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Miami firm Zumpano Patricios & Winker opens Chicago office

Posted on July 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. (ZP&W) announced today that it is opening an office in Chicago.  The new location will commence with three attorneys, including a strong managing partner, Arthur Bresnahan, who is joining the firm having come from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he spent 15 years developing a transactional and regulatory practice, particularly in technology and regulated industries. His past experience includes work as a government official with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was responsible for legal and policy issues relating to the rebuilding of Iraq’s communications and information technology infrastructure.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. “We are thrilled to open in Chicago with this remarkable talent as an entry point into our nation’s Midwest,” said Joseph Zumpano, ZP&W’s chairman and managing partner. Zumpano’s association with Bresnahan spans 20 years, and is rooted in their law school days when the two were roommates at Georgetown Law. The Chicago office, located at Old Orchard Towers, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 230, marks a unique development in national law firm expansion.  While Miami has been an attractive addition to Chicago firms, a South Florida firm opening in Chicago is far less frequent. “It has been exciting to see Joe’s firm take pioneering strides in the business of law, and produce such outstanding results for clients,” said Bresnahan.  “Chicago is ready for this vision and I am thrilled to be part of the firm and its growth.” Also joining the new office are Arthur S. Bresnahan, father of the managing partner as senior counsel, and Patrick Huver, an associate. Bresnahan Sr. earned his J.D. at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has extensive experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and is authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Patrick Huver earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law and has experience in estate planning, business law, asset protection planning, nonprofit law and has worked with Bresnahan on regulatory matters.

Martinez joins Polsinelli Shughart's health care practice

Posted on July 2, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patrick Martinez
Polsinelli Shughart PC expands its Health Care practice with the addition of Patrick J. Martinez. Martinez joins the firm as an associate, and will assist health care providers with general health care issues including compliance with the False Claims Act, the anti-kickback statute, the physician self-referral law and Medicare reimbursement. “We’re committed to expanding our depth of services in a way that will benefit our clients the most,” said Chicago/Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “Patrick’s knowledge of the mandatory reporting requirements in this rapidly evolving industry will be of great value to our clients. We are excited to have him aboard.” Martinez earned his J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. He also served as editor in chief of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and international studies from Northwestern University in 2003.

Asmussen joins Polsinelli Shughart's General Corporate practice

Posted on July 2, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jim Asmussen
Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes James R. Asmussen to the Chicago office as shareholder to the firm’s General Corporate practice in the Business department. The addition of Asmussen supports a growing trend for Chicago entrepreneurs – growth of new businesses and an uptick in merger and acquisitions. “Jim is a savvy, experienced business attorney who can provide sound, imaginative solutions to a client’s legal needs at any stage of his company’s life cycle,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr. “Our firm is committed to recruiting veteran attorneys like James, who can expand the depth and breadth of our services in resourceful ways that benefit our clients the most.” Asmussen earned his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1989 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He served on the Illinois Law Review and was a member and associate editor of the Order of the Coif. Asmussen earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at Villanova University in 1985 and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

Arthur Wendler 1922-2010

Posted on July 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Arthur F. Wendler, who practiced in Troy and Edwardsville for 61 years, passed away recently at his home in Edwardsville. Mr. Wendler served as a B-24 pilot in WWII. He also served as attorney for the City of Troy for several years. Mr. Wendler graduated form the University of Illinois School of Law in 1948. There were no services.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers honors Andrea Schleifer with Presidential Citation Award

