MAP Labor Attorneys
Labor Attorneys with extensive backgrounds and education in helping Law Enforcement and Public Sector Workers.
Joseph R. Mazzone
Is the second oldest of thirteen children, growing up in the “Little Italy”section of Chicago on the near west side. He is married to the lovely Sunny and has three wonderful children, Tricia, William and Joseph, along with four beautiful granddaughters, Jenna, Kate, Meghan and Natalie. Joe attended St Ignatius College Preparatory High School and attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then attended the John Marshall Law School graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1979. He volunteered for the United States Army being honorably discharged as a Military Police Officer in October, 1971. Joe was a police officer with the Romeoville Police Department, then served as a Special Agent with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. He was a prosecutor for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office leaving that office in 1984. Joe then joined the Schenk Law Firm becoming a partner in 1988. His practice concentrates in the fields of Labor and Employment Law. Joe is proud of his long term relationship with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police and Joseph Andalina, its President, having represented this Union for the past thirty years.
Keith A. Karlson
director of legal, legislative affairs
Is director of legal, legislative affairs for the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. Keith has extensive experience representing Illinois police officers and their Unions. Specifically, Keith leads our critical incident response team and serves on the Union’s legislative committee. Mr. Karlson concentrates his practice in the area of first responder labor law, constitutional and civil rights of public employees, and public-sector pension law. Mr. Karlson has had success representing police officers, their pension funds, and their unions in the courtroom, on appeal, at the bargaining table, and before administrative tribunals. Keith has argued matters of first impression before the Supreme Court of Illinois, 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and Illinois’ Courts of Appeal. He also has drafted several amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs on behalf of labor unions, pension funds, the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Mark S. McQueary
deputy director of legal affairs
Is proud to serve as the deputy director of legal affairs for the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. In addition, Mr. McQueary is an equity partner with Karlson Garza McQueary LLC. He concentrates his practice in the area of public safety labor and employment law, along with public sector pension law. Mr. McQueary has a breadth of experience in public safety labor relations and employment matters. His experience includes representing police officers and their unions in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance resolution, mediation, and disciplinary arbitration hearings. Moreover, Mr. McQueary has been the lead attorney on numerous critical incidents involving the use of force and its subsequent investigation. In addition to his labor advocacy, He has extensive experience representing police and fire pension boards across Illinois.
Richard J. Reimer
Is an attorney and principal in the law firm of Richard J. Reimer and Associates, LLC. Mr. Reimer concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor law and employment law. Mr. Reimer has represented numerous police officers and firefighters in disciplinary matters before police and fire commissions, civil service and merit boards and police officers in civil rights cases. In addition, Mr. Reimer is General Counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA), and the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association (IPFA). Mr. Reimer is co-author of the Illinois Police Pension Fund Trustee Handbook. Mr. Reimer is a former police sergeant and Assistant Chief of Police and Assistant Cook County States Attorney. He is a graduate of DePaul University and John Marshall Law School. Mr. Reimer is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
A graduate from Northern Illinois University College of Law, Mr. Calcaterra has earned undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and sociology from Bradley University. He has served with the Illinois Department of Corrections, the U.S. Marshall’s Service, and two municipal police departments. As an instructor of professional development courses, he has taught use of force, search and seizure, labor law, and juvenile law. Mr. Calcaterra currently teaches as adjunct faculty at the graduate school of Lewis University.
I spent my childhood and teenage years growing up on the near northwest side of Chicago. I graduated from Chicago’s Gordon Technical High School in 1984 and went on to receive my Bachelor of Science Degree from Elmhurst College. I attended the Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s Academy and accepted a law enforcement position with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Ana, California. After nearly three years, I returned back to Chicago and accepted a law enforcement position with the Roselle Police Department. After fourteen (14) years of employment with the Roselle Police Department, I chose to resign from the department and accepted a law clerk position with a downtown Chicago law firm. I received my law degree and was offered a full-time associate position, but opted to start my own law practice. I now currently share a law suite with two other attorneys in Elmhurst, IL. I am a general practitioner who concentrates in employment and labor law.
