Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Vera worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. During his time there, he gained trial experience as he prosecuted over 200 bench trials and seven jury trials to verdict. Mr. Vera also drafted numerous appellate briefs and argued twice before the 1st District Court of Appeals on behalf of the State. Mr. Vera previously clerked for Judge Ronald Bartkowicz on the Commercial Calendar of the Circuit Court of Cook County dealing extensively with matters arising out of commercial litigation.
Mr. Vera holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Whittier College, graduating in 2006, and a J.D., Cum Laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 2012. While in law school, Mr. Vera served as a law clerk in the Trial Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He also served as a law clerk at Caputo Law firm, and at Hickey, Melia & Associates. Mr. Vera served as a judicial extern to the Honorable James Holderman, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, as well as to the Honorable Drella Savage, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division.
Mr. Vera is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Lawyers.