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Jack Epstein

Our founding member and lead attorney, Jack Epstein, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in a small town in central Missouri. His rural upbringing from Jack taught him about hard work and honesty. Jack attended the University of Missouri as an undergraduate student and later attended the prestigious Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he began his career working with other attorneys representing a variety of injured workers. Jack found that the way these attorneys did business sometimes benefited the attorney more than the client. Jack broke away from the rest to form his own practice, a practice inspired by the attorneys of his generation ago, one that is fair, honest, and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for its clients.

El objJack’s goal is to provide fair and personalized service to his clients and aggressively pursue the recoveries his clients need and deserve.

University of Missouri
Columbia; Bachelor of Journalism, 1983
cum laude and General Honors
Washington University School of Law
St. Louis, Missouri, Juris Doctor, 1990

Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Team Member
Finalist National Moot Court Competition, Washington, D.C.

Dena Epstein

Dena Epstein was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dena attended the University of Missouri as an undergraduate student, where she graduated from where she was in the top one percent of her class. She later attended the prestigious Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri and was named to the Order of the Coif for being one of the top three students in her graduating class. She also served as General Editor of the University of Washington Quarterly Law Review. After graduation, Dena worked at the prestigious Chicago, Illinois law firm of Winston and Strawn for six years, concentrating on securities law. Dena now divides her time working as a mother and at The Epstein Law Firm as a Managing Attorney.

She was named to the Order of the Coif for being one of the top three students in her graduating class.

University of Missouri
Columbia; Bachelor of Accounting, 1985
cum laude and General Honors
Washington University School of Law
St. Louis, Missouri, Juris Doctor, 1992

Order of the Coif, Managing Editor of
the Washington University Law Quarterly

Nick Stein

Nick Stein was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He attended New Trier School. After High School Nick attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. After University Nick received his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Nick has worked in personal injury and workers compensation law for 28 years. He has litigated many bank and jury trials for verdict along with numerous arbitrations before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He has also argued cases before the Illinois Court of Appeals. He has worked on behalf of plaintiffs while working with the law firm of Harvey L. Walner and Associates, gaining great insight into the workings of large insurance companies while working for 15 years as a senior personal attorney for Aetna Life and Casualty Co. And Travelers Insurance Company.

Nick has practiced personal injury and workers compensation law for 28 years.

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
Licenciatura en Artes / Escuela de Negocios 1980
John Marshall Law School
Juris Doctor, 1984

Mark Freidman

Mark Freidman was born in New York. He moved to the Chicago area with his family and grew up in
the nearby northern suburbs. Mark attended Lake Forest College as a student of
undergraduate and later attended the University of Chicago as a master’s student. Then
graduating from the prestigious University of Chicago with an MBA
From Social Services, Mark worked as a social worker for the Joliet Public Schools.
After several years he obtained his law degree from the Faculty of Law of the
DePaul University, graduating with honors. After law school I work
for the law firm of Causen and Miller and later for various professionals
individuals with a focus on representing the injured party. Now Mark works
as an attorney with The Epstein Law Firm, focusing on medical malpractice and injuries
third party personals.

After graduating from the prestigious University of Chicago with a Master’s in Social Services Administration, Mark worked as a social worker for the Joliet Public Schools.

Lake Forest University, Illinois
English Mayor, 1978
Chicago University
Social Services MBA

DePaul University Law School
Illinois, Juris Doctor, 1987
with honors

Howard Schusteff

In his 35 years of practice, Howard has litigated numerous cases, before juries, judges and arbitrators; in more than 100 cases for verdict before a jury, as well as many bank trials and countless arbitrations. Howard has also worked on the defense side of personal injury cases, giving him a unique perspective on anticipated defenses and conceivable strategies that may be employed by the opposing attorney. Howard has two children and lives on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. J.D. – Chicago- Chicago Kent College of Law (1985) B.A.- University of Illinois (1982)

He has tried numerous cases, before juries, judges and arbitrators; trying more than 100 cases for verdict.

Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Arts 1982
Chicago-Kent
Juris Doctor, 1985

Alma Aidee Peza

Paralegal

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Alma trained to become a technician
IT professional. In 2006, she graduated as a Civil Aviation Professional, working for 10 years in important Mexican Airlines. His profession required him to travel and deal with all kinds of people, providing a personalized service and also, being security personnel on board, prepared to give first aid and being
qualified for all kinds of emergencies. Alma recently moved to Chicago where
enjoys working with the Latino community and likes to help solve their problems. In its
free time, enjoys traveling and seeing new places, reading, spending time with her husband and going out
with his family and friends, like herbal medicine and yoga.

Rebecca Alvarez-Ramos

Legal Assistant

Rebeca recently graduated from World Language High School in Little
Village. She graduated with honors as an outstanding student. In addition, she was chosen
secretary of the National Honors Society. In the fall
You will begin studying at the University of Chicago where you plan to study
Sociology, Creative Literature and Latino Studies. Rebecca is fluent in English and
Spanish and received the Illinois State Bilingual Seal accreditation. Rebecca started in our office in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching soccer with her dad.

