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Cova joins Hawkins, Parnell & Thackston

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Reno Cova
Reno Cova has joined Hawkins, Parnell & Thackston, LLP as an associate in the St. Louis office. He represents businesses and individuals in various types of liability defense and litigation, including FELA defense litigation, toxic tort, business litigation, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, and insurance and bad faith litigation. Reno has experience handling matters in all facets of litigation, including advising clients on litigation avoidance, pre-suit liability and/or coverage analysis, and handling all phases of active litigation including alternate dispute resolution and trial. Reno earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2004.

Frank H. Schniederjon passes away

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Effingham attorney Frank H. Schiederjon passed away over the weekend. A former State’s Attorney of Effingham County, he founded the law firm now known as Schniederjon, Weber & Orr. Click here to read the full obituary.

Patrick Moriarity 1943-2010

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patrick Moriarity, 66, a longtime attorney with the Cook County public defender's office, passed away last Wednesday in south suburban Burbank. Moriarity graduated from Leo High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He worked as a Chicago police officer in the late 1960s and early '70s, while taking law classes at DePaul University.
Mr. Moriarty spent several years on the public defender's Homicide Task Force, a group of seasoned attorneys who handle capital murder cases. That led to his nickname, "Dr. Death," his son said.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

George E.Q. Johnson Jr. passes away

Posted on March 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George “Gene” E.Q. Johnson Jr., 93, a prominent Chicago attorney, died March 23 at his home in Lakeside, Mich. He was the loving husband of Mary Ann (nee:Barry) Johnson, father of Charles E Johnson, stepfather of Philip W. Collins III and Tierney Eson, endearingly known as “Poppy” to the grandchildren whom he loved, Christopher Eson, Erin Collins, Michelle Eson and Mackenzie Collins. A native of Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, Gene attended Bryn Mawr Elementary School, University High School, Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Law School. A World War II Veteran, Gene served as a LT Commander in the US Navy. As commanding officer of the USS PC 1243, a “sub chaser,” and Executive Officer of the USS Courage, Gene served in the South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Pacific, South and North China Seas. Upon returning from military service, Gene began his career as an attorney with his father, specializing in probate law. Having practiced law for well over fifty years, Gene became an authority on probate law and served as a special arbitrator for the Illinois Attorney General's Office into his 80's. He was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Gene was very active in church work and was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr Community Church in Chicago.

Hon. Harold W. Sullivan passes away

Posted on March 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Judge Harold W. Sullivan, a past member of the Board of Governors (served several terms between 1978 and 1996) and a leader of the Illinois Judges Association since its founding in 1971, died this week. Visitation is Thursday and service is Friday morning. Judge Sullivan, age 83, of Skokie, beloved husband of Mildred Mary Sullivan nee Dolan; loving father of Mildred Mary (William) Nelson, Sharon Marie (Thomas) Snitzer, Harold W., Jr. (Lisa), Eunice Kennedy Sullivan (Michael McGuire), Peter Dolan (Sheli), Mary Mackin (Jeff) Joseph, Beth Ann (Dean) Walsh Sr., Theresa Sullivan, D.C., Paul Joseph (Terry), Shawn Michael, Julie Ann (Todd) Maus and James Xavier (Kara) Sullivan; dear grandfather of 40; fond brother of George (Mary) Sullivan and the late Margaret (the late Jack) O'Connor. Visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday 9 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL, 60077, to Saint Joan of Arc Church, 9248 North Lawndale, Evanston, IL, 60203, Mass 10 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Evanston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daughters of Charity Foundation, 9404 New Harmony Rd., Evansville, IN, 47720, or Saint Joseph Services, 2516 W. Cortez St., Chicago, IL, 60622. Info., www.donnellanfuneral.com or 847-675-1990.

