The 25 Notable Attorneys of Illinois for 2023

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The 25 Notable Attorneys of Illinois for 2023. The fifth-largest economy in the U.S., Illinois has a strong legal community with a rich and storied history. It includes several highly-ranked law schools, including Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and the University of Chicago Law School, which offer attendees opportunities for networking and professional development. Several of the awardees on our list are graduates, or affiliates, of these institutions. Not only are the attorneys on our list respected within some of the country’s top law firms, they are respected and admired for their volunteer work, within education, and as leaders to their communities. They are teachers, writers, speakers, activists, advocates, and more.

Among this year’s awardees is Laura Riff, a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, the largest law firm in the U.S. by revenue, where she helps clients with e-discovery strategies in large-scale litigation. Awardee Anastasia Herasimovich is a Partner at Baker McKenzie, another of the country’s top earning firms, where she advises a range of clients on all aspects of commercial real estate law. And Jordan Matthews, a Partner at Jones Day, has as a federal prosecutor investigated and prosecuted on a wide range of crimes, including tax offenses, financial fraud, RICO, and civil rights.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The 25 Notable Attorneys of Illinois for 2023.


Anastasia Herasimovich
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Anastasia Herasimovich is a partner at Baker McKenzie’s Global Real Estate Practice Group and is based in Chicago. She leads the U.S. Commercial Construction Practice and is co-chair of the Global Commercial Construction Taskforce. She advises a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies, on all aspects of commercial real estate law, with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border construction projects and real estate aspects of corporate transactions.

Herasimovich focuses her practice on construction projects across multiple industries, locations, and geographical regions. She represents domestic and international owners, contractors, architects, and engineering firms in all phases of construction projects — from site selection and acquisition to structuring and completion of the construction. Herasimovich has extensive experience in structuring and managing complex multisite and multi-jurisdictional construction programs. She regularly helps clients with standardization of and improvements to consultancy and construction templates in order to bring savings, efficiencies and consistencies to the contract development and implementation process.

Herasimovich also has managed the corporate real estate portfolios of multinational companies, including optimization and repurposing of real estate, transfers of large portfolios, property management, licensing requirements, and land use matters.


Eugene Leone
Partner, Pircher Nichols & Meeks

Eugene "Gene" J.M. Leone is the Global Head of White & Case's Real Estate Industry Group. Based in the Chicago and New York offices, Gene is also a Partner in the Global M&A Practice Group. Leone represents some of the most recognizable names in real estate and has a track record of leading, structuring and executing complicated deal transactions for a broad universe of investors, including private equity, entrepreneurs, and public companies. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing, and workouts.

A highly rated lawyer and sought-after speaker, Leone is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Real Estate Roundtable and frequently speaks on a variety of real estate topics at conferences around the country. Leone has a BA in history and economics from Cornell University, and a JD from the George Washington Law School.


Laura Riff
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Laura Riff is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has represented clients in various industries in complex commercial disputes in federal and state court, at both the trial and appellate levels. Riff has significant experience with e-discovery strategy in large-scale litigation, which allows her to help clients develop and execute effective, defensible approaches to discovery issues. She designed a course in e-discovery for Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law and teaches it as an adjunct faculty member.

Riff has 14 years of experience. She started her career as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2010. Riff has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Jordan Matthews
Partner, Jones Day

Jordan Matthews is a former Assistant United States Attorney and experienced trial lawyer. As a federal prosecutor, Matthews investigated and prosecuted a wide range of crimes, including national security, espionage, cybercrime, and extortion. Matthews focuses her practice on internal and government investigations, high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, and compliance counseling.

Matthews was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly seven years, most recently serving in the National Security and Cybercrime Section of the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office. During her time as a federal prosecutor, she tried numerous cases to verdict and led hundreds of investigations. She also frequently worked closely with corporations who were victims of crime. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Matthews was a litigator at a multinational law firm where she handled commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on products-based class actions, mass torts, and consumer fraud.

