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Meet Our Team

Tom and Paul started Hawbecker & Garver, LLC in 2003.  They met in law school at The Ohio State University where both claim they tutored the other.  Working with the Hawbecker & Garver team Paul and Tom represent clients in Real Estate, Estate Planning, and Personal Injury.

Attorney Thomas Hawbecker

Attorney Thomas Hawbecker graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College Of Law. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, The Illinois Bar Association and its Real Estate Law Committee. Thomas is admitted to the bar in Illinois.


Attorney Paul Garver

Attorney Paul Garver graduated with a B.A from Miami University. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College Of Law. Paul received his Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution and co-authored the award winning Planning Mediation Programs: A Deskbook for Common Pleas Judges. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, and The Illinois Bar Association. Paul is admitted to the bar in Illinois.


Attorney Lynn Graham

Lynn joined Hawbecker & Garver in 2009.  She graduated cum laude with her undergraduate from Augustana College. She graduated cum laude and received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.  Lynn's primary practice area is Real Estate.  She has negotiated short sales, closed "normal" deals and has personally been involved in over 200+ real estate closings.  Lynn helps with troubleshooting difficult files and works tirelessly to make sure our clients have a smooth closing.  Lynn is admitted to the bar in Illinois, and was recently named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2014.



Attorney Thomas Cunningham, of Counsel 

Thomas Cunningham has had his practice at 35 S. Garfield in Hinsdale since 1978.  He received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.  He is an member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and brings 40+ years of experience to Hawbecker & Garver specifically in the areas of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.  Tom is an invaluable asset and lends his experience and wisdom to our team. 


Attorney Melissa Grisoni

Melissa joined the Hawbecker & Garver team in 2011.  She graduated with a B.A. from Roosevelt University.  She received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  Melissa has over ten years of professional experience, including over four years with Winston & Strawn’s paralegal department.  Melissa's primary practice area is Estate Planning, and she works closely with Paul and Tom to insure that every estate planning client has the best plan in place to meet their goals and wishes.  Melissa is admitted to the bar in Illinois.


Attorney Anne Zrenda

Anne also joined the Hawbecker & Garver team in 2011.  She received her undergraduate from Miami University, and received her J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  Licensed to practice in both Ohio and Illinois, Anne has over five years of experience as a staff attorney working both for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and the Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District.  Taking some time off to volunteer at an orphan's home in Nepal, Anne then returned state side and settled in Chicago.  Upon her return she founded a non-profit organization to assist orphans with special needs in Nepal.  Anne's primary practice area is Personal Injury.  She works closely with Paul and Tom to make sure that we have the most effective advocacy possible for our personal injury clients.

Attorney Kirk Langefeld

Kirk Langefeld graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Business Administration in 2001.  He received his J.D. with Honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2004. Kirk’s practice is focused on estate planning and administration, real estate and corporate transactions.  Kirk works closely with Paul, Tom and the real estate and estate planning teams.  Kirk is a member of the Oak Park/River Forest Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois State Bar Association.  Kirk is admitted to the Illinois Bar.

Lili Cardona, Paralegal

Lili completed Northwestern College's ABA-Certified Paralegal Program in 2009. She joined Hawbecker & Garver in 2012 following seven years of real estate experience at two well respected law offices in the Chicagoland area.  Lili assits the attorneys in our office in all aspects of the real estate transaction and helps keep current real estate transactions on track.


Rebecca Heraty, Paralegal

Becki received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University.  She completed Roosevelt University's ABA-Certified Paralegal Program.  Becki joined Hawbecker & Garver in July 2012 after completing a three-month internship with the firm.  Becki is the office multi-tasker and not only assists our Real Estate Team with keeping on top of all the real estate transactions, but she also assists with Personal Injury litigation.


Maggie Sturdevant, Paralegal

Maggie graduated from High Point University with a BA in Sociology.  She joined the Hawbecker & Garver team in June of 2013.  Maggie assists with our Real Estate and Estate Planning Clients.