► Akerman: Jane McCahill (health care law, 2008) joined the law firm’s Chicago office as a partner in its growing Healthcare Practice Group. McCahill has more than 30 years of experience in the field, most recently coming from Polisnelli.
► Anesi Ozmon: Marc Taxman (plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, 2015), Mark Novak (plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, 2015), and Douglas Colby (claimants’ workers’ compensation law, 2003) obtained a settlement of $7,500,000 on behalf of a union roofer who suffered a spinal fracture in a fall at a jobsite.
John Popelka (claimants’ workers’ compensation law, 2015) settled a workers’ compensation claim for $425,000 and established a $485,000 Medicare “set-aside” trust for a client who developed complications after knee surgery. Taxman and Novak, both partners at Anesi Ozman, culminated four years of litigation this past summer with an $18 million settlement in a medical negligence case involving the traumatic birth of a baby.
► Arnstein & Lehr: Judith Grubner (advertising and patent law, 2012) had several articles published last year. She published an article in World Patent and Trademark News Magazine’s May 2014 issue about a case in which Starbucks accused another coffee shop company of trademark dilution. Another article of Grubner’s about the “fair use” defense under the Copyright Act was published in the December 2014 ALM Law Journal Newsletters’ Intellectual Property Strategist. Additionally, Grubner and associate Kathleen Waitzman authored an article published on Law360 in April 2014: “Is TTAB [Trademark Trial and Appeal Board] Replacing Fraud with Lack of Bona Fide Intent?”
► Asher Gittler: Joel D’Alba (employment law, labor law - union, and litigation - labor and employment law; 1993) was quoted in a September USA Today article about the NFL’s approach to the domestic violence controversies involving several players this past season.
► Baker & McKenzie: John Conroy (international trade and finance law, 2005) was one of Baker & McKenzie’s representatives at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s 2014 Trust Women Conference in London.
Partner Mona Dajani (construction law, 2014) led a large cross-disciplinary team of Baker & McKenzie attorneys that represented Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners LP (BBIP), an infrastructure equity fund focusing on investments in utilities, energy, and transport infrastructure, in its purchase of 100 percent of the stock of Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) from Integrys Energy Group, Inc. The team also included Chicago partners James P. O’Brien (project finance law, 2006), Maura Ann McBreen (employee benefits [ERISA] and employment law - management, 2005), Richard M. Lipton (tax law, 1993), Craig A. Roeder (corporate law, 2013), and Richard Saines (environmental law, 2015).
David P. Hackett (environmental law, 2012) was one of four Baker & McKenzie North American partners to receive Lexology’s 2014 Client Choice Awards, which recognize firms and partners that have the “ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market,” according to Lexology. Hackett is the exclusive recipient of the Client Choice award for General Corporate in Illinois.
A team led by Chicago partner Craig Roeder and a Tokyo partner advised The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, on its acquisition of Protective Life Corporation, a U.S. life insurance group listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The transaction totaled $5.7 billion and represented the largest acquisition of a foreign firm by a Japanese insurer. The team also included Chicago partner Maura Ann McBreen. Maura Ann McBreen was also part of a Baker & McKenzie team that helped advise Merck & Co. in its deal to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for $8.4 billion in cash.
John Watson (environmental law, 2011) helped lead a project between Baker & McKenzie, United Airways, and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to create The Homeless Youth Handbook - Illinois, a guide to help homeless young people understand their legal rights.
► Banner & Witcoff: Christopher J. Renk (intellectual property and patent litigation, 2010) was part of a team that represented Nike in a trademark infringement case against their client. The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina dismissed trademark infringement and unfair competition claims by Fuel Clothing Co., Inc.
Attorney Charles W. Shifley (patent law and litigation, 2012) served as co-chair for the 59th Annual Intellectual Property Conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago this February.
► Barack Farrazzano: Senior partner and founder Peter Barack (corporate law, 2015) was part of a team that represented fragrance company Le Labo in its acquisition by Estee Lauder. The transaction was featured in the December 2014 issue of Lawyer Monthly.
John E. Freechack (banking and finance law and financial services regulation law, 2007) led a team from The Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group that represented MidWestOne Financial Group in its merger agreement with Central Bancshares, Inc., merging Central Bank into MidWestOne.
