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

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.

Gabrielle Romano (5)

Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 206

Gabrielle Romano joined the firm as an Associate in April 2017.  She is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in interdisciplinary health.  Growing up with a brother with autism, Gabrielle has been passionate about helping individuals with disabilities throughout her entire life.  She volunteered and worked in the community throughout high school and college and later pursued a law degree for the sole purpose of learning how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families.

While at Chicago-Kent, Gabrielle made the Dean’s list and received the top grade in her trial advocacy classes.  She was on the national trial team, where she and her teammates won the National Ethics Trial Competition in 2015.  Since her time in law school, Gabrielle has worked at several nonprofit organizations, a Health and Disability Law Clinic, has served as the president of the Justinian Society’s student chapter, and worked as a pro bono attorney with Equip for Equality.  Gabrielle concentrates her practice in the area of guardianship.  She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Lawyers.