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Anderson & Associates, P.C. Promotes Four Lawyers to Partner

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Four attorneys recently became partners at Anderson & Associates, P.C.

Wheaton Attorney Dennise L. McCann joined the firm in 1994 and became the managing attorney of the Wheaton office in 2007. She focuses her practice on complex family matters including divorce, adoptions, paternity, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, the allocation of parental responsibilities, and child support. She also has substantial experience in estate planning, bankruptcy, and probate matters. She earned her juris doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in 1988. She is a court-approved guardian ad litem and mediator in DuPage County. 

Edwin Lee Wade 1932-2018

Posted on August 22, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Edwin Lee Wade, 86, died Friday, Aug. 17. He was born Jan. 26, 1932.

Edwin attended Columbia University and received his master's degree in international law from the University of Chicago. He was subsequently appointed vice consul in the State Department, where he met his wife, Nancy (Sells) Wade, also a vice consul. Under State Department rules at the time, Mrs. Wade was compelled to resign her position, whereupon Mr. Wade took a position in the private sector with Chrysler in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to the U.S. in 1961 and worked as an intelligence analyst for the CIA from 1961 until 1965. After continuing legal studies at night, he received his law degree from Georgetown University, whereupon Edwin moved to the Chicago area and built a successful career as an attorney. He retired as corporate secretary for U.S. Gypsum Corporation in 1993.

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Mansfield Certification Plus for Diversity in Leadership

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Faegre Baker Daniels achieved Mansfield Certification and Certification Plus status from Diversity Lab after completing the inaugural, one-year Mansfield Rule pilot. 

The Mansfield Rule — inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule — aims to boost representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. It measures whether law firms have considered at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for certain leadership and governance roles, partner promotions and senior lateral positions. 

Momkus McCluskey Congratulates Exiting Partner James F. McCluskey on Judgeship, Announces Name Change

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA President James F. McCluskey, a founding member of Momkus McCluskey LLC, will join the 18th Judicial Circuit Court as an associate Judge. 

The firm will now be known as Momkus LLC. Founding partner Ed Momkus will continue to lead the practice, which offers legal services in a variety of fields including business law; commercial and civil litigation; appellate practice; estate planning, trusts, and asset protection; family law and divorce; and insurance litigation and coverage.

Edwardsville Attorney Appointed to Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness

Posted on August 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Mark Goldenberg, a founder and managing partner of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., based in Edwardsville, has been appointed a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for the 5th District of Illinois.

Effective immediately, his term expires Dec. 31, 2018 and until a successor is duly appointed and qualified.  As a member of the 11-person committee, Goldenberg will help evaluate the moral character and general fitness of applicants to practice law in Illinois.

Norman Just Fombelle 1936-2018

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Norman Just Fombelle, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

He was born Aug. 2, 1936, to Hubert and Lucille (Hayes) Fombelle in Decatur and raised on the family Centennial farm. He graduated from Argenta High School in 1954. On Aug. 6, 1955, he married Virginia “Ginger” Joy Montgomery. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in AgEcon in 1958, and from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1960.

Michael J. Cronin 1961-2018

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael J. Cronin, 57, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. He was born Feb. 2, 1961.

Loving father of Ashley and Michael Cronin, and Juliette (Jason) McDaniel. Beloved son of Pauline and the late Jerry Cronin. Dear brother of Steve (Diana) Cronin, Dennis (Jennifer) Cronin, Carolyn (Patrick) McCormick, and Jeanine (Mike) Whealan. Fond "Uncle Mike" to Jamie, Scott, Kaylie, Zachary, Lucas, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Rachel, and Rebecca. 

Fiocchi named president of Bureau County Bar Association

Posted on August 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Richard Fiocchi was named president of the Bureau County Bar Association at the July meeting of county lawyers.

At the meeting, Fiocchi appointed Bureau County Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Engels as secretary of conflicts.

William J. Knapp 1960-2018

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

William J. Knapp, 58, of Edwardsville, died Thursday, Aug. 2. He was born June 20, 1960.

He was an attorney with Knapp, Ohl, & Green in Edwardsville. He was the son of Jane (Johnston) Knapp and the late Bill L. Knapp. 

Chuhak & Tecson Welcomes New Associate Leynee A. Cruz

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
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Leynee A. Cruz

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., announced the addition of Leynee A. Cruz, an experienced probate and guardianship administration and litigation attorney, as an associate.

Cruz’s practice includes representing individual guardians and financial institutions in adult and minor guardianships. She also represents clients in trust and estate administration matters.

She is often appointed as Guardian Ad Litem by Cook County Probate Division judges to assist them in adult and minor guardianship matters. A native Spanish speaker licensed in Florida and Illinois, Cruz has worked alongside attorneys in Havana, Cuba, representing Cuban national beneficiaries and is currently the president-elect of the Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois.