Joseph R. Mazzone, Chief Counsel
is the second oldest of thirteen children, growing up in the “Little Italy”section of Chicago on the near west side. He is married to the lovely Sunny and has three wonderful children, Tricia, William and Joseph, along with four beautiful granddaughters, Jenna, Kate, Meghan and Natalie. Joe attended St Ignatius College Preparatory High School and attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then attended the John Marshall Law School graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1979. He volunteered for the United States Army being honorably discharged as a Military Police Officer in October, 1971. Joe was a police officer with the Romeoville Police Department, then served as a Special Agent with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. He was a prosecutor for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office leaving that office in 1984. Joe then joined the Schenk Law Firm becoming a partner in 1988. His practice concentrates in the fields of Labor and Employment Law. Joe is proud of his long term relationship with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police and Joseph Andalina, its President, having represented this Union for the past thirty years.
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Richard J. Reimer, Co-Counsel
is an attorney and principal in the law firm of Richard J. Reimer and Associates, LLC. Mr. Reimer concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor law and employment law. Mr. Reimer has represented numerous police officers and firefighters in disciplinary matters before police and fire commissions, civil service and merit boards and police officers in civil rights cases. In addition, Mr. Reimer is General Counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA), and the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association (IPFA). Mr. Reimer is co-author of the Illinois Police Pension Fund Trustee Handbook. Mr. Reimer is a former police sergeant and Assistant Chief of Police and Assistant Cook County States Attorney. He is a graduate of DePaul University and John Marshall Law School. Mr. Reimer is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Back to Top
Steven Calcaterra, Co-Counsel
A graduate from Northern Illinois University College of Law, Mr. Calcaterra has earned undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and sociology from Bradley University. He has served with the Illinois Department of Corrections, the U.S. Marshall’s Service, and two municipal police departments. As an instructor of professional development courses, he has taught use of force, search and seizure, labor law, and juvenile law. Mr. Calcaterra currently teaches as adjunct faculty at the graduate school of Lewis University. Back to Top
Ronald Cicinelli, Attorney
I was born on May 28, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. I spent my childhood and teenage years growing up on the near northwest side of Chicago. I graduated from Chicago’s Gordon Technical High School in 1984 and went on to receive my Bachelor of Science Degree from Elmhurst College. I attended the Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s Academy and accepted a law enforcement position with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Ana, California. After nearly three years, I returned back to the Chicago and accepted a law enforcement position with the Roselle Police Department. After fourteen (14) years of employment with the Roselle Police Department, I chose to resign from the department and accepted a law clerk position with a downtown Chicago law firm. I received my law degree and was offered a full-time associate position, but opted to start my own law practice. I now currently share a law suite with two other attorneys in Elmhurst, IL. I am a general practitioner who concentrates in employment and labor law.Back to Top
Keith A. Karlson, Attorney
In June of 2018, Keith A. Karlson became the first in-house staff attorney for the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. Prior to working for MAP, Keith was a partner at law firm where he served as counsel for numerous public safety labor union locals in Illinois and Indiana. Keith represents MAP, its Chapters, and its members in all manner of representation. He bargains contracts, responds to critical incidents, arbitrates grievances and discipline, and represents MAP in a variety of special litigation and appellate matters.
Mr. Karlson has had success representing first respponders with their pension funds, and their unions in the courtroom, on appeal, at the bargaining table, and before administrative tribunals. Keith has argued matters of first impression before the Supreme Court of Illinois and Illinois’ Courts of Appeal. He also has drafted several amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs on behalf of labor unions, pension funds, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. In a seminal decision, Mr. Karlson successfully argued for recognition of a privilege protecting communications between a MAP member and his union representative, a privilege previously not recognized in federal court.
Mr. Karlson has taught several seminars regarding administrative, statutory, and civil rights protections afforded first responders and frequently lectures about police and fire pension matters. Mr. Karlson has taught college and graduate level classes relating to civil liability for police officers and collective bargaining in the public sector. He has published several articles concerning the pension and workplace rights of first responders.
Mr. Karlson earned his A.A. (Criminal Justice) from Moraine Valley College, his B.A. (Political Science) from Eastern Illinois University, his M.A. (Communications) from Ball State University, and his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, he wrote for the DePaul Health Law Journal. As a member of the National Moot Court Honor Society, he won the DePaul intramural moot court tournament.
Mr. Karlson is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and is an honorary member of IAFF Local 4416. Keith serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Blues Theater in Chicago. He also works as a volunteer coach for the North Central College Speech Team in Naperville. Keith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Professional Firefighters Foundation.
