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Anthony Zeoli

Partner, Freeborn and Peters

Anthony Zeoli is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group and the Leader of the Emerging Industries Team. He concentrates his practice in the areas of banking and commercial finance, securities, real estate, and general corporate law.

Anthony’s commercial finance practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in: secured and unsecured lending transactions; corporate reorganizations and restructuring; syndicated commercial financing transactions; and loan workouts. Anthony also has a vibrant securities and general corporate practice including initial and subsequent private debt and equity offerings; mergers and acquisitions; company formation and governance; and general contract drafting and negotiation.  He has particular skill in the negotiation and documentation of transactions involving the acquisition, sale, construction, development, leasing, and/or financing of real estate and has represented parties on both sides of such transactions.

Anthony is also an industry leader in the areas of crowdfunding, blockchain, securities based cryptocurrency/token offerings, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, and Regulation A+ offerings. He also personally drafted the Illinois intrastate crowdfunding exemption, which was unanimously passed into law by the Illinois House of Representatives. Anthony was recently named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazers.

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Rhonda Jensen

President - Midwest Region at Lexitas

Rhonda Jensen is President of the Midwest Division of Lexitas.  Rhonda began her career as a freelance court reporter upon graduating from MacCormac College.  After 2 years, she started her own business, Jensen Reporting Service.  She built the business through dedication and adherence to a strong work ethic.  Her No. 1 priority has always been to provide superior service to her loyal and valued clients. She firmly believes in staying at the top of her profession, which is why she has gone on to achieve the highest certification attainable for court reporting, which is the Registered Diplomate Reporter.  In addition, she has also achieved status as a Certified Realtime Reporter and Certified LiveNote Reporter.

She confesses to being a people pleaser by nature with a “nothing is impossible” attitude, which is what helped her grow Jensen Reporting from a one-man shop to a worldwide court reporting agency.  Rhonda is extremely grateful and blessed to be surrounded by her talented and loyal staff that share her passion.  Her managerial staff have been by her side for over 25 years.  Rhonda was able to acquire three court reporting companies; and then, after celebrating 30 years in business, she sold her company to Lexitas.  She continues to enjoy working closely with her clients, court reporters, and staff.

Rhonda belongs to the National Court Reporters Association, Illinois Court Reporters Association, and Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting.  Rhonda also enjoys serving on the Board of Trustees for MacCormac College and on the SBAC Board of Directors.

Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, attending fitness classes, and scrapbooking.  Her favorite board game is Scrabble, and she also enjoys reading.

Jason Tremblay

Jason Tremblay

Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Jason Tremblay is a business attorney and litigator who advises companies in a wide range of industries on employment law and commercial matters. His experience in employment matters includes counseling, negotiation, and litigation on issues critical to the evolving workplace including wage and hour disputes, restrictive covenant matters, and federal, state, and local statutory claims. Jason also provides his clients with an array of services including drafting and negotiating employment and independent contractor agreements and responding to governmental audits and investigations. In the commercial area, Jason handles a broad range of complex business and tort litigation matters, including matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, interference with contract, and shareholder disputes. His clients operate in industries ranging from education, information technology, manufacturing, and distribution to property management, food and beverage, consulting, and retail.

As an outgrowth of his business-oriented employment and labor practice, Jason serves in a capacity similar to an outside general counsel for clients on a variety of other legal matters including general business, corporate, and litigation issues. In providing this service, he helps business owners triage the issues they face and collaborates with lawyers from different practice groups in the Firm who bring their knowledge, and skillsets to the client relationship.

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Labor and Employment, Cannabis Law, Litigation, Employment Counseling, Employment Litigation, Food, Beverage and Agribusiness, K-12 Schools

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