Executive Officers

 

Marta A. Zaborska President
Kristen M. Kozlowski 1st Vice President
Lucas Figiel 2nd Vice President
Kasia Kaczmarczyk 3rd Vice President
Allison R. Pawlicki Secretary
Jonathan Clark Green Treasurer
Audrey Cosgrove Historian

 

OFFICER BIOGRAPHIES

MARTA A. ZABORSKA, President

Marta A. Zaborska is an attorney at the personal injury law firm of O’Connor and Nakos in Chicago where she practices in all areas of personal injury, including construction negligence, products liability, medical malpractice, premises liability and auto liability.  In 2011, she began her legal career as a promising young attorney engaged in cases involving various areas of personal injury and workers compensation.  Over the years, she has volunteered her time by providing pro bono legal services for the indigent at Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic.  Committed to her Polish heritage, in the summer of 2012, Marta was elected as a board member of Quo Vadis Chicago 2012 where she organized a leadership conference for delegates from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.  Born and raised in Poland, Ms. Zaborska graduated with honors from University of Wroclaw, School of Law in 2006.  After earning her law degree, she decided to relocate to the United States and continue her legal career.  In 2010 Marta received her Juris Doctor degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude.  At Valparaiso, Marta excelled in the areas of legal research and evidence.  In addition, she was a Moot Court Honor Society member and participated in the Annual Luther M. Swygert Memorial Competition and American Bar Association Moot Court Competition in 2009.  Graduating in only two years (2010), Marta was recognized with an Outstanding International Graduate Award by Valparaiso University School of Law. Currently, Marta utilizes her skills and knowledge to zealously represent clients of O’Connor & Nakos. She can be contacted at mzaborska@oconnornakos.com

KRISTEN M. KOZLOWSKI, First Vice President

Kristen M. Kozlowski received her JD from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2004.  Receiving her undergraduate degree in history from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in only 3-1/2 years of study while playing two varsity sports, Kristen is a Chicago native and daughter of retired Chicago Police Officer Casimer Kozlowski.  Her legal experience is in litigation for both plaintiff and defense and brought her to work for various entities like the Chicago Police Department and Liberty Mutual Insurance.  In 2012, she opened her own solo practice, The Law Office of Kristen M. Kozlowski, which specializes in workers compensation, personal injury and general litigation.  Attorney Kozlowski is also Of Counsel for the Law Office of George Tavakisand Angela Nardi.  Besides her work with the Advocates Society, Kristen has been the General Counsel for the Polish American Police Association (P.A.P.A.) for the past eight years.

LUKAS FIGIEL, Second Vice President

Lucas Figiel is the founding and managing partner of Figiel Law Offices, Ltd., a firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law.  Mr. Figiel has devoted his entire career to guiding individuals through divorces, paternity proceedings, orders of protection, and guardianship matters.  His practice includes property division, debt allocation, maintenance, child support, custody, and visitation.  Mr. Figiel graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English literature and philosophy.  He subsequently earned his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003 with a certificate in Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Mr. Figiel speaks fluent Polish and proudly represents people of Polish descent in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, and Kane counties.  Mr. Figiel is well-regarded by his clients, fellow family law practitioners, and judges for his knowledge of family law, distinguished oral advocacy skills, and diligence in seeing matters through to completion.

KASIA KACZMARCZYK, Third Vice President

Born in Bełchatów, Poland.  Kasia Kaczmarczyk practices law as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois.  During law school, Kasia served as an Extern to the Supervising Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz, where she drafted legal opinions on a variety of issues including real estate and construction related breach of contracts, tortious claims and bankruptcy.  In addition, she acted as a volunteer attorney (711 certified) by assisting homeowners in mortgage foreclosure mediation.  Moreover, she served as the President of the Polish-American Law Students Association at the John Marshall Law School.  She is a recipient of the Public  Interest Law (PILI) Scholarship and Continuing Legal Education Scholarship.

ALLISON PAWLICKI, Secretary

Allison is a Partner at Ciesla & Ciesla, PC, a Northbrook-based boutique law firm.  Ms. Pawlicki focuses her practice primarily in the area of matrimonial law, but also represents clients in probate matters, estate planning and residential real estate transactions.  In January 2015, Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers named her a “Rising Star”, an honor reserved for the top 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers age 40 and younger.  Admitted to the bar in 2008 after receiving her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School, Ms. Pawlicki is licensed to practice both in the State of Illinois as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Pawlicki holds a bachelor’s degree in Honors Finance from DePaul University, receiving the same in 2003.  In addition to being Secretary of the Advocates Society, she is also the Membership Committee Chairperson.  As an alumna of Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois, Ms. Pawlicki is a member of the Executive Board of the Alumnae Association, where she serves as Chairperson of the Professional Development Committee.  Ms. Pawlicki is well known for giving her clients a straightforward, no-nonsense approach and working closely with them to resolve their issues in an efficient and strategic manner.

JONATHAN CLARK GREEN, Treasurer

Jonathan Clark Green is a Senior Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he practices police civil rights and torts litigation in state and federal courts.  Mr. Green is the supervising attorney for the Monell policy group, supervising attorneys in complex discovery, motion and trial practice.  Prior to joining the Corporation Counsel’s Office, Mr. Green was in private practice as Principal of Green & Green, P.C. and Of Counsel to Rock, Fusco & Garvey, Ltd.  Mr. Green is a former Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where he engaged in civil litigation in both federal and state courts, and has served as a member of the legal staff of the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.  A graduate, with distinction, of The Georgetown University Law Center’s master’s degree program in international and comparative law, Mr. Green has also had diverse backgrounds in international litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Green was a fellow of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C., and previously worked in private practice both in Brussels and Chicago for European, Asian and American clients.

AUDREY COSGROVE, Historian

Audrey Cosgrove is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School.  She is Principal at The Cosgrove Law Firm L.L.C., a WBE, concentrating in real estate, criminal defense, juvenile and advising not-for-profits and new businesses.  Audrey is also an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Tollway and The Illinois State Police Merit Board.  She lives in Chicago with her husband attorney Thomas Cosgrove, and two children.  In her personal time she practices Seido karate, enjoys keeping her urban farm, and is passionate about backpacking.