Attorneys

Jeffrey S. Deutschman

Jeffrey S. Deutschman opened his law firm in 1992 to focus on providing outstanding counsel and highly personalized, attentive and responsive legal services. Attorney Deutschman graduated from California Western Law School in 1988. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988, as well as the District of Columbia and Northern District of Illinois in 1989. Before his law career, Jeffrey Deutschman received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983, and a M.A. from Northwestern University in 1985.

Jeff taught Legal Skills II at John Marshall Law School and Business Law at DePaul University

Co-Author: “A Proposal to Repeal the Illinois HIV Transmission Statute,” 78 Illinois Bar Journal 592, 1990.

Author: “Criminal Sanctions for the Transmissions of AIDS – An Analysis of New Illinois Legislation,” 4 Chicago Bar Association Record 32-35, 1990.

Author: “Fellows v. National Enquirer: Turn Out The False Light, The Party’s Over,” 21 Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal 275,1987.

Member: Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Bradley A. Skafish

Bradley Skafish has been practicing law, specifically in the realm of personal injury and civil litigation, since 2002. He is admitted to practice in Illinois (2002), the Northern District of Illinois (2002), Indiana (2004), the Northern District of Indiana (2004), the Southern District of Indiana (2004), the Southern District of Illinois (2012), and the Central District of Illinois (2014).  Brad is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Prior to joining Deutschman & Associates, Brad operated the Law Offices of Bradley A. Skafish from 2003-2007, also focusing primarily on personal injury litigation.  Brad has tried more than 50 jury trials.  He received his law degree (J.D.) as well as a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and remains an avid Indiana Hoosiers fan.

Brad is married with two daughters, and devotes much of his free time to attending his girls' activities, including gymnastics and dance.  Brad is also the author of the Bad Cats children's book series.  Additionally, Brad sings, writes music, and plays guitar for local rock band, the Figbeats. 

Author:  "Smut on the Small Screen: The Future of Cable-Based Adult Entertainment Following United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group," 54 Federal Communications Law Journal 319, 2002.

Lesley D. Pickering

Lesley Pickering has been practicing law in the area of personal injury and civil litigation since 2009. Lesley was admitted to the Northern District of Illinois and became a member of the Federal Trial Bar in 2013.

Lesley has tried more than 60 jury trials with a very high percentage of verdicts in favor of her clients.

Lesley has litigated numerous and diverse matters including cases involving automobile collisions, premises liability, sexual battery, child abuse, professional misconduct, human rights violations, defamation, breach of contract, food poisoning, dog bites and subrogation claims.

Prior to joining Deutschman & Associates, Lesley received her law degree (J.D.) from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a B.A. in Psychology and History of Art from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In her free time, Lesley enjoys spending time with her dog Lola, traveling, reading, swimming, cooking and engaging in artistic activities. Lesley is a committee member of Artsmart, a group affiliated with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, that focuses on involvement of young professionals in the museum community.

Claire M. Connolly

Claire M. Connolly has been practicing law since November of 2011 and focuses in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Subrogation. Claire has successfully resolved hundreds of cases on behalf of her clients and has obtained over 15 favorable jury verdicts. She appears regularly before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission as well as the Circuit Court of Cook County. Claire is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Claire received her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in May of 2011. Prior to law school, Claire attended Northern Illinois University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in both Fine Arts and Family and Child Studies. She was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois. In addition to practicing law, Claire enjoys reading, practicing yoga and traveling.