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Chadd Appointed State Appellate Defender

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

James E. Chadd was appointed to the Office of the State Appellate Defender by the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 14. Chadd's four-year term as state appellate defender will begin Jan. 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Pelletier, who was appointed in 2007 and will be retiring at the end of the year.

Chadd has worked for the Office of the State Appellate Defender for over 33 years, where he has been deputy state appellate defender for four years. In this role, he was responsible for monitoring the legal work of the agency and reviewing agency briefs filed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

He was selected by a screening committee, which was appointed by the supreme court in September and was directed to make a public announcement of the vacancy and invite applications.

Chadd first started with the Office of the State Appellate Defender in 1984, as an assistant defender in the Supreme Court Unit in 1984. In 1989, he moved to the First District Office and in 1995 served as team leader in addition to his assistant defender duties. He became supervisor for the First District Office in 2002 and served as assistant deputy defender before becoming deputy state appellate defender.

He earned his B.A. at the University of Oregon and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Elizabeth Westbrooks 1984-2017

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Elizabeth WestbrooksElizabeth "Liz" Elaine Westbrooks of Greenville, Illinois, was born on November 17, 1984 in Greenville, and passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully and surrounded by those that loved her most, on November 15, 2017.

After attending Greenville Elementary School and Bond County Community Unit #2 High School, Elizabeth went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2007. She then attended law school and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010.

Elizabeth was a respected attorney and earned the admiration of her colleagues through her hard work and dedication to her craft. She began her legal career at Bryan Cave, where she worked briefly in the eDiscovery Department. Following her time there, she was an Associate first at Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs and later at Weidner & McAuliffe between 2011 and 2013. Her early career focus was as a litigator defending insurance companies. Elizabeth then returned to Bryan Cave to serve as a Conflicts Attorney from 2013 through 2016. While there, she excelled in identifying ethics issues and provided attorneys with solutions to resolve conflicts of interest related to new representations. In late 2016, Elizabeth joined Thompson Coburn as Loss Prevention Counsel, where she collaborated with the General Counsel and the Loss Prevention Partners to resolve potential and actual conflicts of interest related to both new representations and incoming firm employees.

Past President Vincent Cornelius Named to The Best Lawyers in America

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Past President Vincent CorneliusPast President Vincent Cornelius has been recognized in the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Cornelius is recognized in the practice area of criminal defense.

Best Lawyers is a peer review publication that annually compiles a list of the top five percent of practicing attorneys, organized by location and practice area. The publication conducted more than 7.4 million evaluations for the 2018 edition and chose approximately 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas.

Cornelius is the founder of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, with locations in Joliet and Wheaton, Illinois. He has more than 28 years of experience in criminal law, currently as a defense attorney and previously as a prosecutor. He recently announced his candidacy for Will County Circuit Court Judge in the upcoming 2018 election.

Cornelius served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association for 2016-17. He was the first African-American president in the association’s 140-year history. During his career, he has also served as: 
president of the Illinois Bar Foundation; chancellor of the Illinois Academy of Lawyers; and member of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Law Reform.

Chase Hundman Joins Howard & Howard

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Chase HundmanChase M. Hundman recently joined the Howard & Howard Associates, LLC Chicago office as a new associate.

Chase M. Hundman concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He began his career with Howard & Howard as a summer associate in 2016. Prior to joining as a full-time associate, he was a judicial extern for Judge Jon DeGuilio at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. There, he drafted opinions and orders for the judge and attended court proceedings to advise on pertinent legal issues.

Mr. Hundman received his B.A., cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2014 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2017. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.

Robert E. Ulbricht 1930-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert E. UlbrichtRobert E. "Bob" Ulbricht, born December 1, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois passed away on November 8, 2017. Son of the late Emil Albert and Vivian June (Knight) Ulbricht. Beloved husband of the late Betty Anne Ulbricht. Loving father of Christine Anne Ulbricht.

Robert earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in 1952, an M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1953, and a distinguished J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1958 where he graduated second in his class. After college, Bob served with the United States Army from 1953-1955. He then began his illustrious career starting with research attorney for the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, 1957-1959. Served as assistant trust counsel for Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company, 1959-1960. Became an associate at the law firm Cummings and Wyman, 1960-1968. Was general counsel and secretary senior vice president for Bell Federal Savings & Loan Association (becoming Bell bank corporation, Inc.) and general counsel, secretary senior vice president until his retirement in 1996. Bob loved to travel, whether it was with his family or work. He enjoyed tennis, skiing and book club. Robert proudly sat on several organizational boards including the board of editors for the Chicago Bar Record, 1970-1973, board of directors for the Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Public Library, 1979-1985, also board president, 1983-1984. Robert was a former member of the American Bar Association, Glen Ellyn Tennis Club, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Glen Oak Country. 

