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Marlén Cortez Morris '06
Marlén Cortez Morris has been recognized as a 2019 Franchise Legal Player by 1851 Franchise Magazine and selected for inclusion in Negocios Now’s “2019 Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago” in the Law category.
Marlén is a Litigation Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Chicago where she is a member of the Franchising and Distribution Group. Marlén represents and advises clients on a wide range of franchise and distribution, labor and employment, and commercial litigation matters.
Kimberly Janas '06
llinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Kim Janas as Chief of Staff. Kim Janas has worked in a variety of positions in state government, including as Secretary of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Formerly, she was an Associate Counsel at the Office of Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, where she advised the Senate Judiciary and Insurance Committees. Janas was also an Assistant Attorney General in the General Law Bureau under Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a Staff Attorney at the Legislative Reference Bureau. Most recently, Janas was the General Counsel for the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company.
Katherine Lewis '06
Katherine Lewis was named Co-Chair of the Business & Finance group at her current law firm, Much Shelist. She focuses on the numerous legal and business issues that arise in the context of corporate transactions and investments. She also counsels family-owned and midsize businesses in a wide range of industries—including technology, retail, manufacturing and health care.
Marlen Cortez Morris '06
Marlén Cortez Morris has been recognized as a 2018 Top Lawyer Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association and a 2018 Franchise Legal Player by 1851 Franchise Magazine. The University of Illinois College of Law’s Latina/o Law Students Association has also honored Marlén as its 2018 Alumnus of the Year.
Ryan Gammelgard '06
Ryan Gammelgard, '06, received the 2017 Lifesaver Award from Prairie State Legal Services for his contributions and support to pro bono work. He received the Award at the 2017 McLean County Bar Association Holiday Luncheon. Ryan also received the State Farm Law Department Pro Bono Award in 2017, which included a $500 contribution from State Farm to Prairie State Legal Services. For both awards, Ryan was recognized for his work in helping plan a bi-annual pro bono legal clinic conducted by Prairie State Legal Services, the Public Interest Law Initiative, State Farm, and a number of other community organizations. These bi-annual legal clinics have helped serve over 150 people in the last couple of years. In addition, he helped develop a monthly pro bono legal clinic with Prairie State Legal Services and State Farm and also serves as a volunteer attorney for a number of other legal aid organizations.
Adam Jung '06
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. partner Adam Jung has been appointed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Chicago Athletics Advisory Board. The board, comprised of University of Illinois alumni and supporters with deep connections to Chicago, provides assistance and recommendations to the University’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as it continues to pursue increased exposure and support for Fighting Illini athletics throughout Chicagoland.
Marlén Cortez Morris '06
Marlén Cortez Morris has been elevated to partner at Cheng Cohen LLC, a leading franchise law firm in Chicago. Marlén represents and advises franchisors, licensors, and distributors on a wide range of issues including labor and employment matters, the enforcement and defense of franchise agreements, and disputes regarding regulatory matters. She has been named a 2017 Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers.
Luc Attlan '06
Luc Attlan has been elected a partner by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He is a member of the Corporate Group and is based out of the Chicago office. Luc concentrates his practice on international corporate transactions and counseling. Luc advises a broad range of clients, ranging from small businesses to multinational Fortune 50 corporations. He also works with foreign companies seeking to do business in the U.S., as well as U.S. companies in need of assistance with their foreign operations.
Ryan Gammelgard '06
Ryan D. Gammelgard has been elected President of the McLean County Bar Association. In addition, Ryan was one of 40 emerging leaders from the public and private sectors in Illinois selected to participate in the 2016 Edgar Fellows Program hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Ryan is Counsel at State Farm in Bloomington, Illinois, where he works on public policy issues related to self-driving cars, drones, and other innovation related matters.
Jasmine Hernandez '06
Jasmine Hernandez is now the 1st Vice-President (and President-elect) of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago. Jasmine is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office in its Juvenile Justice Bureau. In addition to her work with AABA, Jasmine is immediate past president of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, editorial board member of the CBA Record, as well as a member of the Women's Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.