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Partner Thomas R. Mulroy III and band to host Benefit Concert for Children’s Heart Foundation

WILMETTE, Ill. (March 26, 2018) – Two local attorneys are using their musical talents to raise awareness and funds for children with congenital heart defects – the number one birth defect in the United States.

Tom Mulroy III, a Partner at the Chicago law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., and Christina Ballester, Senior Care Claims Consultant at Medpro Group, play in the band ex Cathedra. The band’s name, “ex Cathedra” is a Latin term commonly used in the legal world which means “from the chair, with authority” and is referenced in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The band plays covers of classic rock, modern rock, and country songs, with Christina as vocals and Tom on guitar and backup vocals.

Christina’s son, Alexander, was born with a congenital heart defect. He underwent surgery at just 5 days old to repair the condition and is thriving today due to the incredible work of the surgeons who cared for him and the research that has been done to progress the maneuvers in the last 40 years. The experience prompted Christina to give back and work to help other children with the same condition her son had.

While Christina works on the defense side and Tom represents plaintiffs, the duo bonded over their passion for music. This led them to establishing their band and organizing a benefit concert to help raise funds for the Children’s Heart Foundation Illinois, a group that raises awareness and funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.

Details on Ex Cathedra’s upcoming benefit concert are as follows:

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Where: The Rockhouse Café
1150 Central Ave,
Wilmette, IL 60091
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 suggested donation for adults, kids under 12 free

All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation – Illinois Chapter. For those who cannot make it to the concert, donations are also accepted online at this link.


For more information or to schedule an interview or live performance with the band, please contact Marcie Mangan at or (312) 372-1227.


Patrick A. Salvi

Patrick A. Salvi concentrates his legal practice in several limited areas primarily involving a trial practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and mass torts. Mr. Salvi has achieved record-breaking jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including serving as lead counsel in obtaining an Illinois record-high $148 million jury verdict and a Lake County record $33 million jury verdict.

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