► Barnes & Thornburg: Partner Paula Cozzi Goedert (non-profit/charities law, 2007) was given the Most Heart award by Bailiwick Chicago Theatre Company at its annual gala in November. Goedert volunteers as a fundraiser for Bailiwick, which supports theater education in Chicago public schools.
Partners Mark E. Rust (health care law, 2007) and William McErlean (franchise law, 2006) were both elected to the firm’s management committee.
Partner Clifford Shapiro (construction law, 2007) was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry last April in New Orleans.
► Bartlit Beck: Along with two other Chicago partners, partner Chris Lind (commercial litigation, 2015) attended three major league baseball games, in three stadiums, in three states in one day last September (Detroit, then Chicago, then Milwaukee).
► Benassi & Benassi: Patricia Benassi (employment law - individuals, 2006) was featured in an article by the Peoria Journal Star about being a woman in the legal field and the discrimination she has experienced and witnessed throughout her career. Benassi has been at the forefront of taking on sexual harassment cases, notably when she gained national recognition for representing 300 female Mitsubishi Motors employees in a sexual harassment case that was settled for $34 million in the mid-1990s.
► Berger Schatz: Managing partner Leon Finkel (family law, 2014) had an article published in the May 2014 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine about approaching pre-nups for same-sex couples, after Illinois legalized same-sex marriage in early 2014.
In May, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation selected founding partner David Levy (family law, 2014) as the 2014 recipient of the Samuel S. Berger Award, given to attorneys and judges who “exemplify the highest standards of integrity, courtesy, knowledge of family law and have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to solve human problems.”
Partner Barry Schatz (family law, 2014) gave a presentation at the 77th Annual National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Chicago.
► Brinks Gilson: Firm president James Sobieraj (intellectual property litigation and patent law and litigation, 2006) was featured in an article titled “James Sobieraj: Calm, Clear-Minded Approach to IP Litigation” in the 2014 Business Edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine.
Henry L. Brinks (patent law and litigation, 2007) was profiled in a June Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, which chronicled his 60-year career.
Leading Lawyers named shareholder Gary M. Ropski (intellectual property and patent litigation, 2006) the No. 1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois for 2014. Intellectual Asset Management magazine published its annual IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners this past June, saying: “Companies seeking a group of smart, down-to-earth attorneys with a strong...work ethic need look no further than Brinks Gilson & Lione.” The publication also specifically mentioned Sobieraj, shareholders William H. Frankel (copyright law and litigation - intellectual property, 2013), Ralph J. Gabric (patent litigation, 2009), Laura Beth Miller (patent litigation, 2010) and Ropski. Miller was profiled in a May 2014 Law360 article, “Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Brinks’ Laura Beth Miller,” in which she discussed the challenges of being a senior-level female attorney and work-life balance. Ropski helped lead Team USA to a first-place finish in the 26th Annual Patent Cup Regatta this past summer. The series of sailboat races involve patent attorneys from all over the world.
The fifth annual World Trademark Review 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals recognized Brinks as a whole, placing the firm in the Gold Band for Illinois and in the Silver Band nationally for trademark matters. Shareholder Jerome Gilson (litigation - intellectual property and trademark law, 1991) and Jeffery A. Handelman (trademark law, 2013) were both individually recognized by the publication.
Shareholder Mary M. Squyres (trademark law, 2009) was included in The 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, a publication of Euromoney PLC's Expert Guides.
► Burke Wise Morrissey: Partners Kevin G. Burke (plaintiffs’ personal injury, 2006) and Elizabeth A. Kaveny (plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, 2015) represented the family of a woman misdiagnosed as having a stroke, winning a settlement deal in December that will award the family with $6.75 million. In October, Kaveny was one of five women who received the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ 2014 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award. Kaveny also began her term as president of Chicago chapter of the American Inns of Court in September.
► Butler Rubin: Last April, partner James A. Morsch (antitrust law, 2014) received the 2014 Client Choice Award for Insurance & Reinsurance - Illinois.
Founding partner Gerald Saltarelli (arbitration and commercial litigation, 2006) was named a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators in April. Fellowship in the College of Commercial Arbitrators is by invitation of the Board. Membership criteria include “substantial experience as a commercial arbitrator, high ethical standards, and high regard in the field among academics, other neutrals, and counsel.”
Partner Teresa Snider (insurance law, 2012) was one of the hosts of Butler Rubin’s annual Women in Reinsurance event in November.
