The internal culture of our firm is unprecedented. ASA Law Group's ethos of delivering the highest level of service to our clients demands we be experts in our field, continually evolve, and be well rounded individuals with a healthy work life balance. Our attorneys are encouraged to participate in community activities, maintain a healthy lifestyle and become empowered individuals. In turn, our clients benefit from increased productivity from our energized staff and attorneys that are inspired and ready to make positive impacts on your business.
Owner and President
Prior to forming ASA Law Group, LLC, Mr. Ahmed represented clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases wherein he tried cases before the jury, the bench (judge) and at Arbitration. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois defending various state departments in workers’ compensation cases. He then spent numerous years engaged in private practice aggressively defending self-insured clients in workers’ compensation cases in his capacity as a Partner.
While Mr. Ahmed enjoys representing clients in Court and at the Commission, he has authored numerous articles for the Illinois State Bar Association and the Business Leader. He is also the author of Get A Grip: An Employer’s Manual on How to Get A Grip on a Workers Compensation Case before it Spirals Out of Control.” Mr. Ahmed is a faculty member for the Illinois Continuing Legal Education and for the Illinois State Bar Association.
Finally, Mr. Ahmed is actively involved in both the legal and business communities. Notably, he serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Workers Compensation Committee, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Committee and on the Business Advisory Board for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
“Our clients deserve more than just a competent attorney, they deserve an attorney who is an advocate of their business inside and out of the courtroom.”
Team Lead, Attorney
Katlyn Rowe-Brasel began her career at a large workers’ compensation defense firm, gaining an understanding of the inside operations of insurance companies and self-insured clients. Thereafter, she worked at a Petitioner’s firm and was able
to gain valuable insight into the workings on the opposite side of the bar.
With extensive experience handling claims in all phases of litigation and a
great intuition into winning workers’ compensation cases, Katlyn is a force!
Her expertise gives her unique insight that very few attorneys have. She knows
how Petitioners operate and this gives her an edge. Katlyn defends workers’
compensation cases in counties all across Illinois including: Cook, Lake,
McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Kankakee, and Winnebago. Beyond her passion for
her clients, she also loves to travel, golf, run, and spend time with her
Team Lead, Attorney
Kate Exo attended DePaul University College of Law and concentrated on developing litigation skills. Upon receiving her license in 2005, she put those skills in to practice with the City of Chicago, prosecuting traffic violations in Circuit Court. Ms. Exo moved into the area of Worker’s Compensation with a downstate Illinois Respondent’s firm. There she tried several cases and argued a motion before a Commissioner. After spending a few years doing other forms of litigation support, Ms. Exo was happy to return to worker’s compensation, this time on the Petitioner’s side. During her tenure, she tried multiple cases and aggressively advocated for her clients. Now that she is again representing Respondents, she uses her 12 years of litigation experience on both sides of the bar to bring a balanced perspective to her work representing employers.
Director of Operations
Beth Kelly has been affiliated with ASA Law Group since its inception. As Director of Operations, she oversees the management and day to day operations for both the firm’s Illinois and California offices, at the direction of the President. Further, Beth oversees the revenue growth for the firm while also managing staff. In addition to previously working in fashion, real estate and accounting, Beth spent over six years employed at other renowned defense firms until she decided to take her expertise and help develop ASA Law Group.
Jordan Lejcar began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Broward County, Florida. After gaining invaluable trial experience, she relocated back to her Midwestern roots and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. Prior to beginning her career in workers’ compensation, Jordan defended government employees, law enforcement, and municipalities in civil rights and employment litigation. She also served as In-House Counsel to a west suburban expo center, which included providing counsel in transactional, employment, and insurance matters.
In 2017, Jordan made the leap into the workers’ compensation world with a large suburban defense firm. There, she handled claims from beginning to end, always focusing on client satisfaction and creative solutions for efficient resolution. With a passion for teaching, Jordan was involved in several speaking engagements to educate her clients about the ever-changing world of workers’ compensation.
Outside of the Commission, Jordan loves a good game night, eating her husband’s fantastic cooking, and chasing after her daughter and two pups.
Attorney, California Office
Talin earned her JD from Southwestern Law School and upon being licensed, focused her practice exclusively on Workers’ Compensation defense. Prior to law school, she received a double Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from California State University of Northridge where she served as a staff writer for the campus publication, The Daily Sundial.
Talin’s believes in a multi-dimensional approach to her practice which includes working to strike a balance between fully litigating a matter in order to set good defense precedents while, at the same time, considering the clients’ bottom line.
Jennifer Maxwell concentrates her litigation practice in workers’ compensation defense. Her case management strategy focuses on providing client centric service in order to move files to resolution as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Over the last 9 years, Jennifer’s experience has taught her that the best way to achieve successful results is to listen to and work closely with both insured and claim clients.
Following her admission to the bar in 2009, Ms. Maxwell was Counsel for Travelers Insurance focusing her litigation practice in the areas of workers compensation and liability defense. She received the Rising Star Award at the Travelers Trial Advocacy School in 2010. During her tenure at Travelers, Jennifer learned valuable insights into the insurance industry, which provided her with a unique understanding of her claim clients’ needs. Jennifer continued to expand her litigation experience and workers’ compensation knowledge working at two defense firms before joining the ASA Law Group in 2018.
