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ISBA hosts Tort Law CLE at Chicago office

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Left to right: Dan Wurl, Darrell Seigler, George Leynaud, Martin O'Hara, Robert Duncan, Dennis Berkbigler, Ron Kalish and ISBA President John O'Brien
ISBA President John O'Brien met with the speakers and organizers of the Tort Law Section's "Back to Basics: Tort Law" on Friday at the ISBA's Chicago office. Some of those included:
  • Dan Wurl, Champaign
  • George Leynaud, Peru
  • Dennis Berkbigler, Effingham
  • Darrel Seigler, Ottawa
  • Ron Kalish, Chicago
  • Martin O'Hara, Chicago

Reeg now admitted in four states

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kurtis B. Reeg
Kurtis B. Reeg
Kurtis B. Reeg, founder and president of Reeg Lawyers, LLC, is now admitted to the practice of law in the staets of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska. For 30 years, Mr. Reeg has focused his practice on toxic torts, products liability and insurance law.

Pappas joins Enterprise Law Group as Of Counsel

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Enterprise Law Group, LLP is pleased to announce that Samuel L. Pappas has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Samuel is a business lawyer with 20 years' experience in areas including banking and bank regulation, business finance, complex structured and mezzanine finance, commercial real estate transactions, and securitized lending, as well as consumer finance and regulation. During his career, Samuel practiced in a large law firm, and has also been a transactional attorney for various banks and financial services companies, including Parkway Bank & Trust Company, Transamerica Finance Corporation, Bank One (n/k/a Chase Bank), and The Asahi Bank, Ltd. (a Japanese bank). He will be providing legal services to entrepreneurs, middle market companies, private enterprises and financial services clients. Samuel received his J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Northwestern University, where he served as President of Pi Sigma Alpha (a national honor society for political science majors).

ISBA YLD council member Justin Heather to receive National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The ABA Young Lawyers Division will honor Justin Heather, co-editor of the Illinois State Bar Association's YLD newsletter, with its National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The YLD will present the award during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 6. The YLD presents this award annually to a young lawyer who exemplifies professional excellence, service to the legal profession and the bar, service to the community, and who has a reputation for the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Heather, a litigation associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, concentrates his practice on complex corporate litigation. He represents clients in a variety of disputes, including international gas and oil matters, intellectual property, securities law, bankruptcy, franchise law, complex commercial contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. In his eight years of practice, Heather has logged more than 4,000 pro bono hours, more than 10 times the ABA's recommended 50 hours a year. His pro bono service involves working with such clients as death row inmates, West African citizens suffering political persecution, and other clients in various race and disability discrimination lawsuits. In addition to his frequent pro bono contributions, Heather actively supports a variety of bar activities.

Timothy Condon Sr. passes away

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Rockford attorney Timothy J. Condon Sr. passed away last month at his home in Loves Park after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Condon graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin. Click here to read the full obituary in the Rockford Register Star.

Alex Abate passes away

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Rockford attorney Alex Abate passed away last month at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Abate earned his bachelor's degree in economics and juris doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After school, Abate returned to Rockford, where he practiced law for 35 years. He practiced with the Abate & Smith Law Firm for 13 years. Click here to read the full obituary in the Rockford Register Star.

Florida Bar recognizes Chulock for pro bono work

Posted on January 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Larry Chulock
Larry Chulock
The Florida Bar will recognize ISBA member Larry Chulock for his work on behalf of poor and indigent clients at a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. Chulock is a sole practitioner at Larry R. Chulock, P.A., in Bradenton. His principal areas of practice are marital and family law, banking and commercial litigation. He was admitted into The Florida Bar in May 1996, and is also admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Mr. Chulock has been active in pro bono service, primarily through Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc. He has been volunteering with the organization for the past five years, and at any given time he will be representing several Legal Aid clients in their complex family law matters. He has been described as one of only a handful of attorneys who is willing to accept the most challenging cases and doesn't limit his pro bono assistance to a single area. Some of his pro bono caseload has consisted of legal matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support and paternity. Mr. Chulock has donated time to a local TV station to tape a "mock mediation" focused on the new laws surrounding time sharing and parenting plans.

Charles Robert Vaughn passes away

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Charles Robert Vaughn died last month at age 87, in Olney after a short illness. Vaughn graduated from Millikin University in Decatur in 1943, and, following service in the United States Marine Corps, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1948. He was a longtime member of ISBA, and served a total of 32 years in the State's Attorney's Office of Richland County: 8 as an assistant and 24 as the elected State's Attorney (1952-64, 1968-80). He was married to the former Elizabeth Gassmann, who predeceased him in 1985. They had nine children, eight of whom survive, as well as 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Two of Vaughn's sons, Charles Bradley Vaughn and Ray Vaughn, are attorneys in Olney, Illinois. Two of his grandchildren are also attorneys: Corrie Valrose of Chicago, and Charles Zachary Vaughn with Patton & Ryan, also in Chicago. Further obituaries are available at and (Decatur).

Hon. Ronald W. Olson 1931-2010

Posted on January 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Retired Cook County Circuit Judge Ronald W. Olson, a delegate to the 1st General Assembly of the ISBA, passed away Sunday at his home on the North Side of Chicago. Olson attended the Chicago and Urbana campuses of the University of Illinois. He received his law degree from Northwestern in 1955 and his LLM degree from Georgetown in 1958. He served in the Navy, assigned to the secretary of the Navy's office from 1955 to 1959. A member of the Naval Reserve for 30 years, he rose to captain the Judge Advocate General Corps. Olson was an associate dean at John Marshall Law School in 1982 when he was appointed to the bench. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan and Delaware, Chicago.

Kawashima and Sarhaddi join Grady Pilgrim

Posted on January 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Chicago law firm Grady Pilgrim Christakis Bell LLP announced today that attorneys Karen Kawashima and Jennifer Sarhaddi have joined the firm as associates. Kawashima began her career at Foley & Lardner LLP and was most recently with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.  Sarhaddi comes from Arnstein & Lehr LLP. "Karen and Jennifer are both experienced and energetic, and their additions support the strategic expansion of our commercial litigation capabilities," said Jeff Pilgrim, a founding partner of Grady Pilgrim. "They both bring with them considerable experience, and will be able to use that experience here as they work on sophisticated commercial matters in a new, refreshing and dynamic environment.  We are delighted to welcome them to the firm." Kawashima and Sarhaddi will work on a broad range of complex litigation matters, representing businesses across a variety of industries and ranging from small start-ups to some of the largest companies in the country. Karen Kawashima focuses her work on complex civil litigation covering a variety of practice areas and substantive issues, including the defense of individual and class action consumer financial services cases, contractual disputes, employment matters, business torts, real estate litigation, and other matters. Prior to joining the firm, Kawashima was a litigation associate at Foley & Lardner LLP and then at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.  Kawashima received a J.D.