► Cheng Cohen: Last June, partner Amy Cheng (franchise law, 2009) was appointed to the 2014 ABA Forum on Franchising Nominating Committee. In July, she was chosen to chair the International Franchise Association (IFA) 2015 Legal Symposium, held this May in Chicago.
► Cirignani Heller: Along with another attorney, William A. Cirignani (plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law, 2015) successfully represented a family whose 2-year-old son suffered permanent brain damage while waiting to be treated for bacterial meningitis. The family received a total settlement of $10.9 million.
► Clifford Law Offices: Partners Richard F. Burke (plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, 2015) and Robert A. Clifford (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; qui tam law; plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class actions, personal injury litigation and product liability litigation, 1993) secured an $11 million settlement on behalf of a driver who was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer truck in December. In June, Clifford was appointed by the president of the American Bar Association to chair the Task Force to Examine Association Policies Impacting Recruitment and Retention of Law Students and Young Lawyers. Additionally, Clifford received the 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit in May.
Partner Keith A. Hebeisen (plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, 2011) was recognized by the National Law Journal for his $5 million verdict in a medical malpractice suit.
► Cooney & Conway: In October, partner John D. Cooney (plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class actions, 2006) was installed as 2014-2015 president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
► Corboy & Demetrio: David R. Barry Jr. (personal injury litigation – defendants; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; personal injury litigation, 2014) represented Melody McIntosh against University of Chicago Hospitals. An artery in McIntosh’s heart was mistakenly tied off during surgery, and the mistake, which went undetected for several weeks, eventually necessitated a heart transplant. Barry negotiated a $9.5 million pre-suit settlement.
Thomas A. Demetrio (plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, 1987) was named one of the Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers of 2014, a national ranking by the National Law Journal.
► Dentons: Jana Cohen Barbe (real estate law, 2008) was the recipient of the 2014 Inside Counsel Transformative Leadership Economic Empowerment Rainmaker Award.
Carol Anne Been (patent law and trademark law, 2012) was part of a Dentons team that represented Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., in its deal to buy San Francisco’s Parc 55 and four other properties for $1.76 billion to defer capital gains taxes from its $1.95 billion sale of New York’s Waldorf Astoria.
In September, Jeffrey C. Fort (environmental law, 2006) was recognized at The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards. He was named an honoree for the Citizenship Prize for his environmental activism in Cambodia.
► DLA Piper: Partner Robert H. Goldman (real estate law, 2007) was part of team that represented Related Companies in its sale of OneEleven, a luxury apartment tower, to Heitman for $651K/unit, making it the highest amount ever paid for an apartment building in Chicago.
In October, partner Ian S. Kopelman (employee benefits [ERISA] law, 2007) was quoted in a New York Times article, titled “On the Trail of Lost Money,” about companies’ benefits and retirement plans.
Partner Christina L. Martini (patent law, 2013) was featured in a September “Women in Business” Q&A on Huffington Post about her career. Martini was also featured in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers Q&A series in October. At the end of September, Martini chaired DLA Piper’s Global Women’s Leadership Summit.
Partner Theodore J. Novak (land use and zoning law; real estate law, 2005) has been in the media for the past year as he is the chief zoning attorney for a large redevelopment project for Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.
This January, partner Vincent Sanchez (information technology law, 2009) was quoted in a Washington Post article, titled “DLA Piper’s first foray into non-legal services is in the cybersecurity field,” about the firm’s new subsidiary Blue Edge Lab and its subscription software service CyberTrak, a guide to cybersecurity-related laws and regulations. Sanchez is co-chair of the firm’s technology, sourcing and commercial practice.
► Drinker Biddle: Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Chicago office was rated Bronze among other Illinois listings in the World Trademark Review 1000 for 2015.
Partner Darren S. Cahr (trademark law, 2007) was specifically recognized as “a wonderful trial lawyer with a firm grasp of the law.”
Last November, partner Mark Furlane (employment law - management, 2011) was installed as the president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and was also featured in a cover story titled “FBA’s New President Aims to Expand Reach” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Partner Jesse H. Ruiz (government relations practice, 2012) was selected last summer as the recipient of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2014 Latino Lawyer of the Year Award. Also, in June, the American Diabetes Association named Ruiz one of its 2014 Fathers of the Year. Ruiz was named as one of the top five fundraisers nationally for the association. In an August Washington Post article, Ruiz was mentioned for being part of Drinker Biddle’s lobbying group, District Policy Group, and its new model of forming an advisory board that includes external consultants.
