Spesia & Taylor, Law Firm
General Trial, Appellate Practice, Federal Practice, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Corporate Law, Personal Inj...
Phone:815-726-4311
Web:http://www.spesia-ayers.com
Address: 1415 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435
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1. Michael R. Stiff
Title: Associate
Law School: Loyola University, J.D., 1988
College: Lewis University, B.A., 1984
Admitted: Loyola University, J.D., 1988
Practice Area: Litigation, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, School Law
Membership: Illinois State Bar Association Will County Bar Association

2. Mark A. Lichtenwalter
Title: Associate
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
College: University of Illinois, B.S., 1992
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
Practice Area: Trial Practice; Tort Liability; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Business Litigation; Litigation
Membership: Will County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

3. Thomas M. Ewert
Title: Of Counsel
Law School: University of Illinois, J.D., 1971
College: Northern Illinois University, B.S. 1968
Admitted: University of Illinois, J.D., 1971
Practice Area: Trial Practice, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Condemnation, Arbitration, Mediation, Pipeline Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Settlement Administrator
Membership: Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations Illinois Judges Association.

4. Douglas F. Spesia
Title: Managing Partner
Law School: University of Notre Dame, LL.B., 1965
College: University of Illinois, B.S., 1962
Admitted: University of Notre Dame, LL.B., 1965
Practice Area: Corporate Law; Condemnation; Partnership Law; Local Government Law; Easements; Real Estate Taxation; Probate; Trusts and Estates; Wills; Taxation; Municipal Law; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Eminent Domain; Condemnation Litigation
Membership: Will County (President, 1978-1979) Illinois State and American Bar Associations.

5. E. Kent Ayers
Title: Senior Partner
Law School: University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1968
College: Wabash College, A.B., English, 1964
Admitted: University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1968
Practice Area: Trial Practice, Medical Malpractice, Bodily Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Wrongful Death, Products Liability
Membership: Will County, Illinois State (Member, House of Delegates, 1974-1978 and 1988-1990) and American Bar Associations Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Advocates) The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. | Bar Fellowship: American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates.

6. Christian G. Spesia
Title: Member
Law School: University of Denver, J.D., 1994
College: The Colorado College, B.A., 1990
Admitted: University of Denver, J.D., 1994
Practice Area: Trial Practice, Appellate Practice, Business Litigation, Local Government Law, Condemnation, Property Rights, Easements, Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Zoning, Planning and Land Use, Pipeline Litigation
Membership: Member of the Board of Directors and former President for the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Illinois State Bar Association, 1994 Board Member and Treasurer for the Will County Bar Association Admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts Board Member… Read more Member of the Board of Directors and former President for the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Illinois State Bar Association, 1994 Board Member and Treasurer for the Will County Bar Association Admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts Board Member and Secretary for the Community Foundation of Will County Read less

7. Jeffrey S. Taylor
Title: Member
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
College: Colorado State University, B.A., 1991
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Practice Area: Trial Practice, Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Construction Law, Catastrophic Injury, Wrongful Death, Insurance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Condemnation, Pipeline Litigation, School Law, Employment Law
Membership: Illinois Bar Association Will County Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association | Bar Fellowship: Litigation Counsel of America (Honorary Society). Author: "Defending Product Liability Cases in Illinois After the Best Decision," IDC Quarterly, Fourth Quarterly, 1998.

8. James C. Byrne
Title: Member
Law School: Loyola University, J.D., 1960
College: Loyola University, A.B., 1957
Admitted: Loyola University, J.D., 1960
Practice Area: Civil Litigation, Church and State Law, Commercial Real Estate, Child Sexual Abuse Litigation, School Law, Estate Planning
Membership: Will County, DuPage County, Chicago (Chairman, Professional Fees Committee, 1975-1976), Will County (Chairman, Employment Law Committee, 2002-2003), Illinois State and American Bar Associations National Diocesan Attorneys Association National Employment Lawyers Association.

