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Ryne J. Vitug Joins Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel, P.C.

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Ryne J. VitguRyne J. Vitug recently joined Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel, P.C., (AHR) as its newest attorney. Vitug will focus his practice on commercial and residential real estate and civil litigation cases.

Attorney Ryne Vitug is a graduate of DePaul University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2013 and a Juris Doctorate in 2016. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2017. He is a member of the Illinois State, Kane County and DuPage County Bar Associations.

Before joining AHR, Vitug worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He also gained experience as an extern for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Court of Cook County.

At the Kane County-based law firm of AHR, Vitug will work with accomplished attorneys in his areas of practice. Attorney Karrsten Goettel practices commercial real estate law, as well as residential real estate, corporate law, and estate planning and administration. Attorney Scott G. Richmond practices civil litigation, as well as commercial litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, landlord-tenant law, and zoning-land use law.

Outside of work, Vitug is a passionate sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs. Baseball fans may recognize that his parents named him after Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg.

Patrick Quinn Opens Park Ridge Law Office

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Patrick QuinnPatrick Quinn announced the formation of the Park Ridge-based Quinn Law Group, LLC,focusing on personal injury cases and estate planning services.

Quinn represents clients seeking compensation for their personal injuries. Previously, he worked on the other side of personal injury cases, defending insurance companies during personal injury, wrongful death and healthcare negligence lawsuits.

“It’s extremely rewarding to help victims of personal injury,” he said. “I’m able to help give them hope and the necessary resources to deal with the impact the injuries have had on their lives.”

Quinn’s background gives him a unique perspective on personal injury cases because he knows the multiple tactics insurance companies will try to mitigate injury claims.

“Unless you have someone advocating for you who understands how the insurance companies work, you are not going to get the full compensation that you deserve,” he said.

Quinn has more than a decade of experience as a trial lawyer. He brings the same aggressive approach to each case he takes, whether the client is asking for a few thousand dollars or a million dollars. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Northwest Suburban Bar Association.

Quinn is a lifelong Chicagoan who lives with his family on the city’s northwest side. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams and being an active member of the Saint Paul of the Cross Men’s Club.

Jordan C. Olejniczak Joins Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Associate Jordan C. Olejniczak recently joined Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP's Lisle office. He focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, environmental litigation, insurance, product liability, and general trial practice. Mr. Olejniczak received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2014 from Northern Illinois University College of Law and his B.S. in 2009 from Northern Illinois University. He was previously at The Collins Law Firm in Naperville, Illinois.

Allen Schwartz Opens Schwartz Injury Law

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Allen N. Schwartz is proud to announce the opening of Schwartz Injury Law, a division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. The full-service personal injury law firm is located at 14496 John Humphrey Drive in Orland Park, Illinois.

Allen N. Schwartz began practicing law in 1984 and became a co-owner of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in 1990. Since then, he and his associates have developed a reputation as successful personal injury attorneys who obtain favorable settlements and verdicts for their clients. Mr. Schwartz is joined at the firm by 17 outstanding personal injury lawyers with vast experience in a variety of areas, including: 

  • Amanda L. Brasfield, a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star and accomplished attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and work-related injuries. She has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients totaling tens of millions of dollars; and 
  • Jeffrey C. Schwartz, a native of Glen Ellyn, IL, and a 2016 and 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star. He has successfully handled numerous cases involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse.

These attorneys, along with the rest of the team at Schwartz Injury Law have skillfully obtained a large number of verdicts and settlements for clients in excess of one million dollars.

In addition to the opening of Schwartz Injury Law in Orland Park, the firm also has an office in Glen Ellyn and Allen Schwartz remains a co-owner of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, a personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago.

Legal Community Honors Land of Lincoln Executive Director for Service

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The legal community from central and southern Illinois gathered to honor Lois Wood in Collinsville on Saturday, Nov. 4. Wood retired after 13 years as executive director at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LOLLAF) and a total of 43 years of service with the organization in pursuit of equal justice for low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois. Ebony Huddleston, Land of Lincoln Board of Directors; Land of Lincoln President and ISBA Past President John Thies; and ISBA Third Vice President Dennis Orsey were in attendance to thank and congratulate Wood. 

Associate Judge Joseph V. Salvi Appointed Circuit Judge by State Supreme Court

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Joseph V. SalviThe Illinois Supreme Court appointed Joseph V. Salvi as circuit court judge for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Fifth Subcircuit on Friday, Nov. 3. Judge Salvi’s appointment will take effect on January 2, 2018. He will be seeking election for circuit court judge in the November 2018 general election.

Mr. Salvi was first appointed Associate Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit on January 2, 2013, where he was assigned to the criminal division until 2015 and most recently the civil/family division.

Prior to his time on the bench, Mr. Salvi was a partner at the Lake Zurich general practice law firm Salvi, Salvi & Wifler, P.C., where he handled both civil and criminal cases, as well as transactional matters in real estate, business and estate administration. From 1992 until 2012, Mr. Salvi served as guardian ad litem for disabled individuals.

Mr. Salvi holds memberships in the Lake County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Judicial Association. 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Judge Salvi at lakejudgejoe@gmail.com.

Aaron White joins Chuhak & Tecson

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Aaron D. White Jr.Aaron D. White Jr. recently joined Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. as an associate attorney in the Banking group.

Aaron has extensive experience helping his bank clients negotiate workouts as an alternative to litigation while also advising them on compliance and risk management issues. In addition, he represents clients in a variety of residential and commercial banking matters that include such things as foreclosures, collections, eminent domain ,and security interests.

Aaron completed his Bachelor of Arts degrees at Loyola University Chicago in political science and international studies and earned his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law.

Third Judicial Circuit Celebrates Pro Bono Week

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosted a pro bono luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville. This annual event commemorates National Pro Bono Week and recognizes the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge signatories and Pro Bono Service Award recipients. 

Granite City attorney Terry O'Leary received the Pro Bono Service Award for his outstanding pro bono service to to low-income individuals and charitable organizations. Circuit Judge Barb Crowder was awarded the Leadership Award as chair on the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

Dennis Orsey, ISBA third vice president, attended the event to congratulate the award recipients.

Edwin Frederick "Fritz" Goebig II 1953 - 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Edwin Goebig IIEdwin Frederick "Fritz" Goebig II passed away in the company of family at home in Springfield after a long battle with cancer on Sunday, October 8, 2017. 

He was born in the Detroit area suburbs on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1953. He was the only child of Victor Herbert Goebig and Evelyn Berneice Swartz. Mr. Goebig was a dedicated public servant, serving as an attorney for his entire professional career at the Legislative Reference Bureau with the Illinois General Assembly, eventually retiring as its deputy director and returning in the capacity of a senior counsel thereafter on a contractual basis. He was also one of the founding members of the Government Bar Association.

Lewis D. Murphy 1929-2017

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Lewis D. Murphy, 88, of Monmouth, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born July 2, 1929, in Monmouth, the son of former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Loren E. and Besse Ditto Murphy.

He attended Monmouth public schools graduating from high school in 1947. He attended Monmouth College for three years and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1955, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1958. He commenced practicing law in the firm of Lauder and Murphy with Fredrick Lauder. During those years he was an assistant attorney general for Warren and Mercer Counties for the State of Illinois. He spent over 10 years as the government appeal agent for the local draft board. He spent many years as a member of the Warren County Library Board, a former member of the Elks Club, Illinois State Bar Association, the Henderson and Warren County Bar Associations and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

In 1969 he was appointed as associate judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from which he retired in 1987. He was a member of the Illinois Judge's Association.

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