judgment in favor of a child who was profoundly disabled as a result of medical malpractice.

Represented plaintiff in a $625,000 Fair Credit Reporting Act class action settlement involving a national temporary employment agency.

Successfully represented individual who was denied public housing by the Chicago Housing Authority based on a record of dismissed criminal charges. Case was affirmed on appeal.

Represented dozens of individuals in Petitions for Rule to Show Cause brought against the Illinois State Police, where the Illinois State Police refused to comply with judges' orders to expunge or seal criminal records. The Illinois State Police ultimately agreed to systemically reform its policies and comply with all expungement and sealing orders issued across the State.

Successfully represented three candidates for school board election whose petitions and statements of candidacy were challenged by an objector.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005
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