Meet Our Professional Staff
John De Prosperis
I came to Loizzi Cardenas Law with over 30 years of experience in law firm accounting. After 17 years at a successful Intellectual Property Law Firm, I decided it was time to retire. After a couple of years of retirement and boredom, I decided to look for part time accounting work. I was working for a small family practice law firm a couple of days a week. As luck would have it, I was introduced to Katherine Cardenas. Her bookkeeper of 30 years decided to retire. Katherine soon realized that she was “wasting” too much time doing bookkeeping work. Her time could be better spent and more fulfilling by doing lawyer work and serving her clients. So she hired me to take care of her books. Six years later, I am still working for Katherine; only now as Loizzi Cardenas Law.
I enjoy working directly with the Partners and helping them understand the numbers behind the business. Together we work on planning, forecasting and monthly financial reviews. Running a successful law firm requires not only advanced legal knowledge but also financial organization. I am proud to provide that service to Loizzi Cardenas Law.
Manuella C. Vergara Pinilla
Manuela provides legal assistance and administrative support to the firm. She is a third-year law student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she serves as an Executive Articles Editor in Law Review and as part of the board of the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association. Manuela has experience in litigation as she previously worked for the Chicago-Kent litigation law clinic and as a paralegal for a litigation law firm before starting law school. Born and raised in Colombia, Manuela is bilingual and can assist with Spanish translation to assist clients and translate documents.
Manuela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Southern State University, where she majored in Political Science and International studies. While not studying or working, she likes to go on runs by the lake or learning how to brake on her rollerblades. She likes exploring the city and finding new restaurants.
Edith Garcia is a recent graduate from UIC John Marshall Law School. She has years of experience in difference areas of law including immigration, domestic violence, domestic relations, and now personal injury. She is a legal assistant serving in all litigation prep and administrative support. Edith is fluent in Spanish and can help clients navigate the legal realm and feel more comfortable with their cases. The main reason that Edith attended law school, and joined the legal field, was to help those who feel their voices are not heard. Edith is excited to work closely with clients and work toward achieving the best possible outcome for everyone.
Gabriela was born and raised in Little Village, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. She quickly saw the need for more bilingual speakers, especially when dealing with complex situations, like legal representation, where a language barrier can affect the quality and accessibility of resources. Gabriela provides legal assistance and administrative support to ensure the office and workflow run timely and efficiently. She is considerate, a go-getter, and eager to assist in any way possible.