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Quarles & Brady's Slaughter selected to Board of The Chicago Committee

Posted on December 1, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Kevin Slaughter
Kevin Slaughter
Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that Kevin Slaughter has been selected to serve on the Board of The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. "I treasure the opportunity to give back to the Chicago Committee," said Slaughter. "It has been a tremendously valuable resource to me personally since I was a law student." Mr. Slaughter practices in the Firm's Corporate Services group. His principal areas of practice are corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and technology/e-commerce. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. degree from Hampton University. The Chicago Committee is the preeminent voice and agent fostering racial and ethnic diversity in the Chicago legal community, impacting the broader legal profession. It sponsors programs for its member law firms, minority partners, associates and law students in order to provide the Chicago legal community with the tools necessary to increase and sustain diversity in Chicago's law firms. Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago; Naples, Fla.; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. Additional information about the firm may be found at

John D. Drew passes away

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime attorney John D. Drew died recently at his home in Benton.
Drew began his career as an attorney in 1979, and was a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. “Many people didn’t realize the pro bono work that John did,” Muir noted. “I’ve had a dozen people tell me over the last few days that John had handled things for them and didn’t charge them a dime.”
Read the full obituary in the Benton Evening News.

Pfanenstiel and Whitfield named associates at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Eric R. Pfanenstiel and Evan D. Whitfield were recently named associates at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck. Mr. Pfanenstiel will concentrate his practice on complex family law matters including finance, property division and custody. Mr. Pfanenstiel received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. While studying at DePaul he received a Certificate in Taxation and the Cali Award for Excellence in Family Law Legal Drafting.  He began his career at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck as a law clerk in 2007. Mr. Whitfield was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic soccer team and received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he earned a Certificate in Family Law. His practice concentrates on complex family law matters including finance, child custody and paternity. Mr. Whitfield joined Schiller DuCanto & Fleck as a law clerk in 2008.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Kilbride named Judge of the Year by ABOTA

Posted on November 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has been named Judge of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Justice Kilbride was honored and received the award on Friday, Nov. 20, at the University Club in Chicago. "Justice Kilbride was chosen not only because of his career on the Illinois Supreme Court, but also because of his 20 years in private practice," said Illinois ABOTA president Geoffrey L. Gifford. "His good public works, all the good things he's done in pro bono and other community service make him an unusually well-qualified candidate for this award." ABOTA is a 50-year-old national organization of civil trial lawyers comprised of an equal number of well-respected, highly talented plaintiff and defense attorneys. Its primary focus is to preserve the right of a trial by jury in civil cases, and the independence of the judiciary. The Illinois Chapter has about 90 members. Justice Kilbride, who grew up in Kankakee, received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Saint Mary's in 1978; and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1981. While in law school, Justice Kilbride completed judicial internships for the administrative assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and for U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green.

ISBA YLD Council member Justin Heather wins National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Skadden Arps attorney and ISBA YLD Council member Justin Heather has been selected the winner of the 2009 American Bar Association National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.  Cheryl Camin of Texas and Keathan Frink of Florida are the other finalists.The award will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2010.

John F. McCabe passes away

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Attorney John F. McCabe died on October 24, 2009, at age 51 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after a long battle with cancer. John was a man of integrity and humility, who dedicated his life to his family and profession. John graduated in 1984 from Ohio State School of Law. He spent 15 years at the Will County State's Attorney's Office where he served for several years as Supervisor of the Felony Division and Chief of White Collar Crimes Unit. John obtained verdicts in over 50 felony criminal cases and had 14 1st degree murder convictions. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said "John had a brilliant mind, a heart-felt compassion for others, a great sense of humor and a gracious but masterful ability to read people. These qualities made him a phenomenal prosecutor and an incredible human being. He never complained about his personal travails, but he was always the first to step up to help others. I'm a much better person for having known John McCabe." Former colleagues described John as a "truly fine thinker who worked tirelessly to bring about justice," a "quiet giant of the law," "tough but compassionate," and an "excellent lawyer but an even better person," who was "honest and honorable." John was recently employed at Codilis and Associates where John practiced real estate law representing mortgage bankers. According to his law firm, John's reputation in this area was "unparalleled." He handled contested litigation and was responsible for Cook and Will County matters. He was well respected by judges, colleagues and support staff.

Baker Hostetler opens Chicago office

Posted on November 12, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Baker Hostetler has announced that it has opened a Chicago office as part of its national growth strategy. "Opening an office in Chicago is another step in Baker Hostetler's strategy of measured growth," said national Executive Partner Steven Kestner, citing the Firm's success in New York where it opened an office in 2001 with three lawyers and now is approaching 100. Under the leadership of Ron Okada as Partner-in-Charge, two lateral partners and one associate, Baker Hostetler will expand the Firm's commercial litigation and corporate practice capabilities. With this addition, Baker Hostetler will have offices in the four largest cities by population in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. ISBA member Bill Kane, most recently a partner with Lovells, represents clients in complex business disputes involving contracts, business torts, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, unfair competition laws, and antitrust statutes.  Drawing upon his service with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Kane also assists corporations with internal fraud investigations and white collar criminal proceedings.

John Parkhurst 1920-2009

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
John Carlton Parkhurst "Parky", of Peoria, passed away last month in Peoria. Mr. Parkhurst graduated from Wabash College and served in the Army Air Forces from 1942-1945, earning the Bronze Star. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948.
He will forever be remembered as the "Father of Home Rule," creating the powers of local government later used by the City of Peoria to finance the Peoria Civic Center. He also served as Assistant Illinois Attorney General in charge of pollution prosecution and consumer fraud from 1969-1972. He retired from politics undefeated and returned to Peoria to raise his family and pursue his legal career.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.

O'Brien, Thies attend Champaign County Bar Association event

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies (standing, center) and ISBA President John O'Brien (seated, center) meet with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.
ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies (standing, fifth from right) and ISBA President John O'Brien (seated, center) meet with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.
Illinois State  Bar Association President John O'Brien and ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies attended a dinner with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.

Frost joins Wimbiscus Law Firm

Posted on November 10, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Attorney Jacob J. Frost has joined Wimbiscus Law Firm, Spring Valley. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represents clients in the Illinois Valley area. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa academic honor societies. Attorney Frost is a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). In addition, he has recently been re-appointed to the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council, a state-wide organization whose purpose is to propose and review new legislation impacting estate planning and administration in the state of Illinois. Frost is active in the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Valley Estate Planning Council. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Chrissie, a veterinarian. He can be reached via phone at (815) 664-4151, fax at (815) 663-4351, or email at or .