Partners & Associates


Carter A. Korey

Partner/Principal
Contact: ckorey@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Carter A. Korey is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in lawsuits dealing with the following causes of action: breach of contract, common law fraud, violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, breach of fiduciary duty, detinue, conversion of negotiable instruments, negligence, chancery and special remedies such as constructive trusts and injunctions (temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctions), landlord/tenant, and suits to foreclose mortgages and mechanic’s liens.

In addition to litigation and trial practice, Mr. Korey practices corporate law, construction law, health care law, and probate law.

Mr. Korey received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. Mr. Korey is admitted to practice law in the states of Illinois and Florida, and is a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Elliot Richardson

Partner/Principal
Contact: erichardson@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Elliot Richardson is a litigation attorney, focusing on commercial matters representing clients engaged in contract, partnership, real estate and other business disputes. Mr. Richardson has handled hundreds of cases in the Illinois state and federal courts, including having taken cases to trial before both judges and juries. He has also practiced in many jurisdictions throughout the United States. His clients have included financial institutions, developers, contractors, manufacturers, printers, insurance companies and many others. Mr. Richardson also handles constitutional claims on behalf of businesses sustaining damages through a municipality’s wrongful conduct. As a plaintiff's civil rights attorney, he secured millions in judgments and settlements for his clients. His most victory included a large settlement for a First Amendment Freedom of Association claim against a Chicago area municipality.

Elliot Richardson received a Bachelor of Arts from Bradley University and Juris Doctor from The University of Dayton. Mr. Richardson is a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Elliot Richardson is also the Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on improving the economic environment for small businesses in the State of Illinois. Elliot also serves on the Board of Directors of ChildServ as their Board Chair. Childserv is a social service agency which helps at-risk children.

Daniel J. Stoller

Partner
Contact: dstoller@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Daniel Stoller practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, breach of contract, probate and business litigation. Mr. Stoller is licensed in Illinois and Florida. His dual membership has allowed him to handle litigation and case management in both states.

Prior to his time with KCHR, in his first year of Law School, Mr. Stoller received the highest grade award in the area of Torts. In his second year of Law School, he became an Assistant Professor for over fifty first year Law Students. Mr. Stoller provided supplemental instruction through lectures and essays to students throughout the year.

Mr. Stoller is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Small Business Advocacy Council. He also sits as the current Sports Chair of the SBAC.

Michele D. Dougherty

Partner
Contact: mdougherty@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Michele D. Dougherty is a seasoned litigator with significant experience representing individuals and businesses in commercial litigation, including breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, and shareholder disputes, as well as tort claims, fraud, and title issues. Ms. Dougherty spent several years representing large corporate clients in the consumer financial services sector in Illinois circuit and appellate courts and in federal court, and advising on various developments in the law, from federal and state regulations to local general administrative orders.

Ms. Dougherty received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ms. Dougherty is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, and is a member of the general bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Rachael D. Crim

Partner
Contact: rcrim@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Rachael D. Crim is a partner attorney with a primary focus on workers’ compensation defense matters.  She appears at various Northern California WCABs and represents defendants in all workers’ compensation claims including catastrophic injuries, Serious and Willful allegations and Labor Code 132a violations.  

Ms. Crim attended the University at Buffalo in New York and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Public Relations.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and was admitted to the State Bar of California.  During law school, Ms. Crim had the opportunity to serve in both writing and editing roles for the GGU Law Review. 

Ms. Crim has focused primarily on workers’ compensation since 2010.  Prior to her experience in workers’ compensation she gained experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters in Oakland, California.

Michelle Henson

Associate
Contact: mhenson@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Michelle Henson practices primarily in the area of California Workers’ Compensation defense. Ms. Henson received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Phoenix and a Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School in San Francisco, California. After law school, Ms. Henson worked in the area of labor and employment, workers’ compensation and probate. Ms. Henson is admitted to practice law in the state of California. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Fresno County Bar Association.

Cory Mofield

Associate
Contact: cmofield@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Cory Mofield practices primarily in the areas of Illinois Workers’ Compensation defense and breach of contract. After law school, Mr. Mofield worked for a company negotiating municipal land use agreements and advised on local and state regulation of utility land use.

Mr. Mofield received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2011 and Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 2014, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society and earned Highest Grade Distinction in Remedies.

Mr. Mofield is admitted to practice law in the states of Illinois and Indiana, and is a member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association.

