Joseph R. Mazzone, Chief Counsel
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.
Richard J. Reimer, Co-Counsel
Richard J. Reimer, Co-Counsel 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.
Keith A. Karlson, Staff Counsel
Keith A. Karlson is staff counsel 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. In a seminal decision, Mr. Karlson successfully argued for recognition of a privilege protecting communications between a MAP union member and his/her union representative, a privilege previously not recognized in federal court. On a pro bono basis, Mr. Karlson (along with local counsel) succeeded in achieving death benefits for the family of a Kansas firefighter who was killed in the line of duty and disability benefits for a Florida sheriff’s deputy who was catastrophically injured in an on-duty gun battle. Mr. Karlson has taught several seminars regarding administrative, statutory, and civil rights protections afforded public safety officers and frequently lectures about police and fire pension matters. In particular, Mr. Karlson has lectured on multiple subjects for the IPPFA. He also has taught part of the IPPFA Pension Trustee Certification Program. Mr. Karlson has taught university undergraduate and graduate level classes relating to civil liability for police officers, law for public safety supervisors, and collective bargaining in the public sector. He has published several articles concerning the pension and workplace rights of police officers. Mr. Karlson earned his A.A. (Criminal Justice) from Moraine Valley College, his B.A. (Political Science) from Eastern Illinois University, his M.A. (Communications) from Ball State University, and his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, he wrote for the DePaul Health Law Journal. As a member of the National Moot Court Honor Society, he won the DePaul intramural moot court tournament. Mr. Karlson is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Appellate Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Karlson is licensed to practice in Illinois and Indiana State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar member), the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. In 2013, the Force Science Institute certified Mr. Karlson in the application of human factors to police use of force incidents. Later, he was also certified by the Force Science Institute regarding the use of body cameras and other police related recordings. Since 2019, Keith has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the field of Labor Law.
Steven Calcaterra, Co-Counsel
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.
Mark S. McQueary, Staff Counsel
Mark S. McQueary is proud to serve as one of two in-house staff attorneys 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. He has presented on various pension topics across Illinois for both the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (“IPPFA”) and Illinois Professional Firefighters’ Association (“IPFA”). In his career, Mr. McQueary has successfully represented police officers, firefighters, and their pension funds in Illinois Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. McQueary is an experienced appellate attorney, authoring numerous appellate briefs throughout Illinois on issues affecting public safety pension benefits. Specifically, Mr. McQueary has presented arguments before the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. McQueary has taught several seminars regarding police and fire pension matters. Notably, Mr. McQueary has taught before the IPPFA and IPFA. He has also lectured at several seminars regarding statutory, administrative, and constitutional rights afforded to public safety employees. Mr. McQueary currently instructs for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (“SLEA”) on numerous legal topics. Mark is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (“ILETSB”) to instruct in the following areas: Civil Rights and Civil Liability, Criminal Offenses in Illinois, Laws of Admission, Laws of Arrest, Search, and Seizure, Rights of the Accused, Rules of Evidence, U.S. Constitutional Authority, and Use of Force. Previously, Mr. McQueary was an adjunct professor at Lewis University and a lecturer for Western Illinois University. Mr. McQueary graduated with honors from Lewis University, earning a B.A. in Criminal/Social Justice. In addition, he earned a M.S. in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. Mr. McQueary graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor. While in law school, Mark was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (given to the highest scoring student in each law school class) in the following courses: Conflicts of Laws, Civil Procedure II, Estates and Trusts, and Real Estate Transactions. He was also a quarter-finalist in the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition. Since 2000, Mr. McQueary has served as a full-time police officer with a municipal agency. During his career, he has worked as a patrol officer, field-training officer, gang-tactical unit officer, detective, and sergeant. At present, Mr. McQueary serves as a lieutenant/watch commander. Since 2008, Mr. McQueary has also served on his union’s executive board, participating in contract negotiations and providing union representation during disciplinary matters. Mr. McQueary is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (“ISBA”), the DuPage County Bar Association (“DCBA”), and the Appellate Lawyers Association (“ALA”). In 2016, the Force Science Institute certified Mr. McQueary on the principles of Force Science and the application of these principles to the analysis of use of force incidents. Mark is a graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety—School of Police Staff and Command. Recently, Mr. McQueary was selected to the 2021 Illinois Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Ronald Cicinelli, Attorney
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.
Jerry Marzullo, Attorney
Jerry Marzullo 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. He has argued on behalf of clients in the Circuit and Appellate Courts in Illinois and before the Illinois Supreme Court. He has also represented numerous clients in Federal Court. Jerry has considerable experience in both litigation and appellate work with numerous reported, and Rule 23, decisions. Jerry is a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney and received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. Jerry is licensed to practice law in Illinois at the State and Federal levels. He is affiliated with the Illinois State Bar Association and serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference. He has previously taught both undergraduate and Master’s Degree courses in various topics at the University level on both labor and other law topics. Jerry has been a frequent speaker on both labor and pension related issues for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Chicago-Kent Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Conference. Jerry has authored legal articles for publication including, most recently, the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report (A Statement of Facts: The Reality of Public Safety Employee Pension Funds in the State of Illinois; Vol. 37 No. 3). He has also helped train command staff police officers and firefighters at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA). Jerry is a City of Berwyn Battalion Chief (IAFF-AFFI Local 506) where he currently has over 21 years of creditable service and is former President of the City of Berwyn Firefighter's Pension Fund and former Vice-President of IAFF-AFFI Local 506. He is a Certified Fire and Arson Investigator, Advanced Technician Firefighter and Chief Fire Officer. Finally, and most importantly, he is happily married to one of Chicago's finest Police Sergeants and has two evil pugs that he barely restrains from taking over the world.
Chris W. Potthoff, Attorney
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.
Raymond G. Garza, Attorney
Ray 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. Mr. Garza has also represented state agencies in employee disciplinary hearings before the Illinois State Police Merit Board, the Illinois Civil Service Commission and the Illinois Secretary of State Merit Commission, as well as the appeal of those administrative decisions to the circuit court. Mr. Garza has spoken to a number of foreign consulates and labor organizations regarding labor issues. He received a B.A. in psychology from St. Xavier University and his law degree from Northern Illinois University, College of Law. Mr. Garza has served in the United States Army and is currently a member of the New Lenox American Legion Post 1970. He has served as Judge Advocate for his former Post, the Manuel Perez American Legion Post 1017. Mr. Garza is married with two children. He resides in New Lenox, Illinois where he maintains his law practice.
Gary Deutschle, Attorney
Gary Deutschle 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, Attorney
Michael 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.