Jan Feldman, Executive Director
Jan Feldman became Executive Director of LCA in May 2014. He has been a member of LCA's Executive Committee where he led the organization's fundraising efforts for most of the last decade. Before he joined the LCA Board of Directors, 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 has been a partner in several prominent Chicago law firms including Phelan, Pope & John, Holleb & Coff and, most recently, Perkins Coie. His legal practice concentrated on civil litigation in construction and high technology disputes.
Marci Rolnik Walker, Director of Education
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. A former photographer, she focuses on giving artists real bargaining power, including adequate information to turn down commercially exploitative offers. Ms. Walker spent a decade managing LCA's attorney referral program and now heads LCA's LawSmarts outreach and CLE programming. Past leadership roles include chairing the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Chicago Bar Association's Media and Entertainment Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of Independent Features Project Midwest (IFP/ Chicago).
Ms. Walker is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago where she teaches entertainment law courses. She formerly taught an ABA-certified course on intellectual property at Harper College and student taught a legal ethics course at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Walker earned her juris doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.
Nicole Schonitzer, Administrator
Nicole Schonitzer joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in February of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Vassar College. Nicole has worked and interned at several well-known art institutions and non-profits in Chicago and on the east coast. Before coming to LCA, she supported the development department, acted as an administrative assistant, and oversaw publications sales outreach at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. She also interned for Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago where she focused on implementing the use of a sales-tracking database. In her spare time, Nicole pursues her own artistic aspirations as a painter and as a poet. Nicole is excited about supporting other artists through her work at LCA.
William E. Rattner, Senior Counsel
William Rattner served as the Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts for 14 years, from 2000 to 2014. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for over 37 years, most recently as a senior partner at Hopkins & Sutter. Specializing in business and litigation, Mr. Rattner practiced in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is also a certified mediator and arbitrator. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law; Columbia College Chicago; Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate Studies Program; and the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Rattner has served as Chairman of the City of Evanston Board of Ethics; as President of the Chicago Chapter, and a National Director of the American Jewish Committee; and as a Trustee of the Evanston Arts Center. Since retiring from LCA in 2014, Mr. Rattner continues to present our Nonprofit Workshops, offered six times a year. These popular Workshops are held in LCA’s offices and cover all aspects of state incorporation, federal tax exempt status and other governance and business strategies critical to small nonprofit entities.
Stacy Streur, Director of Legal Services
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, Assistant Director of Education
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.
*All staff photos by Jon Allegretto