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Law Society

Who We Are

The Law Society of Saint Ignatius College Prep perpetuates the mission of Saint Ignatius by growing a community committed to the highest standards of professionalism and service to others. Members of the Law Society serve as mentors to current and former Saint Ignatius students through internships and hiring. The Law Society provides an opportunity for law professionals as well as government professionals, public servants and elected officials to establish a lasting legacy while supporting Saint Ignatius College Prep, and its students.  Annual membership in the Law Society funds the Michael Lefkow Endowment, which directly supports multiple Saint Ignatius students.

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  • Law Society Members

    As of 5.24.23
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It was wonderful to enjoy the 41st Annual Saint Ignatius Law Luncheon on February 2.  Perhaps the disengagement that Covid brought makes us even more grateful for events where we can engage, celebrate, honor and enjoy the company of others. 
The accomplishments and commitment of our honorees, John Simon '78 and John Buttita are remarkable, and an illustration of the mission of Saint Ignatius College Prep. These men emulate the highest standards of excellence in their profession and in their lives. They embody what it means to be persons for others. Their recognition was well-earned, and a testament to the good work driven by the Law Society.
Thank you for supporting the Law Society through your membership, and attendance at the Annual Law Luncheon.

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  • Hon. John A. Simon '78

    Hon. John A. Simon '78
    Hon. John A. Simon ’78 is an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, presiding over cases in the First Municipal District. Prior to his judicial appointment in 2020, John practiced civil litigation for over 25 years with the firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP (formerly Drinker Biddle & Reath, and before that, Gardner Carton & Douglas).

    John began his legal career as law clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Curry in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, followed by seven years as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the General Law Division.

    During his tenure in the Office of Attorney General and in the private practice, John tried many cases in federal and state courts and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Appellate Courts.

    A member of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Leadership Council for over twenty years, John represented asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia, Eritrea, and Cameroon as well as Dreamers from Mexico identified by NIJC as needing pro bono legal services. John is an active member of the scholarship committee of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, which recognizes the achievements of and provides financial assistance to diverse students from law schools within the Seventh Circuit’s review area.

    John’s Jesuit education began at Saint Ignatius College Prep and continued at Santa Clara University, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and Loyola Law School in Chicago.

    John is from a family of many Ignatian lawyers beginning with his father Raymond F. Simon ’50, and including siblings Matthew ’75, Gregory ’80, David ’83, Kevin ’85, and Maria ’85. John and his wife Tanya Solov are proud parents of four St. Ignatius graduates: Katya ’11, Sasha ’13, Isabella ’15 and Misha ’18.
  • Mr. John J. Buttita

    Mr. John J. Buttita
    John J. Buttita is a partner of BDN Associates, an Oak Brook, Illinois law firm serving high-net-worth individuals, family investment entities, and family offices. John served as Chair of the private client practice groups at Altheimer & Gray from 1994 until 2003, and Jenner & Block from 2003 until 2014. John also served as Chair of the Lurie Children’s Hospital Legacy Advisors Executive Committee from 2004 until 2014, and as a member of the Chicago Art Institute Planned Giving Advisory Committee. John is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbard, and has authored numerous articles, most recently “A Practical Approach to Family Office Structure” which appears in the March 2020 issue of the Journal of Taxation.

    John received his undergraduate degree in Economics with Highest Honors from DePaul University in 1976, is a 1979 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, and a member of the Illinois Bar and the New York Bar.

    John lives in Riverside, Illinois, with his wife, Nancy. Their daughters attended Saint Ignatius College Prep (Sara ’99 and Elisabeth ’04).

Law Society Luncheon 02.18.2022

Thank you to all who attended the 40th Annual Law Society Luncheon on Friday, February 18, 2022 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Saint Ignatius College Prep was privileged to honor John J. Muldoon, III '76 and Michael K. Muldoon '78 with Alumni Awards for Excellence in Law and Marcy A. Twardak with the Award for Excellence in Law. We also thank Rev. Paul Kalenzi, S.J. for giving the Invocation and offer our gratitude to our luncheon sponsor and table hosts for making this event possible.

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  • Michael K. Muldoon '78 & John J. Muldoon, III '76

    Alumni Award for Excellence in Law
    John J. Muldoon, III ′76 spent the first 11 years of his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, where he tried many high-profile cases, including several death penalty cases.

