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Gerald F. Tuite, Sr. 1928-2013

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Gerald F. Tuite, Sr.Gerald F. Tuite, Sr., 85, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Naples, Fla. He was a former long time Rockford resident.

Gerald was a combat infantry leader as well as a chief photographer for the US Army Signal Corp in Japan during the Korean War. After the Army, he attended Rockford College and Georgetown University. He then attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating with Honors and a Juris Doctor degree in 1958. During law school, he worked as a claims adjuster for Travelers Insurance Company.

In 1958, he opened his law office in Rockford, Illinois. His law firm of Gerald Tuite & Associates specialized in Labor Law, Workers' Compensation Law and Personal Injury Law. He was the Senior Partner of the firm, where he handled and litigated cases for injured workers. His son, Gregory Tuite, began practicing in his father's law firm and has taken over the firm, which is now known as Greg Tuite & Associates.

Frederic N. Richman 1937-2013

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Frederic N. RichmanFrederic N. Richman passed away Sunday at the age of 76.  For nearly 50 years, Fred provided much respected legal and business counsel to a range of clients in the areas of  labor relations, business, transactional and real estate law, as well as clients in the entertainment industry.  

Fred was born and raised in Chicago. He lived in Rogers Park and went to Senn High School and then obtained his degrees in the Chicago area as well. Educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Fred was elected to the 2010 Class of Distinguished Counsellors by the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors. 

Fred joined Loeb & Loeb in 2004 along with a lateral group of attorneys from the Los Angeles law firm of Richman, Mann, Chizever, Phillips & Duboff in Los Angeles. He and his group immediately became significant and valued contributors to the LA office.  During his esteemed career, Fred served as a labor arbitrator and a member of the arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Public Employee Relations Board and an arbitrator for the City and County of Los Angeles. He was also former chairman of the Labor Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital.

His burial took place in Los Angeles. Despite his move to Los Angeles, Fred has a long history in Chicago and has maintained close ties to the city. 

Nussbaumer joines Williams Venker & Sanders as Of Counsel

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Kenneth NussbaumerWilliams Venker & Sanders LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth M. Nussbaumer as Of Counsel to their highly regarded asbestos team.

Ken has over 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation including cases in product liability, toxic torts and insurance defense. A graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, Nussbaumer has defended cases throughout southern Illinois and Missouri. His primary area of practice is the defense of asbestos and benzene cases.

About Williams Venker & Sanders LLC: Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is one of the Midwest’s leading trial law firms. The firm is committed to timely service and the aggressive defense of clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. Providing focused, comprehensive strategies designed to achieve the best possible result, the firm’s lawyers represent clients in legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, employment law and health care law to personal injury, product liability and toxic tort litigation. For more information, visit

Hon. Robert Scott 1923-2013

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Hon. Robert C. ScottThe Hon. Robert Clement Scott, 90, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away on Oct. 2.

Born April 8, 1923, and raised in Chicago, he attended Mae McMillan School in Fort Lauderdale in 1937-38, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Scott was an infantry combat veteran of World War II who received the Bronze Star. After practicing law in Chicago, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1951, where he met his wife, the former Mary Louisa Smith.

He was an early president of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale, a 60-year member of The Florida Bar, and three- term member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel, and from 1982 to 1993 a Circuit Judge for Broward County. But, most important, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Lashly & Baer, P.C. welcomes new associate Michael P. McGinley

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Michael McGinleyMichael P. McGinley has joined Lashly & Baer, P.C. as an associate. McGinley holds a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and practices in the areas of business litigation, general litigation and transportation litigation. He is a 1997 graduate of Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Michael is currently the President of the Board for the St. Paul Catholic School, a board member of the Highland Splash Swim Team, and a chairperson for the St. Paul Catholic Church Kirchenfest. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Madison County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Joseph M. Russell joins von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Joseph RussellRandall D. Crocker, President and CEO of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., has announced that Joseph M. Russell joined the Firm as a Shareholder. Russell is a member of the trial team representing BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was formerly a Partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Russell is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. He has litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including commercial, franchise and distribution, mass tort, product liability, corporate, environment, consumer fraud, bankruptcy and trade secret cases.

Russell is active in both pro bono and charitable endeavors. He has briefed and argued criminal appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit) and served as class counsel for over 4,000 individuals who resided in state-funded institutions for mental disease who now have the opportunity to move into and receive services in community-based housing (Williams v. Quinn, N.D. Illinois). He was the recipient of the Access Living 2012 “Lead On!” award for representing individuals with mental illness.

Thames elected to Partner at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Ben ThamesBen E. Thames, Jr. is a newly elected Partner in the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP.  Ben has concentrated his practice in the defense of small companies as well as large corporations involved in complex litigation in the areas of product liability, toxic tort and mass tort, environmental litigation, and commercial issues.  Ben graduated in 2000 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Robert G. Raleigh 1952-2013

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Hon. Robert RaleighThe Honorable Robert Gerst Raleigh, 61, of Florissant, Mo., born Feb. 11, 1952, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Bob was of counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and also served as a municipal court judge for the City of Florissant, Mo.

Bob graduated from McCluer High School in 1970, then received a bachelor's degree from Drury College in 1979. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.

Bob was a gifted with beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He glorified God by singing in the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church. He was invited to sing in the Home of Jack Buck on several Christmas Eves. He loved to make people laugh, and was a proud member of The Courthouse Steps and the Dogtown Tenors.

Bob was a member of the Order of the Veiled Prophet and loved dressing to the nines and escorting his girlfriend, Noelle, to the Veiled Prophet Ball every December. He was also a board member of the Hot City Theatre, a volunteer for the St. Louis Variety Club, and a member of Elks Lodge 9. Bob was a season ticket holder at the Muny and also was an avid fan of shows at the Fox Theater.

Bob had a deep compassion for all animals and was an ardent supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri and the Belleville Humane Society. He had a fierce love for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, who served as the 2011 HSMO Bark in the Park Mascot. He was happiest simply sitting on his couch snuggling with and receiving canine kisses from Charlie and Noelle's dogs, Oscar and Fenway.

Ronald M. Brown 1934-2013

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Ronald BrownRonald M. Brown, 78, of Phoenix, passed away July 30, 2013. Ron was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. to Evelyn and Max Brown. He spent most of his life in Chicago, where he raised three sons, and practiced law for more than 30 years. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was honored as Senior Counsellor recognizing more than 50 years of service in the Illinois Bar. Ron was a lifelong Cubs fan and avid golfer. He retired to Phoenix in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marlene. He is also survived by three sons: Neil Brown of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Steven Brown of Phoenix; Howard Brown of Ahwatukee; daughters-in-law Gelareh Asayesh and Belinda Brown; grandchildren Aaron, Mina, Cameron, Max, Eric and Elizabeth; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Martin Buck of Chicago. A private memorial will be held in Phoenix in the fall. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley

William E. Good 1930-2013

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

William E. Good died unexpectedly in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 17. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16, 1930 to James and Marion Good.

His formative years were spent in Downers Grove, Illinois, with his brothers Bob, Tom and Ralph and his little sister Sarah. He engaged in the normal adventures of a young man growing up in the '30s and '40s and when he came of age, he served his country as a Military Policeman (MP) and in the Judge Advocate Division in Okinawa, Japan.

He matriculated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his undergraduate and law degrees and meeting his future bride of 58 years, Marlene (nee McGrath).

His law career was robust and varied. During his corporate law career he represented American Home Products, Ekco Products, and later served as General Counsel for Brach Candy in Chicago. Additionally, he spent 20 years serving the citizens of Arizona as an administrative law judge.