Chris W. Potthoff
Is an associate attorney with the law firm of Richard Reimer and Associates, LLC. Mr. Potthoff concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law. Mr. Potthoff represents police officers and firefighters involved in disciplinary matters in addition to representing police chapters on labor and collective bargaining matters. Mr. Potthoff received his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in June of 1999. Mr. Potthoff is licensed to practice law in Illinois and at the State and Federal level. He is also affiliated with the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.Mr. Potthoff is a former police officer and served a school resource officer, detective, and a member of a tactical response team.
Is a partner with the firm and also serves as one of the Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Jerry concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law (where he represents both State and Federal Sector Unions) as well as public and private sector pension law and retirement systems. He has successfully represented clients in both pension and labor matters including collective bargaining, discipline, arbitrations, pension hearings (representing Pension Boards), administrative review and declaratory judgment proceedings on Administrative, State and Federal Levels.
Raymond G. Garza
Has extensive litigation experience through his almost 13 years of practicing law in both the public and private sector. In 2002, he joined the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where he handled complex wrongful death and medical malpractice cases on behalf of state agencies. In 2005, Mr. Garza was made Assistant Supervisor of the Attorney General Office’s Employment and Labor Unit. He managed a team of four attorneys and two paralegals in the civil prosecution of over 2,000 wage claims on behalf of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). Mr. Garza has advised IDOL’s General Counsel and Director on a variety of legal issues crucial to IDOL’s enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws.
Is an attorney with a solo law practice and he is a sworn police officer for a police department in the NW suburbs. Mr. Deutschle concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law. Mr. Deutschle represents police officers and public sector civilians involved in disciplinary matters in addition to representing MAP chapters on labor and collective bargaining matters. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Winona State University in Minnesota. He attended the Minnesota Police Academy and became a sworn police officer in August of 1998. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership. He founded and is still the president of the MAP chapter for his police department. While still working as a police officer, he attended Northern Illinois University College of Law and graduated with a law degree in 2013. He has also taught undergraduate criminal justice classes. Additionally he is a Captain in the Illinois Army National Guard where he serves as a JAG attorney.
Michael J. Butler
Is an Illinois licensed attorney and police officer/K9 handler in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs. He has twenty-four years of experience as a full-time municipal police officer and union member. He is also the past president of his department’s MAP bargaining unit, comprised of eighty-eight career police officers. After undergraduate and graduate school, Michael attended the DePaul University College of Law where he received a Jurist Doctor degree. Michael attended law school with the sole intention of opening his own practice and concentrating in the area of public sector labor and employment law. Michael’s goal from the time he decided to become an attorney was to protect and defend fellow police officers. After passing the Illinois Bar Exam Michael purchased an office, opened his law practice, and began working with MAP.
Is proud to serve his brothers and sisters in public safety. Prior to becoming a MAP Attorney, John served 4 years in the Marine Corps infantry, to include service in Desert Storm. John joined the Lisle police department in 1993 and retired as Deputy Chief in September of 2020. During his law enforcement career, he served in numerous specialty assignments, from Crash Reconstruction and Evidence Technician, to Firearms Instructor and SRT member.
In addition to serving as a police officer, John served several terms as a Union steward for his Local Union, to include 12 years as President. As Chapter President, John represented his local in collective bargaining matters, and individual members in disciplinary matters.
I was born in Chicago but grew up in the near west suburbs, like many others I took a union job shortly after graduating high school. Later I was hired by the Maywood Fire Department in 1985. I advanced through the ranks during my career from firefighter to captain but had spent most of my time as a member of the union. The Maywood Firefighters’ Association and later SEIU Local 73 Maywood Firefighters’ Chapter had a contentious bargaining relationship with the Village of Maywood reaching impasse and proceeding to interest arbitration hearings five times during the twenty plus years I was on the bargaining committee.