Commercial Law League of America

CLLA 129th National Convention

May 17-19, 2023

CLLA 129th
National Convention

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Friday, April 14, 2023

Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago Illinois 60611
(312) 565-0565

Event Info

CLLA 129th
National Convention

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Friday, April 14, 2023

Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago Illinois 60611
(312) 565-0565

Event Info

Jim Kozelek,
CLLA President 2022-2023

CLLA’s 129th National Convention

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
May 17-19, 2023

Happy 2023! Spring is sure to arrive soon, which can only mean we will be in Chicago for CLLA’s 129th National Convention! I found the below quote that, to me, describes Chicago perfectly:

“It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” Mark Twain, Life On The Mississippi 1883

I think about the many times I have been in Chicago for CLLA and each and every time I discover something new about the city or new about the League. Open your mind to all this great city and this great organization have to offer.

We are planning an action-packed three days of education, keynote speakers, awarding of the President’s Cup, installation of new volunteer leaders; and, of course, networking opportunities. Please join us Friday to celebrate this year’s winner of the President’s Cup and to welcome our new President, Bill Thrush.

Your First Lady of the League, Maria Kozelek is putting together the first community outreach program for the Women’s Empowerment Networking Event. Maria is working with staff and Dress for Success Worldwide. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. More information about this event can be found on the insert.

As I head into the final months of my term as your President, I am still amazed at the amount of time and effort our volunteer leaders spend in making this organization the premier trade organization that it is. So please, in your travels take the time to thank our volunteer leaders who spend countless hours each year on your behalf. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance in helping to make your membership with the League a success.

Jim Kozelek,
CLLA President 2022-2023

Toggle for Attendee List (All attendees are in-person unless otherwise noted)

 

