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Rickert joins Health Care Practice at Krieg DeVault

Posted on June 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Edward Rickert
Krieg DeVault is proud to announce that Edward D. Rickert has joined the firm's growing Health Care Practice as Partner. Mr. Rickert, an attorney and pharmacist, joins Krieg DeVault after 14 years in practice at Smith, Rickert & Smith where his health care practice focused on regulatory compliance for clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain, including manufacturers, drug wholesalers, pharmacies and pharmacists. Mr. Rickert will continue to focus on pharmacy law matters at Krieg DeVault. Mr. Rickert brings over 22 years of legal experience to Krieg DeVault. He has counseled independent, national/chain and mail service pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, drug and device wholesale distributors, and health care technology vendors. Mr. Rickert, a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Pharmacy, obtained his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and will assist clients from the firm's Chicago office. Krieg DeVault LLP is a 140-professional, diversified law firm representing a wide variety of local, regional and national clients.

SIU Law School honors Justice Holdridge

Posted on May 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Justice William E. Holdridge of Farmington Township, the presiding judge of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, was awarded the Southern Illinois University Law School Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award during the spring 2010 Commencement ceremonies in Carbondale on May 15. SIU Law School Dean Frank Houdek, SIU President Glenn Poshard, and Chancellor Samuel Goldman conferred the award on Justice Holdridge in recognition of his many years of distinguished service to the law school and to the judiciary of the state of Illinois. In accepting the award, Justice Holdridge addressed the 2010 graduating class and faculty on the importance of "Service in the Public Interest and Serving the Public Good," SIU Law School's Mission and Motto. Justice Holdridge was elected full Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and to the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, where he serves as the presiding judge. He has served as Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and as Trustee of the Illinois Judicial Retirement System of Illinois, and is an active member of the American Inns of Court, Illinois State Bar Association, and Illinois Bar Association.

Former prosecutor Mangum forms solo practice

Posted on May 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jameika Williams Mangum
McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Jameika Williams Mangum has resigned to form The Mangum Law Firm, LLC. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Ms. Mangum handled a variety of matters ranging from traffic to domestic violence. Prior to joining the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Ms. Mangum was an Assistant District Attorney for the state of New Mexico. While there, Ms. Mangum handled misdemeanors in the city of Albuquerque. Ms. Mangum is a former Law Clerk of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The Mangum Law Firm, LLC is a general practice firm, with a focus on Traffic, Family, and Criminal law. Amid the recession, Mangum is excited about the new practice, and looks forward to serving residents and businesses in Illinois. In response to criticism about the timing of the formation, Mangum states, “I’m well aware of the fact that the practice of law is not recession proof, but I’m excited about being available to cater to the needs of Illinois residents with legal issues.” Ms. Mangum is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and has recently been appointed to the ISBA Assembly seat serving Cook County.

Frederick H. Cohen 1965-2010

Posted on May 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Frederick H. Cohen died of complications from cancer earlier this month at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Cohen, a principal at the firm of Goldberg Kohn, was an advocate for poor children's medical care who was a co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in a class-action suit filed on behalf of 600,000 children eligible for Medicaid.
After a monthlong trial in 2004, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow agreed with the plaintiff's argument that the state was not providing the poor with care equal to the general population. The judge went on to approve a settlement that required the state of Illinois to increase payments to doctors and dentists caring for children for low-income families. The trial took place in the midst of Mr. Cohen's own long-running medical drama. First diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2001, he suffered a recurrence just as proceedings were about to get under way.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Finch launches Your Executive Life blog

Posted on May 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
G. A. Finch
G. A. Finch, a senior partner at Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP, has launched Your Executive Life blog, which focuses on executive employment contracts, compensation, advancement and ethics. "This is an opportunity to consolidate my writings on these subjects and to provide an easily accessible resource to those persons who are interested," says Mr. Finch. "I look forward to engaging in conversations generated by my blog." Based in Chicago, Hoogendoorn & Talbot was formed by its two name partners who left their partnerships at Kirkland & Ellis 25 years ago to form a boutique practice. The law firm concentrates in business law, estate planning, real estate law, litigation and family law.

