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Welch, Charles Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently welcomed new lateral associations and recent law school graduates to the firm, including ISBA members David J. Welch and Rebecca Charles.

David J. Welch joins the Chicago office to focus on product liability and general trial practice. Welch received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2016 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.S. in 2010 from Fordham University. He previously served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney.

John F. Laughlin 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

John Francis Laughlin passed away Thursday January 4, 2018 at Bickford Cottage assisted living community in Portage, Michigan. John was born to Edward and Margaret (Gorman) Laughlin in Gary, Indiana on August 25, 1928. John received a BA from DePaul University where he studied English and a Law Degree from Notre Dame. He was a Corporate Attorney for Wausau Insurance for over 40 years.

William Cousins 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

William Cousins Jr., a prominent figure in Illinois legal circles and a former appellate judge, has died at age 90.

Cousins' daughter, Cheryl Cousins, told the Chicago Sun-Times her father died Saturday in Chicago. She did not give the cause.

As a Cook County judge, Cousins in 1979 declared Illinois' death penalty unconstitutional, deeming it "cruel and unusual" and "freakishly imposed." That was 32 years before the state abolished it.

Charles H. Turner

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Charles H. Turner, who began a distinguished legal career in Chicago under United States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, died January 8th at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. He was six days short of his eighty-second birthday. In more than a quarter-century with the Department of Justice, Turner was the lead prosecutor in several highly-publicized criminal cases. Among these was the prosecution of the American Indian Movement figures Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, and Kenneth Loud Hawk in the aftermath of AIM's occupation of the Wounded Knee site in South Dakota.

Robert Hourigan 1927-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Robert Hourigan
Robert Hourigan

Robert J. Hourigan, 91, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018 with his family at his side.Until his health failed, Bob was a regular at Villa Bleu in Fox River Grove, where he always had his wine glass filled to the rim. He loved golf, music, dogs, babies, playing cards and backgammon.

Theodore "Ted" J. Ansani 1940-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Theodore "Ted" J. Ansani, 77, of Park Ridge, born August 7, 1940 in Medicina, Italy, passed away December 28, 2017. Beloved husband of Betty nee Zelek; Loving father of David (Elizabeth), Maria (Michael) Lewis, Theodore (Caroline), and Marc (Elsa); Cherished grandfather of Gabrielle, Katherine, Paul, Christine, Theodore, Isabella and Samuel Ansani, Joseph, Andrew, William and Mary Grace Lewis; Dear brother, Daniel (Emma); Fond uncle of Michael (Emily), Carolyn (Chris) Strahammer and Jennifer (Chris) Kottra.

John P. "Jack" Pearl 1926-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Pearl
John Pearl

John (Jack) Powers Pearl, 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Peoria, Illinois surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:40 p.m. 

ISBA Leaders Attend Reception in Winnebago

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Sara Anderson

ISBA leadership, including President Russell W. Hartigan, President-Elect James F. McCluskey, Second Vice President David B. Sosin, and Third Vice President Dennis J. Orsey, attended the Winnebago County Bar Association reception on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Green Promoted to Partner in Business and Commercial Law Group

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Kevin P. Green
Kevin P. Green

Kevin P. Green has been promoted to partner at the law firm of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. in the St. Louis-Southern Illinois region. He joined the firm in 2010 as an associate and will continue in the Business and Commercial Law Group, where he represents clients in the areas of commercial and class action litigation. 

Ryan Strohmeier Becomes Principal of Eckhart Kolak LLC

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Ryan D. Strohmeier
Ryan D. Strohmeier

Ryan D. Strohmeier became a principal at his firm, Eckhart Kolak LLC, effective on January 1. Strohmeier concentrates his legal practice in meeting the needs of business and estate planning clients.

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