James Scott 1965-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

James ScottEveryone who had the pleasure of knowing James Scott will be forever saddened to learn of his passing on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

James loved, and lived, this life, like few others. James loved nothing in Heaven or on Earth so much as he loved his beautiful high school sweetheart and wife of 29 years, Shari Moenster Scott and their perfect daughter, Emma Mary Scott. It is to them that he would commend our prayers and invite our fellowship.

Until June of this year James served as Juneau District Attorney in the State of Alaska Department of Law. 

James was born in Decatur, IL, on September 21, 1965. He attended the public schools at Highland, IL, where he excelled at literature, history, and good humor. He competed in high school football, cross-country, and track and field, and served as Class President of the Highland High School Class of 1983. James received a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Political Science from Illinois State University and his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated at the top of his class and served as an Editor of the Law Review. Prior to his appointment as Juneau District Attorney James served for 14 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Ketchikan District Attorney's Office and prior to that in private practice in Belleville, IL, Donovan Rose Nester P.C., and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for St. Clair County Illinois.

Jack Leiby Sr. 1942-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Jack Leiby Sr.Jack L. Leiby, Sr., 75, of Rock Island, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home. Jack was born on August 2, 1942 in Peoria, a son of Albert and Lucille (Reuter) Leiby. He married Charlotte L. Bennett in March of 1974, she passed away June 14, 1990.  Jack later married Jody Wendland on November 16, 1991 in Rock Island. 

Jack earned his bachelor and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and was a private practice attorney from 1994-2011.  He also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Black Hawk College from 1982-2012. Jack had served as vice president and trust officer of the Rock Island Bank and trust and senior vice president and trust officer of First National Bank, Moline. 

Jack was also civically involved as a member of the Rock Island/Milan School Board. He served as president of the Rock Island Public Library Board, Easter Seals and the Rock Island Noon Lions Club. He was also a member of the Iowa Boy Scout Trust Council, the Rock Island Rotary Club and Friends of the Rock Island Public Library. 

Jack also enjoyed membership in several area, state and nationwide associations including the Quad City Stamp Club, American Philatelic Association, Rock Island County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.  He was also a longtime member of Trinity Anglican Church, Rock Island, where he served as Chancellor for many years. Jack was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Charles Garnati 1952-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Charles R. “Chuck” Garnati, 65, passed away peacefully at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family in St. Louis University Hospital. Chuck was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Herrin, to Sam and Helen (Hemlock) Garnati.

He received a B.A. in history and pre-law at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). He also attended University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. He completed his law degree at SIUC.

He was first elected as Williamson County state’s attorney in 1984 and continued to serve eight consecutive four-year terms. Chuck was the longest continuous serving state's attorney in the State of Illinois. He retired Sept. 8, 2014, having served 30 consecutive years. Chuck built his career being tough on crime. He tried 30 murder cases in 30 years as the county’s top prosecutor, gaining first-degree murder convictions in 29 of them and manslaughter in the other.

Chuck also initiated programs such as a domestic violence program which provided assistance and advocacy for both adults and juveniles. He also started a bad check program which collected thousands of dollars for the county and businesses.

Advocating for and supporting children was one of the primary goals for his office. He was a man who gave his life to public service. That service helped him to support two groups he helped create. The Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and CASA, a court appointed advocacy for children who are abused and neglected. Garnati’s Annual Golf Day Tournament raised large amounts of money for these programs to continue helping children. Brandon Zanotti has continued that tradition with the amount raised approaching a half million dollars.

Four ISBA Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Four of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C.'s partners made the list of Illinois' top attorneys, as evaluated by Super Lawyers, a national ratings service for the legal profession. Receiving this distinguished honor are attorneys Patrick Kinnally, Patrick Flaherty, Paul Krentz and Mark Masur. Selection to this list signifies that the attorneys named have been rated by their peers as among the top five percent of all Illinois lawyers in their respective fields.

ISBA Members Designated Super Lawyers

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Emily A. Schupe and Timothy D. ElliottTwo ISBA members with Rathje & Woodward, LLC have been recognized as Super Lawyers for 2017. Super Lawyers is a lawyer rating service that names “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” annually, based on peer evaluations and independent research. Among all the attorneys that are considered each year, only five percent are designated Super Lawyers, and only 2.5 percent are designated Rising Stars. 

Attorney Timothy D. Elliott was selected as a Super Lawyer for the fifth-consecutive year. Based out of Rathje & Woodward’s Wheaton, Illinois, office, Elliott focuses on general litigation and appellate law. He has worked at Rathje & Woodward since 2005 and was named one of Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars from 2008 to 2011. 
Attorney Emily A. Shupe was named a Rising Star for the fourth-consecutive year. The Rising Star designation is available to attorneys who are 40 years and younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Shupe has been with Rathje & Woodward since 2006 and is also based out of the Wheaton office. She concentrates on commercial litigation, employment law and insurance disputes.