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Owens joins Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Chip Owens
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that Bernard H. (Chip) Owens III has joined the firm as an associate. “We are pleased Chip has joined our firm to support our active employment and litigation practices,” noted William F. Satterlee, III, the firm’s Managing Partner. Mr. Owens, who is located in the firm’s Merrillville office, concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment, and commercial litigation. He joined the firm after practicing with an area sole practitioner. Mr. Owens received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Mr. Owens served on the Moot Court Executive Board. Mr. Owens received both an MBA and undergraduate degree in Finance from Western Illinois University. Prior to entering legal practice, Mr. Owens was a financial analyst with Dyson, Inc. Previous to that, he worked on a wide array of business matters including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance with Accenture, LLP. With offices in Valparaiso and Merrillville, the law firm of Hoeppner Wagner & Evans has been rooted in Northwest Indiana for more than 100 years. The firm handles litigation and general business counseling matters, including labor and employment, insurance, real estate, commercial transactions and wealth and estate planning matters.

Holzwarth appointed to federal board

Posted on May 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Roberta Holzwarth
The Rockford law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., announced that Roberta L. Holzwarth has been appointed to a third term on the Board of Directors of the United States Office of Compliance. The United States Office of Compliance is an independent federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government. It was created to administer and enforce the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which extends several employment and labor laws to Members of Congress and other employing offices in the legislative branch. The Office has a five-member non-partisan Board of Directors appointed by the majority and minority leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The members of the Board of Directors come from across the United States and are chosen for their expertise in employment and labor law. An attorney with Holmstrom & Kennedy since 1983, Holzwarth handles complex employment and labor matters. She also serves as a certified mediator with the local state and federal courts. She has served on the Office of Compliance’s Board since May of 2000. 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.

Stumpf, Gutknecht form new law practice

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Alan Stumpf
Timothy Gutknecht
Alan E. Stumpf has announced that Tim Gutknecht of Waterloo will join him in his law practice, located in Columbia effective May 3. “I’m very pleased to have Tim join me,” Mr. Stumpf said. “I have known Tim for many years. We look forward to serving our clients together.” Tim is a graduate of Amherst College and Washington University School of Law. The new firm will be known as Stumpf & Gutknecht, P.C. The firm will provide counsel for families and their businesses in most aspects of general law practice, including real estate transactions, estate planning and probate matters, financial transactions, criminal law litigation, general civil litigation, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, estate litigation, family law matters, municipal, and appellate representation. Stumpf and Gutknecht have a combined 50 years of legal experience and are active in the community. The offices of Stumpf & Gutknecht, P.C.

Robert T. Trimpe 1925-2010

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Robert T. Trimpe, 84, of Champaign passed away in late March at his residence. Mr. Trimpe, who practiced in Champaign County for over 50 years, was honored by the ISBA as a Senior Counsellor in 2006.
He attended Quincy schools and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was involved in the invasion of Okinawa. He graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1949 with a BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Georgetown University Law School in 1953 with a LLB degree and a Jurist Doctorate in 1967.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Champaign News-Gazette

Kanemitsu wins 2010 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Marla H. Kanemitsu, Special Counsel in the Chicago office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement recipients. The award honors excellence in legal scholarship and writing. Their article, “Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits: The Battle Has Begun,” was published in the Environmental Claims Journal. It analyzed two climate change-related lawsuits: Steadfast Insurance Co. v. The AES Corporation and Native Village of Kivalina, et al. v. ExxonMobil Corp., et al. Ms. Kanemitsu’s practice focuses on insurance recovery, international trade and customs and consumer financial services. Each year, only 30 articles are chosen from entries submitted by the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms. The Eleventh Anniversary Burton Awards event will be held in the Library of Congress on June 14, 2010. The program is a non-profit academic effort. Guest speakers this year include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg; author Bryan Garner; and Jeffrey Toobin a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Journalist and political commentator Bill Press will be the master of ceremonies.

