Officers


 

 

2016-2017 Officers 

 

Hariklia "Carrie" Karis

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP 

HBA President  

Carrie is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance and products liability. Carrie's successful defense of General Motors Corporation was chosen as one of the top 20 defense wins in 2002 by the National Law Journal. She also serves as an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches "Trial Advocacy."

 

Constantine P. Kanellos

Principal, Kanellos & Associates 

President Elect

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.

In the absence of the President, Constantine performs the duties of the President and other duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. Constantine also serves as liaison to the Scholarship Committee. 

 

 

Maria Z. Vanthis 

Of Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP 

First Vice-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. 

In the absence of the President and the President-Elect, Maria performs the duties of the President and other duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. Maria also serves as liaison to the External Relations and Judicial Evaluation Committees. 

 

 

Victoria P. Hallock

Assistant General Counsel, CNA 

Second Vice President 

Vicki is an Assistant General Counsel at CNA Insurance responsible 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. 

In the absence of the President, the President-Elect, and the First Vice-President, Vicki performs the duties of the President and other duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. Vicki also serves as liaison to the Association Events Committee.

 

Kyriakoula A. Fournier

Assistant States Attorney, Cook County

Treasurer 

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.

As Treasurer, Koula is responsible for the collection, maintenance, and investment of all dues and any other monies of the HBA. Koula also serves as liaison to the Membership and Fundraising Committees. 

Georgia Loukas Demeros

Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP 

Secretary 

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. 

As Secretary, Georgia keeps the minutes of meetings, the corporate records of the HBA and a register of the address of each member. Georgia also serves as liaison to the Law Day Committee.

Eleni Katsoulis

Corporate Counsel, Alden Management Services, Inc.

Corresponding Secretary  

Eleni is Corporate Counsel at Alden Management Services, Inc. As Corresponding Secretary, Georgia keeps all correspondence and provides all notices to members. Georgia also serves as liaison to the Young Lawyers Committee. 

 

Spyridon J. Demakis  

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C.  

Law School Liaison  

As law school liaison, Spyridon is responsible for outreach to area law schools and law students and keeps a diary of all past events, happenings, and accomplishments of significance to the HBA.  Spyridon also serves as liaison to the Young Lawyers Committee.