Alcala, Marco (Prospect) Alcala Consulting, Inc. San Antonio, TX
Allen, Craig  Craig H. Allen, P.A. Greenville, SC
Allen, Jonathan  Allen Law, PC Springfield, MA
Andersen, Coleen  McCarthy, Burgess & Wolff Cleveland, OH
Ash, Robert  Radius Global Solutions, AMS Commercial Business Division Fair Lawn, NJ
Baese, Kurtis  JST Richmond, VA
Ballard, Christian (New Member) SCJ Commercial Financial Services Harrington, DE
Berkoff, Leslie (New Member) Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP Garden City, NY
Boehling, Laura  JST Richmond, VA
Borges, Wanda Borges & Associates, LLC Syosset, NY
Bristol, Murray  Bristol & Dubiel LLP San Antonio, TX
Burkley, Kirk Bernstein-Burkley, PC Pittsburgh, PA
Caracci III, Louis  The LaSource Group Erie, PA
Carmichael, William  Stokes Carmichael & Ernst LLP Atlanta, GA
Case, Annemarie  Case Law Firm, S.C. Milwaukee, WI
Cassidy, Larry  Northern California Collection Service Inc. Sacramento, CA
Castillo, Gabriel  CLLA Rolling Meadows, IL
Cefalu, Trey  C2C Resources Metairie, LA
Charbonneau, Robert  Agentis PLLC Coral Gables, FL
Chigounis, Andrew (New Member) Saldutti Law Group Cherry Hill, NJ
Cole, Crystal  Crystal R Cole Attorney at Law Nashville, TN
Cooper, James  JC Law, PLLC Rocky Mount, VA
Council, Brad  Slovin & Associates Co., LPA Cincinnati, OH
Crane, Jeremy (New Member) Retrievables New York, NY
Dean, Gordon  (New Member)   Debt Recovery Resources Arlington, TX
DeNiro, Justin  The LaSource Group Erie, PA
DeNiro, Mike  The LaSource Group Erie, PA
Dlugolecki, Jennifer  Firefly Legal Mokena, IL
Dubiel, John (New Member) Bristol & Dubiel LLP Dallas, TX
Dubord, David   Skelton Taintor & Abbott Lewiston, ME
Ellison, Marc (Ellen) Totz Ellison & Totz, PC Houston, TX
Evans, Russell (Rejoin Member) Pearson Butler, PLLC South Jordan, UT
Farrow, Ben  Anderson, Williams & Farrow, LLC Montgomery, AL
Feder, Steven  Pirrello, Personte & Feder PLLC Rochester, NY
Federico, Dawn  CLLA Rolling Meadows, IL
Feeney, Joan  JAMS Boston, MA
Fitzgerald, Judith (Barry) Tucker Arensberg, P.C. Pittsburgh, PA
Foeller, Scott  Avrutis & Foeller PA Sarasota, FL
Frank, Lori  Markoff Law PLLC Southfield, MI
Frazee, Randy  BARR Credit Services Tucson, AZ
Gaba, Rodolfo  Gaba Law Irvine, CA
Gamache, David (Ree Wysong) Gamache & Myers St Louis, MO
Gannott, Peter  Gannott Law Group, PLLC Louisville, KY
Garcia, Joseph  Garcia Legal, PA Miami Lakes, FL
Garcia, Matt  Barnett & Garcia, PLLC Austin, TX
Garcia, Victor  Garcia Legal, PA Miami Lakes, FL
Gelderblom, Julie  Levelset, A Procore Company New Orleans, LA
Gilbert, Michelle (Marcel) (New Member) Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A. Tampa, FL
Gottlieb, Warren   Gottlieb Armonk, NY
Grafton, Joy  Popper&Grafton Edison, NJ
Grafton, Samuel   Popper&Grafton Edison, NJ
Grimes, Timothy  BARR Credit Services Tucson, AZ
Haines, Todd  Law Office of Todd F. Haines Agoura Hills, CA
Hamilton, Nancy  American Lawyers Quarterly Cleveland, OH
Hamilton, Theodore (Sarah) Wetherington Hamilton, P.A. Tampa, FL
Hamilton, Thomas  American Lawyers Quarterly Cleveland, OH
Hammons, Chad  Jones Walker LLP Jackson, MS
Hare, Owen (Liz) Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A. Owings Mills, MD
Hart, James (New Member) Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Cleveland, OH
Hays,, Beau (Jane) Hays & Potter, LLP Peachtree Corners, GA
Henry, Dale  Your Best Unlimited Kingston, TN
Ingold, Valerie  Commercial Collection Corp. of NY Tonawanda, NY
Isenberg, Harriett  Isenberg & Hewitt, PC Atlanta, GA
James, Brandon  Tucker, Albin and Associates Richardson, TX
Kaye, Yasamin  Goldberg Kohn, Ltd. Chicago, IL
Keifer, Rich  Keifer Law Firm, LLC Kingston, PA
Kelly, Ben  Law Office of Benjamin E. Kelly Seattle, WA
Kelly, Conor  Webster, Chamberlain & Bean Washington, DC
Kerrick, Daniel Hogan McDaniel Wilmington, DE
Khano, Jason  Aubrey Thrasher, LLC Marietta, GA
Kilburn, Patrick  Lloyd & McDaniel, PLC Louisville, KY
Kirkorsky, Jason  Law Offices of Mark A Kirkorsky Mesa, AZ
Kirkorsky, Mark  Law Offices of Mark A Kirkorsky Mesa, AZ
Klein, Carter  Jenner & Block Chicago, IL
Kline, Candice  Saul Ewing LLP Chicago, IL
Kozelek, Jim (Maria) Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Dublin, OH
Krafft, Margaret  CLLA Rolling Meadows, IL
Kramer, Jonathan  Whitfield & Eddy Law Des Moines, IA
Lattanzio, Phil  CLLA Rolling Meadows, IL
LeFevre, Brinen  Kearns Brinen & Monaghan Greenville, SC
Leigh, David  Ray Quinney & Nebeker PC Salt Lake City, UT
Leopold, Saul  Leopold & Associates, PLLC Armonk, NY
Liccardi, Graham  Teller, Levit & Silvertrust, PC Chicago, IL
Lichtman, Marc 
Lichtman Eisen Partners, Ltd Chicago, IL
Lifson, Scott  Bernick Lifson, P.A. Minneapolis, MN
Lippman, David  Lippman Recupero Tucson, AZ
Lockhart, Walter  STA International Melville, NY
Lurie, Robert  Reisenfeld & Associates, LLC Cincinnati, OH
Lynch, Hon. Thomas  US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL Rockford, IL
Mann, Bill    Joseph, Mann & Creed Twinsburg, OH
Marino, Joe  Marino, Mayers & Jarrach, LLC Clifton, NJ
Marinstein, Edward   Marinstein & Marinstein Esqs., PLLC Troy, NY
Marko, Ed  Marko Law PLLC Phoenix, AZ
Markoff, Steven  Markoff Law LLC Chicago, IL
McCann, Mary  CLLA Rolling Meadows, IL
McCarthy, Ian  (New Member) Barnett & Garcia, PLLC Austin, TX
McConville, Jim  Radius Global Solutions LLC Fair Lawn, NJ
Mendelson, Lee  Mendelson Law Group, APC Sherman Oaks, CA
Mendelson, Paul (Diane) Mendelson Law Firm Memphis, TN
Mendiratta, Neeraj  KnovaOne Wellington, FL
Miceli, Marc  S. Mitnick Law PC Oldwick, NJ
Minassian, Natalia  Hatkoff & Minassian, A Law Corporation Los Angeles, CA
Moselle, Robin  Robin S Moselle P.A. Plantation, FL
Moss, Christopher  SCJ Commercial Financial Services Harrington, DE
Nagle, Brian   McCarthy, Burgess & Wolff Cleveland, OH
Newland, William  360 Legal, Inc. Sarasota, FL
Nicolet, Jeffrey  Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd. Minneapolis, MN
Nixon, Christopher  American Lawyers Quarterly Cleveland, OH
Odneal, Abby  NACM Southwest Coppell, TX
Payne, Richard  Morrison and Payne Toronto, ON
Peiffer, Austin  Ag & Business Legal Strategies Cedar Rapids, IA
Peiffer, Joe  Ag & Business Legal Strategies Cedar Rapids, IA
Perri, Nikki  Brown & Joseph, LLC Itasca, IL
Peterson, Bill  Miller Cohen Peterson Young, P.C. Longmont, CO
Peterson, Ronald  Jenner & Block Lake Forest, IL
Pinchuck, Warren  Columbia Law List Boca Raton, FL
Pollak, Robert  Glassberg, Pollak & Associates San Rafael, CA
Pona, Amy  Gurstel Law Firm PC Golden Valley, MN
Posen, Kevin  Teller Levit & Silvertrust, PC Chicago, IL
Press, Bryan  Metro Group of NY, Inc. Livingston, NJ
Pucin, John  Caine & Weiner Company, Inc. Schaumburg, IL
Rafferty, Bryan  Commercial Collection Corp. of NY Tonawanda, NY
Ragan, Peter  (New Member) Ragan & Ragan, PC Wall, NJ
Ramsey, Jeffrey  Blackwell Burke & Ramsey, PC Indianapolis, IN
Rose, Jack  JR2G LLC Bronxville, NY
Rose, Jonathan   Millennium Collections Vero Beach, FL
Roth, David  (New Member) Blenden Roth Law Firm, PLLC Bedford, TX
Rubin, Deborah  Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Southfield, MI
Rudman, Britt  Law Offices of T. Britt Rudman Beverly Hills, CA
Sargent, Greg    Lamont, Hanley and Associates, Inc Manchester, NH
Sargent, Rhonda   Lamont, Hanley and Associates, Inc. Manchester, NH
Scanlon, Robert   Dellwo Roberts & Scanlon PS Spokane, WA
Schafkopf, Gary  Weisberg Law Morton, PA
Schatzman, Jeffrey (Lisa) Schatzman & Schatzman, PA Miami, FL
Scott, Don  Wright Holmes Katonah, NY
Shelomith, Zach (Brooke) LSS Law Fort Lauderdale, FL
Singer, Gil  Marcadis Singer, PA Tampa, FL
Slowey, Regina (New Member) Orlans PC Troy, MI
Sonnhalter, Michael  General Bar Inc. Westlake, OH
Spilotro, Daniel  Spilotro Law Group LLC Chicago, IL
Steege, Catherine  Jenner & Block Chicago, IL
Sternback, Cary  Heitner & Breitstein PC Manalapan, NJ
Stillman, Michael  Stillman Law Office Farmington Hills, MI
Sweet, Donna  CRF Solutions Simi Valley, CA
Taroff, Les  Taroff & Taitz LLP Bohemia, NY
Tharnish, Bob ABC-Amega, Inc. Buffalo, NY
Thesing, Patrick (New Member) Debt Recovery Resources Arlington, TX
Thorne, Hon. Deborah  US Bankruptcy Court, Northern IL District of IL Chicago, IL
Thrush, Bill (Nancy) Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A. Owings Mills, MD
Tier, Gary The Forwarders List of Attorneys Newtown, PA
Tobia, Michael  Gottlieb Ostrager LLP Armonk, NY
Tyler, Robert  Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis APC Riverside, CA
VandenHeuvel, Lee  Ross, Stuart & Dawson Clawson, MI
Voorhees, Kelsey  IACC Eagan, MN
Walker, Lorna  Sweet & Walker PC San Francisco, CA
Wallick, Marc  Wallick & Associates Warwick, RI
Wan, Timothy  Smith Carroad Wan & Parikh, P.C. Smithtown, NY
Wedoff, Hon. Eugene (ret.) US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL Chicago, IL
Weiner, Gary  Weiner Law Firm P.C. Springfield, MA
Weisberg, Matthew (New Member) Weisberg Law Morton, PA
Weiss Manne, Beverly  Tucker Arensberg PC Pittsburgh, PA
Welford, Jay  Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Southfield, MI
Wetenhall, Jason  Tucker Albin and Associates Richardson, TX
White, Jr, Richard Barber & Bartz Tulsa, OK
Whipple, Hon. Mary Anne  US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of OH Toledo, OH
Williams, Tony  Williams & Williams, Inc. Louisville, KY
Willis, Harrison  Cloud Willis & Ellis, LLC Mobile, AL
Woolley, Randall  Darcy & Devassy Chicago, IL
Young, Chris  BTLG Columbia, MD
Zall, Darrell  Kohner, Mann, Kailas S.C. Glendale, WI