► Duane Morris: Partner Brian P. Kerwin (corporate law, 2013) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 Business Edition
► Dykema: Ross J. Altman (real estate law, 2006) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s Real Estate Edition, published in January.
The firm’s vice chairman, Michael C. Borders (defendants’ product liability litigation, 2009) was the subject of a Q&A in the December issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, titled: “Client Service: An Advanced Concept at Dykema.”
Michael S. Kurtzon (real estate law, 1983) was part of a group of Dykema attorneys who hosted clients in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field at the 4th annual Bricks and Ivy Ball, held last April, which benefited Chicago Cubs Charities.
► Foley & Lardner: Partner Jeanne M. Gills (food and beverage law, 2015) was quoted in an article titled “Supreme Court Deals Death Blow to Patent Trolls,” published in the April 2014 issue of Inc. magazine. Gills was also quoted in a Wall Street Journal article in April on a similar topic: Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that aim to prevent numerous frivolous patent cases.
In August, a team of Foley & Lardner attorneys, including partner Michael J. Small (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation, 2011), was recognized for its representation of AgFeed Industries, Inc., in its sale to Murphy-Brown LLC and TriOak Foods, Inc. The Turnaround Management Association recognized the deal as the Transaction of the Year: Large Company.
► Franczek Radelet: Speaking as the city’s labor attorney, Partner James C. Franczek (employment law - management, labor law - management and litigation - labor and employment, 1989) was quoted last November in both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, discussing the new Police Department contract. For the second year in a row, Franczek was named to the annual list of 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, published by Human Resources Executives magazine in June.
Managing partner Ronald J. Hein (employment law - management, labor law - management, and litigation - labor and employment, 2009) was profiled by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in a December article titled “Time for an office upgrade.”
► Freeborn & Peters: Last April, partner Jeffery M. Cross (antitrust law, 2013) joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Today’s General Counsel, a publication directed at the in-house legal community.
Partner Andrew L. Goldstein (copyright law and entertainment law - motion pictures and television, 2007) was quoted in a Washington Post article about how people were watching the World Cup last summer without cable subscriptions.
In October, partner David C. Gustman (antitrust law and commercial litigation, 2010) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s Business Edition.
Partner Eileen B. Trost (trusts and estates, 2015) received the Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council in September. The award is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of estate planning practices.
► Golan & Christie: Partner Margaret A. Christie (real estate law, 2010) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 Business Edition, in an article titled “Business Lawyer Focuses on Commercial Real Estate, Guards Clients’ Wealth.”
► Goldberg Kohn: In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit refused to rehear or reconsider a panel’s previous ruling that required Travelers Property Casualty Corp. to pay thousands of asbestos injury plaintiffs more than $570 million related to Johns-Manville Corp. Principal Ronald Barliant (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, 2006) represents approximately 1,600 of those claimants.
Principals Joel F. Brown (banking and finance law, 2010) and Randall L. Klein (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation, 2011) were part of a team involved in the structuring and documentation of a refinancing transaction for Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. In February, the transaction was recognized as Sector Deal of the Year - Healthcare/Life Sciences at the 9th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards. P
rincipal Richard M. Kohn (banking and finance law and equipment finance law, 2005), who also serves as co-general counsel of the Commercial Finance Association, was featured in the September issue of The Secured Lender.
► Greenberg Traurig: Shareholder Sean W. Bezark (environmental law, 2013) was the only Chicago-based attorney part of a multi-office team that represented Gentiva Health Services, Inc., in its merger with Kindred Healthcare, Inc., this past October, a deal valued at $1.8 billion. Also, in May, Bezark spoke at the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law Spring Symposia.
In October, shareholder Francis A. Citera (litigation - bankruptcy, 2008) received a distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Miami School of Law, from where Citera graduated in 1983. Eighteen Greenberg Traurig attorneys were recognized by Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000 in June. Richard D. Harris (litigation - intellectual property and patent law, 2013) was the only lawyer from the firm’s Chicago office recognized.
Shareholder Leslie A. Klein (employee benefits [ERISA] law, 2006), who also works from the firm’s Phoenix office, was named co-chair of the firm’s Global Benefits and Compensation Group last April.
