Firm Members

Sheri L. Willard
Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 211

Sheri Willard joined the firm as an associate in August of 1991 after having clerked for the firm while studying and sitting for the Illinois bar exam.  A native of Montana, Ms. Willard moved to Chicago in 1987 to attend law school, graduating from DePaul University College of Law in 1990.  She received her B.A. in history from the University of Montana and served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the French-speaking region of Cameroon.

Sheri concentrates her practice in traditional and special needs estate planning, general probate and guardianship matters.  Sheri is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the Chicago Bar Association.


Christian Deme

CHRISTIAN T. DEME
Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 248

Christian joined the firm as an associate in 2017. Christian earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Christian spend several years working as a paralegal for a real estate firm in Deerfield before moving to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University Law School. At Marquette, Christian was the Director of Professional Development for the Student Bar Association and competed in the Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition in Delaware while a member of Marquette’s Moot Court Board. Christian was also actively involved with the Business Law Society and Sports Law Society while at Marquette.

Christian is also licensed in Wisconsin and concentrates his practice in the area of real estate, estate planning and estate administration, and corporate law with extensive experience working with not-for-profit corporations. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he is a member of the Estate Planning, Federal Taxation, Real Estate Law, and Real Property Law committees. Christian is fluent in Hungarian and enjoys spending his free time traveling and volunteering with dog rescues.


JLM

JAYME LEVIN-MURIEL
Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 214

Jayme Levin-Muriel recently re-joined Spain, Spain and Varnet P.C. as an associate. She first began at the firm in April of 1997 after starting her legal career as a staff attorney at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (formerly the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.) providing legal services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Ms. Levin-Muriel practices in the area of estate planning with a focus on planning for persons with disabilities, in addition to probate practice concentrating on disabled minor and disabled adult guardianships and decedent’s estates matters. She has been a frequent speaker for special education departments/schools, advocacy groups, service providers for persons with developmental disabilities and trainings for legal services organizations.

From 2007 – 2018, Ms. Levin-Muriel remained at home with her three children and volunteered for numerous committees and community organizations including the NSSD 112 School Board Caucus, Allianza Dual Language Advocacy Group, local food pantries, her religious congregations, and myriad school committees for her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools. She was an elementary school room parent for 10 years and served as the Co-President of the Northwood Junior High PTA. Ms. Levin-Muriel co-founded the Northwood Junior High PTO and performed all of the legal work necessary to incorporate and establish that non-profit organization.

Ms. Levin-Muriel was born in Connecticut and lived there until she attended undergraduate school at Tulane University in New Orleans; she graduated with honors and majored in English and Psychology. She then relocated to Chicago to attend law school and graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1993. Ms. Levin-Muriel served as a Board Member for the Illinois National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys chapter and was very active in the Chicago Bar Association where she served in various capacities on the Special Committee Celebrating the International Year of the Older Person, Legislative Committee and Legal Aid Committee, and as a member of the Probate Practice, Elder Law, and Legal Services for People with Disabilities Committees. Ms. Levin-Muriel also served on the Board of Directors of Illinois Citizens for Better Care, and in 2000 she was awarded the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award honoring a young lawyer for “initiative and exceptional contributions to the profession, the organized bar and the community.”