Campaign Chairs

Children’s Research Fund is comprised of individuals from a variety of companies, professions, and educational backgrounds working towards our mission to support pediatric medical research being conducted at Lurie Children’s and Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. Please take a moment to learn more about our Campaign Chairs.

Craig C. Martin Craig C. Martin

Craig C. Martin is the Chair of Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department. Mr. Martin has been recognized as being an elite commercial litigator and executive boardroom adviser as well as for his extensive philanthropic, community service, and pro bono contributions. From high-profile trials to sensitive investigations, Mr. Martin is a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations and to some of the nation’s most influential families.

Mr. Martin has received recognition by Chicago Magazine’s "Power 100," as one of the city’s most powerful people. For nearly two decades, he has been a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, including serving as secretary, vice-chairman and, most recently, as chairman. He received the 2014 Leadership Award for his commitment to the organization and overall community. In 2015, the Board established the Craig Martin Award, an educational scholarship opportunity, in his honor. In the same year, for the Latin School of Chicago, he and his wife established the Laura & Craig Martin Innovative Academic Programs Endowment Fund. Mr. Martin serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as a board member of the Millennium Park Foundation, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He has received the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee for his extraordinary professional accomplishments and dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors. Mr. Martin was recently appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Committee on Character and Fitness.

In his legal practice, Mr. Martin represents well-known companies as well as wealthy families in complex commercial litigation across the United States in both state and federal courts. Mr. Martin represents indigent clients pro bono in civil matters involving securities fraud, civil rights, political asylum, and in criminal matters including murder cases in which the state has sought the death penalty. He has represented clients in appellate matters in most of the US federal circuit courts of appeals.

Prior to attending Harvard Law School, he received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied economics, government and international relations.

Laura Keidan Martin Laura Keidan Martin

Laura Keidan Martin is the national head of Katten Muchin Rosenman’s Health Care Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Her practice encompasses health care compliance, investigations, complex transactions and antitrust representation for some of the country’s leading health care systems, academic medical centers and life science companies.

Ms. Martin is a past President of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and a frequent speaker at national forums on health care reform, clinical integration, regulatory compliance and other topics of concern to health care organizations. Her recognitions include Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for both health care and antitrust, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Chicago Health Care Law, and Leading Lawyers Network’s “Top 10 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois.” She was named a Harvard Law Society of Illinois “Role Model” in 2015.

Having raised two wonderful children (Josh (21) and Danielle (18)) in the City, Ms. Martin is particularly committed to the mission of Lurie Children’s, the Children’s Research Fund and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. She also is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and with her husband, established the Laura & Craig Martin Innovative Academic Programs Endowment Fund for the Latin School of Chicago.

Ms. Martin earned her B.A. in Economics with high distinction from the University of Michigan and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

John H. Simpson John H. Simpson

John H. Simpson has over 30 years of experience as a leading investment banker and financial services executive. Prior to joining Broadhaven, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Canyon Partners, a $25 billion global alternative asset manager. Prior to Canyon, he spent 15 years and was Vice Chairman of Wasserstein Perella & Co., where he was a senior mergers and acquisitions professional and ran several of the firm's largest business units. Prior to joining Wasserstein Perella, Mr. Simpson practiced law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Prior to that, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Simpson is a member of the Boards of Directors of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and he serves on the Chicago Police Board, the civilian supervisory body for the Chicago Police Department. He is also a Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court, serving on the Court’s Character and Fitness Committee. Mr. Simpson is a graduate of Williams College (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Economics and Political Science) and Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review).