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.
JOHN E. BRENNOCK
Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 248
John joined the firm as an associate in 2019. He primarily handles state court litigation and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, decedent’s estates and guardianships, small business law and civil appeals.
John graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2005) and graduated with a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2008). Prior to joining Spain, Spain & Varnet, John was a senior associate at Sroka & Associates, and operated his own practice as the principal attorney of the Law Offices of John E. Brennock (2009-2015).
John is a general member of the Chicago Bar Association (2009-present), the Illinois State Bar Association (2009-present), the DuPage County Bar Association (2016-present), and the American Bar Association (2009-present).
He has served as a competition judge for a number of past American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association student competitions and has previously volunteered with the Chicago Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Mentoring Initiative and Wills for Heroes programs.
He serves as an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services (2016-present) and the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations – Cook County (2017-present).
John lives in Wheaton with his wife and two children.
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.”
Phone: 312-220-9112 ext. 206
Patricia Leichenko joined the firm as an associate in 2018. Her practice is concentrated in the area of general and special needs estate planning as well as guardianship. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Leichenko practiced law in New York City as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division. In addition, she served for several years as an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. She has also written and published articles on topics including tort and health law for various legal publications.
Ms. Leichenko grew up in the Chicago area and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She lives with her husband and family in Highland Park.