Owens joins Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Chip Owens
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that Bernard H. (Chip) Owens III has joined the firm as an associate. “We are pleased Chip has joined our firm to support our active employment and litigation practices,” noted William F. Satterlee, III, the firm’s Managing Partner. Mr. Owens, who is located in the firm’s Merrillville office, concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment, and commercial litigation. He joined the firm after practicing with an area sole practitioner. Mr. Owens received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Mr. Owens served on the Moot Court Executive Board. Mr. Owens received both an MBA and undergraduate degree in Finance from Western Illinois University. Prior to entering legal practice, Mr. Owens was a financial analyst with Dyson, Inc. Previous to that, he worked on a wide array of business matters including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance with Accenture, LLP. With offices in Valparaiso and Merrillville, the law firm of Hoeppner Wagner & Evans has been rooted in Northwest Indiana for more than 100 years. The firm handles litigation and general business counseling matters, including labor and employment, insurance, real estate, commercial transactions and wealth and estate planning matters.

Holzwarth appointed to federal board

Posted on May 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Roberta Holzwarth
The Rockford law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., announced that Roberta L. Holzwarth has been appointed to a third term on the Board of Directors of the United States Office of Compliance. The United States Office of Compliance is an independent federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government. It was created to administer and enforce the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which extends several employment and labor laws to Members of Congress and other employing offices in the legislative branch. The Office has a five-member non-partisan Board of Directors appointed by the majority and minority leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The members of the Board of Directors come from across the United States and are chosen for their expertise in employment and labor law. An attorney with Holmstrom & Kennedy since 1983, Holzwarth handles complex employment and labor matters. She also serves as a certified mediator with the local state and federal courts. She has served on the Office of Compliance’s Board since May of 2000. Holmstrom & Kennedy is a 16-lawyer general practice firm which has provided a full range of legal services throughout Northern Illinois for over a century.

Stumpf, Gutknecht form new law practice

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Alan Stumpf
Timothy Gutknecht
Alan E. Stumpf has announced that Tim Gutknecht of Waterloo will join him in his law practice, located in Columbia effective May 3. “I’m very pleased to have Tim join me,” Mr. Stumpf said. “I have known Tim for many years. We look forward to serving our clients together.” Tim is a graduate of Amherst College and Washington University School of Law. The new firm will be known as Stumpf & Gutknecht, P.C. The firm will provide counsel for families and their businesses in most aspects of general law practice, including real estate transactions, estate planning and probate matters, financial transactions, criminal law litigation, general civil litigation, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, estate litigation, family law matters, municipal, and appellate representation. Stumpf and Gutknecht have a combined 50 years of legal experience and are active in the community. The offices of Stumpf & Gutknecht, P.C.

Robert T. Trimpe 1925-2010

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Robert T. Trimpe, 84, of Champaign passed away in late March at his residence. Mr. Trimpe, who practiced in Champaign County for over 50 years, was honored by the ISBA as a Senior Counsellor in 2006.
He attended Quincy schools and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was involved in the invasion of Okinawa. He graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1949 with a BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Georgetown University Law School in 1953 with a LLB degree and a Jurist Doctorate in 1967.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Champaign News-Gazette

Kanemitsu wins 2010 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Marla H. Kanemitsu, Special Counsel in the Chicago office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement recipients. The award honors excellence in legal scholarship and writing. Their article, “Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits: The Battle Has Begun,” was published in the Environmental Claims Journal. It analyzed two climate change-related lawsuits: Steadfast Insurance Co. v. The AES Corporation and Native Village of Kivalina, et al. v. ExxonMobil Corp., et al. Ms. Kanemitsu’s practice focuses on insurance recovery, international trade and customs and consumer financial services. Each year, only 30 articles are chosen from entries submitted by the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms. The Eleventh Anniversary Burton Awards event will be held in the Library of Congress on June 14, 2010. The program is a non-profit academic effort. Guest speakers this year include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg; author Bryan Garner; and Jeffrey Toobin a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Journalist and political commentator Bill Press will be the master of ceremonies.

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