2017-2018 Officers 




Constantine P. Kanellos

Principal, Kanellos & Associates

HBA President

Constantine is a former Cook County Assistant States Attorney who for many years worked on high profile cases. Mr. Kanellos utilizes the knowledge learned as an Assistant Cook County States Attorney in representing clients'  interest involving matters of criminal defense, child custody, DUI charges, divorce, family law, real estate transactions, traffic violations and wrongful death matters. 



Maria Z. Vathis 

Of Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP

President Elect

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 

First Vice President 

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

Second 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 thirteen 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 


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.  

Corresponding Secretary 

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

Law School Liaison  

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.