Officers


2020-2021 Officers


 

Kyriakoula A. Fournier

Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County

HBA 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 20 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 

President Elect

Georgia is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. She 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, Georgia 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

First Vice President

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.

Second Vice President

Spyridon “Spyro” Demakis is an equity partner at Cunningham, Meyer and Vedrine PC, which has offices in Chicago and Warrenville. Spyro’s practice focuses on the casualty defense of wrongful death and other catastrophic injury cases. His specialty is the defense of doctors, hospitals and nurses in medical malpractices cases. Spyro also represents healthcare professionals before state licensing boards including the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Responsibility. Spyro also serves on the Parish Counsel at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church and is a proud member of AHEPA Lakeshore Chapter 205. He is a 1993 graduate with honors from The George Washington University Law School.

Athena Farmakis 

Partner, VanDerGinst Law, P.C.

Treasurer

Athena is a partner at VanDerGinst Law where she represents plaintiffs in all areas of personal and catastrophic injury including medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises and product liability, construction accidents, nursing home abuse and wrongful death. She is a former prosecutor of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she held supervisory positions in the Criminal Prosecutions and Juvenile Justice Bureaus. Athena zealously advocated for the rights of victims and their families of homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and other violent crimes including complex and media-sensitive cases. Athena graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University and received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law.

Pamela Visvardis 

Senior Counsel, Reveliotis Law, P.C.

Secretary

Pamela joined Reveliotis Law, P.C. as Senior Counsel in 2016. She 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 U.S. 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.

Hon. Frank J. Andreou

Associate Judge, Cook County

Corresponding Secretary

Hon. Frank J. Andreou is currently an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County and sits in the Traffic Division. Prior to being sworn in, Frank was a principal at Andreou & Casson, Ltd. Frank was licensed to practice law in 2002 and is a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. He has tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict; has written more than 70 appellate briefs and has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and 7th Circuit Appellate Court. Frank’s areas of practice include personal injury; employment; and, commercial litigation in both federal and state court in both the trial and appellate courts. Frank is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court, Northern District, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Katerina Alexopoulos

Assistant Chief Counsel, Homeland Security

Law School Liaison

Katerina Alexopoulos works for the Department of Homeland Security as an Assistant Chief Counsel. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County for over five years, where she was assigned to the appeals, narcotics, felony review, and preliminary hearing divisions. She graduated from Chicago-Kent in 2013 with a Criminal Litigation Certificate. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in Political Science in 2010.