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On Monday, December 18, 2006, Jenner & Block elected ten associates to partnership. They are Terence G. Banich, Iris E. Bennett, Bryan D. King, Michelle M. McAtee, Monica R. Pinciak, Edward G. Quinlisk, Sally K. Sears Coder, Michelle Speller-Thurman, R. Clay Stiffler, and Joanne Hannaway Sweeney.
Terence G. Banich
Terence G. Banich is a Partner in the Litigation Department and Construction Law, Commercial Law and Uniform Commercial Code, and Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practices. Mr. Banich received his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego in 1996. During law school, Mr. Banich clerked for two judges in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois: the Honorable Thomas R. Fitzgerald (1997-98), now a Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, and the Honorable Richard E. Neville (1998-99).
Iris E. Bennett
Iris E. Bennett is a Partner in the Litigation Department and Entertainment and New Media and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling Practices. Ms. Bennett graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in social studies in 1989, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her J.D. from New York University Law School in 1999, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. She was a member of the NYU Law Review. From 2000-2001 Ms. Bennett served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and from 2001-2002 she served as a law clerk to the Honorable David S. Tatel, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Bryan D. King
Bryan D. King is a Partner in the Litigation Department and Securities Practice. Mr. King graduated from Stanford University with degrees in psychology and economics in 1995. He obtained his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1998. At Columbia, Mr. King was the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Michelle M. McAtee
Michelle M. McAtee is a Partner in the Real Estate and Real Estate Securities Practices. Ms. McAtee earned her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998, and her B.S. from Marquette University in 1995, cum laude.
Monica R. Pinciak
Monica R. Pinciak is a Partner in the Litigation Department and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling Practice. Ms. Pinciak graduated with honors from DePaul University in 1996, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. She received her J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1999, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Ms. Pinciak is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Edward G. Quinlisk
Edward G. Quinlisk is a Partner in the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Practices. Mr. Quinlisk graduated from DePaul University College of Law, Order of the Coif and with honors, in 1999. Mr. Quinlisk also received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Sally K. Sears Coder
Sally K. Sears Coder is a Partner in the Litigation Department and Arbitration: Domestic and International and Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practices. Ms. Sears Coder received her B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1996. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, in 1999, where she graduated Order of the Coif. While at the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Sears Coder served as Managing Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Michelle Speller-Thurman is a Partner in the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Corporate Finance, and Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practices. Ms. Speller-Thurman graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1999. She received her B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991.
R. Clay Stiffler
R. Clay Stiffler is a Partner in the Litigation Department and Business Litigation, Class Action Litigation, and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling Practices. Mr. Stiffler graduated from Michigan State University in 1993 and obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999. Mr. Stiffler was a junior member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and Loyola’s trial team.
Joanne Hannaway Sweeney
Joanne Hannaway Sweeney is a Partner in the Litigation Department and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling and Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practices. Ms. Sweeney graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she finished third in her class. While in law school, Ms. Sweeney served as an Executive Editor of the Law Journal and was awarded the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in trial advocacy.