Posted on July 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Judge Michael Hyman presents the Decalogue Society Presidential Citation Award to Andrea Schleifer.
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers bestowed its Presidential Citation Award on Andrea M. Schleifer at the  76th Annual Meeting and Installation of Decalogue Officers on Thursday, June 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. According to outgoing Decalogue President Barry Goldberg, “Andrea Schleifer was selected to receive the Presidential Citation Award because of her unswerving and long-time devotion to Decalogue, and for being at the forefront of virtually every social justice action spearheaded by Decalogue this past year, without ever seeking personal credit.”  Goldberg also added, “Among other actions, Andy acted on Decalogue’s behalf to advocate for religious and cultural sensitivity training among Judges and attorneys.  She virtually single-handedly acted to bring Decalogue’s concerns to the attention of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization when the Egyptian government officially acted to prevent Jewish researchers, doctors and cancer survivors from entering the country to attend an international conference on Breast Cancer Awareness.” She was chiefly responsible for Decalogue being a co-sponsor at the memorial service held at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago on behalf of the victims of the mass shooting at a GLBT Community Center in Tel Aviv last fall. Schleifer is the founder and principal of Andrea M. Schleifer & Associates, P.C., a Chicago-based firm concentrating in family law and general civil litigation.  Schleifer served as a board member of Decalogue between 2002 and 2009 and also for eight years between 1987 and 1995.  She was President of the Decalogue for the 2008-2009 term.

Corkery named partner at Boyle Brasher

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Andrew Corkery has been named partner at Boyle Brasher LLC. He works in the firm's Belleville office. The firm also has offices in St. Louis and Memphis. His practice primarily focuses on representing railroads and hospitals or other health care providers in litigation. Mr. Corkery is a 2000 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He is also licensed in Missouri and Tennessee.

Ellen Bruce joins Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr

Posted on June 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The law firm of Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr, LLP of Springfield, Illinois is proud to announce the affiliation of Ellen C. Bruce as an associate. Ms. Bruce is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the Colby College of Waterville, Maine. She has prior experience as an Assistant Attorney General with the General Law Division. She will be concentrating her practice in the field of general civil law including litigation, Workers' Compensation, automobile accidents and estate planning.

Gawne joins Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC

Posted on June 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kelly L. Gawne
Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC of Chicago is pleased to announce that Kelly L. Gawne has joined the firm as an associate.  She will continue her focus on corporate transactions and health care law.  Ms. Gawne brings to the position previous experience assisting public and private companies with commercial transactions, entity formation and governance matters, compliance with federal and state law, and negotiation and drafting of vendor, supply and consulting agreements.  Her healthcare experience includes counseling clients on medical staff issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, Stark law and regulatory compliance. Previously Ms. Gawne was an associate with the Chicago office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.  In this position, she served clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, information technology, privacy laws and regulatory compliance. Ms. Gawne graduated with high honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007, where she also served as Managing Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  During law school, Ms. Gawne was an extern for The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court and for The Honorable Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Gawne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Loyola University in Chicago in 2000.

Douglas Frank Spesia 1940-2010

Posted on June 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Douglas F. Spesia
Douglas Frank Spesia died peacefully at his home on Friday after a 10-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born October 11, 1940 in Joliet. Mr. Spesia graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was a proud member of Joliet's first all-star team which played in the 1953 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. On June 12, 1965, he married Loretta Wiesbrook and joined the oldest law firm in Joliet, which is now Spesia & Ayers. He had a distinguished and rewarding 45-year career as an attorney, and spent his adult life involved in the Cathedral of St. Raymond parish. An active volunteer, he served on the boards of many organizations including: President of the Joliet Montessori School Board, past President of the Will County Bar Association, President of the Joliet Rotary Club and host of exchange students, founding member of the Will County Community Foundation, and a committed supporter of Catholic Charities' Daybreak Shelter. An avid reader whose wide range of interests led to a life of incredible travel -- from family camping across the United States and Canada to world-wide trips with dear friends that covered six continents.

Arquilla DeBoni joins Romanucci & Blandin

Posted on June 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Gina Arquilla DeBoni
Gina Arquilla DeBoni has joined the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, as a managing attorney. Romanucci & Blandin provides clients with experienced and skilled representation in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims. DeBoni, who is an elected member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, has chaired several fundraisers for the ISBA’s Young Lawyers Division, raising thousands of dollars for the Children’s Assistance Fund.  She was the YLD chair in 2008-09. She recently completed a three-year term on the ABA’s House of Delegates, and is the ABA Young Lawyers Division District 15 representative, where she coordinates legal services in the event of a disaster.  She is also active in the Justinian Society of Lawyers and a board member of the Italian American Political Coalition. DeBoni has been named twice as a “Rising Star” in the field of law by Chicago magazine. She received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2002 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1997. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact or call (312) 458-1000.