    In 1995 he left the State’s Attorneys’ Office to become general counsel for the Rosenthal Collins Group, which included a futures commission merchant (FCM), securities broker-dealer, a proprietary trading company and other related businesses. During that time, he co-chaired a coalition of FCM’s and co-wrote a brief filed in the US Supreme Court.

    In 2001, John and Michael formed Muldoon & Muldoon, LLC. While Michael concentrates his practice representing victims and family members of victims of personal injury and wrongful death, John represents victims of financial fraud, employment discrimination and those accused of whitecollar crime and non-violent felonies. John has tried 57 jury trials to verdict, including civil rights cases against Walgreen Co. and U.S. Steel.

    John earned his Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame, and once he finishes his thesis, he will be a degree candidate from Chicago-Kent’s Masters in Financial Law program.

    John is also very active in virtually all activities of his parish, St. Andrew, when he is not skating with his beer-league hockey team.

    John and his wife Laura live on the North Side with their daughters Maddie and Caitlin.

    Michael K. Muldoon ′78 has been representing victims and family members of victims of personal injury and wrongful death for over 35 years. While his home base has always been Cook County, he has represented clients in all the collar counties and other counties both in and out of Illinois. Michael has shown the same dedication and professionalism to his clients that have simple automobile cases as he does to his clients that have complex cases that have resulted in multi-million-dollar jury verdicts. He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Michael has authored or co-authored chapters in books published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has lectured at seminars sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Lorman Education Services and other legal organizations. He has been a part of several professional organizations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, and currently serves on the ISBA Judicial Evaluation Committee as well as the ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Committee. Michael is also active in charitable and religious organizations, as well as volunteering as a boys basketball coach at St. Cletus grade school in La Grange since 2004. Michael had been with Corboy & Demetrio P.C. for ten years before joining with his brother John to form Muldoon & Muldoon, LLC in 2001. He continues to concentrate on representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Michael earned his Juris Doctor from the Chicago Kent College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Michael and his wife Lisa are proud parents of Kirby ’15 and Cailey Rose
  • Marcy Twardak

    Award for Excellence in Law
    Marcy Twardak is the Chief Administrator and Chief Financial Officer of the nationally recognized law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, P.C. Marcy manages the firm’s finances as well as human resources, new business, marketing, and all nonclient areas. In addition, Marcy oversees the firm’s charitable endeavors, which allows her to combine her professional life with her life-long dedication to philanthropy, particularly in the areas of education, church, and services for disabled persons.

    For the last three years, Marcy has served as Chair of the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. She is a past Chair and current Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA).

    Marcy serves as Secretary of the Philip H. Corboy Foundation and serves as a Vice President the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, where she has been a member since 2005. Marcy participates in the annual Big Shoulder’s Fund Lend a Shoulder Day and is a member of the Reverend Robert E. McLaughlin Faith Foundation Committee.

    For more than 20 years, Marcy has devoted many hours to organize volunteers and take part in Sunday brunches at Misericordia Home. For the last decade, Marcy has hosted her famous “Sip, Shop and Splurge” Misericordia shopping fundraisers. Misericordia has chosen Marcy to be the recipient of the Sister Rosemary Connelly Service Medallion Award at the 2022 annual Heart of Mercy Ball.

    A graduate of Immaculata High School and Mundelein College, Marcy received the coveted Mother Mary Frances Clarke Award from Immaculata in 2015. Since 2008, Marcy has served on the Mundelein College Alumnae Board, serving as the Board’s President from 2013- 2015.

    Marcy is active on the Women’s Council at Saint Ignatius College Prep. She has served as President of the School Board at Saint Juliana School and as Chairperson of the Saint Gall Parish “Friends of St. Gall.” She also serves on the Rerum Novarum Committee at Mundelein Seminary, after serving on the Board of Advisors of Saint Joseph Seminary for many years. She received the Mater Dei award from the Seminary in 2013.

    Marcy lives in Chicago with her husband, Bob, a retired Battalion Chief of the Chicago Fire Department. Her three children, who still live in Chicago, attended Saint Ignatius College Prep (Katie ’02, Patrick ’05 and Maggie ’06).

Law Society Luncheon 02.28.2020

On Friday, February 28, 2020, we honored Martin A. Russo ’61 with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Law and Linda K. Myers with the Award for Excellence in Law at the 39th Annual Law Luncheon at the Union League Club. Our guests enjoyed celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Saint Ignatius and reuniting many generations of our community who have dedicated their lives, in the words of Saint Thomas More, “for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice.”

