2018-2019 Officers 




Maria Z. Vathis 

Of Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP

HBA President

Maria Vathis has a broad range of experience defending corporate clients in complex business litigation matters, insurance coverage, and class actions involving alleged violations of federal statues, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Ms. Vathis has represented financial institutions, investment firms, law firms, brokers, attorneys, and other professionals. She handles matters nationwide in federal and state courts.



Vicki Pappas Karl

Assistant General Counsel, CNA 

President Elect

Vicki is an Assistant General Counsel at CNA Insurance responsible for corporate litigation and e-discovery. Prior to that, she was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois School of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science. 



Kyriakoula A. Fournier

Assistant States Attorney, Cook County

First Vice President

Koula is an Assistant State's Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office currently assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division. She has been a prosecutor for the past 18 years and has held various positions within the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, including the Sex Crimes Unit, the Felony Trial Division, and the Narcotics Unit. Koula graduated from the John Marshall Law School and received her undergraduate degree in political science from DePaul University.


Georgia Loukas Demeros

Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP 

Second Vice President

Georgia is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. Georgia concentrates her practice on tax planning for individuals and closely held businesses, which includes advising business owners on how to structure and maintain business entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures. In addition, she also advises families on wealth transfer issues, such as estate planning, lifetime gifts and business succession planning and handles administration of decedents' estates,  including court proceedings to open probate estates, post-mortem estate tax planning, preparation and filing of estate tax returns and all other probate matters. 



Eleni Katsoulis

Claims Counsel, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare


Eleni Katsoulis is Claims Counsel with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, where she manages and oversees the defense of professional and general negligence claims. Eleni graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. 



Spyridon J. Demakis  

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C.  


Spyridon “Spyro” J. Demakis is an equity partner at Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine where he focuses on medical malpractice defense and related issues. 



Athena Farmakis 

Supervisor, Cook County

Corresponding Secretary 

Athena is a supervisor at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.  She currently works in the Preliminary Hearings Unit of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau.  Athena  has also held supervisory positions in the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Divisions.  Her extensive daily trial experience while in the Felony Trial Division afforded Athena with vast, wide-ranging trial expertise.  Throughout her career she has handled various complex and media-sensitive cases in both criminal and civil matters. 



Pamela Visvardis 

Senior Counsel, Reveliotis Law, P.C.

Law School Liaison  

Pamela G. Visvardis joined Reveliotis Law, P.C. as Senior Counsel in 2016. Pamela has practiced law since 2011 and began practicing real estate law in November 2011.Throughout law school, Pamela clerked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel. She also clerked for Lattas and Lattas Law, where she received experience in loan modifications and bankruptcies.