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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.

ISBA member Paprocki named bishop of Springfield Diocese

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA member and Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki has been named bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese. Paprocki earned a bachelor's degree from Niles College of Loyola University and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law. He attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and was ordained as a priest in 1978. Read more in the Springfield State Journal-Register

Hon. Michael A. Orenic passes away

Posted on April 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Hon. Michael A. Orenic, 85, passed away at his Joliet home last Friday. Orenic was an ISBA Laureate Award Winner in 2006. The Laureate Award, the supreme honor bestowed by the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, is awarded to those deemed to exemplify the highest ideals of the profession. A graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, he was an Army Air Corps officer during World War II. Elected to the bench in 1964, Orenic was presiding judge in Will County for 16 years while the circuit included Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. He served as chief judge from 1977 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1988, and he retired in 1990 to spend more time with his nine children and ailing wife, who died in 1996.
Even before he retired in 1990, Orenic was "legendary" in the Will County courts, said Joliet attorney George Mahoney III, who had nominated Orenic for the laureate honors. "He was a fascinating guy -- a brilliant guy," Mahoney said. "He was a big guy with flowing white hair. He had this physical aura about him. He looked like a judge."
The 2006 Laureate Award Winners Obituary: Will County loses a "brilliant" judge

Philip Feder 1929-2010

Posted on April 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Retired attorney Philip G. Feder, 80, passed away late last month at Memorial Care Center in Belleville. Mr. Feder received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from St. Louis University. His education at St. Louis University Law School was interrupted in 1952, when he was called to active duty in the Army. Read the full obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat

St. Charles law partners receive state, national honors

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Wendell Clancy
Michael Clancy
Partners at one of Kane County’s premier malpractice and personal injury law firms have been honored for excellence in their profession. Wendell Clancy of the Clancy Law Offices recently was inducted into Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Wendell and his son and partner, Michael Clancy, a 2009 inductee, are among a select few father-son duos nationwide who are ACTL Fellows. Also, Wendell Clancy and Michael Clancy again have been selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for 2010. Michael Clancy was one of the top 100 vote-getters.

Roger W. Barrett 1915-2010

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Roger W. Barrett, 94, a partner for many years with Mayer Brown, died earlier this year in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of complications from pneumonia.
Mr. Barrett had already started his law carer in Chicago when he joined the Army in 1943. Eventually a captain, he was enlisted for the team led by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson that would prosecute top Nazis in Nuremberg. He was assigned the task of assembling the government's evidence, which included everything from letters and diaries to lampshades made of human skin. He went over some of the evidence with Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering, who he remembered as highly intelligent, arrogant and amoral. "He said that Goering was completely immoral, there was no sense of right or wrong," said his son, Oliver.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Geiger, O'Neill join Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd.

Posted on April 9, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Kyle T. Geiger, a recent graduate of the University of Dayton Law School, and Kevin O'Neill, a recent graduate of DePaul University Law School, have joined the firm as associates.

Henry J. Marquard passes away

Posted on April 9, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Henry James Marquard, 88, of Glenview formerly of Northbrook, passed away on April 6. A graduate of DePaul University School of Law, he was one of the founders of Kralovec and Marquard. He was commissioned on the USS Heywood and served on the USS George Klymer during the Gaudalcanal Campaign in World War II. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3637 Golf Road, Evanston, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment private at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church. Funeral info: 847-998-1020. Click here for the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Kenneth Strong 1928-2010

Posted on April 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kenneth Lewis Strong, 82, of Bourbonnais, passed away late last month. He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1949 and graduated from Northwestern Law School in 1952. Strong was appointed Assistant State's Attorney for Livingston County in 1956. In 1962, he became a member of the firm of Adsit, Thompson and Stock in Pontiac and remained with the firm and its successors until his retirement in 2002. Read the full obituary in the Kankakee Daily Journal.