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Oak Brook Attorney Kathryn L. Harry Receives 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for Divorce

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Alexandra Brinkmeier
Kathryn Harry

Attorney Kathryn L. Harry, of Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., has been honored with a 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for the areas of Illinois divorce. The Elite Lawyer rating service recognizes attorneys who display a high level of competence in their practice and receive acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar, and committees.

For more than 25 years, Harry, of Oak Brook, has represented clients in divorce cases involving property division, child support, and the allocation of parental responsibilities. She founded her law firm in 1995 on the principal of teamwork.

Harry earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Millikin University and her juris doctor from DePaul University. 

Fox Rothschild Grows in Chicago, Delaware through a Merger with Shaw Fishman

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

In a move that more than doubles its Windy City presence and adds depth to its office in Wilmington, Del., Fox Rothschild LLP announces a merger, effective June 11, with Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, a 23-attorney firm with robust practices in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and real estate. 

Over the past several years, Fox Rothschild has grown its national footprint significantly. The firm opened in Minneapolis in 2016, welcoming more than 80 attorneys via a merger with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP. In May of 2017, Fox launched a Seattle office through a merger with 39-attorney law firm Riddell Williams LLP. 

Founded in 1988, Shaw Fishman serves major corporations and small businesses in bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial litigation, and real estate.

Thomas A. Briscoe 1953 - 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Thomas A. Briscoe, 64, of Waukegan, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his home. He was born October 3, 1953, in Chicago, and was a longtime Waukegan resident. 

Tom was a member of St. Anastasia Parish, Lake County Bar Association, Lake County Republication Federation, Waukegan City Club, Knights of Columbus, Moose Club and enjoyed volunteering at First United Methodist Church soup kitchen. He practiced law in Lake County for 40 years. 

Attorney Chuck Roberts Becomes Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Alexandra Brinkmeier
Chuck Roberts

DuPage County attorney Chuck Roberts of Roberts, P.C., recently became a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

AAML fellows are widely recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with the highest level of knowledge, skill, and integrity. Membership is limited to 1,650 family law attorneys in the U.S.

Roberts qualified as an AAML fellow because of his extensive trial experience and his dedication to continuing education and improvement of the family law field. He recently reopened his individual family law practice, Roberts, P.C. Roberts has represented clients in the DuPage County area since 1983 in cases involving divorce, family law, civil litigation, and securities fraud.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 24

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down three opinions on Thursday, May 24. The court upheld the constitutionality of the Vehicle Code’s definition of "low-speed gas bicycle" in People v. Plank, considered the application of the officer suit exception to sovereign immunity in Parmar v. Madigan, and determined whether statutory changes apply retroactively to two Freedom of Information Act requests in Perry v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Sixteen New Associate Judges Appointed in Cook County

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The names of 16 new associate judges, selected in a vote of Cook County Circuit Court judges, were announced today by Marcia M. Meis, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. With respect to the 17th vacancy, a tie prevents a winner from being declared. As such, a runoff is necessary.

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 39, "[where] a tie prevents a winner from being declared, reballoting shall proceed in the manner provided above for the first balloting except that ballots shall include only the names of those candidates whose tied voted prevented a winner from being declared." Consistent with the rule, the following candidates will be placed on the runoff ballot:

  • Levander Smith Jr. 
  • James Adolph Wright

Ballots listing the names of 34 finalists, chosen from 272 candidates, were distributed to 252 circuit judges. Ballots were due May 16, 2018.

John Horeled 1951-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
John Horeled

John J. Horeled, 66, of Crystal Lake and a lifelong resident of McHenry County, died Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was born November 1, 1951, in Harvard to Joseph and Helen (nee Keeley) Horeled. 

John graduated from Marion Central High School in 1969. He later graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics in 1973. John then graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1976. John practiced law in McHenry County for over 42 years. He was involved in the Illinois State Bar Association for 40 years and was also involved in several section councils and task forces. 

Ruthe Howes-Palacios 1963-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Ruthe Howes-Palacios

Ruthe Ann Howes-Palacios, 55, of Des Plaines, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at her home after a long illness. She was born March 21, 1963, in Peoria. 

She graduated from Bradford High School, Illinois Central College, University of Illinois, and then earned her law degree from Northern Illinois University Law School. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

She married Juvenal Palacios on October 3, 1998. She worked for five years at Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and 19 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Edward R. McCormick, Jr. 1947-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Edward McCormick Jr.

Edward (Ed) R. McCormick, Jr., 70, of Homewood, died Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born March 15, 1947.

Ed grew up in Chicago and moved to Steger with his parents, the late Edward (Dick) and the late Margaret (Peg) McCormick. He worked on the family chicken farm as a young boy. He graduated from St. Liborius in 1961 and Marian Catholic High School in 1965. 

He received an associate degree from Bloom Community College in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1970. After graduating, Ed was a history teacher at St. Mary's grade school in Park Forest. 

More than 400 New Illinois Lawyers Admitted on May 10

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,500.

The largest group, 275, was admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the first ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the second ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the last ceremony.