Brad Harris

Associate
Contact: bharris@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Brad Harris practices primarily in the area of California Workers’ Compensation defense. Mr. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Riverside and a Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California. After law school, Mr. Harris worked at an insurance company in New York City, and then moved back to California where he has been defending employers in workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Harris is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

Nathan M. Huffman

Associate Attorney
Contact: nhuffman@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Nathan M. Huffman is an associate attorney, focusing primarily on all aspects of California Workers’ Compensation defense litigation. Mr. Huffman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies and Film from the University of Iowa, and received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois. While in law school Mr. Huffman competed in Moot Court and was president of the ABA Law School Division.  After law school, Mr. Huffman worked helping businesses and individuals with Tax resolution and IRS negotiations, subsequently has served as General Counsel handling transactional matters, as well as defense litigation of employment law claims. Mr. Huffman been primarily focused on Worker's Compensation defense since 2012, including representation of insurance companies, third party administrators, and has experience representing uninsured employers directly. Mr. Huffman is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

Brandon Vaters

Associate
Contact: bvaters@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Brandon Vaters is an associate with a primary focus on California Workers’ Compensation defense. Mr. Vaters received his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Riverside with a major in Political Science: Law and Society. He attended the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis where he received a Juris Doctorate. After law school, Mr. Vaters handled personal injury and criminal defense cases. Since 2015, he has primarily focused on Workers’ Compensation defense. Mr. Vaters is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Sahar Bartels

Associate
Contact: sbartels@koreyrichardsolaw.com

Sahar Bartels is an associate attorney with a primary focus on CA Workers Compensation. Ms. Bartels joins the Korey Richardson Team with experience working on both sides of the litigation arena, as an applicant and defense attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Ms. Bartels is admitted to practice law in the State of CA.

Brenna Erlbaum

Associate
Contact: berlbaum@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Brenna Erlbaum is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2011. She then went on to obtain her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Miami Law School in Miami, Florida.  While in law school, Brenna worked in the Innocence Clinic.

Ms. Erlbaum was admitted to the California State Bar in May of 2014. Prior to joining Korey Richardson, Brenna worked at another prominent workers’ compensation defense firm. Prior to that, Brenna worked for another firm handling employment law matters. Brenna is licensed to practice in all Federal District Courts in the State of California as well as in the Western District of Texas.

Ms. Erlbaum has handled all aspects of worker’s compensation defense, including discrimination claims, death and life pension exposure, serious and willful misconduct claims and petitions for reconsideration.

Eric Mintz

Associate
Contact: emintz@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Eric Mintz graduated from the Honors program at the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. He received a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California. He went on to study law at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles where he was Staff Editor on the Southwestern Law Review. While in law school, Eric clerked for a judge at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After law school, Eric went on to work as in-house counsel for entertainment and technology companies. In this role, Eric advised companies on business affairs, employment and labor law, human resources, licensing, marketing, as well as negotiated, drafted and reviewed a wide variety of contracts and agreements. He also advised independent film productions and talent on business, contractual, and employment matters.  He, then, went to work for boutique trial and litigation firms in Beverly Hills, Century City and Los Angeles. In this capacity, Eric has handled all phases of civil litigation in employment matters, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, contract disputes, collection actions, and wrongful discharge lawsuits, as well as employment arbitrations.  He has also handled Federal litigation as private counsel to the U.S. Attorney General and Department of Justice.  His wide range of experience in labor and employment and strategic insight helps achieve outstanding results for his clients.

Rachel Powell

Associate
Contact: rpowell@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Rachel Powell is an associate attorney with a primary focus in commercial litigation and workers’ compensation defense matters.

Ms. Powell received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University in 2015 and her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso School of Law in 2018. While attending Valparaiso School of Law, Ms. Powell was a member of the International Moot Court Competition Team. She competed in the International Phillip C. Jessup Competition, where she finished as a Quarterfinalist in the 2017 Midwest Regional Rounds. Additionally, Ms. Powell was a member of the Campus Judicial Board, a Representative for the Chicago Bar Association, and in her second year of Law School, she became an Assistant Professor for over a hundred first year Law Students.

In Ms. Powell’s final year of law school, she received her 7-11 license in Illinois and her 2.1 license in Indiana. In Illinois, she performed pro bono work at the Chicago Legal Clinic-Chancery Division, where she provided advice on mortgage foreclosure, adult and child name changes, and administrative appeals. In Indiana, Ms. Powell provided pro bono services at the Valparaiso Criminal Clinic where she performed criminal defense work for low income clients.

