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IP Section Chair joins Partridge IP Law

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Dale R. Kurth, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, has joined Partridge IP Law P.C. in downtown Chicago as Of Counsel.  The firm, begun by Mark V.B. Partridge in April, practices in all aspects of trademarks, copyright, IP litigation, licensing, Internet law, and related matters. Dale obtained an LL.M. in IP with honors from John Marshall Law School in 2008, and earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois.  He has also published several articles on IP law in professional publications, including the ISBA IP Section Newsletter, the John Marshall Center for IP Law News Source, and Landslide, published by the American Bar Association’s Section of IP Law.  Before turning to the law, Dale was a systems analyst at Accenture. Partridge IP Law is an IP law firm with a global practice helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals recognize, protect, and exploit their brands, content, and ideas in court, online, and in the boardroom.  For more information, visit the firm’s website at

Jacques W. Scott 1922-2010

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jacques W. Scott, 88, of Bethany, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at McKinley Court in Decatur. Funeral services have been held with Military Rites by the Bethany American Legion Post #507. Mr. Scott was born on April 22, 1922, in Decatur, the son of A. Jay and Clydia Jay (Heiland) Scott.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.  He served in the 2nd Army in the China-Burma-India Theater.  He served from October 1942 to February 1946 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  He married Leola Jane McCarty June 29, 1958, in Bethany. He graduated from the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, Charleston in 1947, and the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign in 1951.  He practiced law in Bethany until his retirement in 2004.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bethany.  He was also a member of the Bethany American Legion Post #507. He is survived by his wife Leola; daughter, Mary Kay Scott and husband James Meehan of Kildeer, and son, Jay Scott and wife Judy of Decatur; grandchildren, Nathan, Emily, Meghan, Mackenzie, Andrew and Luke. He is preceded in death by his parents. Both his daughter and son are practicing attorneys and also graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Mary Kay Scott is a shareholder with the Chicago law firm of Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott, Ltd., and Jay Scott is the First Assistant State’s Attorney with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office in Decatur.

Leavens, Strand & Glover named a leading law firm in Chambers USA 2010

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Chambers USA, a guide to the legal profession, has named Chicago firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, as a Leading Firm in the Illinois Media & Entertainment transactional section of the 2010 edition.  The firm represents creative artists and companies in television, radio, film, music, publishing, theater, and in new on-line and mobile media. The listing describes the law firm, which was established in late 2009 by the “experienced and esteemed media lawyers Jerry Glover, Peter Strand and Thomas Leavens,” as already “one of the premier media boutique law firms in Chicago.” Jerry Glover, who focuses on the television and film sector, is “articulate, smart and a delight to work with,” and Peter Strand is “a great music and recording lawyer,” they wrote. Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client-focused, and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC is located at 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2550, Chicago, IL. 60601. More information about the firm can be found on its Web site,, or by calling (312) 488-4173.

Sandoval joins Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich

Posted on July 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Walter Sandoval
Walter Sandoval, a Schererville, Ind. resident, has become a partner of Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich, LLP. The law firm has been in existence for 60 years and has offices in Highland and Portage, Ind. Mr. Sandoval graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2002 and is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois. His practice is focused on personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. He can be reached at (219) 924-2427 or on the web at

Schneider, Sissel join Levin Schreder & Carey

Posted on July 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. welcomes partner Todd J. Schneider and associate Scott A. Sissel to the firm. Schneider has been practicing law for 15 years and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business succession planning. Before joining Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd., he was a partner at Holland & Knight. Schneider received his J.D. from Marquette University (1995) and his B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University (1992). Sissel has been practicing law for six years and focuses his practice on estate planning and administration and related tax matters. Before joining Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd., Sissel practiced law at McGuireWoods. Sissel received his J.D. (2003) and his B.S. in Accounting (2001), both from the University of Iowa. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law (2004) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (2006). Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. is a law firm focused on federal income tax, estate tax and gift tax planning and controversy resolution for individuals and closely-held businesses.  The firm is one of the largest law firms devoted exclusively to income tax and estate planning and related litigation in the Chicago area.  For more information, visit the firm’s website at