Blandin appointed to ARDC Hearing Board

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Stephan Blandin
Stephan Blandin
Stephan D. Blandin, a partner in the Chicago personal injury law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, has been appointed as a member of the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The Commission has administrative responsibility for the registration and discipline of Illinois lawyers.  Members of its Hearing Board, who are appointed for a one-year term, sit in panels of three and preside over the hearing of disciplinary, disability, and reinstatement cases. Blandin, who has been practicing law for nearly 25 years, received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from DePaul in 1983.  He resides in Park Ridge. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is a law firm concentrating in catastrophic personal injury.  The firm provides clients with experienced, skilled and caring representation in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims.  To date, the firm has won nearly 40 verdicts or settlements of $1 million or greater.  They have obtained the largest medical malpractice verdict in Cook County in 2009 against a hospital ($22.3 million). Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.

Veteran entertainment lawyers team up at new firm

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jerry W. Glover
A trio of lawyers, recognized for their breadth of experience in entertainment law, their contributions to non-profit arts organizations, and their scholarly endeavors, have joined forces to create Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC, a Chicago-based law firm representing creative artists and companies in television, radio, film, music, publishing, theater, and in new online and mobile media. "Chicago's growing influence in the entertainment industry, and the synergy created by our three practices, spurred this partnership," explained Thomas R. Leavens, who with Peter J. Strand, and Jerry W. Glover are partners in the new enterprise. "We're eager to help boost, protect, and grow the incomes of this city's enormous talent pool." As one of the few Chicago law firms concentrating exclusively in entertainment law, among its roster of well-known clients are Harpo, Inc., Old Town School of Folk Music, Rachel Barton Pine, Pitchfork Media, Inc., Telepictures Productions, Inc., WFMT Radio/98.7, and WTTW/Chicago.

J. Patrick White joins the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White has joined the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll as an associate. Formerly an associate at Lavin Law Offices, White has worked in many areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including medical malpractice, construction accidents and transportation negligence. “We are thrilled to have Pat join our office,” said Jeffrey Kroll, principal of the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll. “His law experience and passion for working with clients is a perfect fit for our firm.” White, 30, has been involved in obtaining settlements in excess of $1 million for past clients, including a $4.5 million settlement for a 34-year-old man who was rendered a paraplegic after undergoing an unnecessary surgery to remove an abdominal tumor, and a $1.9 million settlement for the family of a young mother who suffered a permanent neurological injury and later died from an undiagnosed infection stemming while recovering in the hospital after surgery. White is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. White graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January 2007, having worked full-time as a clerk for Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio during law school. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned a degree in political science in 2001.

Pellegrino joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel

Posted on March 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Richard F. Pellegrino, a trial lawyer in Chicago for more than 30 years, has joined Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, of Counsel. For many years, Pellegrino administered his own general law practice with a primary concentration in personal injury representation. His extensive public service includes a current board position on the Pace Transportation Service Board, and executive director of both the West Central Municipal Conference and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency. He served as the Mayor of the Village of Indian Head Park from 1999 to 2007 and is a past commissioner of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Corrections Merit Board.  He served as an adjunct instructor of Law and Latin at Nazareth Academy. Pellegrino received his B.A. in political science/government in 1975 and an M.A. in 1985, both from Loyola University, and a law degree in 1978 from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded a Commendation Medal in 1972 for meritorious service. Romanucci & Blandin concentrates its practice in catastrophic personal injury law including traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation. Established in 1998 by Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin, the firm has recovered nearly $100 million for its clients. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.

Law firm helps support fund-raiser for disabled vets "clubhouse"

Posted on March 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
To add more brain-injured veterans to its membership roster, the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is launching an Adopt-a-Veteran program. A friend-raiser will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 300 N. Elizabeth St., Suite 310 C, Chicago, to help with the funding. While there is no cost to attend the event, it is hoped that guests will open up their hearts and their wallets. Antonio Romanucci, a partner in Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, whose law firm concentrates in representing victims with traumatic brain injuries, is the driving force behind the fundraising effort.  Romanucci helped found the Clubhouse with Giesler and served as its board president for seven years. “The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is the only facility in the Midwest that provides post acute care to traumatically-injured patients,” he states. “Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Clubhouse has encountered a surge in requests. To accommodate those requests, we must raise additional funds with the hope that those who proudly served our country can acclimate more quickly back into society.” For further information about the event, contact the Clubhouse at (312) 226-8720, or log onto their Web site at www.braininjuryclubhouse.org.

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