Jan Feldman became Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts in May 2014. Before that he had been a Vice President and member of LCA's Executive Committee and led the organization's fundraising efforts for most of the last decade. During his pre-LCA career, Mr. Feldman held board president positions on several non-profit arts boards, including the People's Music School, Arts Bridge and Mostly Music Chicago. He assisted those organizations in navigating challenging funding periods as well as transitions in their staff leadership.
Mr. Feldman is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University Law School and holds a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. During his legal career as a commercial litigator, he handled national litigation for companies in Intellectual Property, environmental and high tech areas of construction disputes. He was a partner most recently in the law firm Perkins Coie, and before that in Phelan, Pope & John and Holleb & Coff.
Since she joined LCA in 2004, Ms. Walker has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. Ms. Walker spent 12 years as LCA's Legal Director, building its attorney referral network and generating a library of resources used in CLE trainings and related seminars. She now heads LCA's LawSmarts outreach and CLE programming.
Ms. Walker is a recognized Super Lawyers Selectee (2018 and 2019) and past Rising Star (2013). She was also named one of Chicago's Top 40 under 40 by The National Law Journal (2014). She has designed curriculum, taught courses, and guest lectured for numerous academic institutions and professional bar organizations. She is a prior Governing Committee member of the ABA's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and has chaired committees for the Chicago Bar Association and College Art Association. Ms. Walker student taught at the University of Illinois, her alma mater, and earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.
John O'Neill, Administrator
John O’Neill joins Lawyers for the Creative Arts after completing an AmeriCorps term with Illinois JusticeCorps in Kane County. JusticeCorps is an Illinois Bar Foundation program that partners court navigators with self-represented litigants in courthouses around the state. John holds degrees in music performance, political science, and Russian from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Before his work with the Illinois Bar Foundation, John pursued a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Library of Congress. In his free time, John enjoys cooking, hiking, and practicing his Russian language skills. John continues to be a passionate musician and instructor in the Chicago area and greatly looks forward to joining the staff at LCA.
Stacy Streur is a practicing attorney who represents software and Cloud service providers in connection with technology procurement contracts. She also represents small business owners and artists in connection with copyright and trademark issues and privacy and data security matters. Ms. Streur teaches intellectual property law. She has an LLM in Intellectual Property and recently earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Ms. Streur has published both fiction and non-fiction and her articles have appeared in The Docket: Publication of the Lake County Bar Association, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. She is a frequent speaker on such topics as Cloud contracting practices and data security for small business owners.
Christopher Johnson joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in 2018. A lifelong performer and proponent of the arts, Mr. Johnson made the transition to the legal services community after obtaining civil litigation experience with AV rated law firms in and around Chicago. His writing on the intersection of law and theatre has been featured in such publications as the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law and the Michigan Business and Entrepreneurial Law Review. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Mr. Johnson earned his law degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He teaches Entertainment Law at Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood, and has guest lectured on arts and entertainment topics at various colleges, law schools, and conferences across Chicago.
Diana Muhammad is a 2017 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law and holds a B.S. in Education. A Chicago native, she was trained in classical piano and voice at Doralyn Academy of Music and danced with the Debra Richards Dancers. During her undergraduate studies, she directed the DePaul Gospel Choir and was an All-Conference, record holding member of the track and field team. Diana’s 14 years of experience as an educator includes: middle school language arts and history teacher for Chicago Public Schools, Instructional Coach for District 97 and Curriculum Director at Right At School. She has worked with many community and arts organizations such as After School Matters, the Najwa Dance Corps, and DADA Dance Connection. Diana is the Managing Director of the Move Me Soul Dance Company, which provides training in dance, music and spoken word to at risk teens.
*All staff photos by Jon Allegretto