The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Elects 3 New Members to Board of Trustees

The John Marshall Law School has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees. Roger Zamparo, a veteran litigator; Christine Castellano, a Fortune 500 corporate general counsel; and J. Timothy Eaton, recent past president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), bring respected and wide-ranging experience to the law school’s board.

“It is my pleasure to welcome these three exceptional attorneys to our board,” said Leonard Amari, president of the Board of Trustees. “I’m sure they will add much to our discussions and offer important insights to our decision-making. In the history of legal education, there has never been a more critical time. The John Marshall Law School and law schools across the country are making serious decisions and need talented people on their boards. Fortunately, especially with these three outstanding new board members, John Marshall’s Board of Trustees has the talent to address the serious issues head on.”

Roger Zamparo received a B.A. from Ohio University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. In his litigation practice Zamparo has represented individuals and corporations in state and federal courts. He has concentrated on several areas, including family law, personal injury, legal malpractice, probate, product liability and other consumer law areas. He is a member of the CBA and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Justinian Society of Lawyers. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Mandatory Arbitration Program of Cook County.

Zamparo has been active with several legal organizations, as well as those assisting the underserved, including Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Five Hospital Homebound Elderly Program and Committee to Abolish Incivility.

Roger is an experienced trial attorney who brings a broad base of experience in multiple aspects of the law to the Board of Trustees. Roger has represented individuals and corporations in a variety of business-related transactions and civil litigation matters and in the area of consumer law,” said Joseph Gagliardo, a fellow Board of Trustees member. “Roger’s extensive experience gives him a unique perspective which will assist the Board in conducting its business activities.  We are happy to have Roger as a member of the board.”

Christine Castellano received a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado, and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Conference Board Council of Senior International Attorneys and the Corporate Counsel Association.  In 2011, Castellano received the Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award from the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.

“Christine Castellano is a corporate general counsel of distinction. I am proud to have worked with her and know her talents firsthand,” said fellow board member Mary Ann Hynes. “In addition to her numerous corporate achievements, she is a council member and communications officer of the ABA International Law Section, a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, The Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers and the North Shore General Counsel Association.”

Castellano serves with numerous organizations, including the Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society and the Executive Leadership Team for the Metro Chicago American Heart Association Heart Walk. She also is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Corporate Counsel Advisory Committee.

“Christine is the whole package and we are lucky to have her on our Board of Trustees,” Hynes added.

J. Timothy Eaton received a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio, his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law, and an LL.M. degree from Washington University School of Law. He is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation and arbitration. His peers have selected him numerous times as a “leading lawyer in civil appellate law and commercial litigation” and Eaton has been honored as “best lawyer in America” and “best Chicago appellate lawyer.”

Active in bar activities, Eaton served as president of the CBA for the 2013-14 term. Ten years earlier he served as president of the ISBA. He is a past president of Illinois Lawyers Trust Fund and Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois. He served three years on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

“Tim Eaton exemplifies what it means to be not only a great lawyer but a great person,” said Daniel Cotter (John Marshall J.D. ’95), who serves with him on the CBA Board. “He has been a leader in the appellate practice area as well as in the bar associations. He has had a phenomenal year as CBA president and will add his wisdom and leadership to the John Marshall Board of Trustees.”

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