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Stephanie Hammer joins Greensfelder as associate

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Stephanie HammerGreensfelder welcomes Stephanie Hammer to the St. Louis office and our Labor & Employment Practice Group.

Hammer advises clients in all aspects of labor & employment including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, arbitrations, and proceedings before the EEOC and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP merges with Missouri firm-opens St. Louis and Madison County offices

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, one of Chicago’s leading trial firms, has merged with longtime St. Louis and Madison County litigation defense firm Kernell Law Firm, P.C.

The lawyers of the highly regarded Kernell Law Firm have successfully represented insurance companies and private businesses in Asbestos Litigation, Product Liability, Toxic Tort Litigation and Insurance Defense for over 25 years.

“We believe our new St. Louis and Madison County offices will provide the same excellent service that clients have come to expect from Tom Kernell and his team, while expanding the services we offer our present clients,” said Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels. “We
are very excited about this opportunity.”

Praise for the professionalism of the recently passed Tom Kernell and his team comes not only from the defense bar. Perry Browder, chairman of the asbestos practice group at Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, observed, “Tom Kernell was one of the most respected lawyers in the Madison County asbestos arena. He was trusted by judges, defense counsel and plaintiffs’ counsel alike, serving as defense liaison counsel for many years. The attorneys at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP are great litigators with whom we’ve worked for many years. I am happy that Tom’s lawyers and staff are joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP to carry on Tom's legacy.”

Kernell Law Firm attorneys joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP are:

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP merges with Los Angeles-based Barger & Wolen LLP

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm with 460 lawyers in 22 offices around the country and Barger & Wolen LLP, a California-based law firm with 45 attorneys in six offices, announced today they will join forces. The merger creates one of the largest insurance law practices in the United States with 120 full-time attorneys dedicated to providing legal counsel to companies that shape the insurance and financial services industries.

The partner votes took place on August 28, 2014, and the merger will become effective on October 1, 2014. The combined firm will keep the name Hinshaw & Culbertson and have over 500 attorneys in 11 states as well as London.

Jason Guerra named shareholder/principal at Roberts Perryman PC

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Roberts Perryman PC is pleased to announce Jason Guerra as the firm’s newest equity shareholder and principal.  Jason engages in civil litigation in Missouri and Illinois, with an emphasis in lawsuits involving bodily injuries, trucking and transportation and insurance defense.  Jason represents a wide variety of clients in business litigation, insurance coverage issues and commercial transportation related matters. He has handled complex issue and multi-party litigation at the state, federal and appellate level.

Jason has been named a “Missouri Rising Star” Super Lawyer, 2011 through 2013, by the publisher Thompson Reuters, and has received a preeminent “AV Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a member of the Missouri Trucking Association, Illinois Trucking Association, as well as numerous other industry associations, where he focuses on representing the interests of the transportation industry through state and federal legislation. 

Jason is a graduate of the University of Missouri, BA, with honors, 2000 and Saint Louis University Law School, JD, 2003.

About Roberts Perryman

For over 50 years, Roberts Perryman has provided high quality and affordable legal services throughout Missouri and Illinois.  The firm concentrates in Trucking and Transportation, Premises and Product Liability, Insurance Defense, Automobile Negligence, Insurance Coverage.

The firm has offices in St. Louis and Springfield, MO as well as Belleville IL.

Wright receives ABA YLD Star of the Year Award

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Board of Governors member Kenya Jenkins-Wright received a YLD Star of the Year Award from the American Bar Association at its Annual Meeting Aug. 8-10 in Boston. Jenkins-Wright, an attorney with Greene and Letts in Chicago, received the award for her work during the 2013-2014 bar year. She is pictured receiving the award from outgoing ABA YLD Chair Mario Sullivan.

Brummond joins DLA Piper

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

DLA Piper announced today that David J. Brummond has joined the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice as of counsel in the Washington, DC, office.  Brummond had previously served as senior sanctions advisor – insurance for the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) from 2006 to 2014.

In this position at OFAC, Brummond assisted in the development of compliance policy for the insurance industry by providing counsel and guidance on insurance matters to OFAC as well as the Office of Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, by assisting in the drafting of licenses for insurance transactions, and by serving as case officer for enforcement actions involving sanctions violations within the insurance sector. He also promoted understanding and awareness of OFAC sanctions programs through outreach activities to all segments of the insurance industry.

At DLA Piper, Brummond will provide strategic advice and guidance on international trade and economic sanctions issues implicating the insurance industry, as well as counseling and advocacy for insurance regulatory issues at state, federal and international forums. He will also advise on issues related to enforcement actions brought by OFAC and other US federal agencies for alleged violations of US sanctions.

Richard D. Felice installed as 138th ISBA President

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Richard D. Felice is sworn-in as the 138th ISBA President by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. View photo galleries from the Annual Reception and the Annual Installation Dinner.

During his year as president, Felice will place special emphasis on three projects. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. The task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula,” he said.  Second district appellate Justice Ann Jorgensen will chair the committee.

The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, offering educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state. Working with other stakeholders in the practice of law, the institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.

ISBA Awards to be presented at 138th Annual Meeting

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at an Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 20, at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. Award recipients are:

Deadline for Annual Meeting advanced registration is June 13

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Join us as we reflect on our accomplishments and outline initiatives for the coming bar year.

Deadline for advanced registration is June 13!

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The 2014-15 standing committees and section councils will hold their organizational business meetings at various times during the Annual Meeting. A schedule of business meetings being conducted may be viewed closer to the date.

ISBA's own professional liability insurance company, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, will be an important participant in the Annual Meeting. Be sure to learn about the company, loss prevention, and programs from senior executives at their exhibit.

CLE: Reel MCLE Series: How Many Ethical Dilemmas Can You Spot?

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Lake Geneva on June 20th (during ISBA’s Annual Meeting) for this unique program in which the hit TV show “Boston Legal” (Season 1, Episode 4)** and two additional videos containing ethical legal scenarios are used as a sounding board for identifying, understanding, and analyzing the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct – making this the perfect educational tool for learning about professional responsibility.