Wojcik honored with Pro Bono and Public Service Award

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawrence A. Wojcik
DLA Piper announced today that Lawrence A. Wojcik has received the 7th Circuit Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Public Service Award for his pro bono work in the US District Courts in the State of Illinois. Wojcik was honored at the Association’s Annual Dinner on May 3 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago, where Solicitor General of the US, Hon. Elena Kagan and Justice John Paul Stevens were speakers. Last year, Wojcik devoted over 770 hours to pro bono work, leading a team in a major piece of litigation involving prisoners at Tamms Correctional Center, Illinois' "Supermax" prison facility, and several juvenile justice initiatives related to his position on the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Committee. “Throughout his 30 year legal career, Larry has made pro bono work an integral part of his legal practice, and has represented pro bono clients on a wide variety of issues, including child support, landlord-tenant, legislative policy reform, juvenile justice and the Illinois correctional system,” said William Rudnick, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Chicago office. “In doing so, he has acted as a mentor and role model to other lawyers at the firm and in the community, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Shapiro joins Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lauren S. Shapiro has joined the Chicago Office of Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor, Ltd., where she will concentrate on labor and employment law.  She counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including hiring, terminations, reductions in force, employee discipline issues, labor relations, policies and practices, employment agreements, settlement agreements, severance matters and federal and state employment discrimination matters. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Lauren served as an Associate General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150. Since its founding in 1970, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor Ltd. has provided a full range of legal services to educational institutions, public entities and private sector clients.  With offices in Chicago, Joliet, Decatur and Collinsville, Robbins, Schwartz is uniquely positioned to serve schools, colleges and municipal bodies, as well as clients in the corporate sector throughout Illinois.  For a complete description of the legal services provided by Robbins Schwartz visit the Firm’s website at

Goering leads group of 7 former Lovells attorneys to Foley

Posted on May 6, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that seven former Lovells LLP attorneys have joined the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice. The group, led by Gail Goering, Eric Haab and Neal Moglin will reside in Foley’s Chicago office. Goering, Haab and Moglin join Foley as partners. Also joining the firm from Lovells are Kay Wilde as of counsel, Peter Steffen as senior counsel, and Edward Diffin and Katherine Markowski as associates. All of the group’s partners have been recognized as leading practitioners in the field of insurance and reinsurance law by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Euromoney and Super Lawyers, and are listed in Who’s Who Legal Illinois and The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers. “The arrival of Gail, Eric, Neal and their colleagues marks a major accomplishment for Foley's Insurance and Reinsurance practice,” said Gordon Davenport III, chair of Foley’s Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice Group. “The vast experience they bring in advising clients on a broad array of complex insurance and reinsurance issues will further enhance the service our firm has been providing to clients in the insurance industry for more than 100 years.” Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. With nearly 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices and more than 60 practices, Foley strives to provide high-caliber business and legal insight. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges.

Continued growth spurs Swanson, Martin & Bell to 100-attorney mark

Posted on May 6, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
With the arrival of several new partners and associates in recent months, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP now has 100 attorneys practicing among its three offices. Attorneys John D. Malarkey and Richard P. Tauras have joined Swanson, Martin & Bell as partners. Mr. Malarkey, formerly at Freeborn & Peters, now serves as Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation and Services Practice Group. Mr. Tauras, formerly at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, focuses his practice on the defense of toxic tort, product liability and professional negligence. The firm has also welcomed associates Eric M. Anderson, Jeffrey S. Becker, Dane A. Bolinger, Andrew H. Calcutt, Jason M. Clarke, Megan E. Schneider, Ryan J. Sullivan, Christopher D. Wehrman and Shera D. Wiegler. These partners and associates are preceded by numerous other additions in past months. In fact, since February 2009, Swanson, Martin & Bell has added 18 new attorneys. “We are thrilled with our ability to grow despite a challenging economy,” said Managing Partner Timothy D. Nickels. “These additional attorneys allow us to offer a broader range of experience to our clients.” Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is a nationally recognized litigation firm with offices in Chicago, Libertyville and Lisle. Since its inception in 1992, the firm has grown to approximately 100 attorneys in nineteen practice areas. Website:

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.