 

CLLA Welcomes You to Chicago

Join CLLA, May 17-19, 2023, in Chicago at the Swissotel Chicago. In addition to the high-quality educational sessions and networking events, you can explore Chicago – a shopping mecca! Or, take in the festive atmosphere of Navy Pier, do some museum hopping, and sample cuisine from around the world. Nearby attractions include: The Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, State Street shopping, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium.

Convention Events

  • Business Session – Town Hall Meeting that includes the Annual Report from the League President and the Treasurer’s Report.
  • Nominating Debates (when necessary) – Make informed decisions on candidates running for office.
  • Change of Officers – Introduction of the newly installed officers.
  • President’s Cup – Recipient recognition.
  • Goosechase – The CLLA is sending you on a goosechase.
  • Game Show – Bring your best brain-teasing solving mind.
  • Prohibition Tour – This tour of several local Speakeasies is an in depth look at prohibition. There is an extra charge for this tour. The limit is 40 people so sign up when you register for the convention!

WINDY CITY THROWDOWN

Wednesday, May 17
8:30 — 10:30 PM

Join your sponsors, the Young Members Section for a night of socializing, food, libations, and throwing down with other CLLA members at the Game Room of the Chicago Athletic Association.

LOCATION:
The Chicago Athletic Association, Game Room
12 South Michigan Avenue; 312-940-3552

 

Thank You to Our Windy City Throwdown Sponsors

Sponsorship will provide you with exposure to attorneys, agencies and commercial collection professionals. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company name as one of the sponsors at the 129th National Convention. Show your support and sponsor today!

