NSBA announces the results of the election held at its annual meeting on September 1, 2021 via Zoom.
Officers (one-year term)
Directors (second year of a two-year term)
Directors (first year of two-year term)
Below is a compilation of short biographies of each of the newly elected officers and directors. We think you will agree that our board represent a dynamic group that will continue to advance the programs and initiatives of the NSBA, as well as inspire new and exciting opportunities for the NSBA, its Members, and the communities served by the NSBA.
President | Robert Blinick
Robert (Bob) Blinick has practiced law for 37 years, handling a wide range of matters, including bankruptcy, domestic relations, criminal defense, malpractice, real estate, and civil litigation. Bob concentrates his practice in civil litigation. He has tried over 100 jury trials and a range of bench trials and arbitrations. Bob is committed to serving the public interest and has been active politically in the northern suburbs. He is excited about the growth of the NSBA and looks forward to its continued expansion and excellence in serving the legal community. Bob currently serves as the First Vice President of the NSBA.
First Vice President | Kilby Macfadden
Kilby (Cantwell) Macfadden serves as the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice. In that role, she focuses her prosecutions on medical professionals who overprescribe opioids, which fuel the national opioid epidemic. Kilby previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Nevada in its White Collar Litigation Division; as the Deputy Inspector General for the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the State of Illinois; as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General in the Public Integrity Bureau; and as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Narcotics Prosecution Bureau in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Kilby currently serves as the Secretary of Membership for the Women’s’ Bar Association of Illinois. She has been honored with the U.S Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service, the Cook County Judicial Service Award, and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's "40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch" (2020). Kilby graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in criminal litigation and from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a B.S. in Political Science, with distinction. Kilby currently serves as the Second Vice President of the NSBA.
Second Vice President | Monica-Kaye Gamble
MK Gamble is principal at the Law Office of MK Gamble, where she focuses her practice on probate, estate planning, real estate, and civil litigation matters. MK has a long history of advocacy in both the public and private sectors, including service as an Assistant General Counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives and Legislative Liaison to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In addition to her membership in the NSBA, MK is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Northwest Suburban Bar Association. MK dedicates much of the free time to youth development programs, including mentoring and coaching high school students in mock trial programs. Additionally, MK co-founded several nonprofits around the United States, including Project Style, a Chicagoland nonprofit dedicated to educating underserved girls on the relationship between self-esteem and self-expression. MK currently serves as the Third Vice President of the NSBA.
Third Vice President | Hon. James Allegretti
The Honorable James Allegretti is assigned to the Second Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Skokie). Judge Allegretti was elected to the bench in 2016 and he currently presides over a civil case call. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Allegretti practiced law for almost four decades, where he handled both criminal and civil matters. He is a Past President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, Past Chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Section on Traffic Laws and Courts, and a longtime member of the ISBA Assembly. Judge Allegretti currently serves as the Fourth Vice President of the NSBA.
Fourth Vice President | Pamela J. Stratigakis
Pamela Stratigakis is an experienced trial attorney and litigator whose practice involves representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability lawsuits. She currently practices with Malman Law as a Senior Counsel. Previously, Pam was a Partner with the firm of Lewis, Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Pam served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for sixteen years where she prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, hate crimes, and other felonies. Pam served for several years in the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Division. She has been a frequent CLE presenter and lecturer on the subjects of domestic violence awareness and prevention, child exploitation, and campus sexual assaults and violence. Pam serves on the Hellenic American Leadership Council and the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, and she is a Member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the Hellenic Bar Association, and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from DePaul College of Law where she was Dean’s Academic Scholar and she earned her B.A. from Loyola University (Chicago). Pam currently serves as Secretary of the NSBA.
Secretary & Public Relations | Hon. Jeanne Wrenn
The Honorable Jeanne Marie Wrenn is assigned to the Domestic Violence Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In February of 2018, she was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court and she was elected to the bench later that year. Judge Wrenn is an active member of the Loyola University Chicago National Alumni Advisory Board; Trinity Irish Dance Company Board; Misericordia Women's Board; and the Concern Worldwide Leadership Board. During the summer, you can find Judge Wrenn serving as a volunteer basketball coach at ABC Pilsen. Judge Wrenn is a lifelong resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago and a proud alumna of Saint Ignatius College Prep, Loyola University (Chicago), and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Judge Wrenn currently serves as the Treasurer of the NSBA.
Treasurer | Kimberly Pressling
Kimberly Pressling is an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division. Kim serves on the Boards of several bar associations and charitable organizations, including the Decalogue Society of Lawyers; Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association; the NSBA; and the Suburban Bar Coalition. She previously served on the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Associates Board. She is an active Member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, LAGBAC, and the Junior League of Evanston/North Shore. Kim has an incredible passion for mentoring young people and she has masterfully chaired the annual NSBA High School Mock Trial Invitational for the last five years. Kim also participates in constitutional law programs for elementary school students, and she has served as a debate coach for Niles West High School. In addition to her service as a Member of the Board of the NSBA, Kim is the Co-Chair of the NSBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.
DIRECTOR NOMINEES (Two-Year Term)
Maryam Ahmad is currently the Chief of the Juvenile Justice Bureau for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, which means she oversees all of Cook County’s Child Protection Division (abuse, neglect, and dependency) and Juvenile Justice Division (misdemeanor and felony juvenile) prosecutions. Maryam is the immediate past President of the Chicago Bar Association. She participates on several community, non-profit boards, including Chicago Access Network Television, Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois, and Chicago Bar Foundation. Maryam is exceptionally social and enjoys attending bar and community events. For more information, please consult Maryam’s LinkedIn page at: linkedin.com/in/maryam-ahmad-2020
Hon. Frank Andreou
The Honorable Frank J. Andreou is assigned to the Second Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County (in Skokie). Before joining the bench, Judge Andreou practiced law for 25 years. He started his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Offfice. Thereafter, he was in private practice for approximately 20 years where he handled cases in the Law and Chancery Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge Andreou currently is an officer with the Hellenic Bar Association and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association.
