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Durkin Wins AIOPIA Award for Client Satisfaction

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Albert E. Durkin, Illinois personal injury attorney,  as 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

2018 High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public Chair Kateah McMasters, and President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.)

The 2018 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which is co-administered by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois, took place on March 24-25 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. First place went to the St. Charles North Mock Trial Team from St. Charles North High School. They will be competing at the National High School Mock Trials in Reno, Nevada in May.

Pictured from left to right are Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public Chair Kateah McMasters, and President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.).

Michael Roche 1941-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Brian Roche
Brian Roche

Michael "Mike" Brian Roche, died suddenly on February 25, six weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 47 years, Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Roche. Loving father of Michael (Megan) Roche, Kevin (Laura) Roche, and Maura "Molly" (Dawn Walsh) Roche. Much loved grandfather of Jack, Margaret, Dennis, Claire, and Colin Roche. Dear brother of Kathleen "Lolly" Petrillo.

James P. Hecht 1935-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
James Hecht
James Hecht

James P. Hecht, 83, Woodstock, IL. James Perry Hecht's children announce their father's peaceful passing on February 12th, 2018 in Woodstock, IL, his beloved hometown, on Abraham Lincoln's own birthday, his hero. He was surrounded by his loving family, books, pictures, paintings, and music.

A third-generation Woodstock resident, the town he so loved, Jim was an avid jazz musician and aficionado, fly fisherman, traveler, art and book collector, and intellectual. A 1953 Woodstock High School graduate, James P. Hecht graduated Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1957. In June 1960, he earned his LL.B. from Yale Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar upon which he practiced as attorney at law at his own firm for 53 years on the historic Woodstock Square. As an attorney, he received the preeminent AV rating from his peers for the highest level of legal knowledge, ethical standards, and professional excellence. 

Michael J. Logan 1943-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Michael Logan
Michael Logan

Michael J. Logan, 74, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly at 5:46 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1943, in West Frankfort, Illinois, to James and Helen Malinasky Logan. He married Jennifer James on June 24, 1967, and she survives.

George E. Krippner 1937-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
George E. Krippner
George E. Krippner

George E. Krippner, age 80, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 following an extended illness. He was born April 2, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Edward and Beatrice (Falout) Krippner. George was born and raised in the Pilsen neighborhood of Southwest Chicago, surrounded by his extended family. He attended grammar school at Blessed Agnes of Bohemia, where his Uncle George was the Pastor.

Thomas Kenniff 1938-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Thomas Charles "Chuck" Kenniff, age 79 of Naperville, passed away peacefully after a long battle from Myelodysplastic syndromes, Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 31, 1938 in Sioux City, IA to his loving late parents, Thomas Joseph and Hertha Kenniff. Cherished husband of Kathryn "Kate" Kenniff, nee Liebrich, wedded on September 14, 1968. Beloved father of Andrew (Niki) Kenniff of Lawrence, KS and Kevin (Vicki) Kenniff of Naperville. Adored grandfather of Lucy and Leo Kenniff, Jack and Charlotte Kenniff.

Zannoni Joins Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Wheaton law firm Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC recently hired Amanda M. Zannoni as a new associate. Zannoni is a May 2017 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where she received her juris doctor and a certificate in estate planning. She was sworn into the Illinois State Bar in November 2017 and practices estate planning and family law. While at Syracuse, she worked for the Elder Law Clinic and represented elderly clients in the areas of family law, estate planning, and elder law.

ISBA Leaders Attend Joint Bar Meeting

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Over 150 attorneys attended this year's Madison County Bar Association-St. Clair County Bar Association joint meeting in Collinsville on Thursday, March 22. This included members of ISBA's Board of Governors, who were visiting the Metro-East area in anticipation of the March 23 Board meeting.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and Williams Venker & Sanders Announce Merger

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The law firms of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice (BSCR) and Williams Venker & Sanders (WVS) will be merging July 1, 2018.

The merged firm will continue to be known as Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and will be headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott Kreamer will remain managing member, responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the firm. Mike Hunter will serve as the manager in charge of the merged firm’s St. Louis and Illinois offices.

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