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Leo J. Sullivan III 1934-2011

Posted on November 2, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Leo J. Sullivan IIILeo J. "Bear" Sullivan, a two-term member of the ISBA Assembly and past chair of the ISBA Mutual Insurance company, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Mr. Sullivan was born on Aug. 16, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Reared in East St. Louis, he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952, and recently attended his graduating class's 50th reunion. While attending St. Louis University he clerked for two separate Police Magistrates in E. St. Louis. He graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1958 with a J.D. degree and was admitted to the Illinois and Missouri Bars the same year.

The same year he joined the United States Navy and was commissioned in 1959 after completing OCS in Newport, Rhode Island. His first assignment as a Legal Officer was to the USNS Kodiak, Alaska where he served as the legal officer to that command and others.

In September of 1960 he was transferred to the Administrative Command at Great Lakes, where he was in charge of the Courts Martial Unit and later acted as the Appellate Review Officer. In late 1960 he worked part time, nights and weekends, for Snyder, Clarke, Dalziel, Holmquist and Johnson in Waukegan. When released from active duty in March of 1962 he became a member of the firm. In 1967 he was made a partner.

Susan Marie Settle 1961-2011

Posted on October 21, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Susan SettleSusan Marie Settle, age 50 of Glen Carbon, IL, born April 20, 1961 in St. Louis, MO passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Susan was employed as an attorney and practiced law in Illinois and Missouri. She was associated with the Gary Underwood Law Firm of St. Louis and also she acted as counsel pro hac vice for various law firms. She attended Son Life Church in Collinsville, and was a former member of Maryville Assembly of God in Maryville.

She graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1979, earned a Bachelor degree from Evangel University in Springfield, MO in 1983, and earned her law degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK in 1986.She is survived by her mother and father, Norma L. nee Flanigan and Kelley R. Settle of Glen Carbon; sisters:  Diane C. Settle of Sarasota, FL; Julie A. (Alan) Stolzer of Port Orange, FL; a nephew, Benjamin Stolzer and a niece, Hannah Stolzer both of Port Orange, FL.  She was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt.  Susan will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Memorials may be made to New Rivers Assembly of God (formerly Maryville Assembly of God), 2620 North Center, Maryville, IL 62062.

James Sprowl, 1941-2011

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Long before laptops and LexisNexis became standard tools of the legal profession, patent attorney James Sprowl was working to connect his colleagues with technology.

A lifelong resident of the North Shore, Mr. Sprowl taught computer law classes at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Loyola University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Chicago-Kent College of Law, his wife said. He also was an expert witness in several high-profile computer patent cases, including one lawsuit brought by Apple against the manufacturer of a clone computer.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune

Kenneth K. Kinser 1917-2011

Posted on October 12, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Kenneth K. KinserMr. Kenneth K. Kinser, 94, long-term Decatur attorney and faithful Christian, passed on Sept. 10, 2011, at Fair Havens Christian Home.
Kenneth was born in Macon County, IL, the son of Roy Charles and Susan Caroline Albers Kinser. Kenneth was a member of First United Methodist Church, after graduating from law school, he worked for Chicago Title and Trust in Chicago during the early 40’s, and he then moved to Decatur and practiced law for over 55 years.
Kenneth was a member of the Decatur Bar Association; he worked hard to represent his clients. He also did a great deal of pro bono work for groups such as the United Methodist Church, both locally and around the state. He served as the Conference Chancellor, giving precise and helpful legal counsel to the church. He also gave free legal counsel to the Preacher's Aid Society and served on the United Methodist Conference Foundation Board.
He was a faithful supporter of the Chaddock Children's Home and he was a life-long blood donor. He was a very active and faithful member of his church family at First United Methodist Church of Decatur, he taught adult and children's Sunday school classes for many years.

Maurice Dailey Sr. 1922-2011

Posted on October 12, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Maurice Dailey Sr.Maurice Dailey, Sr., passed away in his sleep at his home in Edwardsville on Sept. 22, 2011.

Maurice was born June 25, 1922 in Auburn, Ill., to Mae and Daniel H. Dailey. He started his schooling at St. Boniface in Edwardsville and moved to Taylorville when he was 8 years old. After graduating high school, he attended Illinois College in Jacksonville.

While attending college, he worked for the deaf and blind school. Upon graduation he enrolled in Notre Dame Mid-Shipman's School. From there he served in World War II in the Pacific as captain of a mine sweeper.

After the war, he returned to Taylorville, working in the mines and eventually entering John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he graduated top of class in June, 1950.

From college, he relocated to Granite City, Ill. Maurice became associated with Roscoe Forth in 1950.

Maurice married Judith Ann Jester July 15, 1951, after meeting her in law school. They resided in Granite City until 1973, but his law practice continued in Granite City for a total of 52 years. His practice included real estate, condemnation, probate, banking, corporate and construction law.

