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J. DALE BERRY

Position: Partner
Born: Roswell, New Mexico, January 17, 1943
Education: Michigan State University (B.A., cum laude, 1965); University of Michigan (J.D., 1970)
Admitted to Bar: 1970, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
Appointments: General Counsel, Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI), 1990- present
Member: Chicago Bar Association; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC); Board of Directors, McHenry County Defenders, 1985-1994; President, McHenry County Conservation Voters (MCCV), 1986-1993; honorary member, Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI)
Profiled in: Michael G. Matejka, Fiery Struggle: Illinois Fire Fighters Build a Union, 1901-1985 (Illinois Labor History Society, 2002)
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
Reported Cases: City of Decatur v. AFSCME, 122 Ill. 2d 353 (1988); City of Freeport v. ISLRB, 135 Ill. 2d 499 (1990); City of Evanston v. ISLRB, 227 Ill. App. 3d 955 (1st Dist. 1992); Town of Cicero v. IAFF Local 717, 338 Ill. App. 3d 364 (1st Dist. 2003)
e-mail: jdberry@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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GILBERT A. CORNFIELD

Position: Founding Partner
Born: Chicago, Illinois, July 6, 1931
Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1951; J.D., 1954)
Associate Editor: University of Chicago Law Review, 1954
Admitted to Bar: 1954, Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court
Author:

  • "The Partial Strike." University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 21, circa 1953
  • "Developing Standards for Determining Arbitrability of Labor Disputes by Federal Courts." Labor Law Journal, 1963
  • "The Significance of the Supervisory and Managerial Definitions in the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act and the Public Labor Relations Act of Illinois." Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 4, 1984
  • "Arthur J. Goldberg's Legacies to American Labor Relations," John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 3, 1999
Member: Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC)
Awards and Honors: Listed in Chicago's Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America; peer-rated "AV Preeminent" in Martindale-Hubbell; honoree, Peggy Browning Fund, 2005; LERA honoree, 2007
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
e-mail: gcornfield@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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GILBERT FELDMAN

Position: Founding partner
Born: Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 1931
Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1952; J.D., 1955)
Comment Editor: Northwestern University Law Review, 1954-1955
Admitted to Bar: 1955, Illinois; 1956, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court
Author:

  • "Arthur J. Goldberg's Legacies to American Labor Relations," John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 3, 1999
  • "Unclean Hands in Anti-Trust Cases: An Uncertain Future." Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 5, November-December 1953
  • "The Quantity Discount and Now the Quantity Limit." Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 2, May-June 1954
  • "The Scope of Review, Due Process, and the Conscientious Objector—Some Unresolved Problems." Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 5, November-December 1955
  • "The Illinois Judiciary and Public Employee Labor Disputes: A Return to an Imperial Judiciary?" Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 3, 1977
  • "The Illinois Supreme Court's Stahulak Decision Establishes a Further Departure under the IPLRA from the Federal Model in Duty of Fair Representation Cases." Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2000
  • "Illinois Public Employee Unions Get the Card Check as an Alternative Method of Gaining Recognition." Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2004
Member: Chicago Bar Association; Chicago Council of Lawyers; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC)
Awards and Honors: Listed in Chicago's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Who's Who in American Law; peer-rated "AV Preeminent" in Martindale- Hubbell; LERA honoree, 2013
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
e-mail: gfeldman@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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JACOB POMERANZ

Position: Managing Partner
Born: Hesse, Germany, August 22, 1946
Education: University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.S., 1968); Yale University (J.D., 1973)
Admitted to Bar: 1973, Illinois; 1978, California
Appointments: Assistant General Counsel, New York City Health Services Administration, 1971–1972
Member: Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC)
Awards and Honors: Illinois Super Lawyer, 2007-2011
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
e-mail: jpomeranz@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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ROBERT A. SELTZER

Position: Partner
Born: Madison, Wisconsin, January 14, 1953
Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., with distinction, 1976); University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
Admitted to Bar: 1992, Maryland (inactive); 1993, Illinois, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Ninth Circuits; 1995, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1996, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 2000, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar; 2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2011, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Member: American Bar Association; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC); International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), 1977–1983 Awards and Honors: Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, from the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, May 8, 2014.
Practice Areas: Union-side labor law; employment law; ERISA; multiemployer benefit funds
e-mail: rseltzer@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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JIM M. VAINIKOS

Position: Partner
Born: Melrose Park, Illinois, July 21, 1963
Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1985); American University (J.D., 1988), Alpha Lambda Delta Admitted to Bar: 1990, Illinois
Member: Administrative Law Journal, American University, 1987–1988; Chicago, Hellenic, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations (president, Hellenic Bar Assn. of Illinois, 2001-2002); AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC)
Languages: Greek
Practice Areas: Union-side labor law; workers compensation; Social Security disability
e-mail: jvainikos@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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PAMELA LAMBOS

Position: Associate
Born: Salt Lake City, Utah
Education: University of Utah, 1987; John Marshall Law School, 1992
Admitted to Bar: 1992, Illinois
Practice Area: Workers compensation
e-mail: plambos@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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GAIL E. MROZOWSKI

Position: Associate
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Education: DePaul University; Northern Illinois University (B.S., 1977); Chicago- Kent College of Law (J.D., 1981)
Admitted to Bar: 1981, Illinois
Member: Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LLC)
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
e-mail: gmrozowski@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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MARK S. STEIN

Position: Associate
Born: Chicago, Illinois, 1958
Education: University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., 1980,); University of Michigan (J.D., 1983); Yale University (Ph.D., 2001)
Admitted to Bar: 1983, Illinois
Author:

  • Distributive Justice and Disability (Yale University Press, 2006)
  • Blood Libel: The Life and Memory of Mendel Beilis (Beilis Publishing, 2011)
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
e-mail: mstein@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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ELISA REDISH

Position: Associate
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Education: University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2015); Northwestern University (B.A., 2011).
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (2014-2015)
Admitted to Bar: 2015, Illinois; Northern District of Illinois.
Member: Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations; AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee.
Practice Area: Union-side labor law
Email: eredish@cornfieldandfeldman.com

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