Matthews is on the Board of Managers for Legal Action Chicago, co-chair of the Chicago chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association, and an active member of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago. Matthews graduated from Yale with a BA in political science, and earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School.


James Ferguson
Partner, Mayer Brown

James R. Ferguson focuses his practice on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, and U.S. and international arbitration. He has been lead trial counsel in federal courts and domestic and international arbitral tribunals. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Jim has first-chaired more than 35 cases to verdict or final judgment and argued more than 25 appeals in federal appellate courts. Jim has been lead counsel for a wide range of multinational companies across a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services and global technology.

In the last six years alone, Ferguson has won a patent license arbitration for a global life sciences company; won a post-acquisition litigation for a U.S. financial services company; won a defense verdict in a Sarbanes-Oxley trial for a U.K. financial services company; prevailed in the arbitration of a co-development dispute for a European pharmaceutical company; won a patent litigation for a global coalition of automobile manufacturers; won a patent infringement case for a diversified global technology company; and secured an attorneys’ fee award in a bankruptcy proceeding involving the disputed ownership of patent rights.

A former federal prosecutor, Ferguson is an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School (2013-20). He is also a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (a prestigious global honorary society), the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property, and the US Council for International Business Intellectual Property Committee. Ferguson earned his JD from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.


Andrew Shapiro
Partner, Holland & Knight

Andy Shapiro is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office, where he concentrates his practice on assisting carriers and managing general agents with representations and warranties insurance (RWI) claims, insurance coverage counseling and disputes, and complex commercial litigation. Shapiro counsels clients on a variety of claims, including alleged breaches of representations involving accounts receivables, absence of changes, compliance, undisclosed liabilities, and more.

Shapiro also has a broad range of insurance and reinsurance experience involving transactional liability, errors and omissions, cyber, and more. In addition to providing coverage advice, Shapiro litigates and arbitrates insurance and reinsurance disputes on behalf of insurers, cedents, and reinsurers. In addition, Shapiro has represented corporations, partnerships, and individuals in a wide range of commercial disputes before trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.

Shapiro has an active pro bono practice and has been honored by The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for his work. Since 2009, Shapiro has served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches Pre-Trial Advocacy.


Trisha Rich
Partner and Co-Chair, Legal Profession Team, Holland & Knight

Trisha Rich is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago and New York offices, the national Co-Chair of the firm's Legal Profession team and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Her practice focuses on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters and complex commercial litigation. Rich is a national leader in the legal ethics community. She founded and coordinates the Attorney Defense Initiative, the nation's first privately sponsored pro bono initiative that focuses on assisting impaired lawyers facing disciplinary charges.

Rich is the president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the nation's largest legal ethics bar organization, and she is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of issues related to ethics and risk management. She is currently an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where she teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility. She previously taught legal ethics at Northwestern University and at the University of Michigan Law School. In her professional responsibility practice, Rich advises on a variety of issues related to professional responsibility and legal ethics, along with risk management and all areas of legal ethics.

Rich also advises on ethical and fiduciary issues related to lateral hiring, law firm dissolution, and expulsion matters, and she serves as outside general counsel to law firms across the country. She has experience with law firm internal investigations, and also serves as an expert witness on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters, including partnership and fee disputes. Prior to practicing law, Rich taught practical and theoretical ethics at two universities. Rich has an undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, as well as a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. She earned her JD from the University of Michigan.


Myles Berman
Partner, Foley & Lardner

Myles D. Berman has provided clients with four decades of experience in corporate, real estate, and financial transactions; he also has represented clients before state, county, and local governments as well as regulatory and administrative agencies. Within the Foley organization, from 2012 to 2017 he served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Chicago office. He also served as co-chair of the firm’s national Government & Public Policy Practice. He is also a director of the firm’s Federal Political Action Committee.