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  • Martin A. Russo '61

    Alumni Award for Excellence in Law
    Former Congressman Marty Russo is a noted speaker and lecturer on how businesses and associations can have more influence on decisions being made in Washington DC. He tells audiences to get involved and make a positive impact.

    He draws on a long career in public office and as a top federal lobbyist to speak about what is happening in Washington, and how you can have a stronger impact. Marty has his own consulting firm that provides high level government relations counsel, for more information visit Russo Capitol Strategies, LLC.
    A passionate believer in the First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” he believes that the best lobbyist is one who gets involved and presents public officials with credible, relevant information that encompasses all sides of an issue.
    As a nine term veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-3rd/IL), Marty has walked in the shoes of an elected official who must tackle tough public policy issues while still answering to constituents back home.
    Marty served as CEO of one of Washington’s largest and most prestigious government relations firm and in his eighteen years of service he counseled hundreds of clients.
    He serves as an officer of the American Australian Council, on the Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council (CFLC) of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, and on the Advisory Board of the Leadership Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

    A native of Chicago, Marty received his B.A. and J.D. from DePaul University.
  • Linda K. Myers, P.C.

    Award for Excellence in Law
    Linda K. Myers is a nationally recognized corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She leads the Firm’s Debt Finance Practice Group and focuses her practice on debt financing transactions for major private and public companies, private equity groups and commercial lending institutions.
    Linda’s clients include some of the world’s most sophisticated public and private companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Deere & Company, Six Flags, United Air Lines, Urban One, Vistra and Zebra Technologies. She also represents many leading private equity firms including Bain Capital, KKR and Madison Dearborn Partners and lenders such as Bain Capital Credit and PSP Investments.
    Firm Leadership
    As one of the world’s largest and most profitable law firms with revenues exceeding $3.7 billion, Kirkland relies on its 20-attorney Global Management Executive Committee to direct the business and affairs of the Firm. Linda has served as a member since 2010 during which time Kirkland has grown from 1500 to over 2500 attorneys. The Firm also expanded from 10 to 15 locations with the opening of offices in Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Houston and Paris.
    Linda is also dedicated to supporting diversity at Kirkland. She established the Diversity Integration Task Force, which determines policy and structural enhancements to execute the Firm’s commitment to diversity. Linda is also a founding member of Kirkland’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Firm's mentoring and professional development program for female attorneys. Additionally, she is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee which focuses on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys in a manner that promotes diversity at all levels within the Firm.
    Linda plays a valuable role on several other Firm committees including:
    • Chair of the Administrative Committee which creates and monitors polices of the Firm (2009 – present)
    • Member of the Finance Committee where she serves on the budget subcommittee and handles the Firm’s credit facility and various partner loan programs (2007 – present)
    • Member of the Audit Committee which monitors the integrity of the Firm's annual financial statements and compliance with finance related legal and regulatory requirements (2014 – present)
    • Member of the Proposing Partner Committee and Associate & Non-Share Partner Compensation Committee which are responsible for review and compensation of the Firm’s partners and associates (2010 – present)
    • Member of the Firmwide and Chicago Associate Review Committees which review the performance of the Firm’s associates and handle issues relating to the training, morale and retention of associates (2001 – present) Board Service and Community Involvement
    • Member of Kinzie Capital Partners Advisory Board
    • Member of The Chicago Network Board of Directors
    • Member of the Chicago Finance Exchange
    • Member of The Economic Club of Chicago
    • Fellow of The American Bar Foundation
    • Member of the Center for WorkLife Law Board
    • Member of the St. Ignatius College Prep Board of Trustees
    • Member of the Parents Council to the Chancellor at Washington University in St Louis
    • Member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Directors
    • Member of the Chicago Shakespeare Board of Directors

Law Society

Recipients of Law Awards
If you would like to nominate an individual for a Law award, please complete the forms below and submit to Gia DeCarlo at Forms can also be mailed to Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608 Attn: Gia DeCarlo

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  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Law Presented at Class Reunions

