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.

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.

Abbey Lerner

Abbey Lerner has been practicing law since November of 2014. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois as a member of the Federal Trial Bar (2016).

Prior to joining Deutschman & Associates, Abbey was a junior partner at Mitchell D. Kreiter & Associates where she litigated criminal trials and appeals. Abbey has participated in appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court as well as the Illinois Appellate Court. Abbey also helped obtain a Commutation of Sentence from President Barack Obama.

Abbey graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. While attending law school, she was selected as a member of the DePaul Law Review. Abbey received CALI Awards for Excellence in the Future in Legal Writing I and II, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Pre-trial Criminal Litigation. Abbey also had the honor of externing for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard D. Cudahy, and Judge Mary L. Mikva in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Prior to law school, Abbey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from DePaul University with honors. Abbey was raised in Glencoe, Illinois and attended New Trier High School. In her free time, Abbey enjoys horseback riding and listening to country music.