Berman has taught in the U.S. and internationally, having trained and certified the first panel of mediators in Poland, and he conducted a program on negotiations for an international group of lawyers in Blumau, Austria in 1999 as well as teaching during the preponderance of his career as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker’s School of Law and an adjunct associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Berman was a field associate for the Brookings Institution’s five-year study of the Community Development Block Grant Program, and he also was a research associate at Northwestern University’s Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research. Berman received his law degree from Northwestern, his master’s degree in urban and regional planning, and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude with college honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Brent Ray
Partner, King & Spalding

Brent Ray is a trial lawyer who has first-chaired multiple cases to verdict. His mission is to provide paramount value to clients through diverse teams and creative thinking. Ray prides himself on translating complex legal issues into concise business solutions. Recognized by American Lawyer and BTI Consulting, his clients remark: "He understands our needs."

Ray has served as lead counsel in over 25 cases and for industry-leading clients such as Intel, IBM, Shopify, PayPal, CME Group, Hologic, JPMorgan Chase, and Citibank. Ray achieved success in nearly every major patent venue, including the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, federal courts in Texas, California, New York and Illinois, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Ray has also authored a treatise titled the Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Post Grant Patent Proceedings (published by LexisNexis), which is entering its fourth year of publication. He devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono civil rights litigation, and has partnered with ACLU, NCLR, and Lambda Legal on a variety of high impact cases. He was a core member of the same-sex marriage case the Seventh Circuit. Ray also led a team that won a preliminary injunction on behalf of all transgender prisoners in the state of Illinois seeking adequate medical treatment for gender dysphoria.


Aaron Charfoos
Partner, Paul Hastings

Aaron Charfoos serves as Global Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group and Chair of the Chicago Litigation Department. He is an accomplished cybersecurity, privacy, class action, and data protection trial lawyer. He litigated his first privacy case in 2010, building on a decade of experience in patent and technology cases. Since then, he has litigated a variety of data breach and trade secret theft cases. He has also guided clients through numerous data breaches and defended clients in regulatory investigations brought by various U.S. and international regulatory bodies.

Charfoos is particularly skilled in guiding clients through cybersecurity vulnerability disclosures, including computer chip vulnerabilities, supply chain interdictions, and various other matters, some of which have involved both congressional and regulatory investigations. Building on this knowledge of post-breach risks, Aaron helps companies across numerous industries develop global privacy and data security programs. This includes compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other worldwide privacy regimes.

Aaron is also a certified information privacy professional for the U.S. Sector (CIPP/US) and has served as co-chair of the Chicago KnowledgeNet Chapter. He attended Northwestern University, where he earned a BA in international relations and environmental sciences, and a JD.


Uma Chandrasekaran
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

Uma Chandrasekaran has more than 15 years of experience handling business and employment disputes, trials and appeals, arbitration and mediation, and internal and external investigations. Chandrasekaran’s litigation experience includes defense of employment discrimination claims (Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act), wage-and-hour, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment, and whistleblower matters.

She has significant trial and appellate experience, and has successfully tried several jury and non-jury cases. Chandrasekaran represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Labor, and other state and municipal fair employment agencies. She also counsels employers on ways to proactively avoid litigation. Chandrasekaran has extensive experience drafting employer policies and handbooks, training employees and managers on anti-harassment policies, advising on independent contractor matters, reviewing employment contracts and noncompetition agreements, and conducting internal investigations.

Chandrasekaran chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Action team in the Chicago office. She is responsible for overseeing, implementing, and providing strategic leadership to the diversity initiatives in the Chicago office. Chandrasekaran loves that she has the opportunity to collaborate with firm leaders to implement the firm's diversity and inclusion strategic goals, and to inspire the concepts of diversity and inclusion into firm culture.


Brian Lohan
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Brian Lohan's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate reorganizations, bankruptcy, and insolvency. He has experience representing Chapter 11 debtors, noteholders, bondholders, senior lenders, and other creditor constituencies. A resident of Chicago, he also spends significant time in the firm's New York office.