    Mr. Charles J. Winikates (Dec'd) '45
    50th Reunion, 1995
    Mr. Thomas A. Foran (Dec'd) '41
    Jubilee Reunion, 1996
    Mr. Joseph G. Bisceglia '66
    35th Reunion, 2001
    Mr. John P. Goedert (Dec'd) '31
    Jubilee Reunion, 2002
    Mr. Arthur W. Bresnahan '87
    20th Reunion, 2007
    Mr. Philip A. Doran '58
    50th Reunion, 2008
    Mr. John T. McCarthy '59
    50th Reunion, 2009
    Mr. Kevin P. Cronin '75
    35th Reunion, 2010
    Mrs. Cecilia Hynes Griffin '83
    30th Reunion, 2013
    Mr. Matthew J. Botica '68
    45th Reunion, 2013
    Hon. Thomas J. Lipscomb '64
    50th Reunion, 2014
    Mr. James Lynch '69
    45th Reunion, 2014
    Mr. Tom H. Luetkemeyer ‘75 
    40th Reunion, 2015
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Law Presented at the Law Luncheon

    Mr. William F. Madden (Dec'd) '6310th Annual, 1991
    Dr. Philip J. Faccenda '4712th Annual, 1993
    Mr. William Daley '6613th Annual, 1994
    Mr. Thomas P. Luning '6014th Annual, 1995
    Hon. Mel R. Jiganti '5015th Annual, 1996
    Justice Gino L. DiVito '5516th Annual, 1997
    Hon. Michael J. Madigan '6018th Annual, 1999
    Mr. John J. Muldoon, Sr. '4719th Annual, 2000
    Mr. George J. Cullen '5320th Annual, 2001
    Mr. John J. Jiganti '5821st Annual, 2002
    Mr. Martin J. Healy, Jr. '6122nd Annual, 2003
    Mr. Quin A. Denvir '5823rd Annual, 2004
    Mr. Joseph D. Kearney '8224th Annual, 2005
    Mr. Kevin J. Conway '6925th Annual, 2006
    Mr. William R. Kunkel '7426th Annual, 2007
    Senator Donald F. Harmon '8427th Annual, 2008
    Hon. William Haddad '6428th Annual, 2009
    Hon. Maura Slattery Boyle '8529th Annual, 2010
    Mr. Patrick E. Dwyer, II '5830th Annual, 2011
    Mr. Gerald S. McCarthy '8031st Annual, 2012
    Hon. Thomas L. Hogan '7232nd Annual, 2013
    Mr. Martin P. Greene '6933rd Annual, 2014
    Mr. Michael D. Monico '6534th Annual, 2015
    Mr. Michael J. Morrissey '6735th Annual, 2016
    Mr. Richard W. Burke '5136th Annual, 2017
    Hon. Russell W. Hartigan '6437th Annual, 2018
    Mrs. Mary Clare Greabe Bonaccorsi '8138th Annual, 2019
    Martin A. Russo ‘6139th Annual, 2020
    John J. Muldoon, III '7640th Annual, 2022
    Michael K. Muldoon '7840th Annual, 2022
    Hon. John A. Simon '7841st Annual, 2023
  • Award for Excellence in Law (non alumnus) Presented at the Law Luncheon

    Mr. Phil Corboy (Dec'd)9th Annual, 1990
    Mr. William Harte11th Annual, 1992
    Mr. John J. George17th Annual, 1998
    Justice Mary Jane Theis32nd Annual, 2013
    Hon. William J. Bauer33rd Annual, 2014
    Mr. Thomas Chomicz34th Annual, 2015
    Mr. Thomas M. Tully35th Annual, 2016
    Mr. John J. Pikarski, Jr.36th Annual, 2017
    Hon. Richard M. Daley37th Annual, 2018
    Mrs. Ellen Mulaney and Mr. Chip Mulaney38th Annual, 2019
    Linda K. Meyers39th Annual, 2020
    Marcy A. Twardak40th Annual, 2022
    John J. Buttita41st Annual, 2023
  • Honorary Diploma presented at Law Luncheon

    Mr. Geoffrey L. GiffordLaw Luncheon 2001
    Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrowLaw Luncheon 2002
    Mr. George B. CollinsLaw Luncheon 2003
    Justice Anne BurkeLaw Luncheon 2004
    Ms. Patricia C. BobbLaw Luncheon 2005
    Hon. Joy V. CunninghamLaw Luncheon 2006
    Ms. Nina S. AppelLaw Luncheon 2007
    Mr. Patrick J. FitzgeraldLaw Luncheon 2008
    Mrs. Anita AlvarezLaw Luncheon 2009
    Hon. Jennifer Duncan BriceLaw Luncheon 2010
    Mr. Joseph A. PowerLaw Luncheon 2011
    Mr. Joseph MossLaw Luncheon 2012
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