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McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. Expands to St. Louis

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to celebrate its expanding national reach. The firm announced the opening of new offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and Los Angeles, California,beginning in May of 2017. The firm is at the forefront of developing new, innovative experts and will continue to zealously defend its clients whenever and where the need arises. With the elevation of one of its partners to the masthead and opening of new offices, the firm is poised to continue its growth as a leader in the defense of product liability throughout the country. 

Francis Maxwell 1923-2017

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Honorable Francis Edgar Maxwell, retired judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit, Nashville, Illinois, died March 21, 2017.

Francis Edgar Maxwell (known to many of his friends as Max) was born on Nov 7, 1923, in Hoyleton, Illinois, to Ruth Edgar Maxwell and Joseph Daniel Maxwell, who was then teaching school in Hoyleton. Francis moved to Nashville after his father was elected County State’s Attorney, and attended public schools in Nashville. 

After graduation, Francis won a scholarship to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he began his studies in 1941. In October 1942, however, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to the ASTP program at the University of Nebraska. He then served in Battery C 156th Artillery in France, Austria, and environs, until the end of World War II. In 1944, Francis married Joan Beckmeyer, daughter of Myrtle and Gustav Henry Beckmeyer of Nashville, his classmate in school in Nashville. 

After discharge from the Army, Francis returned to the University of Illinois to finish his law degree while Joan worked in an abstract of title office in Urbana. Francis was sworn in as an attorney shortly after their twin daughters were born on January 17, 1949.

Teele joins Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP as partner

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Morgan Yingst

S. Jason Teele is a trusted senior-level attorney with 15 years of experience representing clients in financial restructuring, distressed asset sales, creditors’ rights, litigation, and corporate and commercial matters. He represents corporations, boards and board committees, management teams, creditors’ committees, and high-net-worth individuals in a broad range of areas, including the telecommunications, entertainment, media, manufacturing, transportation, health care, the arts, chemical, and financial services industries.

John Dale Stobbs 1932-2016

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Morgan Yingst

John Dale StobbsJohn Dale Stobbs, 83, died at 9:40 a.m. in his home on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born November 28, 1932 in Alton the son of the late John and Myrtle (Uphoff) Stobbs.

He married Mary (DeCicco) on November 28, 1959 in Washington, DC and she survives. Also surviving are seven children; Tracey Stobbs Riordan of Ballwin, Missouri, Monica Jude Stobbs of Charleston, South Carolina, Elizabeth Dunn Stobbs of Chicago, John Dale Stobbs II (Rosario) of Godfrey, Mary Jennifer Margarida of Edwardsville, Stephen Stobbs (Katie) of Godfrey and Kathryn Santellano (Don) of St. Charles, Missouri, Fifteen grandchildren, and one sister; Janice Brown of St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by one son in law; Gerard Riordan and one grandson; Stephen "Danny" Stobbs.

Stanley Philip Hutchison 1923-2016

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Stanley Philip HutchisonStanley Philip Hutchison, 92, passed away peacefully, comforted by his family, on October 18, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Hutchison enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a business and civic leader. He was born in Joliet, Illinois on November 22, 1923, the first son of Verna Emma and Philip Stuart Hutchison. His early life was spent in Springfield, Illinois. He attended Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. During WWII, he served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy. Following his military service, he finished his undergraduate work at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois) where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the International Legal Honor Society. 

Peter R. Sonderby 1941-2016

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Peter R. SonderbyPeter R. Sonderby - formerly of Chicago, and most recently residing in Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby (Ret.) of Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL; daughter Kathleen (Richard Ross) Sonderby of Mill Valley, CA, son Christopher (Jill) Sonderby of Menlo Park, CA, and daughter Jennifer (Seth Blacher) Sonderby of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren Eliza, Lauren and Graham Ross, Max and Madeline Sonderby and Ari and Leo Blacher; brother Michael (Pam) Sonderby of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Tina Sonderby of Long Beach, IN; and nieces and nephews Brett (Lisa) Sonderby, Amy (Jeff) Kontir, Max (Glaucia) Sonderby, Elizabeth Sonderby and Robert (Carol) Sonderby. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Max E. and Mary E. (Sjostrom) Sonderby, and his brother Stephen Sonderby.

Kent Bronson Hampton 1920-2016

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Kent HamptonKent Bronson Hampton, former vice president and general counsel of Marathon Oil Co. passed away early Saturday, July 23, 2016. Born in Mattoon, Il in 1920, he grew up in Evanston. He graduated from ETHS in 1938, and from Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1942. He graduated from the Navy's OCS at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in WWII as a navigator aboard an amphibious craft and a destroyer escort. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949. He joined the Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil Co.) in 1951. His most notable accomplishment was to lead the legal team that thwarted Mobil Oil Co.'s attempted takeover of Marathon in 1981-82. Mr. Hampton first engaged in law practice in Charleston, IL in 1949. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association for sixty years.

ISBA Traffic Law Section attends annual National College for DUI Defense 2016

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Donald Ramsell (Left) of Wheaton, ISBA Governor Stephen Komie of Chicago, and David B. Franks, Past Chair, of Woodstock.Members of the ISBA Traffic Law Section attended the annual National College for DUI Defense 2016 Harvard Session at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.

Lauren Boaz Becomes Partner at SWMK Law

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Lauren Boaz was named a partner of SWMK Law as of July 1. She is the first of the firm’s attorneys to become partner since their founding in 2012. Founding partners of the firm are Ben Schmickle, Steve Wohlford, Matt Morris, and Joe Kusmierczak.

SWMK Law specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer litigation, and has a nationwide client base. Boaz leads the SWMK team that seeks recovery for mesothelioma clients from bankruptcy trust funds.

Gartner Law Offices joins Ralph, Schwab & Schiever, Chartered

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Gartner Law Offices, Inc. and its Attorneys Scott J. Gartner, Christopher P. Hughes and Matthew J. DeMartini have joined with the law firm of Ralph, Schwab & Schiever, Chartered with offices in Vernon Hills, Antioch, Chicago and Pleasant Prairie.

Ralph, Schwab, Gartner & Schiever, Chartered will now be representing clients from Chicago to Milwaukee with a broader range of services and practical solutions to your legal matters.