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Clarence Graves 1914-2010

Posted on May 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Clarence Graves, 96, passed away on April 24, 2010. Mr. Graves was a former founding member and attorney for the Elmhurst Art Museum. Mr. Graves graduated from North Park College in 1938. He received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1943. He passed the bar in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy the next day. He served in WWII and started to practice probate and real estate law in 1946 at 77 W. Washington in Chicago. Mr. Graves moved his practice to Elmhurst in the 1980s. "Even in retirement he helped whoever he could with legal matters," said his daughter, Nancy Olson.

Blitz, Gallo named partners at Berger Schatz

Posted on April 30, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Berger Schatz has announced that Brian J. Blitz and Claudia Gallo have become partners of the firm. Blitz received his B.A. from the University of Texas in 1999 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 2002. He represents clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, dispute resolution and litigation. Mr. Blitz is also the author of several articles on the financial aspects of divorce. Gallo received her B.A. from Loyola University in 1996 and her J.D. from IIT-Kent in 1999. She represents clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including divorce, paternity and custody matters. Her work includes every aspect of representation necessary in family law matters such as contested court proceedings, complex negotiation and financial analysis.

Louis Cainkar 1911-2010

Posted on April 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime municipal attorney Louis Cainkar, 98, passed away on April 20 at his Evergreen Park home. Mr. Cainkar was considered the pre-eminent municipal attorney in the southwest suburbs for decades.
His timing for going into municipal law was propitious, as the Chicago area was in the midst of its postwar boom and suburban cities and villages were blossoming throughout the region. Over the years, his firm's clients included suburbs from Alsip to Summit in addition to many municipal units such as park and library districts. He was a hands-on attorney who sat through many long, tedious sessions of city councils and village boards.
Read Mr. Cainkar's full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Burton Joseph 1930-2010

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Noted civil liberties attorney Burton Joseph, 79, of Evanston, passed away late last month in San Francisco. Mr. Joseph was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Joseph, Lichtenstein & Levinson. He defended activists arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, acted as executive director of the Playboy Foundation and was a founding member of  Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
In his most celebrated case, in the late 1970s, he successfully persuaded the American Civil Liberties Union to back the National Socialist Party of America --a Nazi group -- in its efforts to be allowed to march through heavily Jewish Skokie. As the son of Jewish cemetery owners on Chicago's West Side, Mr. Joseph's stand cost him some friends, but "though he violently disagreed with what the Nazis said, he strongly believed in their right to say it," his daughter Jody said. The Nazis were eventually allowed to march but decided to do so in Chicago instead. The battle was later dramatized in the TV movie, "Skokie," and inspired scenes in "The Blues Brothers."
Obituaries for Mr. Joseph: Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times

IBF President Vincent Cornelius wins NIU College of Law's Outstanding Alumni Award

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Vincent Cornelius
Vincent F. Cornelius, J.D. ‘89, Attorney at Law and Principal in the law offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, has been named a recipient Northern Illinois University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Law. Every year the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Award, the F.R. Geigle Service Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Outstanding Alumni Award for each of the seven academic colleges at NIU. Recipients are selected based on outstanding professional and ersonal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities. “NIU alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves and Northern in countless ways,” explains Jack Tierney, President of the NIU Alumni Association. “This award program seeks to recognize some of those outstanding individuals who have gone out and achieved great success in their personal and professional lives.” This year the Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health and Human Sciences will be presented to Vincent F. Cornelius, J.D. ‘89, a highly respected sole practitioner. Cornelius has established the Law Office of Vincent F.

Dean W. Jackson 1955-2010

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Dean W. Jackson, 55, passed away on April 11 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Mr. Jackson graduated from Galena High School and went on to study at Western Illinois University, University of Iowa, Oxford University England Queen's College Law School and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was an attorney and was employed as the ICC Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2004. Click here to read the full obituary in the Springfield State Journal-Register.

Koch joins Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C.

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jocelyn L. Koch
The Rockford law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., announced that Jocelyn L. Koch has joined the firm as an associate attorney. A native of Rockford, Koch graduated from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 2007. She received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Pre-Law, with minors in American History and Theatre Arts, from the University of Iowa in 2004. Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007 and to the Illinois State Bar in 2009, Koch is a member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations. Her legal practice is concentrated in the areas of Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy and Workouts, Business and Commercial Litigation, Employment and Labor Law, and Insurance Coverage. Holmstrom & Kennedy is a 16-lawyer general practice firm which has provided a full range of legal services throughout Northern Illinois for over a century. Its attorneys’ practices include civil litigation, estate planning, commercial and business transactions, employment law, health care law, intellectual property, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, alternate dispute resolution, and real estate.

Rieghns Joins Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C.

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Paula Rieghns
Franks, Gerkin & McKenna is pleased to announce that Paula Rieghns has joined the firm. Paula is an accomplished attorney with impressive experience. Before joining FGM, Paula practiced contract, property, and family law in Sycamore. She has conducted many trials, notably working on a month long precedent-setting trial involving pollutants caused by a factory farm. This trial generated extensive media attention. Prior to working in Sycamore, Paula practiced insurance defense in Bloomington. Besides trial work, Paula excels in writing. She has authored appellate briefs and co-authored a supplement to a chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Federal Practice book. Paula is a member of the Illinois and Indiana bar and is also admitted to the Federal General District Bar. She is currently a member of the DeKalb County, Kane County and Illinois State Bar Association. She attended Northern Illinois University College of Law for law school and undergraduate at Indiana University, where she graduated with honors. Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C. – Law firm of forty years, with practice areas including personal injury, workers’ compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations.

Edlund named equity partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson

Posted on April 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Mitchell Edlund
The Chicago-based law firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson (MBT) has named Mitchell Edlund as a new equity partner. Edlund focuses his practice in business and commercial litigation matters Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, based in Chicago, is one of the city’s top law firms with 90 attorneys practicing in Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix. The firm specializes in insurance, labor and employment law, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and attorney fee disputes.

Hebeisen and Durkin inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Keith A. Hebeisen and Kevin P. Durkin, partners at Clifford Law Offices, have been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Active Academy members are limited to 500 in the U.S. A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Hebeisen and Durkin, partners at Clifford Law Offices for more than 25 years, have made a mark in the courtroom through their trial work over the years. Hebeisen has achieved many multi-million verdicts and settlements, particularly in the area of medical malpractice. Durkin also has received numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, mainly in the area of aviation and transportation litigation.