BENEFITS
All sponsors will be listed on

  • CLLA website
  • Email promotions
  • On-site Signage
  • Event Program

Exclusive Sponsorships

  • Lanyards – $750 SOLD
  • Pocket Guide – $500 SOLD
  • Notepads – $350  SOLD
  • Pens – $350  SOLD

General Sponsorships

  • CLLA website
  • Email promotions
  • On-site Signage
  • Event Program

TO BECOME A SPONSOR, CONTACT DAWN FEDERICO AT dawn.federico@clla.org.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 17, 2022.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Friday, April 14

*Disclaimer: CLE credit is available to attendees from qualifying states who register on or before March 17. We cannot guarantee state accreditation after March 17.
**One registration form per member.
***Please note that business colleagues are not eligible to register under this category.

Member/Non-Member Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all Educational Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU
  • Breakfast daily
  • AM/PM Breaks
  • Goosechase
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Women’s Empowerment & Networking Event
  • Evening Receptions
  • Game Show
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

Spouse/Guest Registration Fee Includes:

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Breakfast daily
  • Goosechase
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Women’s Empowerment & Networking Event
  • Evening Receptions
  • Game Show
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

 Virtual Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all Educational Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU
  • Thursday’s Business Meeting
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

Maria Kozelek,
Event Chairperson

Women of the League and Spouses of League Members are invited to join us for the CLLA Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon, on Thursday, May 18, 2023 starting at 12:15 p.m.

 A buffet lunch will be served, and each attendee will receive a swag bag!

Registration for this event is required. For those planning to attend, please indicate that preference when registering for the National Convention.

Charitable donations for Dress for Success are being accepted now and will continue through the event. The first $2,000 in donations will be matched by me, your hostess. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

 It is our hope that we can help empower other women in business that need a step forward.

 I look forward to seeing you in Chicago, but if you cannot be there and would like to donate, please use the donation button to the left.

 Thank you for your generosity!

Thank You for Donating!

Bill Peterson, Miller Cohen Peterson Young, P.C.

Jim Kozelek, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

Judith Fitzgerald, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Nancy Hamilton, American Lawyers Quarterly

Matt Garcia, Barnett and Garcia, PLLC

Candice Kline

Phil Lattanzio

Lorna Walker, The Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC

Abby Odneal, NACM Southwest

Barry Gammons

Beverly Weiss Manne

Crystal R. Cole, Attorney at Law

Ted Hamilton, Wetherington Hamilton, P.A.

Marko Law PLLC

Amy Pona

Donna Sweet, CRF Solutions

Beau Hays, Hays & Potter, LLP

Gary Tier

Anonymous

Jeff Schatzman, Schatzman & Schatzman, PA

Natalia Minassian,
Hatkoff & Minassian, A Law Corporation

Ben Farrow, Anderson, Williams & Farrow LLC 

Joy Grafton, Popper&Graftson

Jeffrey Nicolet, Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd 

Wanda Borges

Gary Weiner, Weiner Law Firm, PC

T. Britt Rudman, Law Offices of T. Britt Rudman

Deborah Rubin 

Robert Tyler, Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis APC

Julie Gelderblom, Levelset, A Procore Company 

Michelle Gilbert, Gilbert Garcia Group, PA

Larry Cassidy, Northern California Collection Service Inc. 

Dawn Federico

William Thrush,
Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A.

Anonymous

Sonja & Mark Sheriff

Scott Foeller

Jennifer Dlugolecki

BARR Credit Services

Robin S Moselle P.A.

Isenberg & Hewitt PC

Ellen Ellison

Annemarie Case,
Case Law Firm, SC

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Maria Kozelek

 

Event Location

Swissotel Chicago

323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-0565

Accomodations:

Designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, Swissotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The distinctive 4-diamond, all-glass hotel offers spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, 662 guest rooms and suites, five premier ballrooms, state-of-the-art penthouse fitness center, and spotless European-style service.

Hotel Reservations:

Make your hotel reservation as early as possible to ensure you receive the discounted rate (subject to availability).
Making your reservation by phone, call the Reservations Department at 1-888-737-9477 or the Global Reservation Centre at 1-800-441-1414. Be sure to mention you are with the Commercial Law League of America-CLLA to receive the group rate.

On-line reservations can be made by clicking the link below:
https://book.passkey.com/e/50371135

Room Rate: $269/night, single/double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 17.4%) (NO resort fee). Room cut-off is Friday, April 14, 2023.

Weather:

Average Chicago temperatures for early May are high 70 / low 50. Rain is always a possibility. Be prepared, it’s Chicago!

Transportations and Parking:

Swissotel: Valet Parking overnight with in/out access is $78/night

Nearby Self-Parking Garages:

  • 303 East Wacker Garage (303 E. Wacker Dr.)
  • Coast Parking (345 E, W. Wacker Drive)
  • The Tides at Lakeshore East (360 E. South Water St)
  • Illinois Center (111 E. Randolph)
  • Park Millennium Parking Garage (221 N. Stetson Ave.)

To find discounted parking near the hotel, download the SpotHero app to your mobile device and search the area.

Transportation
Visit this link  for driving directions: https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/explore-hotel/

Jim Kozelek,
CLLA President 2022-2023

CLLA’s 129th National Convention

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
May 17-19, 2023

Happy 2023! Spring is sure to arrive soon, which can only mean we will be in Chicago for CLLA’s 129th National Convention! I found the below quote that, to me, describes Chicago perfectly:

“It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” Mark Twain, Life On The Mississippi 1883

I think about the many times I have been in Chicago for CLLA and each and every time I discover something new about the city or new about the League. Open your mind to all this great city and this great organization have to offer.

