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Lawrence Schad 1945-2010

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawrence Schad passed away last week after a golf-cart accident at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Schad was a partner in the Chicago firm of Schad, Diamond and Shedden. Schad specialized in plaintiff class-action law. He recently was the lead attorney on a case representing policyholders of Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Co., and negotiated a $93 million settlement, which included more than $421,000 for the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Wojcik inducted into Gay, Lesbian Hall of Fame

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Mark Wojcik
ISBA Secretary and John Marshall Law School Professor Mark E. Wojcik was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame last week at the Chicago Cultural Center during a ceremony presided over by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Wojcik is a professor and scholar on international law and sexual orientation law at John Marshall, where he has been teaching since 1992. He was honored for his leadership in the legal profession and for promoting legislative change - including lobbying for civil unions and for a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He founded the Gay and Lesbian Law Association while as a student at John Marshall.

Susan H. Brandt 1950-2010

Posted on November 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Susan H. Brandt, 59, Bloomington, died at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Susan was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Bloomington, the daughter of William R. and Jean Kuhle Brandt. Susan grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church and had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, both in Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1969, received her B.A. degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977. Susan was a partner at Livingston, Barger, Brandt and Schroeder Law Firm, Bloomington. She was a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the McLean County Bar Association. She also helped organize the Women’s Lawyer Association. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard officiating. A private family burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761. She is survived by one son, Samuel H. Brandt, Bloomington; her father, William R.

Frank DeSchepper 1925-2010

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Frank E. DeSchepper, 85, passed away late last month at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was a longtime member of the ISBA Tort Section. Mr. DeSchepper was born in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University and DePaul Law School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from 1943-1946. He was employed by Insurance Company of North America - which later became CIGNA - first in Chicago before transferring to Bloomington and then Peoria. Read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Macklin, Rose and Tank join Stellato and Schwartz

Posted on November 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of three new associates, who are recent admittees to the Illinois Bar: Jeremy S. Macklin, a graduate of John Marshall Law School; Matthew D. Rose, a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Jordan M. Tank, also a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Phi Alpha Delta Law awards Ward Scholarships

Posted on November 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Front, left to right: Scholarship Recipients Jennifer Weston, Nicholas J. Liadis and Janet Soave.  Rear, left to rigth:  Chicago Alumni Chapter Scholarship Chair Hon. Julie-April Montgomery; Committee Member Sharon Hunt; Recipients Sierra Marie Falter, Megan Liston and Julie Pirtle; Chicago Alumni Chapter President Michele M. Jochner.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity recently held its 2010 Justice Daniel P. Ward Law Student Scholarship Dinner.  The Chicago Alumni Chapter annually awards scholarships to deserving law students, named in honor of the late Daniel P. Ward, who served the profession in a number of distinguished positions: Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Cook County State's Attorney, and Dean of DePaul University College of Law. Justice Ward was a model for the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community, which is exemplified by this year's six recipients, who received a total of $5,000.  $1,000 Awardees: Nicholas J. Liadis, DePaul University College of Law; Janet Soave, Loyola University School of Law.  $750 Awardees: Megan Liston, The John Marshall Law School; Jennifer Weston, Northern Illinois University College of Law.

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.