Partner Scott T. Mendeloff (commercial litigation and criminal defense: white-collar, 2006) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 Business Edition.
Last July, shareholder Nancy A. Peterman (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, 2007) was named one of the “Top 100: Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals” by the Global M&A Network.
Shareholder Martha A. Sabol (gaming law, 2015) was profiled in a December article by Global Gaming Business Magazine. During the International Association of Gaming Advisors’ International Gaming Summit in October, Sabol was named vice president of the association for 2014-15.
Keith J. Shapiro (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, 2001) was one of the chairs of the inaugural National Conference of Jewish Lawyers, held in August.
A December Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, “A multipurpose ‘hammer,’” profiled Samuel K. Skinner (government relations practice, 2012) and his role as chief of staff for former President George H. W. Bush. Skinner, who also served as Secretary of Transportation, was appointed by Takata Corporation in December to lead the Independent Takata Corporation Quality Assurance Panel.
► Greensfelder: In January, Greensfelder mourned the loss of John R. F. Baer (franchise law, 2006), who had formerly served as managing officer of the firm’s Chicago office.
Russell K. Scott (defendants’ personal injury litigation, 2013) was honored for his contributions and support of the non-profit human-services agency Call for Help, Inc., at its Annual Celebration and Pillar of Hope Awards last July.
► Grippo & Elden: Gary M. Miller (commercial litigation, 2015) was appointed managing principal of Grippo & Elden last July. At the end of February, Grippo & Elden combined with Kansas City-based Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in its new Chicago office. As part of the deal, partner Michael P. Conway (commercial litigation, 2013) became vice chairman of Shook Hardy’s Business Litigation and Corporate Services section. Todd C. Jacobs (insurance law, 2015) will lead Shook’s new Chicago office.
► Harris Winick Harris: Kenneth L. Harris (tax law, 2006) and another partner from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP joined Kenneth’s twin brother Robert J. Harris (construction law and litigation - construction, 2006) at the newly named Harris Winick Harris LLP. Kenneth will be part of the firm’s new Tax Controversy and Tax Planning group.
► HeplerBroom: Partner Jeffrey S. Hebrank (mass tort litigation/class actions - defendants, 2007) received the 2014 Distinguished Member Award from Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Hebrank is a former president and 10-year board member with organization.
► Heyl Royster: Timothy L. Bertschy (commercial litigation, 2010) was named managing partner of the firm last October.
Shareholder Roger Clayton has developed two iPad apps for attorneys, which he exhibited at the 2014 American Bar Association TechShow in Chicago. Clayton’s two apps are Second Chair Mobile and Second Chair Mobile Jury.
Shareholder Steve Heine (railroad law, 2013) successfully represented BNSF Railway Company in two separate cases last year.
Shareholder Bradford B. Ingram (employment law - management, 2010) was selected as one of 14 faculty members for the 43rd Annual IADC Trial Academy, which will be held at Stanford University School of Law this summer. The Trial Academy provides lawyers with a week of intensive training on trial fundamentals, techniques and tactics.
Office managing partner Douglas Pomatto (medical malpractice law - defendants, 2015) was featured in the September 2014 issue of Leading Lawyers Magazine.
► Hinshaw & Culbertson: Last June, partner James M. Lestikow (litigation - trusts and estates and trusts and estates, 2007) was elected the 34th president of the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Managing partner J. Williams Roberts (criminal defense: white-collar and gaming law, 2006) resigned from his role as the state’s legislative inspector general at the end of 2014.
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism featured partner Joshua G. Vincent (appellate practice, 2014) in its Lawyer Spotlight last June.
► Holland & Knight: In May, partner Gregory K. Brown (employee benefits [ERISA] law, 1995) left Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP to join Holland & Knight’s Corporate/M&A group as a partner.
In January, partner Steven M. Elrod (government relations practice, land use and zoning law and real estate law, 2005) was featured in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article. Partner Robert J. Labate (entertainment law - motion pictures and television, 2007) accepted a Distinguished Service Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts on behalf of the firm’s Chicago office for its work representing area artists in pro bono matters.
In September, partner Gregory R. Meeder (litigation - construction) moderated the Chicago Building Congress Owners panel at the Chicago Building Congress’s annual Economic Summit. Meeder is a former president of the Chicago Building Congress.
