Keith L. Foster
Born Aurora, Illinois; admitted to the bar, 1979, Illinois and US District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: Northern Illinois University (BA 1974); Illinois Institute of Technology (JD with high honors, 1979). Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review, 1978-1979. Assistant States Attorney, 1982-1985. Interim States Attorney for DeKalb County, 2009. Member: DeKalb County and Illinois State Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Administration, Trusts, Commercial and Farm Real Estate, Business and Commercial Law, and Municipal Law.
Kevin E. Buick
Born Merced, California; admitted to the bar, 1990, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A., 1987); Northern Illinois University (J.D., 1990). Member: DeKalb County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. Practice Areas: Municipal Law, Land Use, Appellate Law, Real Estate, Business Planning, Banking Law, and General Civil Practice. Former DeKalb County Zoning Hearing Officer, 2002-2012.
Timothy J. Conklin
Although he was born in Rockford, Illinois, Tim has been a resident of DeKalb County ever since first attending school at Northern Illinois University in 1991. Tim received his Undergraduate Degree in Political Science in 1995, his Master of Business Administration in 2004, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2004. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the DeKalb County Bar Association. His primary areas of practice include Landlord -Tenant law, Criminal and Traffic, Collections, Civil Litigation, and Municipal Law.
Douglas R. Engel
A principal member of the firm from 1967 through 1986, Judge Engel became a Circuit Judge for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in DeKalb, Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in July of 2003. He has since renewed his association with the firm and now serves of counsel, advising and consulting with attorneys in the firm and occasionally handling client matters on a limited basis.
John W. Countryman
Joining the firm as an Of Counsel attorney in 2007, Judge Countryman brings his thirty-seven years of experience in the legal profession and in state government to the service of the firm. Mr. Countryman is focusing his practice on Mediation, Election Law, Probate and Complex Civil Litigation.
Tait J. Lundgren
Tait was born in DeKalb, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Dayton in 1998. Upon graduation from college, he served in an Armor Battalion of the United States Army's 1st Cavalry Division for three years. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2004, Tait also served as Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. His practice areas include Family Law, Commercial Law, and Civil Litigation in State and Federal Courts.
Jill M. Tritt
After a decade of private practice in asset protection and minimizing taxation for clients, Jill joined Foster, Buick, Conklin, Lundgren & Tritt, LLC, in September of 2011. Her focus continues to include Estate Planning and Taxation in addition to Probate and Trust Administration, Taxation, and Business Planning.
Marc J. Strauss
Admitted to the bar in 1979, Marc has practiced in Chicago, Sycamore and, most recently, worked as in-house counsel for First Rockford Group for 12 years. Marc holds several degrees from Northwestern University, including a B.A. attained in 1975, M.M. in 1976, and J.D. (cum laude) in 1979. Marc is a member of the DeKalb County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a member of Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees where he has served in various capacities and on various committees.
Cassandra A. Gottschalk
Cassandra grew up in Stillman Valley, Illinois. She attended Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Philosophy in 2009. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2012 from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she served as the Co-chair of the Business Law Society’s Spring Conference in 2011. She also served as a Legal Research and Writing Honors Instructor from 2010 to 2012. She became licensed to practice in the State of California in June of 2012 and became licensed to practice in the State of Illinois in November of 2012. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Ogle County Bar Association, and California Bar Association.
Carrie L. Thompson
Carrie is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she double majored in Political Science and Communication and minored in Psychology. After graduating she began work as a Corporate Paralegal before she earned her Certificate of Public Management from Iowa State University in 2007 and later her Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2011. While attending NIU-Law School she served as the Public Interest Law Society President, the Trial Advocacy Society Head of Chambers and was an Assistant Editor for the NIU Law Review. Carrie currently practices in areas of estate planning and administration, municipal law, civil litigation and family law.