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Continued growth spurs Swanson, Martin & Bell to 100-attorney mark

Posted on May 6, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
With the arrival of several new partners and associates in recent months, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP now has 100 attorneys practicing among its three offices. Attorneys John D. Malarkey and Richard P. Tauras have joined Swanson, Martin & Bell as partners. Mr. Malarkey, formerly at Freeborn & Peters, now serves as Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation and Services Practice Group. Mr. Tauras, formerly at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, focuses his practice on the defense of toxic tort, product liability and professional negligence. The firm has also welcomed associates Eric M. Anderson, Jeffrey S. Becker, Dane A. Bolinger, Andrew H. Calcutt, Jason M. Clarke, Megan E. Schneider, Ryan J. Sullivan, Christopher D. Wehrman and Shera D. Wiegler. These partners and associates are preceded by numerous other additions in past months. In fact, since February 2009, Swanson, Martin & Bell has added 18 new attorneys. “We are thrilled with our ability to grow despite a challenging economy,” said Managing Partner Timothy D. Nickels. “These additional attorneys allow us to offer a broader range of experience to our clients.” Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is a nationally recognized litigation firm with offices in Chicago, Libertyville and Lisle. Since its inception in 1992, the firm has grown to approximately 100 attorneys in nineteen practice areas. Website:

Blitz, Gallo named partners at Berger Schatz

Posted on April 30, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Berger Schatz has announced that Brian J. Blitz and Claudia Gallo have become partners of the firm. Blitz received his B.A. from the University of Texas in 1999 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 2002. He represents clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, dispute resolution and litigation. Mr. Blitz is also the author of several articles on the financial aspects of divorce. Gallo received her B.A. from Loyola University in 1996 and her J.D. from IIT-Kent in 1999. She represents clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including divorce, paternity and custody matters. Her work includes every aspect of representation necessary in family law matters such as contested court proceedings, complex negotiation and financial analysis.

Koch joins Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C.

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jocelyn L. Koch
The Rockford law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., announced that Jocelyn L. Koch has joined the firm as an associate attorney. A native of Rockford, Koch graduated from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 2007. She received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Pre-Law, with minors in American History and Theatre Arts, from the University of Iowa in 2004. Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007 and to the Illinois State Bar in 2009, Koch is a member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations. Her legal practice is concentrated in the areas of Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy and Workouts, Business and Commercial Litigation, Employment and Labor Law, and Insurance Coverage. Holmstrom & Kennedy is a 16-lawyer general practice firm which has provided a full range of legal services throughout Northern Illinois for over a century. Its attorneys’ practices include civil litigation, estate planning, commercial and business transactions, employment law, health care law, intellectual property, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, alternate dispute resolution, and real estate.

Rieghns Joins Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C.

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Paula Rieghns
Franks, Gerkin & McKenna is pleased to announce that Paula Rieghns has joined the firm. Paula is an accomplished attorney with impressive experience. Before joining FGM, Paula practiced contract, property, and family law in Sycamore. She has conducted many trials, notably working on a month long precedent-setting trial involving pollutants caused by a factory farm. This trial generated extensive media attention. Prior to working in Sycamore, Paula practiced insurance defense in Bloomington. Besides trial work, Paula excels in writing. She has authored appellate briefs and co-authored a supplement to a chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Federal Practice book. Paula is a member of the Illinois and Indiana bar and is also admitted to the Federal General District Bar. She is currently a member of the DeKalb County, Kane County and Illinois State Bar Association. She attended Northern Illinois University College of Law for law school and undergraduate at Indiana University, where she graduated with honors. Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C. – Law firm of forty years, with practice areas including personal injury, workers’ compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations.

Edlund named equity partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson

Posted on April 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Mitchell Edlund
The Chicago-based law firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson (MBT) has named Mitchell Edlund as a new equity partner. Edlund focuses his practice in business and commercial litigation matters Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, based in Chicago, is one of the city’s top law firms with 90 attorneys practicing in Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix. The firm specializes in insurance, labor and employment law, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and attorney fee disputes.

Geiger, O'Neill join Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd.

Posted on April 9, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Kyle T. Geiger, a recent graduate of the University of Dayton Law School, and Kevin O'Neill, a recent graduate of DePaul University Law School, have joined the firm as associates.

Cova joins Hawkins, Parnell & Thackston

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Reno Cova
Reno Cova has joined Hawkins, Parnell & Thackston, LLP as an associate in the St. Louis office. He represents businesses and individuals in various types of liability defense and litigation, including FELA defense litigation, toxic tort, business litigation, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, and insurance and bad faith litigation. Reno has experience handling matters in all facets of litigation, including advising clients on litigation avoidance, pre-suit liability and/or coverage analysis, and handling all phases of active litigation including alternate dispute resolution and trial. Reno earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2004.

Veteran entertainment lawyers team up at new firm

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jerry W. Glover
A trio of lawyers, recognized for their breadth of experience in entertainment law, their contributions to non-profit arts organizations, and their scholarly endeavors, have joined forces to create Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC, a Chicago-based law firm representing creative artists and companies in television, radio, film, music, publishing, theater, and in new online and mobile media. "Chicago's growing influence in the entertainment industry, and the synergy created by our three practices, spurred this partnership," explained Thomas R. Leavens, who with Peter J. Strand, and Jerry W. Glover are partners in the new enterprise. "We're eager to help boost, protect, and grow the incomes of this city's enormous talent pool." As one of the few Chicago law firms concentrating exclusively in entertainment law, among its roster of well-known clients are Harpo, Inc., Old Town School of Folk Music, Rachel Barton Pine, Pitchfork Media, Inc., Telepictures Productions, Inc., WFMT Radio/98.7, and WTTW/Chicago.

J. Patrick White joins the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White has joined the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll as an associate. Formerly an associate at Lavin Law Offices, White has worked in many areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including medical malpractice, construction accidents and transportation negligence. “We are thrilled to have Pat join our office,” said Jeffrey Kroll, principal of the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll. “His law experience and passion for working with clients is a perfect fit for our firm.” White, 30, has been involved in obtaining settlements in excess of $1 million for past clients, including a $4.5 million settlement for a 34-year-old man who was rendered a paraplegic after undergoing an unnecessary surgery to remove an abdominal tumor, and a $1.9 million settlement for the family of a young mother who suffered a permanent neurological injury and later died from an undiagnosed infection stemming while recovering in the hospital after surgery. White is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. White graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January 2007, having worked full-time as a clerk for Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio during law school. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned a degree in political science in 2001.

Pellegrino joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel

Posted on March 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Richard F. Pellegrino, a trial lawyer in Chicago for more than 30 years, has joined Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, of Counsel. For many years, Pellegrino administered his own general law practice with a primary concentration in personal injury representation. His extensive public service includes a current board position on the Pace Transportation Service Board, and executive director of both the West Central Municipal Conference and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency. He served as the Mayor of the Village of Indian Head Park from 1999 to 2007 and is a past commissioner of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Corrections Merit Board.  He served as an adjunct instructor of Law and Latin at Nazareth Academy. Pellegrino received his B.A. in political science/government in 1975 and an M.A. in 1985, both from Loyola University, and a law degree in 1978 from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded a Commendation Medal in 1972 for meritorious service. Romanucci & Blandin concentrates its practice in catastrophic personal injury law including traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation. Established in 1998 by Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin, the firm has recovered nearly $100 million for its clients. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact or call (312) 458-1000.