In 2017, Lohan was selected to the American Bankruptcy Institute's inaugural 40 under 40 list, which recognizes bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring professionals from around the world. Most recently, he was named to Turnaround & Workouts’ 2018 list of Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers and was also awarded with the International Law Office 2018 Client Choice Award for excellent client care. Lohan has been an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, teaching bankruptcy law.


James Ozog
Partner, Goldberg Segalla

Jim Ozog has more than four decades of experience in product-liability defense and commercial litigation. He has achieved national recognition for his litigation experience, which includes handling cases in 28 states and trying product liability cases to verdict in nine states. He serves as national product-liability defense counsel for a number of national and international manufacturers in fire, explosion, and catastrophic burn cases, and he defends several food and beverage manufacturers.

He also has significant experience defending toxic tort cases, including those involving exposure to asbestos, silicosis, welding fumes, and benzene. Additionally, Ozog represents the transportation industry and affiliated insurance carriers as well as vehicle and component part manufacturers in catastrophic accidents and product liability cases.

Ozog has been at the partner level since 1977, at several firms, including Clausen Miller, Momkus Ozog & McCluskey (of which he was a founder), and Wiedner & McAuliffe. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and communications from Northwestern University, and his JD from Washington University’s St. Louis School of Law.


Mitchell Weiss
Partner, K&L Gates

Mitch Weiss is a Partner in the K&L Gates’s international tax practice, focusing on a broad range of cross-border transactions and global tax planning opportunities. Working with his partners throughout the world, Mitch assists domestic and foreign multinationals, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, and state-owned enterprises in identifying, designing, negotiating, and implementing tax-advantaged transactions and operationally efficient global structures.

Over the last 25 years, Weiss has advised on numerous significant global restructurings and high-stakes corporate transactions. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he worked in the international tax groups of several global law firms and, most recently, the largest professional services firm in the world, where he led the firm's inbound international tax practice in Chicago and advised the foreign member firms on their U.S. inbound activities.

Weiss is a frequent speaker at tax conferences, a member of the International Tax Journal's Advisory Board, and has authored numerous international tax articles and books, including “United States International Taxation: Outbound and Inbound Activities”. He teaches a course on the international taxation of partnerships at Northwestern University
S Pritzker School of Law. Weiss holds undergraduate- and graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.


Christina Martini
Partner and Global Head, Trademark Prosecution and Controversy Practice, McDermott Will & Emery

Christina Martini is Partner at McDermott Will & Emery. As the Global Head of the firm's Trademark Prosecution and Controversy Practice, Christina leads a team of attorneys who help clients protect and enforce their trademark rights worldwide. With more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, Martini is widely recognized as a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who provides creative solutions to complex legal issues. She has represented clients across a wide range of industries, including fashion, beauty, technology, and hospitality.

In addition to her legal work, Martini is a sought-after speaker and author on intellectual property topics. She has written numerous articles and is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and events. She is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Trademark Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Martini’s dedication to her clients and her commitment to the legal profession have earned her numerous accolades throughout her career. She has been recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and World Trademark Review, among others. In 2020, she was also named to the "IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP" list by Managing Intellectual Property. Martini has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a JD from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.


Steve Flores
Partner, Cooley LLP

Steve Flores is an accomplished legal professional specializing in employee benefits and executive compensation at Cooley LLP. He provides sophisticated and practical advice and works collaboratively with corporate legal departments, human resources and benefits professionals, executives, and corporate and M&A teams. He manages important relationships and effectively leads diverse teams in a fast-paced environment. Flores has been recognized by Crains' Chicago Business, Chicago United, Super Lawyers, the Legal 500, Latino Leaders Magazine and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Flores is passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and public service. He has served in diversity committee leadership positions and served as founder of Latino/a/e affinity group. He also serves in various capacities with local and national bar organizations, including the Chicago Committee, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and a member of Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color. He was twice appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to serve on the Chicago Police Board.


