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Clark Hill Attorney Ray J. Koenig III Named Chairman of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Advisory Council

March 12, 2012


– Clark Hill Attorney Ray J. Koenig III became the Chairman of the Cook County State’s Attorney‘s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Advisory Council. State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez recently appointed Koenig the Chairman. The State’s Attorney has several Community Advisory Councils that represent diverse communities within the county. The councils provide a two-way communication for raising crime-related issues and concerns to and from the State’s Attorney’s Office.

“I am pleased that Ray Koenig will serve as the Chairman of my Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Advisory Council. He shares my commitment to civil rights and equal and respectful treatment of all people in our very diverse county. Coupled with that, his strong leadership skills make Ray the ideal person to lead this important council,” said Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney.

Koenig has served on Alvarez’s advisory council since her election as State’s Attorney in 2008.

Anita Alvarez made history when she was chosen by voters in 2008 to serve as the Cook County State’s Attorney. Not only did Alvarez become the first female and the first Hispanic State’s Attorney, she also became the first career prosecutor ever elected to this important public safety position.

Alvarez has spent her entire legal career in public service in the State’s Attorney’s Office representing the victims of crime in Cook County. Since taking office, Alvarez has delivered on many of the promises that she made to voters when she sought public office. In her first two years on the job Alvarez has worked to stem the tide of gang and gun violence by drafting a new law that has increased criminal penalties for gang members arrested with guns. Gang members convicted under the new law face a mandatory prison sentence and are no longer eligible for parole.

Koenig is the Managing Member of Clark Hill’s Chicago office and a member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group. He practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law, estate planning, and estate administration, with an emphasis on will, trust, guardianship, and advance directive contests and other fiduciary litigation. Koenig has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice. Koenig has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts.

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