► Husch Blackwell: Partner Edward D. Manzo (litigation - intellectual property and litigation - patent, 2010) was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 Business Edition.
► Jenner & Block: Partner Jeffrey D. Colman (commercial litigation, 2005) received a 2014 Leadership Award from the Juvenile Justice Initiative in October, recognizing his “work ensuring individualized and proportionate justice for every child in conflict with the law.”
Last April, partner E. Lynn Grayson (environmental law and natural resources law, 2006) was featured by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in its Lawyer Spotlight series as part of its 2Civility initiative to promote greater civility in the legal profession. In January, Jenner & Block was one of 14 firms nationwide named to The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List. The list focused on the firm’s representation of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, which is home to 500 orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth.
Partners Carter H. Klein (banking and finance law and financial services regulation law, 2006), Donald I. Resnick (litigation - real estate and real estate law, 2006), and Lawrence S. Schaner (international arbitration - commercial and international arbitration - governmental, 2010) were all part of the team that coordinated a deal to bring a solar plant to the village. The team was also honored with the first Anne Heyman Spirit Award at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village Gala in New York last May for their work in Rwanda.
In September, partner Vincent E. Lazar (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, 2013) was named the American Liver Foundation’s 2014 Flavors of Chicago Community Honoree, in appreciation of the pro bono legal services he and the other members of a Jenner & Block team have been providing the foundation since 2006.
This winter, partner Craig C. Martin (commercial litigation, 2014) was featured in a profile in Chicago Lawyer magazine, titled “The Jet-Setting Lawyer: As Litigation Co-Chair at Jenner & Block, Martin Juggles a Life of High-Stakes Cases and Civic Involvement.” Martin was also recognized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago at its Annual Leadership Dinner in October, receiving the 2014 Leadership Award for his commitment to the organization and overall community (Martin has been a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the organization since 1996, and was elected chairman in 2011).
In October, partner Ronald R. Peterson (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation - bankruptcy, 1995) was awarded the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy.
Partner Harry J. Roper (litigation - intellectual property and litigation - patent, 1995) was part of a team that won a patent infringement case for Dow Chemical Company in January.
Partner Lawrence S. Schaner (international arbitration - commercial and international arbitration - governmental, 2010) was recognized in the 2014 edition of the Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, published by Legal Media Group.
Partner Reid J. Schar (criminal defense: white-collar, 2015) has been in the news this past year due to his role as counsel for the legislative committee investigating the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures in New Jersey. The committee’s December report found that Governor Chris Christie was not involved in the closures.
In January, partner Catherine L. Steege (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation - bankruptcy, 2007) presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States in the high profile case of Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif.
In July, partner Barbara Steiner (commercial litigation, 2013) led a team that won its case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of Nomura Home Equity Loan. Also, starting last April, Steiner will serve three years on the LAF Board of Directors. LAF provides people living in poverty in Chicago with free professional legal services. Steiner was also featured in Law360’s Female Powerbrokers series, in a Q&A published last April.
Last May, partner Thomas P. Sullivan (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense: white-collar, 1983) was named First Defense Aid’s 2014 First Defender. FDLA, a non-profit that provides free legal representation to people taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department, recognized Sullivan’s “decades of leadership and dedication to protecting the constitutional and human rights of all people in detention, regardless of race and economic means.”
The National Law Journal named chairman Anton R. Valukas (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense: white-collar, 1983) Litigation Trailblazer and Pioneer of 2014, one of the 50 top legal professionals in the United States.
► Jones Day: Partner Brian West Easley (employment law - management, 2013) received media attention in the past year for leading a team of Jones Day attorneys who managed Detroit’s labor relations during the city’s bankruptcy.
In February, partner Robert J. Graves (banking and finance law, 2012) was interviewed by Forbes magazine, in an article titled “Does Regulation Fix Excessive Risk Taking by Financial Firms?”
Partner Michael J. Gray (employment law - management and litigation - labor and employment, 2012) was inducted as a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in November.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund presented partner Daniel E. Reidy (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, government contracts, litigation - intellectual property and litigation - securities, 1995) with their Commitment to Justice Award, given to someone who has demonstrated a commitment to fair, effective, and ethical government.
► Katten Muchin: Meredith Martin Addy (litigation - patent, 2007) joined Katten Muchin Rosenman’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in July. She moved from Steptoe & Johnson’s Chicago office.
