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ISBA Presents Law Enforcement Award to O'Fallon Detective

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Third Vice President Dennis Orsey and Detective Carl WalkerDetective Carl Walker of the O’Fallon Police Department was awarded the ISBA Law Enforcement Award on August 21 during an O’Fallon City Council meeting at City Hall. Third Vice President Dennis Orsey presented the award.

The ISBA Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

Detective Walker, who was nominated for the award by Captain Kirk Brueggeman of the O’Fallon Police Department, will be acknowledged for his efforts to automate the information sharing process for the St. Clair County Investigative Professional Group using information technology.

Champ Davis Awarded the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mary Anne Gerstner with Champ DavisChamp Davis was awarded the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, August 19, at the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm section council meeting.

The award is named in memory of Princeton attorney Matthew Maloney, who was a past chair of the ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council, and whose passion, zealous advocacy, and personal service to the profession and the bar or Illinois are what the award represents. It is awarded to individual lawyers who are in a general solo or small firm practice. To be considered for the award, the member must have been in practice for a minimum of 20 years. 

Champ Davis has devoted his life to the practice of law, exemplifying the highest standards of the legal profession. Champ is a past chair of the Professional Conduct Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He serves as an arbitrator for both the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and was appointed in 2010 as an arbitrator to hear automobile dealership cases arising under special federal legislation. He is a former adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he taught a course in Negotiations from 1992-2012.

The award was presented by the section chair, Mary Anne Gerstner. 

Patrick Flaherty Receives Trial Lawyer Excellence Award

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Patrick FlahertyISBA member and personal injury attorney Patrick Flaherty has been awarded a 2016 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter. The annual Jury Verdict Reporter Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence recognize case and career achievements of Illinois lawyers. Mr. Flaherty was one of only 13 Illinois lawyers to receive a JVR Award for case achievement in 2016. The awards were presented at an invitation-only ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.

Mr. Flaherty is an accomplished trial lawyer who has devoted his professional life to helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing. He has been a partner for many years at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C., a well-regarded personal injury and commercial litigation law firm in Aurora, Illinois. The JVR Award was given to Mr. Flaherty for achieving the largest paraplegia verdict or settlement in Kane County history on behalf of a woman who became paralyzed due to the delayed diagnosis of a thoracic spinal infection. He has also obtained other record setting verdicts and settlements, including the highest birth injury award in Kane County and the highest wrongful death award in Will County.

Hon. James Holderman to receive 2017 Order of Lincoln

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Morgan Yingst

Governor Bruce Rauner announced the 2017 recipients of the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. The list includes a Central Illinois man, who was born in Sullivan. This year's recipients include Hon. James Holderman.

The Honorable James Holderman received his J.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Was appointed to serve on the United States District Court. Served as Chief Judge from 2006 to 2013. Initiated innovations to improve the jury trial system. Expanded the Settlement Assistance Program and renovated the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. Earned the U.S. Department of Justice Aware for Distinguished Service and the American Inns Court Award for Professionalism and Ethics.

Dykema attorneys listed in "The Best Lawyers in America"

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 115 of the its attorneys, in multiple practice areas and markets, have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 guide. Additionally, 14 of the firm’s practitioners have been named Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year,” a special distinction conferred upon a single lawyer within a practice area and metropolitan market.

Jennifer Cifaldi Receives National Traffic Safety Award

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) has selected Jennifer Cifaldi, Assistant State’s Attorney in Adams County, Illinois, as the recipient of its 2016 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award.  NAPC is the national association of Prosecutor Coordinators and staff who provide leadership, training, legislative advocacy and support services for America's state and local prosecutors.  NAPC, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), annually presents the award to a prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to save lives in impaired driving and vehicular homicide cases.

ATG Executive Earns National Title Professional Designation

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Christine SparksAttorney Christine Sparks, vice president – claims and audit for Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG®,, has been awarded the National Title Professional (NTP) designation by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Sparks is also the current president of the Illinois Land Title Association.

ATG President and CEO Peter Birnbaum said, “We are proud that Christine has achieved this prestigious honor, which acknowledges her professionalism, work ethic and extensive knowledge of the land title insurance industry.”

Through the NTP designation, ALTA recognizes land title professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property. The designation represents a measure of achievement and commitment to career development, and brings Sparks enhanced status in the industry and among industry colleagues. Sparks will also have the advantage of special NTP benefits and recognition at ALTA events and state Land Title Association meetings.

Last call for ISBA award nominations

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Nominations are being accepted for ISBA awards. Please submit all nominations before March 4 (Law Enforcement Award nominations by March 11). Additional information is available at or by clicking the link to the individual award.

Nominations for ISBA awards due March 4

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Nominations are being accepted for ISBA awards. Please submit all nominations before March 4. Additional information is available at or by clicking the link to the individual award.

  • Austin Fleming Newsletter Editors Award
    This award honors outstanding editors or past editors of Association newsletters. It is based on the concept of meritorious service to the Association and is not necessarily to be given every year.
  • Community Leadership Award
    Given by the ISBA's Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), the honor recognizes individuals for efforts to foster understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their issues of concern.
  • Diversity Leadership Award
    The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes long standing, continuing and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association.

Golden receives "Trial Lawyer Excellence" award

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Loren S. GoldenElgin attorney Loren S. Golden of Golden Law Offices recently received an award for “Trial Lawyer Excellence” from the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Publishing Company. 

Golden was awarded this honor for outstanding representation of his client, who had injuries sustained in a grain bin accident. The three-week jury trial for the case was held in Carroll County, Illinois.  The verdict was appealed by the defense and the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin affirmed the jury verdict of $830,109.50, the highest reported Carroll County Verdict in a personal injury case. Recently, the Supreme Court of Illinois denied Defendant’s request for leave to appeal that decision, making the verdict final.