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ISBA Members Receive Awards at Women in Leadership Dinner

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Orsey, Wood, Simon, and Krolikowska

The ISBA was well represented at the Women in Leadership Networking Dinner hosted by Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale on Jan. 12.

Lois Wood, former executive director of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, was the keynote speaker and several ISBA members were honored with awards during the program. Hon. Kimberly Dahlen received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelly Giraudo received the Trailblazer Award. Kathy Pine received the Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard Organizational Award for the Carbondale Office.

Hartigan Meets with Incoming West Suburban Bar Association President

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson
ISBA president Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.) with Emily Hansen, who will be installed as West Suburban Bar Association's president on Feb. 3, and Marie Sarantakis

ISBA Seeks Managing Editor

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) seeks a motivated professional to manage the production of the Illinois Bar Journal, the Association’s flagship publication. The Managing Editor will also oversee the production of ISBA section newsletters, the IBJ advertising program, and the Illinois Courts Bulletin. The Managing Editor position will preferably be based in the Springfield, Illinois headquarters of the ISBA, but candidates desiring to work in the ISBA’s Chicago Office are also invited to apply.

Bedwell and Stella are Elevated to Partner at MKFM Law Firm

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Stella and Bedwell

Joshua D. Bedwell and Lindsay C. Stella have become partners at Stella Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC. Both attorneys practice primarily family law for the Wheaton  law firm.

Attorney Joshua Bedwell joined MKFM in January 2012. He earned his juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 2010 and worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago.

Boyle, Feinberg, and Sharma Form New Law Firm

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Chicago divorce and family law attorneys Janet Boyle and Joy Feinberg, founders of Boyle Feinberg P.C., joined forces with Chicago attorney Molshree “Molly” Sharma to form the new firm, Boyle Feinberg Sharma. Sharma was most recently a partner at Mandel, Lipton, Roseborough and Sharma, LTD in Chicago.

USAO Central District of Illinois Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The U.S. Attorneys Office Central District of Illinois seeks a criminal assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) in Urbana to prosecute federal criminal cases in the district. Criminal AUSAs advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and may represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Circuit Court of Appeals.

Koplan Nwabuoku Joins Chuhak & Tecson

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Koplan Nwabuoku

Koplan Nwabuoku has joined Chuhak & Tecson's litigation practice group as an associate with a focus on complex commercial litigation. Koplan brings to the firm experience in an array of litigation matters including contract disputes, defending officers and directors in dissociative litigation, employment torts, and disputes over restrictive covenants.

Scully Joins Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C.

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Conrad ScullyConrad Scully has joined the Mattoon law firm of Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C. as an associate.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in May 2017. While in law school, Scully was a notes & comments editor for the Illinois Law Review and was also a peer adviser for incoming first year law students.

Prior to law school, Scully attended Purdue University, majoring in political science, and graduated with honors.

Scully will be concentrating in personal injury and wrongful death, worker’s compensation, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Coles-Cumberland Bar Association.

George W. Brannen

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson

George W. Brannen passed away December 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his two stepsons, Christopher Renner and Douglas Renner. He was a loving husband and caring stepfather. George was raised in Geneva, IL, where he attended Elgin Academy and went on to graduate from Dartmouth College and Duke University Law School. After graduating from Duke, George practiced law in the Chicago area and became a well-respected trial lawyer where he handled many complicated cases in Kane, DuPage, and Cook counties. George was a tireless working and transferred that ethic to his personal life. His energy and zest for life is one of inspiration that he shared with his family and friends. George loved traveling with the family, sports, reading and fun times with everyone, including strangers. George will always be remembered for his perseverance and will to live. He beat the odds with multiple health issues dating back to his battle with stage 4 cancer when he was 23. We feel so blessed that George had the strength and courage to fight through these ailments to share his life with us. He was truly a unique and remarkable person and will be missed, remembered and loved forever.

Norbert L. Gold 1924-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Norbert L. GoldNorbert L. Gold, age 93, of Winnetka died peacefully at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. A diabetic for 77 years, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. His doctors did not think he would live past the age of 30, but he mastered his health by watching his diet and taking his insulin as directed. His health was a challenge in his later years, but he was grateful to the Winnetka Paramedics for always saving his life. In 2004, Eli Lilly honored him with a special recognition for being a diabetic for over 70 years on insulin therapy. 

He graduated from Northwestern University, majoring in English & History, and then received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He had a long and successful career as an attorney and a real estate appraiser. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Highway Dept., purchasing farmland for the construction of Highway I-55. He then joined Litton Industries as an attorney and director where he purchased and sold over 100 properties in the Midwest area. While practicing law, he established his own real estate appraisal and brokerage firm where he appraised over 20,000 properties in Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, L.A., and for many banks in the Chicagoland area. He served as an expert witness on property values in Lake and Cook County Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Courts.