2017 – Gary Wachtel

Gary Wachtel epitomizes the principle of leadership by example. In 2012, as a senior director in the law department at Discover Financial Services, Gary brought leadership and a strong personal commitment that were instrumental in building from what would become an award-winning pro bono program that he now chairs. Over the past two years, more […]

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2016 – Eric Carlson

As Senior Counsel for McDonald’s Corporation since 2003, Eric Carlson has demonstrated an impressive commitment to pro bono service. Eric leads by example in showing that pro bono can be fully compatible with a busy and demanding workload for the company. Eric has provided his expert legal counsel in a variety of pro bono programs […]

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2015 – Claire Battle

Though a busy and successful in-house attorney at ArcelorMittal USA, Claire Battle continues to put legal aid work at the forefront of her career. Her commitment to Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH), dating back to her undergraduate years, has effected substantial improvements in fundraising, programming, and overall success. As importantly, her work proliferates as […]

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2014 – Mary Jo Quinn

Mary Jo Quinn brings a unique perspective to the corporate law arena in her work at Allstate, having been a special education teacher for seven years before attending law school. Today, Mary Jo continues to advocate for some of the most vulnerable in our community through her work with Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), where she works to ensure that people with criminal records…

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2013 – Angela B. Frye

From the start of her legal career as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, Angela Frye has demonstrated a strong commitment to pro bono. She handled a variety of pro bono matters at the firm, including expulsion cases, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and federal criminal matters. When Angie left Kirkland to join Verizon Wireless, Inc., she brought…

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2012 – Steven S. Fus

Steven Fus exemplifies the tremendous impact that lawyers working in the corporate sector can have through pro bono work. As the Assistant General Counsel for Legal Operations and Administration at United Airlines, Inc., Steve for several years has quietly led by example on pro bono through his impressive volunteer efforts at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA).

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2011 – Sandra J. Wall

Sandy Wall’s commitment to serving those in need, and her compassion for those she serves, are truly exemplary. Sandy consistently participates in a variety of pro bono and community service projects while keeping up with the busy pace of her position as Managing Counsel for the Franchise Group at McDonald’s Corporation.

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2010 – Mary Anne Smith

As Mary Anne Smith began her career in 1977 as a staff attorney at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), one of the first things she did was to become a pro bono volunteer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). As she advanced to become the Vice President and General Counsel at IIT, her dedication to pro bono has never wavered.

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2009 – Kal Gibron

Kal Gibron talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to pro bono and commitment to our community. Kal currently serves as Divisional Vice President of Real Estate and Real Estate Law for Sears Holding Corporation. Year after year, Kal has taken on new pro bono matters, led new projects…

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2008 – Minauti Mehta, Abbott Laboratories

2007 – Randall S. Rapp, Woods Equipment Company

2006 – Laura L. Hois, McDonald’s Corporation

2005 – Daniel A. Cotter, Unitrin Services Company

2004 – Steven M. Cook, Sears, Roebuck and Co.

2003 – Sujata Dayal and Tejal Vakharia, Abbott Laboratories

2002 – Pauline Levy, McDonald’s Corporation

2001 – Mary Ann O’Connor, Bank One Corporation

2000 – Daniel J. Harper, The Chicago Tribune

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