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Christopher Kantas '11


Christopher Kantas was hired as General Counsel of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, a healthcare organization with over 100 locations and 2,500 providers and other employees throughout the state.

Dominique J. Carroll '11


Dominique J. Carroll was selected to the New Jersey Law Journal’s list of New Leaders of the Bar. The annual award is presented to attorneys in the Garden State under the age of 40 who bring both “notable achievements and outstanding potential to the table.”

Melissa Carrington '11


Melissa Carrington has accepted a position as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Katherin Legge '11


On February 14, 2023, Katherine G. Legge was sworn in as an Associate Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Peoria, Illinois. She was previously employed by the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois and the Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office.

Michael L. Gutierrez '11


Michael L. Gutierrez was named one of 25 attorneys named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Go To Lawyers: Business Litigation” list, a program honoring lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers.

Lee Muench '11


Lee Muench has been elevated to partner at law firm Benesch. At the Benesch Chicago office, Muench focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.

Thomas Bergham '11


Thomas Bergham was named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Bergham works in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. 

Meghan A. Collins '11

Meghan A. Collins has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, adding her experience to the firm's national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.

Thomas Berghman '11

Thomas D. Berghman of Munsch Hardt, a Texas-based mid-size commercial law firm, was recently named to the 2021 Texas “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers®. Thomas’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy related litigation, including representing Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 trustees, landlords, and other parties of interest in all aspects of bankruptcy, such as asset sales and all aspects of litigation.

Jason Briesemeister '11

Earlier this year, Jason Briesemeister was promoted to Managing Compliance Attorney with Claim Toolkit, a software company specializing in insurance compliance.

Ashley Bechtold '11

Earlier this year, Ashley Bechtold was named partner at Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC. Ashley concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and probate/trust litigation.

Cari Silverman '11

Cari Silverman was named partner at Levin & Perconti in February of 2020. Cari works on many types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, car and trucking accident, and product and premises liability matters.

Emily Fitzgerald '11

Emily Fitzgerald has been named partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. She concentrates her practice on Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, Class Action Defense and Product Liability.

Jonathan Hughley '11

Jonathan Hughley has been elected to partnership at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Hughley prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications involving mechanical, electro-mechanical, and software technologies. He also serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Recruiting Committee, and was a previous elected member of the firm’s Associates Committee.

Tanner Warnick '11

Tanner Warnick, an attorney with AmLaw 100 firm Polsinelli, has been selected for inclusion in the Arizona Chamber Foundation’s business and political policy professional development program. As an Arizona Industry Fellow, Warnick will participate in a year-long program of monthly full-day workshops led by top business leaders, elected official and policy experts. Warnick is a commercial litigation attorney with a vested interest in making Arizona an attractive place for business to relocate and thrive. He works with corporate clients across a wide range of industries and specializes in insurance recovery and risk management.

Erin Johnson '11

Erin Johnson has been elected a Member in Dickinson Wright's Troy office. Her practice focuses on advising entities and individuals in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, development, and financing, of office, retail, multi-family, and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. She is also experienced in a wide variety of corporate matters including entity formation, organization, and governance. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Johnson received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Jeremy Kruidenier '11

Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois announced it has appointed Jeremy Kruidenier, Vice Executive Director of WSDI, to also serve as General Counsel to the executive leadership team. In this expanded role, Kruidenier will continue to lobby and advocate for the regulatory and legislative issues of WSDI members and provide legal expertise.

Since entering the position as Vice Executive Director in August 2015, Kruidenier has represented WSDI in front of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, the Illinois General Assembly and various units of local government.

Kruidenier is the Chair of the Trade and Professional Associations Committee at the Chicago Bar Association and serves on the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois Junior Board, the Equality Illinois PAC Board, and is a member of the 100 Club of Chicago and the Varsity “I” Association.

Nick Spear '11

Franco Moroney Buenik LLC has elevated Nicholas J.R. Spear to income partner. Spear has experience in trying personal-injury cases. He focuses his practice on transportation law, construction law and premises liability matters.

Henry Young '11

Henry Young recently accepted the position of Senior Technology Policy Advisor at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is responsible for developing standards to protect non-national security federal information systems. Among other areas, NIST's work includes biometrics, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, quantum computing, health IT, and the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Christina Cullom '11

Christina Cullom has joined Pender & Coward as an attorney focusing on local government, insurance defense and civil litigation. An experienced litigator and former prosecutor, Cullom defends state and local government entities in cases involving constitutional violations, tort claims and employment discrimination.

Erin Johnson '11

This summer, Erin Johnson is taking on a different role when she performs the lead part of Peggy Sawyer in the St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook production of "42nd Street." Johnson is no stranger to the theater, having performed in off-Broadway and Broadway productions around the country after earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Johnson is currently an associate at Dickinson Wright PLLC in Troy, Michigan. 

Angie Snell '11

Angie Snell has joined Faegre Baker Daniels’ finance and restructuring group. She will practice as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office.