Jeremiah Posedel
Partner, Faegre Drinker

Jeremiah Posedel counsels companies on a wide range of information technology and data processing transactions and compliance issues. He supports clients whenever information technology assets and data are part of business transactions or initiatives.

A certified information privacy professional (CIPP/U.S./Europe/Canada) and technologist (CIPT), Posedel has the legal, technical, and business acumen to advise clients on matters ranging from technology development and implementation to e-commerce. He helps clients across industries and serves as a go-to resource for insurance, financial services, gaming, and data and technology services.

Posedel regularly handles IT and data sharing transactions including cloud-service agreements and support contracts. He also has significant experience with reseller and distribution agreements, digital marketing engagements, AI and big data projects and InsurTech partnerships. Posedel is a visiting lecturer of law at Germany’s top-rated law school, Bucerius.


Jeffrey Mayer
Partner, Akerman

A commercial and business litigator, Jeff Mayer represents clients in real estate, complex scientific and technical contracts, and employment litigation. He serves as lead counsel in federal and state courts, arbitration tribunals, and before administrative agencies throughout the United States. Outside the courtroom, Jeff resolves disputes through mediation and arbitration with an emphasis in designing creative arbitration programs and clauses that protect clients’ interests and budgets.

Serving clients in the restaurant, real estate, automotive, telecommunications, and education sectors, Mayer has litigated hundreds of employment disputes, including complex collective and class actions throughout the country. He has worked on employment disputes in multiple jurisdictions, including some of the nation’s largest class and collective actions. A significant aspect of Jeff’s practice includes advising clients in supply chain and purchasing matters. He litigates disputes with vendors, and advises companies on properly constructing their contracts.

Mayer is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, where he teaches real estate litigation. He frequently speaks and writes on arbitration, trial techniques, and supply chain and purchasing matters.


Krusha Evans
General Counsel, Pangea Properties

Krusha Evans is the General Counsel of Pangea Properties, a real estate investment and management company headquartered in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. She first joined the company in 2011 as an in-house counsel. Pangea Properties’ mission is to be the most respected and diversified real estate company through unparalleled dedication and results for their residents, partners, and themselves. It is accomplishing its mission by incorporating technology and excellent customer service to all units under management.

Pangea Properties’ mission began in late 2008 and it has since invested over $430 million into 13,000+ apartment units throughout Chicago, Indianapolis, and Baltimore. Passionate about its mission, Pangea Properties expects its candidates to be like-minded and motivated about getting things done.

Previously, Evans was an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago. Evans earned a JD from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Mike Lohnes
Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Recognized as a leader in securities and financial services litigation, Mike Lohnes helps clients when they are named as defendants in civil litigation or targeted by regulators. His clients include publicly traded companies, their officers and directors, and major financial services firms. Mike also assists private equity firms and other investors in their efforts to recoup investments in failed or fraudulent companies.

Recognized as a leading litigator by The National Law Journal and Benchmark Litigation, Lohnes represents companies against securities fraud and state law claims. He also assists financial services industry clients in connection with FINRA inquiries and arbitrations. When such clients are confronted with an internal complaint or a regulatory subpoena, Lohnes is regularly engaged to conduct internal investigations. Lohnes also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, mergers, financial reporting and disclosure, shareholder demands, insider trading and initial public offerings, in addition to counseling broker-dealer clients on trade reporting and other compliance matters, including large options positions reporting.

Whether they are facing litigation, a regulatory investigation or a whistleblower complaint, Lohnes makes sure his clients understand the risks and challenges so they can make an informed, strategic choice about how to move forward. When aggressive litigation is called for, he is ready to step into the fight and get the results his clients need. But when the risks are too great to a client's business, he works to find the solution that best aligns with its goals.

Lohnes also keeps up an active pro bono practice, taking part in the Jose de Diego Community Academy's Lawyers in the Classroom program and serving as a mentor through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He also serves on the boards of directors for both the Public Interest Law Initiative and UpBeat Music & Arts.


