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Elmhurst Attorney helps raise funds for disadvantaged children in the community

On Thursday, March 17, the Justinian Society of Lawyers held its 14th annual Children’s Endowment Fund (CEF) dinner at Quartino Ristorante in Chicago. Over 60 supporters were in attendance as the 2016 CEF recipients, Bear Necessities and Pro Bono Network, each received a noteworthy check for $4,000. Since the founding of the Justinian Society in 1921, it has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the U.S.

The mission of the CEF is to assist disabled or disadvantaged children in our community. Since starting the CEF in 2002 during his term as President, Romanucci & Blandin Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci and the Justinian members have raised critical funds for a wide range of recipients including: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Illinois Eye Institute, and Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland.

“This year the Justinian Society was extremely proud to provide both Bear Necessities and the Pro Bono Network with sizeable grants that we know will go towards making an immediate impact in their networks,” said Romanucci & Blandin Partner and first vice president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, Frank A. Sommario. “Bear Necessities funds cancer research and provides for the immediate needs of children and families battling cancer, while the Pro Bono Network provides an opportunity for Chicago based attorneys to provide legal services for those in need. Both are extremely worthy causes.”

As a firm, Romanucci & Blandin is well represented in the Justinian Society of Lawyers with partner Frank A. Sommario serving as current first vice president, partner Antonio M. Romanucci serving as past president in 2002 – 2003 and of Counsel Hon. Bruno J. Tassone as past president in 1984 – 1985. Together, they have been associated with the organization for more than 30 years.

For his successes representing injury victims, Sommario has been named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch for 2012.” He also was named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division in 2015. He served two, three-year terms on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Frank is a past President of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA) and is also a member of the national and state trial lawyers’ associations, as well as of the alumni associations of DePaul University, DePaul University College of Law, and Fenwick High School.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin has been rated as a leading civil trial practice law firm in Chicago concentering in personal injury and police misconduct.  The attorneys at the Chicago law firm represent individuals and their families in catastrophic personal injury matters, wrongful death and workers’ compensation cases.  The cases that are referred to Romanucci & Blandin involve accidents or injuries which occurred due to negligence and carelessness on the part of individuals, governmental bodies and corporations of all sizes.  Since its inception more than 15 years ago, Romanucci & Blandin has secured more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit or call (312) 458-1000.

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Morgan Yingst
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