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Frank Edelman 1919-2010

Posted on February 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime tax attorney Frank Edelman passed away earlier this month at his Gold Coast home on the North Side of Chicago. Mr. Edelman received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Northwestern University.
Mr. Edelman balanced work as a real estate tax attorney doing "mitzvahs" -- good deeds. He represented worthy organizations for free when they needed help.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hanlon joins Ungaretti & Harris' Government Group

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patrick J. Hanlon
Patrick Hanlon
Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced that Patrick J. Hanlon has joined the firm as Counsel in the Government Group.  Prior to joining Ungaretti & Harris, Mr. Hanlon operated both the Law Offices of Patrick J. Hanlon in Chicago and Patrick J. Hanlon & Associates in Evergreen Park. Mr. Hanlon’s practice includes advocating on behalf of private and public sector clients before state and local governments and the representation of industrial and commercial property owners/taxpayers on real property assessment appeals.  His specialty areas include municipal law, state and local taxation, procurement, state appropriations, and legislative and ethics law. Mr. Hanlon previously served as General Counsel for the Cook County Assessor’s Office.  In that role, he counseled Assessor James M. Houlihan on legislative, real property assessments, budgetary and political matters.  Mr. Hanlon also served as a liaison between the Assessor and state and local elected officials. Mr. Hanlon received his J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 1998 and his B.A.

Caruso opens new practice

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Carmen D. Caruso
Carmen D. Caruso, a nationally known franchise and distribution trial lawyer has moved to “The Chambers”, a dynamic suite of trial lawyers in downtown Chicago, where he will resume practice as The Law Office of Carmen D. Caruso, P.C. Caruso, 51, a litigator with 27 years of experience, represents franchising, dealership and distribution clients in a wide variety of industries, ranging from gas stations, restaurants, retailers and hotels to franchised manufacturers and health care clinics. “For the franchisee or dealer, a dispute with a franchisor or distributor can be a life or death, David versus Goliath case,” said Caruso, who has recovered millions of dollars for his franchisee/dealer clients, while saving as much or more for franchisor clients. Caruso moved to The Chambers, where lawyers practice on a lean and mean platform with the best litigation technology. Residents of The Cambers prepare their cases for trial in a mock courtroom with modern technology to better serve clients. Recognized as one of America’s most dedicated advocates for franchisees, dealers and their associations, Caruso has represented or advised clients in more than 100 franchise systems. Many of his cases have had a system wide impact and closely watched in franchising circles. Caruso received his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a B.A.

Zaslavsky joins Arnstein & Lehr

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Chicago law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP is pleased to announce that Marc S. Zaslavsky has joined its Chicago office as an associate in the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Restructuring practice group. Mr. Zaslavsky received a B.A. in criminal justice from Indiana University in 2006 and a J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He is also a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. While in law school, Mr. Zaslavsky received the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Drafting: Transactions in the Fall 2008, and the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing I and II in the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007. Arnstein & Lehr LLP with offices in Illinois, Florida and Wisconsin, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms. Since its founding in 1893, the firm has served clients of all sizes throughout the United States and abroad. It is a full-service firm with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas - Business, Litigation, Local Government, Tax and Estate Planning Services, and Real Estate. For additional information visit

James Bandy 1919-2010

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
James H. Bandy, 90, died late last month at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Mr. Bandy was an attorney for Listeman, Bandy & Hamilton, Attorneys at Law. He was a founder and former chairman of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Click here to read the full obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat

Ellis Leighty 1917-2010

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Ellis E. Leighty passed away late last month passed away at the Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb. Mr. Leighty served in World War II and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1951.
Ellis' most famous legal client was Burl Ives, when Ellis served as local counsel to Burl and wife, Helen, in the purchase of Warren County, Ill., farmlands and again a few years later when they sold those lands as a part of their divorce proceedings.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.

Edward W. Kowal 1924-2010

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Former DuPage County Chief Judge Edward W. Kowal passed away late last month in Lombard after a battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease. Judge Kowal was a DuPage County Circuit Court Judge in 1985 when he presided over the three trials and numerous courtroom hearings involving the Nicarico case.
Judge Kowal "was the kind of person you'd want as a judge," said Wheaton attorney Joe Laraia, who worked under Judge Kowal in the DuPage state's attorney's office during the 1960s and '70s. "He was extremely fair, always kept his cool and used sound judgment," Laraia said. "He had a strict code of ethics that always prevailed."
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Amaris participate in John Marshall's 166th commencement

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Katherine Amari (left) the President of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association Board photographed with her father, ISBA Past President Leonard F. Amari, President of the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees, at the 166th commencement ceremonies at the law school held on January 17, 2010.  Both are associated with the real estate tax reduction law firm of Amari & Locallo. The Amaris are life-long residents of the Sauganash community.

Arnstein & Lehr promotes Caracciolo and Salinski to partner

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jenifer Caracciolo
Tracey Salinski
Arnstein & Lehr LLP is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been promoted to partnership in the Chicago office. Jenifer Caracciolo has been promoted to partner in the Chicago office. Caracciolo practices in Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups. She focuses her practice in employment, municipal and commercial litigation. In the employment area, Caracciolo has extensive experience representing employers in a wide variety of employment-related lawsuits, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants, employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and wage and hour disputes. As a municipal litigator, she has defended various municipalities in Illinois against Section 1983 and tort litigation, challenges to municipal incorporation and actions of municipal officials, and numerous petitions for municipal disconnections. She received a J.D.

Michaels elected to leadership position at Baker & Daniels

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Rick Michaels
Baker & Daniels LLP has announced its top leadership positions for 2010, including the election of Rick Michaels to a three-year term on the law firm's strategic and policy board. Michaels is the managing partner of the Chicago office and practices business and corporate finance. Baker & Daniels LLP provides advice and counsel to regional, national and international clients with transactional and litigation needs. With more than 370 attorneys and legal professionals, the full-service law firm has offices in Indiana, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Beijing. B&D Consulting, a national advisory and advocacy firm focused on key sectors of the economy and based in Washington, D.C., is a division of Baker & Daniels. For more information about Baker & Daniels or B&D Consulting, visit or