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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.

Charles Smith appointed Circuit Judge in Lake County

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday that Charles William Smith has been appointed as a Circuit Judge of the 19th Circuit, 1st Subcircuit. This appointment is effective Feb. 22, 2016 and terminates on Dec. 2018. This opening was the result of the retirement of the Hon. George Bridges.

Roger Pascal 1941-2015

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Roger PascalAttorney Roger Pascal, a litigator who spent 50 years with the firm of Schiff Hardin in Chicago, also did pro bono work for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, where his legal skills served some of the state's most disadvantaged citizens.

"Roger was a passionate, passionate advocate, particularly for people who couldn't afford a champion or didn't have one," said Thomas Quinn, who succeeded Pascal as the Schiff Hardin practice group leader for litigation in Chicago.

Robert T. Guilfoyle 1936-2015

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Robert T. Guilfoyle 79, born in Chicago on March 23, 1936; Bob was a Navy Veteran, and a graduate of DePaul School of Law. He retired from Allstate Insurance Company after working many years as an attorney. He passed away after a short illness on the night of December 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jacqueline nee Gaudin. He is survived by his cousins Michael (Mary) Guilfoyle and Gregory Kelly, and his niece Margaret Gaudin. Visitation Tuesday, January 5th from 4:00 pm to 9:00pm at the Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (Northwest Highway/Route 14 at Rand Road), Des Plaines where prayers will be held Wednesday 9:15 am prior to 10:00 am Mass at St. Emily Catholic Church, 1400 E. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect. Interment All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Rd., Des Plaines. For further information and directions, call 847-824-5155 or - See more at:

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