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Patrick J. Schauer 1953-2015

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Patrick J. SchauerPatrick J. Schauer, 62, of Wheaton, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2015. He was born January 13, 1953 in Ft. Wayne, IN. He moved to Illinois to attend Northwestern University and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Norlegama Honor Society. In 1975 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Communication and Media Studies. He then attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN where he received a Doctor of Law (J.D), Trial Practice in 1979.

Marvin D. Dunn 1930-2015

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Marvin D. Dunn, 85, of Batavia passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at The Tillers in Oswego. He was born June 4, 1930, in Normal, Illinois, the son of Ollie E. Dunn and Ruby (Bradley) Dunn. 

Marv graduated from Normal Community High in 1948, attended Illinois State University graduated from the University Of Illinois School Of Business in 1954 and received his Law degree from the University of Illinois in 1957. He joined the Sears and Streit Law firm of Aurora as an associate in 1957, then joined Arthur Puklin and Jerome Nelson in 1964 forming Puklin Nelson and Dunn, Attorneys at Law, Aurora Illinois. He served as an Assistant States Attorney of Kane County representing the Kane County Board and The Kane County Forest Preserve. He was elected Circuit Court Judge, 16th Judicial Circuit in 1976-1986, serving as Chief Judge from 1981-1983 and again in 1985-1986. Marv became an Appellate Court Justice in 1986, serving until his retirement in 1992. 

Reno & Zahm LLP hires new associate

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Jacob E. Maegli recently joined Reno & Zahm LLP as an associate with a general practice, focusing on business law and civil and commercial litigation.

Maegli graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with a degree in economics. He received his law degree with honors from Syracuse University College of Law in 2014, where he served on the editorial board of the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to joining Reno & Zahm LLP, Maegli clerked for the Honorable William Q. Hayes, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
He also is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

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Fackel appointed Circuit Judge in 14th Circuit

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Moline attorney Joseph F. Fackel as a Circuit Judge in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Fackel was appointed by the Court to fill the vacancy created by Circuit Judge F. Michael Meersman, who retired at close of business on November 30, 2015. His appointment takes effect January 4, 2016 and will terminate on December 5, 2016, when the position is filled by the 2016 General Election.

IBF to host Lake County Fellows Reception

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation on Thursday, January 28 for the Lake County Fellows Reception, honoring attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Bernard Wysocki for their leadership and dedication to the law. The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates.

Department of Justice has openings for attorney, law student volunteer

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The U.S. Department of Justice has an attorney vacancy in the criminal division of the Rock Island Office. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2015. Find out more at

There is also an opening for a summer law student volunteer in the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Chicago Immigration Court, 525 W. Van Buren. Applications must be received by Jan. 19. Find out more at

Petro appointed to Citrix ShareFile Advisory Board

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Nerino Petro, Jr.Nerino J. Petro, Jr., has been appointed to the Citrix ShareFile® Advisory Board. This Board is composed of 17 members who will collaborate with Citrix® providing advice on the use of ShareFile® in the legal marketspace and to develop a new product that helps lawyers manage their practices more effectively, efficiently and productively.   Citrix® solutions are in use at more than 400,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally, including law firms and their staff. 

When asked about selections for the new Board, Bill O’Boyle of Citrix explains, “When developing vertical specific solutions, our core strategy involves consulting with industry thought leaders. Nerino Petro and Jeff Krause have many years of highly respected experience in legal technology and are considered experts in the field.  We are grateful for their participation and service on our advisory board.”

Nerino J. Petro, Jr. is the Chief Information Officer at HolmstromKennedy in Rockford.  Recognized nationally as a speaker and author on legal technology and practice management, Petro speaks throughout the US and abroad on these topics. HolmstromKennedy is a century-old, 17-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron.

Honzel appointed associate judge in 17th Circuit

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Donna R. Honzel as an associate judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Honzel received her undergraduate degree in 1988 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and her Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Honzel is currently affiliated with Mateer Goff & Honzel LLP in Rockford.

Reinhart Welcomes Registered Patent Attorney Kale

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

John Paul KaleReinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. (Reinhart) welcomes registered patent attorney John Paul (JP) Kale to the firm's Intellectual Property Practice. Prior to joining Reinhart, Kale was an associate attorney with a boutique patent prosecution firm in Chicago, where he worked with an array of clients including start‑up and solo inventors.

Kale has a breadth of legal knowledge spanning business organization matters, terms of service drafting, privacy policy issues and contract review. His work includes drafting and prosecuting utility patent applications through final disposition before the U.S. and foreign patent offices in materials engineering, metallurgical alloys and coatings, turbine technology, aerospace control systems, filtering devices and battery technology. Additionally, he performs patent novelty searches, investigates potential infringements and analyzes patent validity.

Kale is a member of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law and holds a B.S. in material science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

James Elson 1931-2015

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

James ElsonJames J. Elson, 84, died at Graham Hospital in Canton Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

He was born at Pontiac Aug. 5, 1931, the son of Howard J. and Bernadine (Twomey) Elson. He married Nancy Popel at Lena Aug. 7, 1954. She survives, along with their five children, Marygrace  (Don Schroeder) Elson, Iowa City, Iowa, Joan Bernadine (Steven) Moore, Chicago, James J. (Alice M. Stevens) Elson Jr., Canton, Stephen P. (Ann M.) Elson, Miami, Fla., and John C. (Andrea M.) Elson, Fort Collins, Colo. He is the beloved grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Stephen, Brian, Charlotte, Gabriela, Michael, Kerri, Joseph, Katherine, Matilda and Edward; two stepgrandchildren, Gabrielle and Grace; and great-grandfather of Olivia. He is further survived by two sisters, Mary Anne Elson, Springfield, and Carol (Victor) Abell, West Lafayette, Ind.