Ms. Powell received the highest grade distinction in the area of Criminal Procedure. In her last three semesters, Ms. Powell was awarded Course and Semester Honors.

Ms. Powell is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association as well as the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Katherine Morisseau

Associate
Contact: kmorisseau@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Katherine Morisseau practices primarily in the area of Workers’ Compensation defense.  Ms. Morisseau received a Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange County, California. 

While attending law school, Ms. Morisseau was an Articles Editor for the Chapman Law Review.  Ms. Morisseau is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Michael R. Minguet

Associate
Contact: mminguet@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Michael R. Minguet is an accomplished litigator with twenty years of experience defending employers in a variety of matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour individual and class actions and PAGA representative actions.  Mr. Minguet also has extensive experience handling trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and related statutory and tort claims.  In addition, Mr. Minguet provides counseling to employers on daily workplace issues, including employee termination, discipline, leave, compensation, and related matters.     

Mr. Minguet received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in all California courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Vahram Balumyan

Associate Attorney
Contact: vbalumyan@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Vahram Balumyan graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. While attending CSUN Mr. Balumyan was an active member of a student based organization, the Armenian Education Relief Fund (AERF), through which he helped raise and deliver first-hand over $40,000 in essential supplies for 8 kindergartens throughout the most impoverished areas of Armenia, to support over 700 children.

Vahram earned his Juris Doctorate in 2013 from Western State College of Law. While in law school, Vahram earned the Business Law Certificate with an emphasis in International Corporations, Negotiations, and Tax Law.

In addition, Vahram earned a Distinguished Public Service Certificate and was trained as a certified preparer in state and federal tax filings through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

After being admitted to the California State Bar, Vahram entered the field of Workers’ Compensation serving primarily Southern California Boards.

Guido Gaiteri

Attorney
Contact: ggaiteri@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Mr. Gaiteri is a multi-cultural, experienced, bi-lingual attorney with over 16 years of cumulative law practice.

During his legal tenure, Mr. Gaiteri worked for major international corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and major law firms.  In addition, he volunteered at Bay Area non-profit associations, such as the Eviction Defense Collaborative of San Francisco, the Concord Domestic Violence Law Clinic, the San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, and the Placer County Attorney/Mediator program.

Mr. Gaiteri is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), specializing in Business and Corporate Law, in 1998. In 2001, he obtained his Masters of Laws degree (LL.M.), in International Business Transactions and Comparative Law, at the University of San Francisco (USF), School of Law.   In 2007, he passed the CA State Bar exam, and was admitted to practice law in California. 

Prior to joining Korey Richardson, LLP , Mr. Gaiteri worked for the Ratto Law Firm, as an Applicant Attorney for over 2 years.  In addition, Mr. Gaiteri has over 4 years of experience of workers compensation as a case Manager before becoming an attorney.  Between the years of 2011 to 2013, he had the unique privilege to work for Google, Inc.

Mr. Gaiteri is a member of the California Bar Association.  When not practicing law, Mr. Gaiteri is an active member of the California Aikido Federation and an instructor, holding the rank of Nidan (second-degree black-belt) for over ten years.   Mr. Gaiteri is a strong believer that the same harmonious and peaceful [conflict resolutions] principles of Aikido can be applied to the legal industry.  A dedicated family-man, he resides in Roseville, CA, with his wife and 2 daughters.

Ryan Gibson

Of Counsel
Contact: rgibson@koreyrichardsonlaw.com

Ryan Gibson practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation, business counseling, and appeals. Mr. Gibson’s diverse commercial litigation experience includes: class action defense, insurance coverage disputes, tort and wrongful death defense, third-party and subrogation actions, patent defense, construction law, collections, and other complex litigation. Mr. Gibson also advises businesses, business owners, and entrepreneurs in areas such as employment and severance disputes, the drafting and negotiation of non-compete/non-disclosure agreements, and corporate and transactional matters. His appellate experience includes an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals in a case that alleged that the occupational liberty and due process rights of construction contractors had been violated by the Chicago Transit Authority.

While attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Gibson was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and served a term on its editorial board. He also received several awards including CALI Awards for the highest grade in the following four courses: Business Organizations, Business Planning for Closely Held Enterprises, Legal Writing II, and Legal Writing III.

Mr. Gibson is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Marc Blumenthal

Of Counsel
Contact: mnblawyer@gmail.com

Richard Dubin

Of Counsel
Contact: rdubin@dubinsinger.com