Daniel M. Franklin 1952-2011

Posted on September 28, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Daniel M. FranklinDaniel M. Franklin, 52, of Pana died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 13, 1959, the son of Dr. Jacob James & Mary Edith Duck Franklin. 

Dan was a graduate of Pana High School Class of 1977; University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1981; John Marshall Law School, Chicago, with Juris Doctorate Law Degree on June 10, 1984.

He passed the bar exam and was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois November 16, 1984. He was admitted to practice as an attorney in Central District Court on December 9, 1987 and in the Southern District Courts on July 14, 2006. 

Max Wildman 1919-2011

Posted on September 19, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Max WildmanIt is with great sorrow that Wildman Harrold announces the death of Max Wildman — one of Chicago’s most legendary trial lawyers, founder of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, mentor and role model to hundreds of young attorneys, and civic leader. Mr. Wildman passed away on September 16, 2011. He was 91.

Although his lawyering skills were extolled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and by Dirksen Federal Building court buffs whose newsletter ranked him “number one,” Wildman took his greatest pride in starting Wildman Harrold in 1967 and watching it grow from a small operation to a national law firm whose longstanding reputation in litigation is now complemented by its intellectual property and transactional practices. The firm represents private businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Such growth could only be dreamed of over forty years ago, when Wildman, already recognized as one of Chicago’s top trial lawyers for his representation of clients like IBM, left a secure position at the well-established Kirkland, Fleming, Green, Martin & Ellis (now Kirkland & Ellis LLP) to strike out on his own with three partners and two associates.

Nat P. Ozmon 1925-2011

Posted on September 16, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Nat P. Ozmon Nat P. Ozmon, a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Academy of Illinois Lawyers's Laureate Class of 2003, died on Sept. 14, 2011, in Chicago at the age of 86 of natural causes. Ozmon was the senior member and founder of the Chicago law firm Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd

He was born in Davenport, IA, attended college at New York University and received his law degree from Northwestern University, ranking first in his class. He was elected to the Board of Law Review Editors and installed in the Order of Coif, a legal scholastic honor society.

Mr. Ozmon's 40 years as a trial and appellate lawyer was dedicated to preserving and enhancing the rights of injured victims. He was certified by the American Board of Trial Advocates, a diplomat of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, a fellow and a founder of the Roscoe Pound Foundation, the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Institute for Injury Reduction. He was a recognized leader of the bar and has served on the managing boards of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Society of Trial Lawyers. He was also a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law where he taught Trial Advocacy senior law students for ten years. The Harvard Law School Study listed him as one of "The Best Lawyers in America." He also received the Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to victims rights and trial by jury.

Donald A. Gillies 1931-2011

Posted on September 15, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Donald A. GilliesDonald A. Gillies, 79, of Wilmette, formerly of Winnetka, passed away on August 12, 2011. Mr. Gillies was the beloved husband of Judith; loving father of Beth; dear brother of Jean.

A 1953 graduate of Denison University, Mr. Gillies was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; he earned the J.D. at Northwestern University in 1956. Specializing in taxation and estate law, Don was a partner with the law firm Altheimer & Gray, which he joined in 1961, and was Of Counsel with Holland & Knight from 2003 until his retirement. He was a former Illinois State Chairman of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and had served as Chairman of the Federal Taxation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a longtime member of the Illinois State Bar Association. Don had been a regular contributor to professional law journals and a frequent public speaker for professional organizations.

From 1977 to 1983, Don served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago. He served for 27 years until his retirement in 2001 as Board President of The Baptist Theological Union, located in Chicago. He was also Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Baptist Retirement Home in Maywood, Illinois. In addition, he was President from 1986-1988 of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, the oldest philanthropic organization in Illinois. He was recognized each year for over twenty years in "The Best Lawyers in America" since its First Edition in 1983.

Samuel C. Patton 1923-2011

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Samuel C. Patton, 88, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Capitol Care Center in Springfield.

He was born on March 20, 1923 in Springfield, the son of the late Stanley M. and Marie Patton. He married Betty G. DeFraties on Oct. 19, 1947 in Springfield and she survives.

Mr. Patton was a self-employed attorney. He was a member of the Elks Club in Springfield. Prior to that he had been a member of the Springfield Jaycees. He also was a former member of Illini Country Club and was an avid golfer. He attended Lincoln College of Law in Springfield and was admitted to the Bar in 1952. He also served as corporation counsel for the city of Springfield for 2 terms.

Besides his wife, Betty, he is survived by 2 sons, Todd C. (wife Kimora) Patton of Yonkers, NY, and Craig Dow Patton of Springfield. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Eleanor Powers, Betty Fahs, and Norma Daily.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield. Private burial will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial services will be held on October 1, 2011 at 1 pm at Central Baptist Church in Springfield.