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Soucie joins Spiros Law

Posted on November 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Miranda L. Soucie has joined the Central Illinois law firm of Spiros Law, P.C. as an associate attorney. Soucie recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010. Soucie is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association - where she served as an Assembly Member in 2009, and the Vermilion County Bar Association. Spiros Law, P.C. offers experienced representation in a variety of person injury cases, including medical negligence, workplace injuries, serious traffic and trucking accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse and wrongful death.

Jenny, Unruh elected to shareholder status at Polsinelli Shughart

Posted on November 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Polsinelli Shughart PC congratulates Paul A. Jenny and Jeremy S. Unruh who were elected to shareholder status effective November 1, 2010, the start of the firm’s new fiscal year.  Both practice in the Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart. Paul A. Jenny, who was promoted from associate to shareholder, is in the office’s Business department.  He is a registered patent attorney focusing on the fields of life sciences and biotechnology.  He is involved in patent prosecution, opinions, client counseling and patent licensing matters.  Jenny holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina, 2001. Jeremy S. Unruh, who was promoted from associate to shareholder, is in the Trial department. He handles business and commercial litigation matters.  Unruh's commercial practice includes general banking litigation, shareholder valuation disputes, internal fraud investigations, and white collar criminal defense. He holds a J.D. from Washburn University, 1999. The promotions are part of the continuous growth of Polsinelli Shughart.   Nationally, the firm elected 17 attorneys to shareholder status in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis and Phoenix. About Polsinelli Shughart PC With more than 500 attorneys, ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment.

Ramsell named Regent of National College for DUI Defense

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Donald J. Ramsell
Ramsell & Associates, LLC is proud to announce that Donald J. Ramsell, the managing director, was recently named as a Regent of the prestigious 1,000 member National College for DUI Defense. Donald Ramsell is a practicing attorney in Wheaton, and he has been defending DUI cases since 1986. Ramsell is also the author of Thomson-West Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook. Ramsell is a Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association and a past Chair of the ISBA Traffic Law Section Council. Since 1986, Ramsell & Associates, LLC has handled over 13,000 DUI, Traffic and criminal cases throughout northern Illinois.

John Karnezis 1966-2010

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
John Theodore Karnezis, partner in the Chicago law firm Pullano & Karnezis, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange. "John was a highly skilled lawyer, but what made him an outstanding attorney was his compassion and empathy for his clients. He always put his clients first and would do whatever was necessary to make sure they received the best result," said Richard Pullano, partner, Pullano & Karnezis. "John loved his work, but the one thing he loved most in life was going home at the end of the day to his wife, Dena, and his twin boys, Michael and John. We will miss him greatly." John was born July 23, 1966 and grew up in the Beverly neighborhood where he attended Christ the King Grammar School (1980), Marist High School (1984), University of Illinois (1988) and Loyola University Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1991. John had attended a 30th class reunion at Christ the King the night before he died. John was the beloved husband of Dena Angela (nee Turnquist); the loving and proud father to precious twin sons, John Themis and Michael Timothy and late twin sons, Theodore and Marshall; and devoted son to the Honorable Themis (Illinois Appellate Court, First District) and Melodie Karnezis and the late Charlotte (nee Dolan). Prior to forming Pullano & Karnezis in 2009, Mr. Karnezis was a litigator at Clifford Law Offices, where he started as an associate in 2000 and advanced to partner in 2005.

Demetrio named Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Thomas Demetrio
Thomas Demetrio, nationally renowned Chicago personal injury trial lawyer, was named yesterday “Chicago Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” for 2011, by the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011), is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Tom has been listed in the publication since its inception in 1987. Tom received particularly high ratings in The Best Lawyers in America surveys by earning a high level of respect among his peers for his abilities, professionalism and integrity. Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession.

Moskop named partner at Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Shane Moskop
The Belleville law firm of Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo, P.C. located at 115 West Washington Street is pleased to announce that Shane Moskop has become a partner at the firm. Shane Moskop was born in St. Louis and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a BS degree in finance in 2002. He graduated from Saint Louis University Law School in 2005, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in October of 2005. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked as a financial analyst in Monsanto Corporation’s Financial Analysis & Planning Department, and worked as a law clerk in Monsanto’s International Tax Department while obtaining his juris doctorate. Shane concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, mechanic’s lien enforcement, breach of contract actions, insurance defense, will contests, trust disputes, products liability, personal injury, and estate planning. The law firm operates a general practice with emphasis in civil litigation of all kinds.

Gerald M. Sheridan Jr. 1931-2010

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Wheaton attorney Gerald M. Sheridan, 79, passed away last month after a long illness. Mr. Sheridan grew up in the western suburbs and attended DePaul University for both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees. He practiced in Aurora and Chicago before opening his own office in Wheaton. Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

St. Louis attorney Neiers listed by Best Lawyers in America

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
David F. Neiers
Helfrey, Neiers & Jones, P.C., announces that David F. Neiers has once again been included in the prestigious publication of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Neiers is being recognized for his real estate practice. Mr. Neiers is a shareholder in the firm's real estate and corporate practice group and has over 23 years of experience in all areas of real estate transactions and development, business planning and estate planning.  Mr. Neiers’ practice is concentrated in transactional real estate, including zoning and development, business and estate planning and banking law. Helfrey, Neiers & Jones, P.C., provides legal services to businesses and individual clients in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation, real estate transactions and development, corporate formation, white-collar criminal defense, estate and business planning, personal injury, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and regulatory compliance.

Robert L. Harmon 1938-2010

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patent attorney Robert L. Harmon, 72, passed away recently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications from lung cancer. Mr. Harmon retired in 1997 from the Chicago law firm now known as Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. He then wrote a book titled "Patents and the Federal Circuit." Mr. Harmon received his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963, He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1965 and joined the Brinks, Hofer firm as an associate. A memorial reception for family and friends is set for Saturday. Call the Cremation Society of Illinois for details (773) 281-5058. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harmon's name to the American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345 or at

Frisbie named director of Loyola School of Law's new Dispute Resolution Program

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Teresa Frisbie
Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce that Teresa Frisbie, an experienced mediator and former adjunct law professor at Loyola, has joined the School of Law as director of its new Dispute Resolution Program, which will be a part of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy. Loyola recently launched the program in order to broaden its curricular offerings in the advocacy and dispute resolution skills law students will need in this growing field. “As one of the most respected advocacy programs in the country, we are constantly seeking ways to improve upon what we have built,” said David N. Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “Given the growing need for advocates to apply their skills in alternative dispute resolution settings such as mediation, we are thrilled to have someone as experienced as Teresa Frisbie at Loyola to help expand Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) learning opportunities for our students.” Frisbie joins the law school after more than 20 years of private law practice, the last 12 of which she has spent serving as a mediator and arbitrator in addition to litigating cases. She is a former member of Loyola’s adjunct law faculty, where she taught courses in mediation and international arbitration, and has coached several student competitions.