David Lindner
Partner, Crowell & Moring

Clients appreciate David Lindner’s candor and commitment to finding practical and efficient solutions that allow them to continue to focus on their core business initiatives. Lindner is experienced in all facets of patent protection, including litigation, counsel, and U.S. and foreign prosecution.

He applies his extensive technical background to enforce or safeguard clients’ innovations in a wide array of technologies, including telecommunication systems, sensor technologies, internet and mobile applications, medical devices, and mechanical consumer products. A tireless advocate for his clients’ intellectual property rights, Lindnerhas litigated cases in federal district and appellate courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His incisive opinions on patentability and validity often guide critical litigation and business decisions.

In addition to his IP practice, Lindner is actively involved with various local legal aid agencies, assisting pro bono clients with non-IP issues. He believes he has an obligation to assist individuals of limited means to strengthen his community and provide equal justice for all.


Aimee Delaney
Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson

Aimee Delaney counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. She is passionate about working with her clients to provide strategic, tailored solutions for their employee-related issues. Aimee has assisted human resources professionals, managers, and in-house counsel on matters spanning from hire through termination. Delaney also defends employers in litigation based on claims arising under a number of state and federal statutes.

Delaney’s traditional labor law practice includes representing management in labor negotiations, grievances and labor arbitrations and labor board proceedings. With her extensive experience in the area of labor and employment, Delaney also develops and provides management and employee training programs. Focused on minimizing potential employment liability and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws governing the workplace, the programs cover anti-harassment and anti-discrimination, as well as a variety of other employment law related topics.

In addition to being a member of Hinshaw's Executive Committee, she was appointed to the firm's Management Committee in 2019. She also served as the leader of Hinshaw's Labor and Employment Practice Group from 2014 – 2019. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Aimee has been an adjunct professor at her alma mater for more than a decade, where she teaches Employment Law and Employment Discrimination.


Danielle Malaty
Partner, Goldberg Segalla

Danielle Malaty is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney who focuses her practice on counseling and defending a broad range of businesses, public entities and professionals in all aspects of employment and labor matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other workplace misconduct. She also represents lawyers, directors and officers in professional liability claims. Her versatility, attention to detail, and dynamic approach to the practice of law allow her to understand her clients’ evolving needs and provide them with thorough and thoughtful advice in a constantly evolving legal landscape.

Malaty values her relationships with clients and consistently provides them with a perspective on liability that is curated around their needs and legal obligations. She is an avid student of appellate law, and prides herself on bringing the most up-to-date perspectives borne of recent appellate developments to both her clients and the courts. Malaty started her professional career in 2010, as a student attorney at the Office of the Public Defender Alexandria Virginia, and began working as an attorney at Stellato & Schwartz in 2015 before eventually rising to Partner at Goldberg Segalia in 2022.

Malaty graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in French and International Relations, and has a JD from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.


Bill Kramer
Partner, Loeb & Loeb

Bill Kramer is an intellectual property attorney, focusing his practice on patent prosecution, patent threat analysis/response, and intellectual property transfers. He has broad knowledge of many technical subjects, including software, blockchain, AI, and cloud computing and leverages his technical aptitude and successful experience to help clients build and strategically manage their IP portfolios. His knowledge of the U.S. Patent Office allows him to address new threats and opportunities to achieve best-case scenarios for his clients, especially in the face of ever-changing policies and procedures for patent applications.

Kramer has significant experience creating and managing large volumes of patent prosecution cases in the U.S. and around the world for clients ranging from large publicly-traded companies to startups. He has created a smooth-running patent-creation machine, taking the worry out of tiny details that can make or break a portfolio. He assists in patent litigation to find the technical issues that often win or lose cases, and to explain those issues in a way that can be understood by virtually any audience, from board members to PhDs.

Kramer has represented clients in a wide range of technology areas, including big data analytics and data optimization, targeted advertising, enterprise data storage, enterprise and consumer software, and much more. Kramer has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Northwestern University, and a JD from Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law.