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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.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers honors Andrea Schleifer with Presidential Citation Award

Posted on July 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Judge Michael Hyman presents the Decalogue Society Presidential Citation Award to Andrea Schleifer.
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers bestowed its Presidential Citation Award on Andrea M. Schleifer at the  76th Annual Meeting and Installation of Decalogue Officers on Thursday, June 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. According to outgoing Decalogue President Barry Goldberg, “Andrea Schleifer was selected to receive the Presidential Citation Award because of her unswerving and long-time devotion to Decalogue, and for being at the forefront of virtually every social justice action spearheaded by Decalogue this past year, without ever seeking personal credit.”  Goldberg also added, “Among other actions, Andy acted on Decalogue’s behalf to advocate for religious and cultural sensitivity training among Judges and attorneys.  She virtually single-handedly acted to bring Decalogue’s concerns to the attention of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization when the Egyptian government officially acted to prevent Jewish researchers, doctors and cancer survivors from entering the country to attend an international conference on Breast Cancer Awareness.” She was chiefly responsible for Decalogue being a co-sponsor at the memorial service held at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago on behalf of the victims of the mass shooting at a GLBT Community Center in Tel Aviv last fall. Schleifer is the founder and principal of Andrea M. Schleifer & Associates, P.C., a Chicago-based firm concentrating in family law and general civil litigation.  Schleifer served as a board member of Decalogue between 2002 and 2009 and also for eight years between 1987 and 1995.  She was President of the Decalogue for the 2008-2009 term.

Corkery named partner at Boyle Brasher

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Andrew Corkery has been named partner at Boyle Brasher LLC. He works in the firm's Belleville office. The firm also has offices in St. Louis and Memphis. His practice primarily focuses on representing railroads and hospitals or other health care providers in litigation. Mr. Corkery is a 2000 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He is also licensed in Missouri and Tennessee.

Ellen Bruce joins Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr

Posted on June 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The law firm of Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr, LLP of Springfield, Illinois is proud to announce the affiliation of Ellen C. Bruce as an associate. Ms. Bruce is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the Colby College of Waterville, Maine. She has prior experience as an Assistant Attorney General with the General Law Division. She will be concentrating her practice in the field of general civil law including litigation, Workers' Compensation, automobile accidents and estate planning.

Gawne joins Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC

Posted on June 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kelly L. Gawne
Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC of Chicago is pleased to announce that Kelly L. Gawne has joined the firm as an associate.  She will continue her focus on corporate transactions and health care law.  Ms. Gawne brings to the position previous experience assisting public and private companies with commercial transactions, entity formation and governance matters, compliance with federal and state law, and negotiation and drafting of vendor, supply and consulting agreements.  Her healthcare experience includes counseling clients on medical staff issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, Stark law and regulatory compliance. Previously Ms. Gawne was an associate with the Chicago office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.  In this position, she served clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, information technology, privacy laws and regulatory compliance. Ms. Gawne graduated with high honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007, where she also served as Managing Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  During law school, Ms. Gawne was an extern for The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court and for The Honorable Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Gawne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Loyola University in Chicago in 2000.