2014 Volunteer of the Year Award

From left: Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Catie Cottle, Christine Payne, Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director, and Jim Medek.

Catie Cottle, Jim Medek and Christine Payne from Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes those who dedicated their time and energy to LCBH over the past year. These individuals choose to come to LCBH to learn and make a difference in the lives of others.

LCBH recognizes the exceptional contributions of this pro bono team from Kirkland & Ellis LLP for their work representing the Rosemoor Tenants’ Union in its lawsuit against the Rosemoor Hotel, a single-room-occupancy building on the Near West Side of Chicago. After facing retaliation from the landlord for reporting illegal construction and seeking the assistance of legal counsel and a community organizer, the union won a temporary restraining order against the hotel. On the eve of trial, the union reached a favorable settlement with the landlord. For their work on the case, LCBH is pleased to award Kirkland & Ellis litigation partner, Christine Payne, intellectual property partner, Jim Medek, and litigation associate, Catie Cottle, with the LCBH Volunteers of The Year Award.

Catie Cottle
Catie Cottle is a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She sits on the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Board of Directors and is a PILI Fellow Representative. Catie graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, in 2013.

Jim Medek
Jim Medek is a partner in the intellectual property group of Kirkland & Ellis' Chicago office. He represents clients in patent litigation and technology-related cases in United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Bankruptcy Court, and state court. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Jim worked as an engineering intern at Medtronic, Inc., where he assisted in the development of new therapy delivery technologies within cardiac rhythm management. Jim is actively involved in several pro bono and nonprofit organizations in Chicago, and serves on the Associate Board for the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS).

Christine Payne
Christine Payne is a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Chicago office. Her practice is principally concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and products liability litigation. She also counsels clients with regard to complex electronic discovery as well as ongoing or anticipated governmental investigations.