We are planning an action-packed three days of education, keynote speakers, awarding of the President’s Cup, installation of new volunteer leaders; and, of course, networking opportunities. Please join us Friday to celebrate this year’s winner of the President’s Cup and to welcome our new President, Bill Thrush.

Your First Lady of the League, Maria Kozelek is putting together the first community outreach program for the Women’s Empowerment Networking Event. Maria is working with staff and Dress for Success Worldwide. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. More information about this event can be found on the insert.

As I head into the final months of my term as your President, I am still amazed at the amount of time and effort our volunteer leaders spend in making this organization the premier trade organization that it is. So please, in your travels take the time to thank our volunteer leaders who spend countless hours each year on your behalf. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance in helping to make your membership with the League a success.

Jim Kozelek,
CLLA President 2022-2023

Toggle for Attendee List (All attendees are in-person unless otherwise noted)

Alcala, Marco (Prospect)
Alcala Consulting, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Allen, Craig 
Craig H. Allen, P.A.
Greenville, SC

Allen, Jonathan 
Allen Law, PC
Springfield, MA

Andersen, Coleen   
McCarthy, Burgess & Wolff
Cleveland, OH

Ash, Robert
Radius Global Solutions, AMS Commercial Business Division
Fair Lawn, NJ

Baese, Kurtis 
JST
Richmond, VA

Ballard, Christian (New Member)
SCJ Commercial Financial Services
Harrington, DE

Berkoff, Leslie (New Member)
Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Garden City, NY

Boehling, Laura 
JST
Richmond, VA

Borges, Wanda 
Borges & Associates, LLC
Syosset, NY

Bristol, Murray 
Bristol & Dubiel LLP
San Antonio, TX

Burkley, Kirk
Bernstein-Burkley, PC
Pittsburgh, PA

Caracci III, Louis   
The LaSource Group
Erie, PA

Carmichael, William 
Stokes Carmichael & Ernst LLP
Atlanta, GA

Case, Annemarie 
Case Law Firm, S.C.
Milwaukee, WI

Cassidy, Larry  
Northern California Collection Service Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Castillo, Gabriel 
CLLA
Rolling Meadows, IL

Cefalu, Trey   
C2C Resources
Metairie, LA

Charbonneau, Robert 
Agentis PLLC
Coral Gables, FL

Chigounis, Andrew  (New Member)
Saldutti Law Group
Cherry Hill, NJ

Cole, Crystal 
Crystal R Cole Attorney at Law
Nashville, TN

Cooper, James   
JC Law, PLLC
Rocky Mount, VA

Council, Brad 
Slovin & Associates Co., LPA
Cincinnati, OH

Crane, Jeremy  (New Member)
Retrievables
New York, NY

Dean, Gordon  (New Member)  
Debt Recovery Resources
Arlington, TX

DeNiro, Justin  
The LaSource Group
Erie, PA

DeNiro, Mike   
The LaSource Group
Erie, PA

Dlugolecki, Jennifer 
Firefly Legal
Mokena, IL

Dubiel, John  (New Member)
Bristol & Dubiel LLP
Dallas, TX

Dubord, David   
Skelton Taintor & Abbott
Lewiston, ME

Ellison, Marc (Ellen)
Totz Ellison & Totz, PC
Houston, TX

Evans, Russell  (Rejoin Member)
Pearson Butler, PLLC
South Jordan, UT

Farrow, Ben 
Anderson, Williams & Farrow, LLC
Montgomery, AL

Feder, Steven 
Pirrello, Personte & Feder PLLC
Rochester, NY

Federico, Dawn 
CLLA
Rolling Meadows, IL

Feeney, Joan 
JAMS
Boston, MA

Fitzgerald, Judith (Barry)
Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Pittsburgh, PA

Foeller, Scott 
Avrutis & Foeller PA
Sarasota, FL

Frank, Lori 
Markoff Law PLLC
Southfield, MI

Frazee, Randy 
BARR Credit Services
Tucson, AZ

Gaba, Rodolfo 
Gaba Law
Irvine, CA

Gamache, David (Ree Wysong)
Gamache & Myers
St Louis, MO

Gannott, Peter 
Gannott Law Group, PLLC
Louisville, KY

Garcia, Joseph 
Garcia Legal, PA
Miami Lakes, FL

Garcia, Matt 
Barnett & Garcia, PLLC
Austin, TX

Garcia, Victor 
Garcia Legal, PA
Miami Lakes, FL

Gelderblom, Julie 
Levelset, A Procore Company
New Orleans, LA

Gilbert, Michelle (Marcel) (New Member)
Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.
Tampa, FL

Gottlieb, Warren   
Gottlieb
Armonk, NY

Grafton, Joy   
Popper&Grafton
Edison, NJ

Grafton, Samuel   
Popper&Grafton
Edison, NJ

Grimes, Timothy 
BARR Credit Services
Tucson, AZ

Haines, Todd 
Law Office of Todd F. Haines
Agoura Hills, CA

Hamilton, Nancy 
American Lawyers Quarterly
Cleveland, OH

Hamilton, Theodore (Sarah)
Wetherington Hamilton, P.A.
Tampa, FL

Hamilton, Thomas 
American Lawyers Quarterly
Cleveland, OH

Hammons, Chad 
Jones Walker LLP
Jackson, MS

Hare, Owen (Liz)
Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A.
Owings Mills, MD

Hart, James  (New Member)
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Cleveland, OH

