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Williams Montgomery & John moving to Willis Tower

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
David Applegate
David Applegate
ISBA member David Applegate's law firm, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., will move to Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, effective October 2009. Mr. Applegate will continue his practice in intellectual property and business litigation at the new location. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org

True joins Summers Compton Wells PC

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Gary True
Gary True
ISBA member Gary True has joined Summers Compton Wells PC as a principal. Gary practices primarily in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, and tax law. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law. Summers Compton Wells PC has offices in Glen Carbon and Ladue, Mo. Gary is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri, and all Illinois and Missouri state courts. Prior to joining Summers Compton Wells PC, Gary was a partner with Hepler Broom, formerly known as Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank, True & Noce, LLC, where he worked for nearly 17 years.

Gould named Chairman of Illinois CPA Society

Posted on July 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Lee A. Gould
Lee A. Gould
ISBA member Lee A. Gould, a managing member at Gould & Pakter Associates LLC, has been named Chairperson of the Illinois CPA Society. With more than 25 years of experience, Lee specializes in performing valuations of closely-held businesses, financial damages determinations and forensic accounting investigations.  He provides business valuation consulting services for family law matters, shareholder litigation and estate and gift tax purposes.  Lee performs lost profit and financial damages calculations in commercial litigation matters including breach of contract and business interruption claims. He also conducts forensic accounting analyses to assist in locating unreported or hidden assets, determining the source of funds used to acquire assets and investigating claims of misappropriation. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuation. The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state society in the nation with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization representing CPA in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.

Ristanovic named partner at Berger Schatz

Posted on July 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA member Zora Ristanovic was recently named partner at Berger Schatz. Ristanovic concentrates her practice in the areas of Domestic Relations, Family Law and Matrimonial Law. Ristanovic graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1995. Berger Schatz is one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the country focused exclusively on family and matrimonial law. The firm has offices in Chicago and north suburban Bannockburn. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org

John W. Cooley 1943-2009

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Arbitration and mediation expert John W. "Jack" Cooley, a former U.S. magistrate judge, passed away from multiple myeloma on July 21 at his home in Evanston. Mr. Cooley worked for two large private arbitration and mediation firms.
He taught conflict resolution at Northwestern University's law school for the last 12 years and wrote several books, including "The Mediator's Handbook" and "The Arbitrator's Handbook." He later came to believe his cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the war, and the government accepted his claim earlier this year, his daughter said. Raised in St. Louis, where his father was a barber, Mr. Cooley went to a private military academy before joining the Class of 1965 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He reached the rank of captain, but a tour of duty in Vietnam led him to law school.
Click here to read the full Tribune story.

Evette Zells passes away

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Evette Zells, 71, passed away earlier this month. Ms. Zells graduated from Roosevelt University and earned a master's degree from Duke University. She received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. Ms. Zells was a former educator, Illinois court child advocate and hearing officer for Cook County Juvenile Court. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story. Click here to read the Tribune story.

Christopher R. Heid 1950-2009

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Well-known Southern Illinois criminal defense attorney Chris Heid passed away earlier this month at his home in Enfield. Chris graduated from Springfield High School, Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG. Click here to read the full story.

Hon. Charles Covey 1933-2009

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Retired judge Charles Covey, 76, of Dunlap, passed away on July 19 in Peoria. Mr. Covey attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., graduating in 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant until being honorably discharged. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1960. After law school, Mr. Covey founded the law firm of Covey and Litterst and also worked as a city attorney for Chillicothe and later served as a judge for Peoria County until he retired in 1995. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of the donor's choice. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.mem.com.

Michael Morris passes away

Posted on July 20, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Former ISBA member Michael Earl Morris passed away earlier this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Mr. Morris was born in Peoria and graduated from Bradley University and Kent College of Law. From the Canton Daily Ledger:
He began his career with the Illinois Bar Association, then worked as an attorney with the Fulton County Illinois Public Defender's Office. He also worked for Sebo Law Office. Mike's love of the mountains led him and his family to move to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1982 where he was employed at the El Paso County District Attorney's Office from 1982-1986. He then entered private practice until he retired in June 2009.
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Homer W. Keller passes away

Posted on July 14, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member Homer W. Keller passed away in June at age 91. He was born in Peoria and attended Franklin Elementary School and Peoria High School. Mr. Keller earned his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1943 and practiced with the Westervelt firm for 66 years. Mr. Keller was President of the Peoria County Bar Association in 1971-72. He will long be remembered for his integrity, quick wit and kindness.

From the Peoria County Bar Association's July Newsletter.

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