Skip to content

History

Since it’s founding in 1934, The Society of Trial Lawyers has been an illustrious organization of Chicago’s top trial lawyers. The goals of The Society are to foster and encourage a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among trial lawyers; to maintain the highest ethical standards in the trial of cases; and to promote closer relationships between and among trial lawyers and the judiciary to further their common interests in the jury trial system.

Society of Trial Lawyers -1979

Judge Bill Maddux, Judge John B. Grogan, Judge Vincent E. Bentivenga and John Poust – 1970’s

Past Presidents (1971-2015)

2014 – ’15  • Joseph W. Balesteri

2013 – ’14  • Dan Boho

2012 – ’13  • Daniel M. Kotin

2011 – ’12  •  Scott C. Bentivenga

2010 – ’11  •  Elliot R. Schiff

2009 – ’10  •  Richard J. Hickey

2008 – ’09  •  David R. (Chip) Barry, Jr.

2007 – ’08  •  John J. Walsh III

2006 – ’07  •  Jeffrey M. Goldberg

2005 – ’06  •  Kay L. Schichtel

2004 – ’05  •  Terrence J. Lavin

2003 – ’04  •  Michael J. Morrissey

2002 – ’03  •  Curt N. Rodin

2001 – ’02  •  Alan P. Miller

2000 – ’01  •  John M. Stalmack

1999 – ’00  •  A. Mark Ialongo

1998 – ’99  •  Donald J. O’Meara

1997 – ’98  •  Michael H. Postilion

1996 – ’97  •  Thomas M. Harvick

1995 – ’96  •  Robert M. Burke

1994 – ’95  •  Algimantas Kezelis

1993 – ’94  •  Robert J. Baron

1992 – ’93  •  Michael J. McArdle

1991 – ’92  •  Fredric J. Grossman

1990 – ’91  •  Richard L. Berdelle

1989 – ’90  •  John G. Langhenry, Jr.

1988 – ’89  •  Jerome N. Groark

1987 – ’88  •  William V. Johnson

1986 – ’87  •  Sam L. Miller

1985 – ’86  •  Maurice J. Garvey

1984 – ’85  •  Richard G. French

1983 – ’84  •  Frederick W. Allen

1982 – ’83  •  Donald J. Duffy

1981 – ’82  •  Patrick J. Navin

1980 – ’81  •  Lawrence L. Kotin

1979 – ’80  •  Richard C. Valentine

1978 – ’79  •  Neil K. Quinn

1977 – ’78  •  Perry L. Fuller

1976 – ’77  •  William D. Maddux

1975 – ’76  •  Kendall A. Crooks

1974 – ’75  •  Thomas F. Bridgeman

1973 – ’74  •  John C. Healy

1972 – ’73  •  James P. Reedy

1971 – ’72  •  John R. Caffrey