Mayra Hurtado

Mayra is from the city of Blue Island and is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a third-year law majoring student and is
specializes in Spanish and in turn in Political Science and Public Policy. Mayra speaks English
and fluent Spanish. He started at our firm in 2019. In his spare time, he likes to read,
write and play soccer.

Marveya Gorostieta

Legal Assistant

Marveya just graduated from World Language High School in Little Village. She graduated with honors in the top 10 percent of outstanding students, was the highest-scoring student of her generation, and was part of the National Honor Society
(National Honors Society). In the fall, he will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago, and
will study Nursing. Marveya speaks English and Spanish and received the accreditation of the Seal
Bilingual State. He started working in our office in 2016. In his spare time,
he enjoys spending time with his family.

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Aracelli Andrade

Araceli immigrated to the United States at the age of 6. He has lived his whole life on the north side of
Chicago, Araceli graduated from the Roberto Clemente Academy in 2001. She speaks English and
Spanish fluently. He loves helping people in all aspects. He moved to Little Village in 2010 when he got married. Araceli has 2 wonderful children, ages 8 and 6. His focus is family. He loves spending time with his family and cooking for them. He has been working at the firm since November 2018.

Leslie Vizuet

Leslie Vizuet was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, which is a small suburb full of
hope and aspirations. In high school he went to Cristo Rey St. Martin, where
He learned many things, like working in companies and showing GRIT. Leslie graduated from Cristo Rey with honors and received special recognition from my corporate work study. Leslie is currently attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is pursuing her BA in Political Science, Latin America, and Latino Studies with a minor in professional Spanish while pursuing a law degree. She plans to apply to law school to become an immigration attorney. Meanwhile, Leslie likes to exercise, paint, and read; and also like to spend time with his family.

Jared Epstein

Jared is the eldest son of Jack and Dena. He was born in Chicago at the hospital of the University of
Northwestern. Jared attended Glenbrook North High School and graduated in 2015. In high school, Jared played on the baseball and hockey teams, where he won statewide hockey championships from among all high schools in the State of
Illinois. Jared is now studying Biology at the University of Illinois. He has worked in the office since his early years in high school and most recently served as a clerk for the Honorable Kay Hanlon, a judge for the County Circuit Court. Jared is considering studying law and following in his parents ‘footsteps to help people receive their workers’ compensation, and work on high-profile criminal cases. Although Jared chose not to continue his hockey career in college, he loves playing hockey with his high school mates in their boys’ summer league.

Dustin Epstein

Dustin is Jack and Dena’s second child. He was born in Chicago at the University Hospital
from Northwestern. Dustin attended Glenbrook North High School and graduated in 2016. At High School Dustin played hockey and was an excellent student in math and science. Dustin is now attending the University of Illinois and studying Chemistry. Although Dustin does not aspire to be an attorney, he greatly enjoys helping the firm’s clients. He uses his exceptional mathematical skills to help attorneys calculate clients’ salaries and projections of future medical expenses. Dustin still enjoys playing hockey in his spare time and continues to excel in school with plans to pursue a master’s degree in Chemistry.

María García

Legal Assistant

Maria was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and attended high school
Farragut graduated in June 1999. She later attended Richard J. Daley Community College in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in May 2003. Maria is the longest-serving contributor at our office, since September 2001. María is bilingual (English and Spanish). Maria has a son and works hard to balance working with our clients and maintaining a great home for her family.

Julieta Rovira

Paralegal

Born in the Port of Acapulco Guerrero, Mexico, he graduated from the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, with a Pre-
Specialty in Administrative Law and a Diploma in Administrative Law. He carried out professional practices in the Federal Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the City of
Mexico, after his internship, he worked in the same Court. He is currently studying English to be 100% bilingual. He really likes dealing with people and he really enjoys being able to help. In her spare time Julieta reads books on Psychology and loves spending time with her family, especially her 3-year-old daughter.

Joselyn Arredondo

Jocelyn was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from Plainfield North High School with honors and as President of the Honor Society. He is currently studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a specialization in Criminology, Law and Justice, with a specialization in Spanish and Philosophy. Jocelyn started at our firm in 2019 and loves helping our clients prepare for trial. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing beach volleyball, and playing poker with her family.

Diana Ojeda

Legal Assistant

Diana attended Morton East High School and graduated in 2011. She continued her education at
Morton College. He then decided to attend the Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology to
pursue your love for Cosmetology. Diana wants to attend a culinary school in the
future. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Diana has two children to whom she dedicates all her
free time. In addition to spending time with her children, she enjoys traveling, spending time with the
family and cook new recipes.

 

Arenthia Mosso

Arenthia attended Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen and graduated in 2016. She continued her education at Benedictine University and graduated with high honors, earning her BA in Political Science in May 2020. At Benedictine University, Arenthia was involved in various organizations, including Model United Nations and Model Government of Illinois, where he executed his passion for public speaking and politics. Arenthia is fluent in Spanish and English. He enjoys helping the Latino community especially in the field of law and advocating for their rights. Arenthia plans to continue her education by going to Law School and earning her J.D. to become a lawyer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, staying organized, and spending time with her family.

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