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ISBA Offices to Close July 4-5

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holiday beginning Wednesday, July 4. They will reopen on Friday, July 6. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly will not be delivered on Thursday, July 5. Instead, it will be delivered on Friday, July 6.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Friday, July 6.

Goostree Law Group, P.C., Honored as a 10 Best Family Law Firm in Illinois

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Goostree Law Group, P.C., was recently named one of the 10 best law firms in Illinois for 2018 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA).

The AIOFLA is a division of the American Institute of Legal Counsel, a third-party attorney rating organization that selects attorneys and firms for recognition based on achievements, client ratings, and peer reviews.

ISBA and IBF 2018 President's Reception Announced

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.)

Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Ret., the Illinois State Bar Association’s immediate past president and partner at Goldstine, Skroszki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., will be honored at a reception hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Bar Foundation at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook on Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased online.

A former Cook County Circuit Court judge, Hartigan now focuses his practice on litigation. In addition to serving as ISBA president from 2017-2018, Hartigan served as president of the West Suburban Bar Association and is a current member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and Illinois Judges Association. He is an IBF Gold Fellow and member of the IBF’s Lincoln Legacy Society, and he serves on the IBF’s Lawyers Care Fund and Finance & Investment Committees.

Lavelle Law Expands Presence in Chicago Loop

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Lavelle Law has expanded its footprint in downtown Chicago with a new, larger office in the historic Chicago Board of Trade Building. 

The move to the new location at 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2800, was brokered by the J. Rich Company.

The new space expands the number of offices and conference rooms for the 26-attorney firm, which still houses its main office in Schaumburg. The Loop office handles transactions for individuals and corporations in the city, focusing primarily on litigation, estate planning and administration, commercial real estate, and tax matters.

Burl Forbes Nader 1921-2018

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Burl Forbes Nader, 97, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at Libertyville Manor. He was born May 14, 1921, in East Alton, Ill., and was a Libertyville resident since 1950. 

He was a graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and the University of Michigan Law School. Burl was a Libertyville attorney for many years and a member of the Lake County Bar Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was past commander and finance officer for the Libertyville American Legion Post #329 and also a member of the Libertyville VFW Post #8741. Burl was an active member of the Gardeners of Central Lake County and served on the board of directors for Lakeside Cemetery Association. 

P. Scott Neville, Jr. Sworn in as Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.

The Honorable P. Scott Neville, Jr. was sworn in to the Illinois Supreme Court today during an installation ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. 

He is filling the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman. Justice Neville’s appointment is effective today through Dec. 7, 2020. He said he plans to seek reelection.

A graduate of Washington University’s School of Law, Justice Neville has practiced law in Illinois since 1974, when he became a law clerk for Illinois Appellate Court Justice Glenn T. Johnson. Throughout his career as an attorney, Justice Neville has specialized in appellate, employment, civil rights issues, and complex litigation.

Illinois State Bar Association Leaders Attend Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois State Bar Association President Hon. Russell Hartigan and Third Vice President Dennis Orsey represented the ISBA during the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s annual convention June 8 at the JW Marriott Chicago.

(L-R) ISBA Third Vice President Dennis Orsey, ITLA President Mark Prince, ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan, and Susan Hartigan.

Joliet Attorney Eric J. Blatti Receives 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for Criminal Defense for Personal Injury

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Eric J. Blatti, of the Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C., has been honored with a 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for the area of criminal defense. 

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.

ISBA Presents Law Enforcement Award to Lockport Police Chief

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming received the ISBA Law Enforcement Award on June 6 during a Lockport City Council meeting. ISBA Board member Sonni Choi Williams and Lockport Mayor Steven Streit 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.

Chief Lemming, who was nominated by Williams, was recognized for co-creating Lockport Love, a non-profit organization that raises money for families in need.

Park Ridge Attorney Patrick Quinn Receives 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for Personal Injury

Posted on June 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Patrick Quinn, of the Quinn Law Group, LLC, has been honored with a 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for the area of personal injury. 

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.

Quinn represents clients seeking compensation for their personal injuries. He previously defended insurance companies during personal injury, wrongful death, and healthcare negligence lawsuits.