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Kim Taylor

Kim Taylor

Kim Taylor joined the University in August 2014 as Vice President and General Counsel. In this role, she leads the legal team that advises and represents all units of the University.

Before joining the University, Taylor was a partner of Hilton & Bishop in Massachusetts where she represented both for profit and not-for-profit clients in a broad range of transactions. Prior to that, she was an equity partner of Kirkland & Ellis based in the firm’s New York office. In 18 years at Kirkland, she served as lead counsel to large buyout funds and private and public companies in a wide variety of transactions. These included leveraged buyouts, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, recapitalizations, and private equity investments.

Taylor received her B.A. degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley, and her J.D., with honors, from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.


Russell J. Herron

Russell J. Herron

Russell J. Herron is a Senior Associate General Counsel. His primary areas of practice include corporate and business matters, and research, technology transfer and intellectual property issues. His work at the University includes service on numerous committees, including the Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee, the BSD Institutional Review Board, the IRB Council, the Clinical Research Policy Board and its Executive Committee, and the University of Chicago Medical Center Compliance Committee. Before joining the University in 2001, Russ was an attorney in the Chicago law firm D’Ancona & Pflaum LLC, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities and venture capital transactions. He is a graduate, with honors, of the University of Michigan and a 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Theodore C. Stamatakos

Theodore C. Stamatakos

Theodore Stamatakos is a Senior Associate General Counsel. He has been with the Office of Legal Counsel since 2004. He works primarily in the areas of employment law, litigation, student life, security matters, risk management and K-12 school matters. Ted serves on the University’s Threat Assessment Team, the Physicians’ Assistance Committee, the HR Leadership Council, and the biomedical sciences’ Institutional Review Board. Before joining the University, Ted clerked for U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas (D. Conn.), and practiced law as an associate and partner at Seyfarth Shaw. Ted has degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Law Journal.

Glenn E. McKeown

Glenn E. McKeown

Glenn E. McKeown is an Associate General Counsel who joined the Office of Legal Counsel in 2003. He provides counsel and legal advice for the University in the areas of national laboratories, export controls, general transactional work, and employee benefit plans. Glenn serves on the Radiation Safety Committee, and the Radioisotopes and Radioactive Drug Research Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the University, Glenn spent seven years as an Attorney for BP Amoco (now B.P.), then worked at Sears, Roebuck and Co. as Associate General Counsel. He has an A.B. in Political Science from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Bruce W. Melton

Bruce W. Melton

Bruce W. Melton is an Associate General Counsel who works in a variety of areas including government relations, institutional and faculty governance, academic fraud, internal investigations, litigation, employment, faculty matters, and diversity initiatives across the campus. He is a member of the University’s Emergency Management Committee and its Data Stewardship Council; he also serves ex officio to the University’s Diversity Leadership Council. Prior to joining the University in 2007, Bruce was a founding partner of a Chicago law firm that represented colleges and universities in litigation and counseling matters. Bruce graduated from Cornell College magna cum laude; he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review. Bruce is a Lecturer in the Law School and he teaches higher education law in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. He lives in Hinsdale with his wife Julienne (Pritzker School of Medicine ’86), and their two sons.


Elizabeth L. Shanin

Elizabeth L. Shanin

Elizabeth L. Shanin is an Associate General Counsel who joined the Office of Legal Counsel in 2007. She provides counsel in areas including litigation, compliance, design and construction law, and student matters. Prior to joining the University, Liz clerked for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and worked as an attorney at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, where she specialized in commercial litigation. She holds a B.A. from Washington University (Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as a member of the Chicago Journal of International Law.

Stefan H. Quick

Stefan H. Quick

Stefan H. Quick is an Assistant General Counsel who joined the office in 2012. His primary areas of practice include technology transfer, intellectual property and research related matters. Prior to joining the University, Stefan worked as an attorney at McGuireWoods LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, specializing in intellectual property and information technology transactions. Stefan holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Computing and Information Systems and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Ellen Wetmore

Ellen Wetmore

Ellen Wetmore is an Assistant General Counsel who joined the office in 2015. Her primary areas of practice include litigation, employment, and student matters. Before joining the University, Ellen worked as an associate in the higher education practice group of Franczek Radelet, P.C., and as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at DePaul University. She has a B.A. from Whitman College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Smita Singh

Smita Singh

Smita Singh joined the Office of Legal Counsel in 2015 as Assistant General Counsel and advises the University on corporate and transactional matters. Prior to joining the University, Smita worked as an associate in the Boston and Chicago offices of Ropes & Gray LLP, where she advised health care, life sciences and institutional clients on a variety of corporate transactions and public financings. Smita received a S.B. in Economics and Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Yale Law School.