The Illinois Government Bar Association

Founded 1987Serving the Interests of Lawyers Dedicated to Government Service

Members and History

The GBA Directory

Please feel free to view our FY 2015 Directory.  It may not contain some late registrations received after December 1, 2014.  The FY 2016 Directory is expected to be posted in December of 2015.

GBA FY2015 Directory

History of the Government Bar Association

In October 1987, a small group of Illinois government attorneys began meeting to discuss the formation of an organization that would be dedicated to the advancement of the professional interests of attorneys in or involved with state, federal or local government practices.  From these meetings, the Illinois Government Bar Association evolved.

The Government Bar Association's goal was to provide an independent bar that would be dedicated to the professional enhancement and development of government attorneys.  The GBA hoped to accomplish this goal through continuing education, newsletters, luncheons, networking, both professionally and socially, and through the awarding of scholarships to law students at Illinois law schools.
In 2013, there were over 120 members and the GBA has awarded scholarships for the past 7 years.  The membership has expanded to include not only attorneys who work directly for a government entity, but also attorneys in private practice who deal with government issues as part of their practice.  This diverse group of attorneys provides the unique perspective to address issues and provide leadership to our respective agencies and community.



 Board Members
  • Hon. Rex Gradeless, President, Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Jason Brokaw, Vice President, Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes
  • Hon. Nicole Roth, Secretary, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Cynthia Lamar, Treasurer, Department of Healthcare and Family Services


Directors
  • Lindsay Bentivegna, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Dan Coultas, Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Christopher Foy, Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Joanna Gunderson, Executive  Inspector General, Illinois Comptroller
  • Robert Osgood, Illinois Department of Central Management Services
  • Laura Vaught, Illinois Department of Public Health
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Immediate Past President
  • Joann Gunderson, Executive Inspector General, Illinois Comptroller
Past Presidents of the GBA

 George Tinkham
 1987-1989
 Stephen Rotello
 1989-1991
 Marc Loro
 1991-1992
 Robert John Kane
 1992-1993
 Carolyn Grosboll
 1993-1994
 Lynn Patton
 1994-1996
 Edward J. Schoenbaum
 1996-1997
 John Pavlou
 1997-1999
 Nora Crandall
 1999-2000
 Stephen Wilson
 2000-2002
 George Tinkham
 2002-2003
 Arden Lang
 2003-2005
 Keleigh Biggins
 2005-2006
 Heidi Scott
 2006-2007
 Edward J. Schoenbaum
 2007-2009
 Robert Patino
 2009-2011
 Frank Martinez
 2011-2013
 Mike Delcomyn
 2013-2015
 Joe McMenamin
 2015-2017
 Joanna Gunderson
 2017-2019
 Rex Gradeless
 2019-Present
 
 
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