Hays, Beau (Jane)
Hays & Potter, LLP
Peachtree Corners, GA

Henry, Dale
Your Best Unlimited
Kingston, TN

Ingold, Valerie
Commercial Collection Corp. of NY
Tonawanda, NY

Isenberg, Harriett 
Isenberg & Hewitt, PC
Atlanta, GA

James, Brandon 
Tucker, Albin and Associates
Richardson, TX

Kaye, Yasamin 
Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Keifer, Rich 
Keifer Law Firm, LLC
Kingston, PA

Kelly, Ben 
Law Office of Benjamin E. Kelly
Seattle, WA

Kelly, Conor 
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Washington DC

Kerrick, Daniel 
Hogan McDaniel
Wilmington, DE

Khano, Jason 
Aubrey Thrasher, LLC
Marietta, GA

Kilburn, Patrick 
Lloyd & McDaniel, PLC
Louisville, KY

Kirkorsky, Jason 
Law Offices of Mark A Kirkorsky
Mesa, AZ

Kirkorsky, Mark 
Law Offices of Mark A Kirkorsky
Mesa, AZ

Klein, Carter 
Jenner & Block
Chicago, IL

Kline, Candice 
Saul Ewing LLP
Chicago, IL

Kozelek, Jim (Maria)
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Dublin, OH

Krafft, Margaret 
CLLA
Rolling Meadows, IL

Kramer, Jonathan 
Whitfield & Eddy Law
Des Moines, IA

Lattanzio, Phil 
CLLA
Rolling Meadows, IL

LeFevre, Brinen 
Kearns Brinen & Monaghan
Greenville, SC

Leigh, David 
Ray Quinney & Nebeker PC
Salt Lake City, UT

Leopold, Saul 
Leopold & Associates, PLLC
Armonk, NY

Lichtman, Marc 
Lichtman Eisen Partners, Ltd
Chicago, IL

Liccardi, Graham 
Teller, Levit & Silvertrust, PC
Chicago, IL

Lifson, Scott 
Bernick Lifson, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN

Lippman, David 
Lippman Recupero
Tucson, AZ

Lockhart, Walter 
STA International
Melville, NY

Lurie, Robert 
Reisenfeld & Associates, LLC
Cincinnati, OH

Lynch, Hon. Thomas 
US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL
Rockford, IL

Mann, Bill   
Joseph, Mann & Creed
Twinsburg, OH

Marino, Joe 
Marino, Mayers & Jarrach, LLC
Clifton, NJ

Marinstein, Edward   
Marinstein & Marinstein Esqs., PLLC
Troy, NY

Marko, Ed 
Marko Law PLLC
Phoenix, AZ

Markoff, Steven 
Markoff Law LLC
Chicago, IL

McCann, Mary 
CLLA
Rolling Meadows, IL

McCarthy, Ian  (New Member)
Barnett & Garcia, PLLC
Austin, TX

McConville, Jim 
Radius Global Solutions LLC
Fair Lawn, NJ

Mendelson, Lee 
Mendelson Law Group, APC
Sherman Oaks, CA

Mendelson, Paul (Diane)
Mendelson Law Firm
Memphis, TN

Mendiratta, Neeraj 
KnovaOne
Wellington, FL

Miceli, Marc 
S. Mitnick Law PC
Oldwick, NJ

Minassian, Natalia 
Hatkoff & Minassian, A Law Corporation
Los Angeles, CA

Moselle, Robin 
Robin S Moselle P.A.
Plantation, FL

Moss, Christopher 
SCJ Commercial Financial Services
Harrington, DE

Nagle, Brian   
McCarthy, Burgess & Wolff
Cleveland, OH

Newland, William 
360 Legal, Inc.
Sarasota, FL

Nicolet, Jeffrey 
Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd.
Minneapolis, MN

Nixon, Christopher 
American Lawyers Quarterly
Cleveland, OH

Odneal, Abby 
NACM Southwest
Coppell, TX

Payne, Richard 
Morrison and Payne
Toronto, ON

Peiffer, Austin 
Ag & Business Legal Strategies
Cedar Rapids, IA

Peiffer, Joe 
Ag & Business Legal Strategies
Cedar Rapids, IA

Perri, Nikki 
Brown & Joseph, LLC
Itasca, IL

Peterson, Bill 
Miller Cohen Peterson Young, P.C.
Longmont, CO

Peterson, Ronald 
Jenner & Block
Lake Forest, IL

Pinchuck, Warren 
Columbia Law List
Boca Raton, FL

Pollak, Robert 
Glassberg, Pollak & Associates
San Rafael, CA

Pona, Amy 
Gurstel Law Firm PC
Golden Valley, MN

Posen, Kevin 
Teller Levit & Silvertrust, PC
Chicago, IL

Press, Bryan 
Metro Group of NY, Inc.
Livingston, NJ

Pucin, John 
Caine & Weiner Company, Inc.
Schaumburg, IL

Rafferty, Bryan 
Commercial Collection Corp. of NY
Tonawanda, NY

Ragan, Peter  (New Member)
Ragan & Ragan, PC
Wall, NJ

Ramsey, Jeffrey 
Blackwell Burke & Ramsey, PC
Indianapolis, IN

Rose, Jack  
JR2G LLC
Bronxville, NY

Rose, Jonathan 
Millennium Collections
Vero Beach, FL

Roth, David  (New Member)
Blenden Roth Law Firm, PLLC
Bedford, TX

Rubin, Deborah 
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Southfield, MI