Jennifer earned her law degree at The John Marshall Law School in 2009. While attending law school, Ms. Maxwell was an Articles Editor for the Executive Board of The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law and her article, Making a Federal Case for the Copyrighting Stage Directions was published in 2008. She was also a judicial external for the First District Illinois Appellate Court.
When she’s not advocating on behalf of her clients, Jennifer is enjoying life with her husband and her two little boys. Jennifer is an avid Chicago Bears and Blackhawks fan and a fantasy football enthusiast.
Attorney, California Office
Kevin spearheads the workers compensation division for ASA Law Group, Inc. in California. Prior to joining ASA Law Group, Kevin attended Pepperdine School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate and certificates in alternative dispute resolution, entrepreneurship and technology law. Upon graduating law school and being admitted to the bar, Kevin practiced civil business litigation and, thereafter, spent numerous years defending self-insured employers in California on workers compensation cases. Outside of the courtroom, Kevin enjoys auto racing and scuba diving.
Office Manager, California Office
Caitlin Murphy began her career in workers’ compensation after graduating from Northern Illinois University. She gained eight years of experience at prior firms before joining ASA Law Group. After two years with ASA Law Group she recently made the move out west to assist in opening ASA’s California office. As Office Manager she ensures that the California office performs efficiently. It is a privilege for Caitlin to be a part of the ASA family as it continues to expand.
Nick received his JD from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago wherein he concentrated in litigation and competed in numerous national trial competitions. He started his legal career working for the Will County Public Defender in Joliet, IL. During his time at Public Defender’s office Nick tried many criminal cases in front of local juries and various judges.
During law school, he interned for the Honorable Judge Dennis Porter at 26th street in Cook County and had the unique opportunity to work on post-trial convictions. Nick would draft memoranda for the Judge regarding the claims of convicted inmates, and the merit of their post-trial petitions.
Outside of work Nick is still heavily involved in John Marshall’s trial advocacy program. He coaches John Marshall law students on how to conduct jury trials for national competitions, and two of his students have gone on to win first place in the National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition held at Harvard Law School. Nick is excited to put his trial experience and knowledge to work for his business and worker’s compensation clients.
Rachel Smith is originally from Montgomery County, Maryland. She received her JD from the DePaul University College of Law. She spent her second year of law school in Madrid, Spain where she received her Master’s degree in International Business Law from La Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Outside of legal experience, she worked in the service industry for 11 years throughout the Maryland/Washington D.C. areas. She is a people person who loves to talk to people, no matter the circumstance, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting to know her!
Alexa Venditti graduated from Loyola University Chicago and went on to receive her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. While studying at John Marshall, Alexa was a participant in The John Marshall Law Review as a Staff Editor and graduated magna cum laude upon completion of her legal education. Upon being licensed, Alexa worked in the area of personal injury, commercial litigation, civil rights litigation, mortgage foreclosures and probate litigation.
Alexa enjoys using creative approach to case handling in securing favorable and amicable results for clients. She prides herself on being relatable and approachable while also remaining hyper focused on securing results. In her free time, Alexa’s hobbies include cooking, drawing, traveling and culinary.
Karen received her JD from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago wherein she concentrated in litigation and earned a specialized certificate of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She started her legal career working at UpRight Law, a bankruptcy law firm and technology startup in downtown Chicago. As a fast growing technology startup, UpRight Law afforded her the unique opportunity to hone her legal advocacy skills while also helping to enhance client services through the innovative use of new technology.
Throughout law school, she interned and advocated for various agencies including Prairie State Legal Services, Equip for Equality, and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Chicago. During her tenure, she handled a wide variety of cases including foreclosure, workers compensation, personal injury, disability civil rights, and large class action lawsuits.
During her final year of law school, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert Gettleman presiding in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. As a judicial law clerk, she had the unique opportunity to view trials, attend settlement meetings, and draft judicial opinions. She also collaborated with Judge Gettleman in creating a curriculum on international views of disability law and advocacy. She also participated heavily in extracurricular work including working as an executive board member on the John Marshall Law Review, Moot Court Honors Board, and Trial Advocacy Honors Council. Prior to law school, she worked in the education field for several years as an intervention specialist and program coordinator. She is passionate about people and helping find new, creative solutions and loves group collaboration!
Attorney of Counsel
Patrick Quinn is a respected and accomplished lawyer with a history of success representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Patrick has been a trial lawyer for over a decade and has tried numerous cases to verdict.
Patrick began his career in insurance subrogation litigation representing insurance companies to recover for their losses from responsible third-parties and advocating for individuals in personal injury cases. He then worked for many years defending individuals against personal injury, wrongful death, and healthcare negligence cases.
In 2018, Patrick followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded the law firm, Quinn Law Group, LLC. He continues to represent the injured and also assists individuals with estate planning and creation of wills and trusts while supporting ASA Law Group’s clients in Workers Compensation Defense, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Subrogation, Insurance Non Compliance, and Business Formations.
Patrick attended Western Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He went on to John Marshall Law School where he focused his studies on litigation. During his third year in law school, Patrick served as a Supreme Court Rule 711 law clerk in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office trying criminal cases. The knowledge gained at the state’s attorney’s office and many years of experience have given Patrick the foundation to be the trial lawyer he is today.