Sullivan sworn in as 5th circuit judge

Posted on July 13, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman administered the oath of office to Matt Sullivan on July 9 at the Edgar County Courthouse in Paris. Pictured at the ceremony are: (seated) Circuit Judge Matt Sullivan; (standing, right to left) Judge James Glenn, Judge Teresa Righter, Justice Steven Garst, Justice Garman, Judge David Lewis, Chief Judge Tracy Resch, Judge Gary Jacobs, Judge Brien O'Brien, and Judge Mitch Shick.

Miami firm Zumpano Patricios & Winker opens Chicago office

Posted on July 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. (ZP&W) announced today that it is opening an office in Chicago.  The new location will commence with three attorneys, including a strong managing partner, Arthur Bresnahan, who is joining the firm having come from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he spent 15 years developing a transactional and regulatory practice, particularly in technology and regulated industries. His past experience includes work as a government official with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was responsible for legal and policy issues relating to the rebuilding of Iraq’s communications and information technology infrastructure.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. “We are thrilled to open in Chicago with this remarkable talent as an entry point into our nation’s Midwest,” said Joseph Zumpano, ZP&W’s chairman and managing partner. Zumpano’s association with Bresnahan spans 20 years, and is rooted in their law school days when the two were roommates at Georgetown Law. The Chicago office, located at Old Orchard Towers, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 230, marks a unique development in national law firm expansion.  While Miami has been an attractive addition to Chicago firms, a South Florida firm opening in Chicago is far less frequent. “It has been exciting to see Joe’s firm take pioneering strides in the business of law, and produce such outstanding results for clients,” said Bresnahan.  “Chicago is ready for this vision and I am thrilled to be part of the firm and its growth.” Also joining the new office are Arthur S. Bresnahan, father of the managing partner as senior counsel, and Patrick Huver, an associate. Bresnahan Sr. earned his J.D. at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has extensive experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and is authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Patrick Huver earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law and has experience in estate planning, business law, asset protection planning, nonprofit law and has worked with Bresnahan on regulatory matters.

Martinez joins Polsinelli Shughart's health care practice

Posted on July 2, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patrick Martinez
Polsinelli Shughart PC expands its Health Care practice with the addition of Patrick J. Martinez. Martinez joins the firm as an associate, and will assist health care providers with general health care issues including compliance with the False Claims Act, the anti-kickback statute, the physician self-referral law and Medicare reimbursement. “We’re committed to expanding our depth of services in a way that will benefit our clients the most,” said Chicago/Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “Patrick’s knowledge of the mandatory reporting requirements in this rapidly evolving industry will be of great value to our clients. We are excited to have him aboard.” Martinez earned his J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. He also served as editor in chief of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and international studies from Northwestern University in 2003.

Asmussen joins Polsinelli Shughart's General Corporate practice

Posted on July 2, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jim Asmussen
Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes James R. Asmussen to the Chicago office as shareholder to the firm’s General Corporate practice in the Business department. The addition of Asmussen supports a growing trend for Chicago entrepreneurs – growth of new businesses and an uptick in merger and acquisitions. “Jim is a savvy, experienced business attorney who can provide sound, imaginative solutions to a client’s legal needs at any stage of his company’s life cycle,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr. “Our firm is committed to recruiting veteran attorneys like James, who can expand the depth and breadth of our services in resourceful ways that benefit our clients the most.” Asmussen earned his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1989 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He served on the Illinois Law Review and was a member and associate editor of the Order of the Coif. Asmussen earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at Villanova University in 1985 and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

Arthur Wendler 1922-2010

Posted on July 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Arthur F. Wendler, who practiced in Troy and Edwardsville for 61 years, passed away recently at his home in Edwardsville. Mr. Wendler served as a B-24 pilot in WWII. He also served as attorney for the City of Troy for several years. Mr. Wendler graduated form the University of Illinois School of Law in 1948. There were no services.