9. Kent Slater
Title: Of Counsel
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1975
College: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1968
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1975
Practice Area: Appellate Practice, Trial Practice, Mediation, Condemnation, Personal Injury
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10. Michael A. Santschi
Title: Law School Attended Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FloridaClass of
Law School: Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, Class of 2015, J.D., Summa Cum Laude; St. Thomas More Award; Dean’s List. Positions Held: Associate Editor, Ave Maria Law Review; Publication Manager, Ave Maria Law Review.; Member of Ave Maria School of Law Honor Board.
College: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida, Class of 2012, B.A., Magna Cum Laude; Dean’s List.
Admitted: Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, Class of 2015, J.D., Summa Cum Laude; St. Thomas More Award; Dean’s List. Positions Held: Associate Editor, Ave Maria Law Review; Publication Manager, Ave Maria Law Review.; Member of Ave Maria School of Law Honor Board.
Practice Area: Civil Litigation, Municipal Corporation Law, Municipal Prosecution, Municipal Risk Management, Commercial Litigation
Membership: Illinois State Bar Association Will County Bar Association.

11. Jacob E. Gancarczyk
Title: Associate
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan, Class of 2012, J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Certificate of Merit: Professional Responsibility, Advance Writing, Pretrial Skills, Business Organizations
College: Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Class of 2008, M.J., Business Law; Honors: Best Thesis and Highest GPA in graduating class, , University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Class of 2004, B.A., Academic All-Big Ten; Bronze Hawk Medallion
Admitted: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan, Class of 2012, J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Certificate of Merit: Professional Responsibility, Advance Writing, Pretrial Skills, Business Organizations
Practice Area: Eminent Domain, Personal Injury and Malpractice, Zoning and Land Use, Energy and Utilities
Membership:

12. Bradley S. McCann
Title: Associate
Law School: Quinnipiac College School of Law, Class of 1998, J.D., Juris Doctorate, cum laude; Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, AAA-CPA Scholarship., , DePaul University College of Law (Visting Law Student), Class of 1998
College: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Class of 1993, B.S., Accounting
Admitted: Quinnipiac College School of Law, Class of 1998, J.D., Juris Doctorate, cum laude; Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, AAA-CPA Scholarship., , DePaul University College of Law (Visting Law Student), Class of 1998
Practice Area: Business and Tax Planning, Real Estate and Zoning, Estates, Wills, and Trusts
Membership: Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations Will County Bar Association American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

13. Jonathan W. Powell
Title: Associate
Law School: Michigan State University College of Law, Class of 2018, J.D., Cum Laude
College: University of Illinois-Springfield, Class of 2015, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Academic All-GLVC and Coach’s Award
Admitted: Michigan State University College of Law, Class of 2018, J.D., Cum Laude
Practice Area: Eminent Domain, Personal Injury, Municipal Law
Membership:

14. Martin J. Shanahan, Jr.
Title: Associate
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1998
College: College of St. Francis, B.A., cum laude, 1994
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1998
Practice Area: Trial Practice; Insurance Litigation; Local Government Law; Personal Injury; School Law; Trucking Company Defense
Membership: Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

15. John M. Spesia
Title: Member
Law School: The University of Denver, J.D., 1993
College: The University of Iowa, B.A., Economics, 1989
Admitted: The University of Denver, J.D., 1993
Practice Area: Trial Practice, Business Litigation, Condemnation, Automobile Liability, General Liability, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Tort Liability, Medical Malpractice, Pipeline Litigation
Membership: -Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations. -Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

16. Michael S. Hopkins
Title: Associate
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008
College: Governors State University (B.A., high honors, 2001; M.A., 2002)
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008
Practice Area: Traffic and Ordinance Defense, Administrative Law, Municipal Law, General Practice, Guardianship, Power Of Attorney, Probate
Membership: Will County Bar Association.

17. Tricia M. Pellegrini
Title: Associate
Law School: Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2007
College: Bradley University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2004
Admitted: Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Practice Area: Trial Practice; Tort Liability; Personal Injury; Employment Law; Business Litigation; Litigation; Local Government Law
Membership: Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

18. Gabriel G. Orenic
Title: Associate
Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2003
College: Barry University, B.A., 1989
Admitted: John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2003
Practice Area: Tort Liability; Local Government Law; Eminent Domain; Probate Administration; Estate Planning; Commercial Real Estate; Residential Real Estate
Membership: Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations.


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