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November 18 - Collinsville
WILLIAM L. BERRY is the principal member of William Berry & Associates, LLC, with the principal office in Collinsville, Illinois. Mr. Berry's personal experience centers on civil litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, negligence, family law, probate, trust law, and criminal law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Millkin University and his J.D. degree from Washington University Law School.
TANJA M. COOK is an attorney in the law firm of Lueders, Robertson & Konzen, LLC. Ms. Cook practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning and probate. She opened Gateway Real Estate Title LLC in 2013. Ms. Cook also has been the assistant city attorney for Granite City, Illinois, since 2005. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Illinois College, where she taught legal document production to business and paralegal students. Ms. Cook is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and a past president of the Tri-City Bar Association. She earned her B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University and her J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
JIM R. KALISH is a sole practitioner in Belleville, Illinois, with more than 40 years of experience in estate planning, estate and gift tax, income tax, and administration of trusts and estates. He has represented buyers or sellers in real estate transactions, and clients in the creation and maintenance of small corporations and limited liability companies. Mr. Kalish is a past member of the Federal Taxation Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law.
JAYE R. LINDSAY is a partner with Jerome Lindsay Salmi, LLC in Fairview Heights. Mr. Lindsay focuses his practice on representing people who are injured in auto accidents, motorcycle and trucking accidents, slip and fall injuries, and elder abuse cases. In particular, he handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases, and medical malpractice claims involving injured seniors. He is also VA accredited and represents Veterans in VA disability appeals and military discharge upgrades. Mr. Lindsay has served as a guardian ad litem and handled contested cases involving trust disputes, will contests, and financial exploitation cases. He received his B.A. degree from the University of South Florida and his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
ROSEMARIE H. PARKER is the owner of the Law Office of Rosemarie Heidenreich Parker. She practices in the areas of estate planning, trusts, probate, wills and estate, and real estate. Ms. Parker received her J.D. degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.
November 21 - Springfield
JERRY S. BAUER is an attorney with Rammelkamp Bradney, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in general transactional work. Mr. Bauer earned his B.A. degree in philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Martin; his M.A. degree from Loyola University Chicago; and his J.D. degree at DePaul University College, graduating the top quartile of his class and earned CALIs for the highest grades in his aviation law, as well as his will and trust courses.
THOMAS G. HAMILL is an attorney with Harrison & Held, LLP. He counsels clients on estate planning, probate and trust administration, gifting strategies, and business succession planning. Mr. Hamill's practice focuses on the implementation of estate plans to address family needs and minimize estate taxes; the administration of wills and trusts, including the preparation of federal and state estate tax returns; and the succession of family-owned businesses. He is admitted to practice in the Illinois Supreme Court and is a member of the Illinois Bar. Mr. Hamill is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.
ROBERT A. STUART JR. is senior counsel with the law firm of Brown, Hay & Stephens, where he focuses his practice on estate planning, probate and trust issues. Mr. Stuart has served as the president of the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council, has served as the Illinois State Bar Association's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council chair, and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has dealt with individuals and businesses on planning issues; the courts in estate, guardianship and trust administration, will and trust contests and construction; and with Internal Revenue Service on income, gift and estate tax matters. Mr. Stuart earned his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.
ANGELICA W. WAWRZYNEK is an attorney with The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, where she focuses on representing local business and helping individuals with their estate plans. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2016, she was re-elected to the ISBA Board of Governors, was elected treasurer of the ISBA, and was appointed as a director of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. Ms. Wawrzynek continues to actively contribute and participate in the ISBA committees she serves as board liaison; including the Animal Law, Mineral Law, and Judicial Evaluations committees. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.