Partner Mark R. Grossmann (corporate law, 2013) was profiled in a Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Spotlight last May. Grossmann was a PILI Fellow at Loyola University’s Community Law Center in 1997.
In December, partner Floyd A. Mandell (litigation - intellectual property, 2010) represented HBO Films, Inc., in its settlement of an Illinois federal copyright infringement suit. Also, Mandell was named to The National Law Journal’s list of the 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers last October.
► Kirkland & Ellis: Partner Linda K. Myers (banking and finance law, 2012) of Kirkland & Ellis was quoted in a Working Mother magazine article, “The Rule Breakers,” about ways women can get ahead in the legal field. She was also on Crain’s Chicago Business’ list of “The Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business,” and honored at the Harvard Law School’s International Women’s Day Celebration.
Partner Emily Nicklin (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation, 1995) of Kirkland & Ellis won an award for Excellence in Public Interest Service from the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Kirkland & Ellis was honored by the Alliance of Illinois Judges for its marriage equality pro bono work, as were several individual Kirkland & Ellis lawyers, including Emily Nicklin (see above) .
► Ladden & Allen: Gemma Allen (family law, 2014) of Ladden & Allen co-authored a new book, The New Love Deal: Everything you MUST know before Marrying, Moving in, or Moving On. She also appeared with her co-authors on FOX Chicago to discuss the book.
► Laner Munchin: Joseph M. Gagliardo (employment law – management; labor law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2006), managing partner of Laner Munchin, contributed numerous articles to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin over the past year.
► Latham & Watkins: Partner Sean M. Berkowitz (criminal defense: white-collar, 2011) of Latham & Watkins was part of a team of litigators who cleared a major client of charges of insider trading brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Samuel B. Isaacson (insurance law, 2012) has joined Latham & Watkins’ Chicago office as a litigation partner.
► Levenfeld Pearlstein: Robert A. Romanoff (trusts and estates, 2007) was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for his role as the Levenfeld Pearlstein’s managing partner.
► Littler Mendelson: Barry A. Hartstein (employment law – management, 2007), shareholder in Littler Mendelson, was quoted numerous times on the performance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and on diversity-related employment issues in publications ranging from Law360 to Reuters to Diversity & the Bar.
► Locke Lord : Locke Lord has combined with Edwards Wildman Palmer.
► Loeb & Loeb: Douglas N. Masters (trademark law, 2010), managing partner of Loeb & Loeb’s Chicago office , co-authored numerous Chicago Daily Law Bulletin articles related to legal aspects of sports and social media branding and trademarks.
► Mayer Brown: Edward S. Best (corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; securities / capital markets law, 2006), Partner at Mayer Brown, was quoted in the Reuters article, “Exclusive: Top Fox investors Seek to Convert Voting Shares, Murdoch May Benefit.” Mr. Best was also quoted several times in Law360 and Risk & Insurance.
Timothy S. Bishop (appellate practice; litigation – environmental, 2006), partner at Mayer Brown, penned an op-ed article for the Chicago Sun-Times on recent pension reform in Illinois, “Illinois High Court has Firm Grounds for Upholding Pension Reform Bill.”
Partner Rebecca S. Eisner (information technology law; technology law, 2006) of Mayer Brown co-authored an article about information technology law for Law360 (“Stay A Step Ahead of State Data Breach Laws”), and another for Inside Counsel (“A How-to: Protecting Privacy Interests in Outsourcing”).
Partner J. Paul Forrester (banking and finance law; project finance law, 2006) of Mayer Brown was quoted numerous times in Reuters articles relating to banking and finance and co-authored an article for Law360 dealing with a recent Federal Energy Regulation Commission proposal, “FERC Open-Access Rule May Provide Developer Certainty.”
Partner Marcia E. Goodman (labor law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2010) of Mayer Brown co-authored “Checklist: Addressing Social Media in an Employee Handbook” for Attorney at Law Magazine for Kentucky and “Obtaining Information Regarding Job Applicants and Employees from Social Media Websites” for Lexis Practice Advisor Labor & Employment.
A team from Mayer Brown represented the Dow Chemical Company in its $1.215 billion sale of ANGUS Chemical Company.
Partner Michael L. Hermsen (securities / capital markets law; securities regulation, 2006) of Mayer Brown was quoted several times in Law360 and Bloomberg BNA. He co-authored an article for REIT, “Viewpoint: Choosing the Right Way to Invest in Brazilian Real Estate.”