Mr. Karlson is licensed to practice in Illinois and Indiana State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar member), the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. In 2013, the Force Science Institute certified Mr. Karlson in the application of human factors to police use of force incidents.
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Chris W. Potthoff, Attorney
Chris W. Potthoff, Attorney
is an associate attorney with the law firm of Richard Reimer and Associates, LLC. Mr. Potthoff concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law. Mr. Potthoff represents police officers and firefighters involved in disciplinary matters in addition to representing police chapters on labor and collective bargaining matters. Mr. Potthoff received his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in June of 1999. Mr. Potthoff is licensed to practice law in Illinois and at the State and Federal level. He is also affiliated with the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.Mr. Potthoff is a former police officer and served a school resource officer, detective, and a member of a tactical response team.
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Jerry Marzullo, Attorney
is a founding partner with the law firm of Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Jerry concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law as well as public pension law. He has successfully represented clients in both pension and labor matters in collective bargaining, arbitrations, pension hearings, administrative review and declaratory judgment proceedings, and in Illinois appellate courts.
Jerry is a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney and received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January of 2004. Jerry also received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in December of 2006 with a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. Jerry is licensed to practice law in Illinois at the State and Federal levels. He is also affiliated with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Italian American Lawyers.
Jerry has previously taught Criminology, Criminal Procedure and Evidence as an adjunct instructor at Morton College. He currently teaches Civil Liability for Police Officers, Legal Aspects of Fire Service Management, and Public Employee Labor Law and Community Planning for Fire Service Protection at both the Undergraduate and Masters level as an adjunct instructor at Lewis University. Jerry is also a City of Berwyn Firefighter (IAFF-AFFI Local 506) where he has thirteen years of creditable service and is President of the City of Berwyn Firefighter's Pension Fund and an Executive Board Member of Local 506. He is a Certified Fire and Arson Investigator.
Mr. Marzullo is a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and received
his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January of 2004. Mr. Marzullo also received his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in December of 2006 with a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. Mr. Marzullo is licensed to practice law in Illinois at the State and Federal level. He is also affiliated with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Italian American Lawyers.
Mr. Marzullo has previously taught as an adjunct instructor at Morton College, teaching Criminology, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He currently teaches as an adjunct instructor at Lewis University, teaching Civil Liability for Police Officers and Legal Aspects of Fire Service Management. Mr. Marzullo is also a City of Berwyn Firefighter where he has over eight years of creditable service. He is also a Certified Fire and Arson Investigator. Back to Top
Raymond G. Garza, Attorney
has extensive litigation experience through his almost 13 years of practicing law in both the public and private sector. In 2002, he joined the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where he handled complex wrongful death and medical malpractice cases on behalf of state agencies.
In 2005, Mr. Garza was made Assistant Supervisor of the Attorney General Office’s Employment and Labor Unit. He managed a team of four attorneys and two paralegals in the civil prosecution of over 2,000 wage claims on behalf of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL).
Mr. Garza has advised IDOL’s General Counsel and Director on a variety of legal issues crucial to IDOL’s enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws. Mr. Garza has also represented state agencies in employee disciplinary hearings before the Illinois State Police Merit Board, the Illinois Civil Service Commission and the Illinois Secretary of State Merit Commission, as well as the appeal of those administrative decisions to the circuit court.
Mr. Garza has spoken to a number of foreign consulates and labor organizations regarding labor issues. He received a B.A. in psychology from St. Xavier University and his law degree from Northern Illinois University, College of Law.
Mr. Garza has served in the United States Army and is currently a member of the New Lenox American Legion Post 1970. He has served as Judge Advocate for his former Post, the Manuel Perez American Legion Post 1017.
Mr. Garza is married with two children. He resides in New Lenox, Illinois where he maintains his law practice. Back to Top
Gary Deutschle, Attorney
is an attorney with a solo law practice and he is a sworn police officer for the Barrington Hills Police Department. Mr. Deutschle concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law. Mr. Deutschle represents police officers and public sector civilians involved in disciplinary matters in addition to representing MAP chapters on labor and collective bargaining matters. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Winona State University in Minnesota. He attended the Minnesota Police Academy and became a sworn police officer in August of 1998. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership. He founded and is still the president of the MAP chapter for his police department. While still working as a police officer, he attended Northern Illinois University College of Law and graduated with a law degree in 2013. He has also taught criminal justice classes to undergraduates at Rasmussen College. Additionally he serves as a JAG Attorney in the Illinois Army National Guard..
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