Rudman, Britt 
Law Offices of T. Britt Rudman
Beverly Hills, CA

Sargent, Greg   
Lamont, Hanley and Associates, Inc.
Manchester, NH

Sargent, Rhonda  
Lamont, Hanley and Associates, Inc.
Manchester, NH

Scanlon, Robert  
Dellwo Roberts & Scanlon PS
Spokane, WA

Schafkopf, Gary
Weisberg Law
Morton, PA

Schatzman, Jeffrey (Lisa)
Schatzman & Schatzman, PA
Miami, FL

Scott, Don 
Wright Holmes
Katonah, NY

Shelomith, Zach (Brooke)
LSS Law
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Singer, Gil 
Marcadis Singer, PA
Tampa, FL

Slowey, Regina  (New Member)
Orlans PC
Troy, MI

Sonnhalter, Michael 
General Bar Inc.
Westlake, OH

Spilotro, Daniel 
Spilotro Law Group LLC
Chicago, IL

Steege, Catherine
Jenner & Block
Chicago, IL

Sternback, Cary 
Heitner & Breitstein PC
Manalapan, NJ

Stillman, Michael 
Stillman Law Office
Farmington Hills, MI

Sweet, Donna 
CRF Solutions
Simi Valley, CA

Taroff, Les 
Taroff & Taitz LLP
Bohemia, NY

Tharnish, Bob 
ABC-Amega, Inc.
Buffalo, NY

Thesing, Patrick  (New Member)
Debt Recovery Resources
Arlington, TX

Thorne, Hon. Deborah 
US Bankruptcy Court, Northern IL District of IL
Chicago, IL

Thrush, Bill (Nancy)
Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A.
Owings Mills, MD

Tier, Gary 
The Forwarders List of Attorneys
Newtown, PA

Tobia, Michael 
Gottlieb Ostrager LLP
Armonk, NY

Tyler, Robert 
Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis APC
Riverside, CA

VandenHeuvel, Lee 
Ross, Stuart & Dawson
Clawson, MI

Voorhees, Kelsey 
IACC
Eagan, MN

Walker, Lorna 
Sweet & Walker PC
San Francisco, CA

Wallick, Marc 
Wallick & Associates
Warwick, RI

Wan, Timothy 
Smith Carroad Wan & Parikh, P.C.
Smithtown, NY

Wedoff, Hon. Eugene (ret.)
US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL
Chicago, IL

Weiner, Gary 
Weiner Law Firm P.C.
Springfield, MA

Weisberg, Matthew (New Member)
Weisberg Law
Morton, PA

Weiss Manne, Beverly 
Tucker Arensberg PC
Pittsburgh, PA

Welford, Jay
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Southfield, MI

Wetenhall, Jason
Tucker Albin and Associates
Richardson, TX

White, JR, Richard 
Barber & Bartz
Tulsa, OK

Whipple, Hon. Mary Anne 
US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of OH
Toledo, OH

Williams, Tony 
Williams & Williams, Inc.
Louisville, KY

Willis, Harrison 
Cloud Willis & Ellis, LLC
Mobile, AL

Woolley, Randall
Darcy & Devassy
Chicago, IL

Young, Chris 
BTLG
Columbia, MD

Zall, Darrell 
Kohner, Mann, Kailas S.C.
Glendale, WI

CLLA Welcomes You to Chicago

Join CLLA, May 17-19, 2023, in Chicago at the Swissotel Chicago. In addition to the high-quality educational sessions and networking events, you can explore Chicago – a shopping mecca! Or, take in the festive atmosphere of Navy Pier, do some museum hopping, and sample cuisine from around the world. Nearby attractions include: The Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, State Street shopping, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium.

Convention Events

  • Business Session – Town Hall Meeting that includes the Annual Report from the League President and the Treasurer’s Report.
  • Nominating Debates (when necessary) – Make informed decisions on candidates running for office.
  • Change of Officers – Introduction of the newly installed officers.
  • President’s Cup – Recipient recognition.
  • Goosechase – The CLLA is sending you on a goosechase.
  • Game Show – Bring your best brain-teasing solving mind.
  • Prohibition Tour – This tour of several local Speakeasies is an in depth look at prohibition. There is an extra charge for this tour. The limit is 40 people so sign up when you register for the convention!

WINDY CITY THROWDOWN

Wednesday, May 17
8:30 — 10:30 PM

Join your sponsors, the Young Members Section for a night of socializing, food, libations, and throwing down with other CLLA members at the Game Room of the Chicago Athletic Association.

LOCATION:
The Chicago Athletic Association,
Game Room
12 South Michigan Avenue; 312-940-3552

 

Thank You to Our Windy City Throwdown Sponsors

Sponsorship will provide you with exposure to attorneys, agencies and commercial collection professionals. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company name as one of the sponsors at the 129th National Convention. Show your support and sponsor today!

BENEFITS
All sponsors will be listed on

  • CLLA website
  • Email promotions
  • On-site Signage
  • Event Program

Exclusive Sponsorships

  • Lanyards – $750 SOLD
  • Pocket Guide – $500 SOLD
  • Notepads – $350  SOLD
  • Pens – $350  SOLD

General Sponsorships

  • CLLA website
  • Email promotions
  • On-site Signage
  • Event Program

TO BECOME A SPONSOR, CONTACT DAWN FEDERICO AT
dawn.federico@clla.org.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 17, 2022.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Friday, April 14

*Disclaimer: CLE credit is available to attendees from qualifying states who register on or before March 17. We cannot guarantee state accreditation after March 17.
**One registration form per member.
***Please note that business colleagues are not eligible to register under this category.

