Who We Are
Since our establishment in 1992, Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona has brought a sophisticated, well-knit mosaic of expertise to bear in several practice areas. We are aggressive, ethical advisers who get things done.
The many accolades we have received over the years stand in tribute to our attorneys’ creativity, agility, commitment to service and depth of experience. The most meaningful honor of all, though, is the ongoing trust and confidence of our clients.
Our Practice Areas
Thomas G. Gardiner
Gardiner’s myriad other accomplishments have not gone unrecognized. Every year since 2007, Tom’s peers have selected him as an Illinois Super Lawyer, placing him as one of top lawyers in his practice areas. He has also been chosen as a Leading Lawyer by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and his peers. Tom holds membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum–a distinction limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of $1 million or more.
James B. Koch
Over the course of more than three decades as a trial and appellate attorney, GKWW co-founder James B. Koch has brought scores of clients to resoundingly successful resolution in both settlement and litigation. James’s straightforward, practical approach and comprehensive trial experience conspire to position him as one of the most effective, respected securities and commodities attorneys in the country.
Lynn N. Weisberg
Upon joining us at GKWW, Lynn quickly established herself as the firm’s family law expert, wielding her considerable experience in a diverse scope of related matters: divorce, custody, spousal support and visitation matters, adoption, paternity actions, and pre- and post-marital agreements, as well as other areas affected by divorce: estate planning, real estate, and general litigation. She is certified in Collaborative Divorce and has been trained and approved as a mediator by the Circuit Court of Cook County.
John R. Wrona
John established himself as a seasoned trial lawyer at a young age. After graduating from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and earning his law degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, John began his career with other plaintiff’s firms from 1997-1999. John joined GKWW in 2000–the same year in which he brought the first of his many million-dollar resolutions. Based upon his tremendous record of success, John was made partner in the firm in 2005 and became a named partner in 2008.
Jennifer N. Airato
Jennifer N. Airato joined Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona as an associate attorney in 2006 and was made partner six years later. Ms. Airato practices exclusively in the area of family law and handles all aspects of dissolution of marriage and parentage proceedings, including the allocation of parental responsibility (colloquially known as “custody”), parenting time, child support, maintenance, division of assets, orders of protection and post-judgment proceedings.
Barry C. Owen
Partner Barry C. Owen concentrates his flourishing practice in municipal litigation and civil rights litigation in state and federal courts. He joined Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona in August 2009, and we were proud to name him as a partner just five years later. Barry’s accolades are considerable and well-earned: For instance, he was recently recognized by Leading Lawyers Magazine as an Emerging Lawyer, an honor that fewer than 2% of lawyers under the age of 40 receive.
Michelle M. Lagrotta is an attorney with extensive experience litigating commercial, municipal and securities matters. Her experience includes the representation of municipalities on a range of issues including contract, surety, and TIF Act disputes. She defends individuals and trading firms in investigations and enforcement actions before regulatory agencies such as the CFTC, SEC, FINRA, FINCEN, the United States Attorneys’ Office, and the Department of Justice. Additionally, she represents individuals and businesses in commercial disputes and business torts.
Kellie J. Sellman
Kellie J. Sellman joined Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona as an associate attorney in August 2011 and practices in the areas of family law, condominium law, and real estate and business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Kellie practiced law at a boutique family law firm, where she spent four years handling family law litigation matters. In addition to family law, Kellie now devotes much of her practice to real estate and business litigation matters and has significant experience in the representation of condominium and homeowners associations.
GKWW In the News
A Quarter Century of GKWW: Tom Gardiner Reflects on 25 Years of Success
It seems hard to believe that it’s been 34 years since Jim Koch and I tried our first case together. At that time–1983, to be specific–we were both young men.
Collaborative Divorce: A Divorce Option To Seriously Consider
If traditional divorce is a war, collaborative divorce is a productive conversation. At GKWW, we have family lawyers who have been certified to facilitate that conversation, bringing this difficult transition to a mutually agreeable closure.