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DiTommaso-Lubin creates Arbitration and Mediation Practice Group - adds retired DuPage County Judge Kenneth Abraham as Of Counsel

Posted on July 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Retired Judge Kenneth A. Abraham has joined the Oak Brook and Chicago law firm of DiTommaso-Lubin as Of Counsel to head the firm's arbitration and mediation practice group and to act as a litigation consultant to the firm on complex business cases and consumer class action lawsuits. Ken brings to DiTommaso-Lubin nearly 40 years of legal experience, including a decade and half on the bench as a trial judge.

Corboy & Demetrio's Jenkins named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month

Posted on July 26, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Matthew Jenkins
Corboy & Demetrio trial lawyer Matthew Jenkins has been designated Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month by Illinois Legal Aid Online for the volunteer work he has done at the Center for Disability & Elder Law. He is featured in a video on the website, Illinois Pro Bono. Jenkins joined the personal injury law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 2008. Before returning to the firm where he clerked while attending law school, Matt practiced plaintiffs’ civil rights law at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2007 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized for both his academic achievements and his commitment to public service. In 2005, the law school honored Matt’s personal dedication to public service by naming him a Public Interest Law Initiative Scholar. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he currently serves as co-chairman of its Civil Rights and Criminal Law Committee, and Illinois State Bar Association, where he is an investigator on the Judicial Evaluation Committee.

John Holmstrom Jr. passes away

Posted on July 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Former ISBA Board of Governors member John Holmstrom Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 20. Mr. Holmstrom was a a partner at Holmstrom & Kennedy Law Firm in Rockford, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Mr. Holmstrom played a key role in the Japanese surrender in the war, encoding the message to the Department of War of the exact time that the surrender was confirmed.
Read the full obituary in the Rockford Register Star.

Gardner named Dean of Students at University of Chicago Law School

Posted on July 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Amy Gardner
Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced today that Amy M. Gardner, a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, will become the new Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School. Ms. Gardner joined Ungaretti & Harris in 2008 as a lateral associate, and became a partner in 2009. While at Ungaretti, she focused on commercial and intellectual property litigation. “I will always be grateful to Ungaretti & Harris for providing me with the opportunity to gain  hands-on litigation experience,” Ms. Gardner said. “I'm excited to take on this new challenge and return to the University of Chicago Law School as the Dean of Students.  I look forward to drawing on my experiences at the firm as I counsel students and work to ensure they have the best possible law school experience.” Ms. Gardner is a 2010 recipient of a Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She was one of only 54 individuals selected nationwide for this prestigious fellowship. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

IP Section Chair joins Partridge IP Law

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Dale R. Kurth, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, has joined Partridge IP Law P.C. in downtown Chicago as Of Counsel.  The firm, begun by Mark V.B. Partridge in April, practices in all aspects of trademarks, copyright, IP litigation, licensing, Internet law, and related matters. Dale obtained an LL.M. in IP with honors from John Marshall Law School in 2008, and earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois.  He has also published several articles on IP law in professional publications, including the ISBA IP Section Newsletter, the John Marshall Center for IP Law News Source, and Landslide, published by the American Bar Association’s Section of IP Law.  Before turning to the law, Dale was a systems analyst at Accenture. Partridge IP Law is an IP law firm with a global practice helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals recognize, protect, and exploit their brands, content, and ideas in court, online, and in the boardroom.  For more information, visit the firm’s website at

Jacques W. Scott 1922-2010

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jacques W. Scott, 88, of Bethany, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at McKinley Court in Decatur. Funeral services have been held with Military Rites by the Bethany American Legion Post #507. Mr. Scott was born on April 22, 1922, in Decatur, the son of A. Jay and Clydia Jay (Heiland) Scott.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.  He served in the 2nd Army in the China-Burma-India Theater.  He served from October 1942 to February 1946 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  He married Leola Jane McCarty June 29, 1958, in Bethany. He graduated from the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, Charleston in 1947, and the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign in 1951.  He practiced law in Bethany until his retirement in 2004.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bethany.  He was also a member of the Bethany American Legion Post #507. He is survived by his wife Leola; daughter, Mary Kay Scott and husband James Meehan of Kildeer, and son, Jay Scott and wife Judy of Decatur; grandchildren, Nathan, Emily, Meghan, Mackenzie, Andrew and Luke. He is preceded in death by his parents. Both his daughter and son are practicing attorneys and also graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Mary Kay Scott is a shareholder with the Chicago law firm of Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott, Ltd., and Jay Scott is the First Assistant State’s Attorney with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office in Decatur.

Leavens, Strand & Glover named a leading law firm in Chambers USA 2010

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Chambers USA, a guide to the legal profession, has named Chicago firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, as a Leading Firm in the Illinois Media & Entertainment transactional section of the 2010 edition.  The firm represents creative artists and companies in television, radio, film, music, publishing, theater, and in new on-line and mobile media. The listing describes the law firm, which was established in late 2009 by the “experienced and esteemed media lawyers Jerry Glover, Peter Strand and Thomas Leavens,” as already “one of the premier media boutique law firms in Chicago.” Jerry Glover, who focuses on the television and film sector, is “articulate, smart and a delight to work with,” and Peter Strand is “a great music and recording lawyer,” they wrote. Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client-focused, and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC is located at 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2550, Chicago, IL. 60601. More information about the firm can be found on its Web site,, or by calling (312) 488-4173.

Sandoval joins Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich

Posted on July 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Walter Sandoval
Walter Sandoval, a Schererville, Ind. resident, has become a partner of Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich, LLP. The law firm has been in existence for 60 years and has offices in Highland and Portage, Ind. Mr. Sandoval graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2002 and is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois. His practice is focused on personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. He can be reached at (219) 924-2427 or on the web at

Schneider, Sissel join Levin Schreder & Carey

Posted on July 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. welcomes partner Todd J. Schneider and associate Scott A. Sissel to the firm. Schneider has been practicing law for 15 years and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business succession planning. Before joining Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd., he was a partner at Holland & Knight. Schneider received his J.D. from Marquette University (1995) and his B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University (1992). Sissel has been practicing law for six years and focuses his practice on estate planning and administration and related tax matters. Before joining Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd., Sissel practiced law at McGuireWoods. Sissel received his J.D. (2003) and his B.S. in Accounting (2001), both from the University of Iowa. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law (2004) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (2006). Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. is a law firm focused on federal income tax, estate tax and gift tax planning and controversy resolution for individuals and closely-held businesses.  The firm is one of the largest law firms devoted exclusively to income tax and estate planning and related litigation in the Chicago area.  For more information, visit the firm’s website at

Sullivan sworn in as 5th circuit judge

Posted on July 13, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman administered the oath of office to Matt Sullivan on July 9 at the Edgar County Courthouse in Paris. Pictured at the ceremony are: (seated) Circuit Judge Matt Sullivan; (standing, right to left) Judge James Glenn, Judge Teresa Righter, Justice Steven Garst, Justice Garman, Judge David Lewis, Chief Judge Tracy Resch, Judge Gary Jacobs, Judge Brien O'Brien, and Judge Mitch Shick.