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Office of Legal Services

Archdiocese of Chicago
835 N. Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois  60611

P.O. Box 1979
Chicago, Illinois  60690
-1979

Phone: 312-534-8239
Fax: 312-674-7543 or 534-5252
E-mail: legalservices@archchicago.org


Mission

  • To provide legal counsel to the Catholic Bishop of Chicago
    and to the parishes, schools and agencies of the Archdiocese.
  • To supervise and coordinate overall legal services, including the use of outside
    legal counsel, to meet the demand for legal assistance in contract, property,
    personnel and other areas of organizational life.

Staff

Mary Ann Hynes, General Counsel

(312) 534-8303
mahynes@archchicago.org

Mary Ann Hynes joined the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Legal Services as General Counsel in January 2016. Prior to joining this office, Mary Ann served as Senior Counsel at the law firm Denton's, Chicago. Prior to Dentons, Mary Ann served as the General Counsel for five global public corporations. Mary Ann holds a B.A. degree from Loyola University, an M.B.A. from the Lake Forest School of Management and J.D. and LL.M degrees from the John Marshall Law School.

Contact Mary Ann regarding:

  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Environmental
  • Lawsuits & Complaints Adm.
  • Policy
  • Technology
  • Transactional

 

Hortensia Carreira Esquivel, Senior Counsel

(312) 534-8783
hcarreira@archchicago.org

Hortensia C. Esquivel is Senior Counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago and has served as in-house counsel for the Archdiocese since 2006. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services at the Archdiocese, Hortensia worked in the Real Estate Practice Group at Winston & Strawn LLP for five years. Prior to attending law school, Hortensia worked as a real estate development analyst for Bryan Cave LLP.  She received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1993 and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2001. Hortensia was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2001. Hortensia is fluent in Spanish.

Contact Hortensia regarding the following:

  • Church/State Issues
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Environmental
  • Facilities & Construction
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate Services (including leasing, sale, acquisitions,
    zoning and landmark)

 

Olga Rojas, Counsel

(312) 534-8332
orojas@archchicago.org

Olga Rojas has served as Counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago since December 2008. Olga concentrates her practice in the area of employment based immigration. She served as a Constituent Services Aide in the Office of U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald, handling immigration issues and Hispanic Affairs. Olga is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently the Chair for the Chicago Chapter and is on the Board of Governors for AILA National. Olga is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Olga was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1996. She is fluent in Spanish.

Contact Olga regarding the following:

  • Immigration (including religious worker visas, student visas, legal permanent residency, naturalization and I-9 compliance for persons who serve the Archdiocese of Chicago or attend one of the Archdiocese of Chicago Seminaries or formation houses)

 

Gary R. Ansier, Counsel

(312) 534-8306
gansier@archchicago.org

Gary Ansier is Counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Prior to joining the Archdiocese's Office of Legal Services in October of 2012, Gary managed a variety of corporate, transactional and litigation matters as Senior Staff Counsel for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Gary received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005 and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2008.  Gary was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2008.

Contact Gary regarding the following:

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Facilities and Construction
  • General Transactions (e.g. operational agreements for goods or services)
  • Legal Compliance (e.g. governmental licensing, permits, charitable gaming such as raffles, fundraising initiatives and donations, carnivals)
  • Real Estate Agreements (leases and licenses)
  • Tax-exempt Status (including political activity)

 

John L. DiJohn, Jr., Counsel

(312) 534-8239
jdijohn@archchicago.org

John DiJohn joined the Office of Legal Services in February 2016. Prior to joining us, John was with the firm Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn, representing public and private sector employers in all areas of labor and employment law. John received his B.A. from DePaul University and his J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law, May 2001. He was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2001.

Contact John regarding the following:

  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • School Law
  • Wage Garnishments

 

James G. Stathopoulos, Counsel

(312) 534-5201
jstathopoulos@archchicago.org

Jimmy Stathopoulos has worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Legal Services since 2006.  Jimmy received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005.  Jimmy was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2010.

Contact Jimmy regarding the following:

  • General Liability Services (lawsuits & administrative complaints)
  • Subpoenas
  • Trusts & Estates

 

Pawel E. Boruch, Staff Attorney for Immigration Services

(312) 534-8789
pboruch@archchicago.org

Pawel joined the Office of Legal Services in July 2005.  Pawel earned his Master of Law degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2002, and LL.M. from Loyola University in Chicago in 2011.  Pawel was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in June 2012 and admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois in July 2012. Pawel’s primary focus is attorney for immigration services. He is fluent in Polish.

Contact Pawel regarding the following:

  • Immigration (including religious worker visas, student visas, legal permanent residency, naturalization and I-9 compliance for persons who serve the Archdiocese of Chicago or attend one of the Archdiocese of Chicago Seminaries or formation houses)

 

Janet Leonatti, Legal Administrator

(312) 534-8319
jleonatti@archchicago.org

Jan Leonatti joined the Archdiocese of Chicago in August 1992 and the Office of Legal Services in July 1994. Jan is responsible for the business function and overall operations of the Office of Legal Services and supports Legal Services staff in their individual roles.

 

Teri McGinley, Legal Secretary

(312) 534-8288
tmcginley@archchicago.org

Teri McGinley has been with the Office of Legal Services since June 2012. Teri  provides administrative support in the area of special consultation and coordinates communication between related offices.

 

Darlene Robey, Legal Secretary

(312) 534-2027
drobey@archchicago.org

Darlene Robey joined the Office of Legal Services in August 2012. Darlene provides secretarial support to the attorneys.

 

LaTasha Powell, Clerk

(312) 534-2553
lpowell2@archchicago.org

LaTasha Powell joined the Office of Legal Services in November 2014. She provides clerical support to the entire office.