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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.

Lawrence L. Pratt joins Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC

Posted on October 13, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawrence L. Pratt
Lawrence L. Pratt has joined the St. Louis office of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC as a Member. Prior to joining BSCR, Pratt was the Civil Litigation Practice Group Leader for Evans and Dixon. With more than 18 years of experience, Pratt defends construction defects, products liability, auto liability defense, premises liability, personal injury, errors and omissions, contract, and real estate claims in both Illinois and Missouri.

John F. Lynn 1952-2010

Posted on October 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Major John Francis Lynn, USMC Retired, 58, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Herrin Hospital. He was born March 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of William Francis and Ruth Mary (Meier) Lynn. John was united in marriage to Patty Durall on May 29, 1976, in Marion, and together they have shared the last 34 years of marriage. John answered the call of this nation by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years as an enlisted member, and 20 years as an officer, retiring as a major. He served as a tank officer in California and North Carolina and was a foreign area officer in Central and South America. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and, at the present time, served as assistant dean for Administration of SIU School of Law. John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association and Pro Bono Counsel for Fisher House in Chicago. He was director of the Veterans' Legal Assistance Program at SIU School of Law and spent considerable time working on behalf of local veterans. He worked with Big Brothers of Georgia, and he was a supporter of the Special Olympics.

Former U.S. Attorney T. Markus Funk joins Perkins Coie

Posted on October 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
T. Markus Funk
Perkins Coie is proud to welcome T. Markus Funk to the firm. Markus joins the firm as a partner in the firm's Litigation practice and a member of the firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense Group (IWCD). Markus is a seasoned trial attorney and investigator specializing in business crimes, corporate investigations, complex commercial litigation, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. As a federal prosecutor with 10 years’ experience, Markus tried over 24 federal cases, achieving convictions in all of them. "We are honored to have a lawyer of Markus' caliber choose Perkins over other top firms as we continue to build a second-to-none white collar practice," said Lee Stein, chair of the IWCD. Partner Patrick Collins, a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a colleague of Markus' at the U.S. Attorney's office, added: " Markus will hit the ground running and will add immediate value to our work on FCPA matters." Prior to joining the firm, Markus served in U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's Public Corruption and Organized Crime Section. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Markus was part of the trial team in the landmark organized crime murder racketeering conspiracy case dubbed “Operation Family Secrets,” the most extensive mob-murder racketeering case in U.S. history. The U.S.

Dale Allan Schempp 1942-2010

Posted on October 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Dale Allan Schempp, 68, passed away in his home in Springfield, at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. He was born on August 23, 1942 in Cleveland, the third child of Elmer and Blanche Schempp. He grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohioo, where he met his wife Carol Ann Samstag - they were married on December 25, 1965. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1964, graduating with a degree in nuclear engineering. He then started his first career as a naval officer, serving for 6 years in the US Navy on one of the first nuclear submarines, the USS John Marshall, under Admiral Hyman Rickover. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 1970. He next embarked on his second career as a successful businessman. He worked as an engineer for the Quaker Oaks Company in Rockford, earning his MBA from the University of Chicago during that time. After several years, he started an independent business career as co-owner and CFO of what became TKI Foods, a manufacturer of health food products in Springfield. Following a successful business career, he began this third career as a lawyer. While still working as CFO of TKI, he completed law school at night at St. Louis University in 1996. After passing the bar exam, he then founded his own practice, Schempp Law in Springfield.