Much Shelist Women's Roundtable

The Much Shelist Women’s Roundtable is dedicated to the support and development of our female attorneys. Led by its facilitator, principal Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, the group holds regular meetings and events designed to build and strengthen relationships with clients, trusted advisors, and colleagues within the firm. The Roundtable also supports marketing and business generation efforts; fosters leadership development; and mentors  up-and-coming associates and apprentices. The group’s mission is to:
  • Provide a supportive forum to discuss issues facing female attorneys;
  • Create and implement ideas and programs designed to improve the recruitment, retention, professional development, promotion, and work-life harmony of the firm's female attorneys;
  • Encourage more experienced attorneys to mentor the firm’s female associates and apprentices; and
  • Support and enhance the business generation efforts of the firm's female attorneys.
In addition, Much Shelist is a founding member of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms and encourages membership and participation in other women's organizations such as the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI).
Through the efforts of the Women's Roundtable and other diversity-focused programs, Much Shelist continues to seek new ways to maintain a dynamic work environment that is inclusive and rewarding for all personnel.

Meet the Women of Much Shelist

Katherine T. Danial

Katherine Danial helps business clients manage and implement solutions to a broad range of commercial disputes, through litigation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

Marissa L. Downs

Marissa Downs is an experienced litigator who represents manufacturers, financial institutions, corporate officers and directors, and other clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including international and domestic contract, insurance coverage, fiduciary breach,...

Jonna Daleiden Eimer

Jonna Daleiden Eimer focuses her health care law practice on representing physicians in all aspects of their practice.  She represents numerous physician and physician groups, counseling them in business, healthcare and employment matters.  Jonna  has extensive experience...

Juli D. Gilliam

Juli Gilliam advises clients who have the goal of transferring wealth and business interests in a tax efficient manner on tax planning and the integration of estate plans and corporate structures. Keeping their objectives in mind, Juli advises clients on developing strategies using gift, estate...

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment group, helps employers make important decisions about their employees in a way that is designed to minimize risk. She counsels employers on a wide range of employment matters, providing clear, direct guidance designed to...

Sonja R. Johnson

Sonja Johnson has been actively engaged in the practice of real estate tax law since 1982. She provides experienced, insightful guidance in tax assessment valuation, tax incentives, reclassifications, tax parcel divisions and consolidations, and exemptions.

Katherine L. Bonk

Katherine Lewis advises clients on legal and business issues related to corporate transactions. Katherine represents acquirers and target businesses in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases and sales, and contributions. She also counsels clients on formation and...

Courtney E. Mayster

Courtney Mayster is Co-chair of the firm's Real Estate practice group, where she focuses her practice on the representation of lenders, property owners, developers and investors in multifamily, retail, commercial and industrial acquisitions, dispositions, finance, development and...

Frances D. Meehan

Fran Meehan focuses her practice on the health care industry, including legal and regulatory issues affecting nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, supportive-living facilities, hospices, home health agencies and other providers. Fran has represented over 90 nursing facilities (with a...

Melinda J. Morales

Melinda J. Morales is an accomplished litigator with 20 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in a broad range of complex class action and commercial litigation matters involving, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (...

Kristin A. Nordman

Kristin Nordman works with clients to document, negotiate and close multimillion-dollar commercial real estate transactions and financings, and to resolve related business disputes. Kristin’s clients include real estate entrepreneurs, funds and developers, property management companies,...

Julia G. Rybakova

Julia Rybakova helps companies better understand the legal issues that affect their business decisions and strategies. She advises clients in the areas of intellectual property and corporate transactions.

Joanne A. Sarasin

Joanne Sarasin concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation with specific emphasis on appellate practice, especially with regard to insurance coverage issues. She has successfully obtained not only insurance coverage, but also additional damages against insurers who have acted in...

Julia A. Turk

Julia A. Turk represents clients in a variety of federal, state and local transactional matters, including income taxation and general corporate and partnership law. Julia is involved in all aspects of the creation of tax-efficient structures in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate...