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Quarles & Brady adds three associates in Chicago office

Posted on March 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kevin Burns
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that the following associates joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group in Chicago: Kevin J. Burns majored in Economics and Psychology, and received his B.S. degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2009. Prior to beginning work at Quarles, Kevin gained litigation experience volunteering in the Torts Division at the City of Chicago.
Brooke Krekow
Brooke Krekow received her B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Whitman College in 2002, and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2009. While attending law school, Brooke worked in the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions and Federal Criminal Appellate Clinic.

Andrew Russell joins firm of Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke

Posted on March 5, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Andrew Russell
Andrew M. Russell, son of Deb and Bob Russell, recently joined the law firm of Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke, P.C. in Princeton. He is a 2001 graduate of Princeton High School. He attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with a degree in History. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society for History, the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, the St. Ambrose Concert Choir, and spent 7 semesters on the Dean’s list. He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2008 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Illinois in October of 2008. While attending Chicago-Kent, he made the Dean’s list twice and was employed as a law clerk for Attorney Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Andrew will be involved in several of the firm’s practice areas including, but not limited to, estate planning, real estate, probate and business/corporate law. Andrew joins the firm as the fourth generation of lawyers in the Russell family who have practiced law in Princeton.  He follows his great-grandfather, Judge R.L. Russell, his grandfather, Fred G. Russell, his great-uncle, William M. Russell, and joins his father, Robert Russell and cousin, Daniel Russell in the firm.

John W. Rapp Jr. 1940-2010

Posted on March 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Honorable John W. “Jack” Rapp Jr., of Mount Carroll, passed away last Friday while surrounded by family and friends at Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota, Fla. Jack graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1962, and Loyola School of Law in 1965. He was a partner in the law firm of Eaton, Leemon, and Rapp, until his election as a circuit judge in 1970. Read the full obituary at

Major Sarah Smith presents flag to Madison County lawyers

Posted on March 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Major Sarah Smith presents a flag that flew in Afghanistan to Madison County Bar Association President Elizabeth Levy in appreciation of the support she received during her deployment.
Major Sarah D. Smith presented a flag that was flown in Kabul, Afghanistan in honor of the lawyers of the Madison County Bar Association to President Elizabeth Levy at the February meeting of the MCBA. The flag was flown over the Camp Phoenix Compound on Law Day (May 1) 2009 in appreciation for all the e-mails, care packages and support Major Smith received from the members of the Madison County Bar Association during her deployment both in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. The certificate accompanying the flag was signed by the Commanding General, General Steven Huber, and by the Command Sergeant Major of the 33rd Infantry Combat Team, Sergeant Major Mark Bowman. Major Sarah Smith was awarded the Bronze Star for her recent service. She was initially deployed to Kosovo for 12 months. Following two months back home, she was then deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was the Chief of Operational Law for a task force of 7,500 soldiers. Major Smith provided guidance and advised the soldiers on the Rules of Engagement and the Law of Armed Combat.

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.