Kristin Barnette McCarthy
Kristin Barnette McCarthy focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and neglect, as well as other catastrophic injuries. She has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to verdict, and been an effective appellate court advocate. Kristin has obtained hundreds of settlements for both individual and corporate clients. She is a Past President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and she currently serves as a Board Member of the following organizations: the Illinois Bar Foundation; the Advisory Board for the Women’s Bar Foundation; and the Board of Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project. In 2015, Kristin was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on its Committee for Character and Fitness. Kristin is a frequent CLE presenter on subjects involving jury selection, crafting jury instructions, delivering effective closing arguments, developing defense strategies, and legal ethics. Kristin has been honored with several awards, including “Salute! Top 50 Women in Law” from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2021); Illinois Super Lawyer List 2020, No. 1 of the “Top 10 Emerging Lawyers;” No. 1 of the “Top 10 Emerging Women Lawyers” (2020); DePaul University College of Law Outstanding Service to the Profession Award (2019); Crain’s “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” (2017); “Emerging Lawyer” (2016); and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's "40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch" (2014).
Barbara Dawkins has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 23 years where she litigated hundreds of trials, including over 65 jury trials. Barb currently serves in the Felony Trial Division. Previously, she worked in the Appeals Division, Juvenile Justice Division, the Felony Review Unit, and the Gang Crimes Unit. Barb is dedicated to public service. She has served on the Homewood Village Board as a Village Trustee for the past 12 years, and she is the President Pro Tempore of the Homewood Village Board. An avid supporter of youth athletic programs, Barb is the President of the Rookie A League of Homewood Baseball. She also coaches the mock trial team for Rich Township High School, and she is Vice-President of Foundation 153, which provides supplemental educational funding for Homewood Schools. Barb is a widow who cares for her 8-year-old son Giles, her 90-year-old father, and her sometimes recalcitrant but always lovable Labradoodle named Jamesy.
Mitchell B. Goldberg is the administrative partner of the Chicago Law firm of Lawrence Kamin, LLC, where he practices in the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory Practice Groups. Mitch has taught securities regulation and litigation at IIT/Kent College of Law. Mitch is active member in numerous bar associations and charitable organizations. He is a Past President of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers and currently serves as Co-Chair of Decalogue Society’s standing Committee against Anti-Semitism and Hate. Mitch also serves as a member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Tolerance Council. In 2019, Mitch was honored as a Vanguard Award recipient and in 2018 Mitch was awarded DePaul College of Law’s Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community Award. For more information, please consult Mitch’s LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchell-goldberg-99bbb06/
Hon. Michael Hood
The Honorable Michael J. Hood serves in the Second Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Skokie). He currently sits in a felony trial courtroom. Judge Hood also hears a range of other matters including felony preliminary hearings and bonds, misdemeanor cases, and traffic matters. Judge Hood presides over the Veteran’s Treatment Court. Immediately prior to joining the bench, Judge Hood served as the Chief of Intelligence and Investigations at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Before that, he served as the Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice to the Illinois Attorney General. There he led the Attorney General's Criminal Enforcement, Crime Victims Services, and Investigations Divisions in the coordination of the Office's crime-fighting activities with state, county, and local authorities. Judge Hood also was as an Assistant State's Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office. Judge Hood served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps where he earned the Rank of Major. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the DePaul College of Law. Judge Hood is married. He and his wife Lindy have three children. Judge Hood has been a longtime volunteer judge for the annual NSBA High School Mock Trial Invitational.
Matthew Jannusch is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and currently is assigned to the Community Justice Unit. In that role, Matt is tasked with reducing violence through data-driven prosecution and reaching out to marginalized populations to enhance trust in the criminal justice system. In his nearly 20-year career with the State’s Attorney’s Office, Matt also served in the Felony Trial Division, the Domestic Violence Division, the Appeals Division, the Special Prosecution Bureau, and the Civil Actions Bureau. Matt is a supporter and member of several local and national bar associations. Matt currently sits on the Executive Board of LAGBAC, Chicago's LGBTQ+ Bar Association, where he serves as Treasurer. He is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and he devotes much of his free time to volunteering and advocating for various LGBTQ+ causes. Matt also participates in his neighborhood Park Advisory Council and he serves as a Member of the Junior Board of the Lighthouse for the Blind. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Service Award from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Matt has been a longtime volunteer evaluator for the annual NSBA High School Mock Trial Invitational.
Jeffrey Moskowitz is a principal at the law office of J. Moscowitz Law, LLC where he focuses his practice on class action lawsuits. He is an alumni of DePaul College of Law and serves on the DePaul College of Law Alumni Board as the Nominations Chair. Jeff is the past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the following organizations: the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals, and the Lawndale Christian Legal Center Young Professionals. Jeff also is a private pilot.
Dimitrie Umbrarescu’s practice focuses on real estate and foreclosure defense. Over his nearly 20-year legal career, Dimitrie has handled a range of additional legal matters, including family law, estate planning, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and traffic/DUI defense. Dimitrie immigrated to the United States from Romania to attend college, and he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago) and his J.D. from DePaul College of Law. Dimitrie is a certified mediator and, in 2019, was admitted into the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) mentorship program. For the past three years, Dimitrie has served as a volunteer for the CCR and has mediated cases both in the Fifth District of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Bridgeview) and via Zoom. In 2021, Dimitrie became a mediator with the Chicago Bar Mediation Service. Dimitrie has been a longtime active member of the NSBA.