Member/Non-Member Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all Educational Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU
  • Breakfast daily
  • AM/PM Breaks
  • Goosechase
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Women’s Empowerment & Networking Event
  • Evening Receptions
  • Game Show
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

Spouse/Guest Registration Fee Includes:

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Breakfast daily
  • Goosechase
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Women’s Empowerment & Networking Event
  • Evening Receptions
  • Game Show
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

 Virtual Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all Educational Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU
  • Thursday’s Business Meeting
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Program

Maria Kozelek,
Event Chairperson

Women of the League and Spouses of League Members are invited to join us for the CLLA Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon, on Thursday, May 18, 2023 starting at 12:15 p.m.

 A buffet lunch will be served, and each attendee will receive a swag bag!

Registration for this event is required. For those planning to attend, please indicate that preference when registering for the National Convention.

Charitable donations for Dress for Success are being accepted now and will continue through the event. The first $2,000 in donations will be matched by me, your hostess. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

 It is our hope that we can help empower other women in business that need a step forward.

 I look forward to seeing you in Chicago, but if you cannot be there and would like to donate, please use the donation button to the left.

 Thank you for your generosity!

Bill Peterson, Miller Cohen Peterson Young, P.C.

Jim Kozelek Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

Judith Fitzgerald, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Nancy Hamilton, American Lawyers Quarterly

Matt Garcia, Barnett and Garcia, PLLC

Candice Kline

Phil Lattanzio

Lorna Walker, The Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC

Abby Odneal, NACM Southwest

Barry Gammons

Beverly Weiss Manne

Crystal R. Cole, Attorney at Law

Ted Hamilton, Wetherington Hamilton, P.A.

Marko Law PLLC

Amy Pona

Donna Sweet, CRF Solutions

Beau Hays, Hays & Potter, LLP

Gary Tier

Anonymous

Jeff Schatzman, Schatzman & Schatzman, PA

Natalia Minassian,
Hatkoff & Minassian, A Law Corporation

Ben Farrow, Anderson, Williams & Farrow LLC 

Joy Grafton, Popper&Graftson

Jeffrey Nicolet Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd 

Wanda Borges

Gary Weiner, Weiner Law Firm, PC

T. Britt Rudman,  Law Offices of T. Britt Rudman

Deborah Rubin 

Robert Tyler, Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis APC

Julie Gelderblom, Levelset, A Procore Company 

Michelle Gilbert, Gilbert Garcia Group, PA

Larry Cassidy, Northern California Collection Service Inc. 

Dawn Federico

William Thrush,
Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A.

Anonymous

Sonja & Mark Sheriff

Scott Foeller

Jennifer Dlugolecki

BARR Credit Services

Robin S Moselle P.A.

Isenberg & Hewitt PC

Ellen Ellison

Annemarie Case,
Case Law Firm, SC

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Maria Kozelek

 

Event Location

Swissotel Chicago

323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-0565

Accomodations:

Designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, Swissotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The distinctive 4-diamond, all-glass hotel offers spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, 662 guest rooms and suites, five premier ballrooms, state-of-the-art penthouse fitness center, and spotless European-style service.

Hotel Reservations:

Make your hotel reservation as early as possible to ensure you receive the discounted rate (subject to availability).
Making your reservation by phone, call the Reservations Department at 1-888-737-9477 or the Global Reservation Centre at 1-800-441-1414. Be sure to mention you are with the Commercial Law League of America-CLLA to receive the group rate.

On-line reservations can be made by clicking the link below:
https://book.passkey.com/e/50371135

Room Rate: $269/night, single/double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 17.4%) (NO resort fee). Room cut-off is Friday, April 14, 2023.

Weather:

Average Chicago temperatures for early May are high 70 / low 50. Rain is always a possibility. Be prepared, it’s Chicago!

Transportations and Parking:

Swissotel: Valet Parking overnight with in/out access is $78/night

Nearby Self-Parking Garages:

  • 303 East Wacker Garage
    (303 E. Wacker Dr.)
  • Coast Parking
    (345 E, W. Wacker Drive)
  • The Tides at Lakeshore East
    (360 E. South Water St)
  • Illinois Center
    (111 E. Randolph)
  • Park Millennium Parking Garage
    (221 N. Stetson Ave.)

To find discounted parking near the hotel, download the SpotHero app to your mobile device and search the area.

Transportation
Visit this link  for driving directions: https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/explore-hotel/

Thank You To Our Champions Sponsors!

Become A Member

Membership provides an opportunity to connect with professionals in your field and promote your services to other industry members.

Being engaged, involved, active, and present makes all the difference. Network and make new business contacts. Keep your CLE requirements up-to-date and find out about pending legislation that could affect your daily work, before it goes into effect by joining the CLLA.

Join Us!

CLLA Luncheon at the NCBJ in Seattle, Washington

Save-the-Date!
CLLA Western Region Conference

Mark your calendars for the Western Region Conference September 25-26, 2024 in Palm Springs, California.

Save-The-Date!
CLLA Eastern Region Conference

Join us November 6-7, 2024 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York, New York.

130th CLLA National Convention

Thank You to all sponsors, speakers and attendees for making this such a great event. Click here for photos. 

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3005 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

+312 240 1400

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