John's experience in the funeral industry began in 1986 when he worked part time during high school at a local funeral home, and then off and on throughout the years while attending college and law school. After serving on active duty in the US Army in Germany with the First Infantry Division (Big Red One), the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kuwait, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Washington DC, he returned to Chicago and while a partner in a downtown law firm, started MFH with his brother Phillip. A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve, former Justice Department attorney, and previous General Counsel by Presidential Appointment to the US Office of Personnel Management, John also practices law, teaches law part time, and holds a BS, JD, MBA, LLM, and Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His law practice can assist you with all your estate planning, wills, power of attorney, trust, insurance, notary, and related needs. In November 2015, the President of the United States granted a full and unconditional pardon to our client, US Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, 82nd Airborne Division. Our work is featured in Don Brown's Book, "Travesty of Justice," and in the docu-series "Leavenworth" by Stephen Soderbergh available on the STARZ network.
Kevin has been friends with the Maher Family for 24 years. A US Army Officer (Major), he is an attorney and holds a MBA from the University of Virginia. His previous experience includes 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the US Department of Justice where he litigated dozens of cases and led fraud investigations, a US Army Judge Advocate and former prosecutor with the 3rd Infantry Division, and service investigating large financial institutions with the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
The Managing Director of Maher Legal Services, P.C., Kevin's legal and business skills and experience help achieve clients' legal and business goals. Some of Kevin's legal work is featured in Don Brown's book "Travesty of Justice" and in the docu-series "Leavenworth" available on the STARZ network.
Tony has over 20 years litigation and government legal counsel experience. He served as an attorney in both private practice and as a Government Attorney at the The U.S. Office of Personnel Management ("OPM") and the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency or "FEMA." Tony has been both a line attorney advisor and a political appointee serving as the Senior Policy Counsel to the General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Tony is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C.; the University of Texas at Austin; the Key Executive Leadership Program at the American University School of Public Affairs; and a graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate School’s Government Contracts Attorney Course.
Through private and federal practice; Tony gained experience in Federal Employment Law defense, where he has successfully represented federal employees against discipline, removal from Federal service, demotion, security clearance issues, as well as EEO, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Disability-Discrimination, Federal Union Arbitration, and Government Retirement Benefits. Tony’s federal employment law work has resulted in four precedent setting decisions issued by the U.S. Merit System Protection Board.
Tony’s federal agency work included federal spending and contract matters as well as government ethics training and compliance. Additionally Tony advised on matters of Federal Contracting Compliance Law including Ethics and Diversity training and compliance including serving as a trainer on those topics - and his clients included senior US Federal Government executives.
In private practice, Tony’s legal advising supports small business and charity corporate activities, as well as creditor and debtor rights in foreclosure and bankruptcy. Tony also provides representation of businesses in federal administrative law actions, enforcements, and inquiries.
Advising individuals and non-profit corporations on federal election law matters.
Mr. San Martin’s Government and Judiciary experience also includes service with The Federal Labor Relations Authority, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Eric is a lifelong resident of the Chicago southland area and began his public service as a career firefighter and registered paramedic. Upon retirement from the fire service, he sought to continue helping others and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer with the state of Illinois in 2007. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and holder of a Bachelor of Science in Management from Southern Illinois University, Eric is a notary public and expert on current issues in the funeral industry. Eric is frequently heard on local radio and seen on TV discussing issues affecting families and is warmly and affectionately known as "Eric the Undertaker" when he appears as a guest on local media programs. His brand of service is to take care of the family and their loved ones as if they were his own.
Joshua Houchins, from the Southland, (Crete/Monee), serves as Mahers's Funeral Administrator and as a Legal Assistant, in addition to providing notarial services. Joshua is the front-office face of Maher's serving primarily to run the front office, take care of the facilities, provide families with tours of the unique building, and to provide general information about Wills, Trusts, Medical Powers of Attorney, Financial Powers of Attorney, Transfer on Death Instruments, Life Insurance Assignments, securing legal paperwork as part of funeral operations (death certificates, permits, social security, authorizations) and witnesses family's sign their estate plans and pre-need funeral contracts. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Olivet-Nazarene University with a view towards earning a Masters in Divinity to become a Pastor. In addition to serving at Mahers, Joshua is the worship leader for the Church at Southland, located at Mahers in the lower level which used to be the children's section of the former Tinley Park Public Library. Joshua plays the guitar, is a vocalist, a former dancer, and teaches Bible Study while at times preaching sermons as needed. There is no funeral or legal or pastoral question Joshua cannot answer, or find the answer.
Jamie Deuser is the Pastor of Church at Southland and serves part time at Mahers to assist with visitations, wake duty, security, and providing eulogies for families as needed. The son of an active duty US Marine Corps Officer (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam), Jamie grew up aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with his family before settling in Oak Park, Illinois. Jamie also assists with estate planning executions (signing of legal documents before witnesses), providing pastoral care to those grieving the loss of a friend or family member, and lends a personal, truly empathetic touch to both funeral and legal clients. Father of two adult children and residing in Beecher, Illinois, Jamie Deuser is widely known for his over 40 years of having provided pastoral care throughout the Southland.