Pro bono work done by Meyer Brown for Carrington Charitable Foundation and the Gary Senise Foundation was featured in Inside Counsel’s article, “3 Major Law Firms Share their Stories on Giving Back to Veterans.”
Partner Robert J. Kriss (commercial litigation, 2010) of Meyer Brown co-authored an article on data security, “Data Security: Looking for Safe Harbor in a Gathering Storm,” for Bloomberg BN.
Andrew S. Marovitz (litigation – antitrust; commercial litigation, 2007), partner at Meyer Brown, was quoted several times in The National Law Journal and also quoted in the Chicago Bar Journal for a profile of the recipient of a Chicago Bar Foundation law
Donna E. Morgan (trusts and estates, 2007), partner at Meyer Brown, was quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about Meyer Brown’s pro bono work.
Brad L. Peterson (information technology law, technology law, 2006) and Paul J. N. Roy (information technology law, technology law, 2006), partners at Meyer Brown, co-authored “5 Key Legal Issues In Contracting For SMAC Services,” for Law360 about legal risks to businesses in contracting for social media, mobile computing, web analytics, and cloud computing (SMAC) services.
Nancy G. Ross (litigation – ERISA, 2010), partner at Meyer Brown, recently co-authored an article for Law360 offering the “Top 10 Reasons to Have an ERISA Litigator on Speed Dial,” and was quoted numerous times in publications ranging from The National Law Journal to Inside Counsel to Bloomberg BNA.
Senior counsel J. Robert Stoll (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2007) at Meyer Brown co-authored several articles for Law360 about Detroit’s recent bankruptcy.
► McDermott Will & Emery: Partner Joseph S. Adams (employee benefits [ERISA] law, 2010)was quoted in Forbes and Law360 articles about the intricacies of retirement plan law and also co-authored “Developments Impacting Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses,” for Law.com with several other lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery.
Wilber H. Boies (litigation – ERISA, 2009), partner at McDermott Will & Emery, was quoted in the Business Insurance article, “Supreme Court retirement benefits ruling provides clarity for employers,” in support of the decision and co-authored an article for The Recorder, “Criticism of Cy Pres Settlements Goes Too Far,” in response to criticism of cy pres awards, which “distribute residual class action settlement funds to legal services organizations.”
Joel G. Chefitz (litigation – antitrust; commercial litigation; litigation –regulatory enforcement [SEC,Telecom, Energy]; litigation – securities, 2003), partner at McDermott Will & Emery, was quoted in Global Competition Review and Law 360. He co-authored an article for Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, “The O’Bannon Decision and the ‘Ancillary Restraints’ Doctrine,” on why a California court’s recent decision that student-athletes “can be paid for the use of their names and likenesses” could be reversed.
Richard L. Dees (trusts and estates, 1993), partner at McDermott Will & Emery, penned “Is Chief Counsel Resurrecting the Chapter 14 ‘Monster’?” for Tax Notes Today criticizing a recent memorandum by the IRS Chief Counsel.
Partner Sandra M. DiVarco (health care law, 2013) of McDermott Will & Emery was quoted several times on legal issues related to Ebola in the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Global Legal Post, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Business Week, and Law360. DiVarco gave a high-profile interview on CNN, “Are US Hospitals Prepared to Deal with Ebola?”
Partner Carol A. Harrington (trusts and estates, 1995) of McDermott Will & Emery was profiled in Financial Advisor Magazine’s article, “Closing the Gender Gap,” in connection with her role as the firm’s first female department head. She was also quoted in Forbes, Bloomberg Buisnessweek, Legal Week, and UK publications Legal Business and Legal Monitor about news relating to her practice.
Partner Brent A. Hawkins of McDermott Will & Emery was the subject of a Q&A in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series and received the George B. Vashon Innovator Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
Partner Andrea S. Kramer (litigation and controversy – tax; tax law, 2008) was one of ten women selected to receive the 2015 POW! Award from Womenetics, an organization dedicated to women’s advancement in business and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Female Lawyers Still Battle Gender Bias.”
Partner Michael Peregrine (health care law, 1993) of McDermott Will & Emery contributed articles on legal matters related to his field for Corporate Counsel, the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog and the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
William Smith (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 1999) partner at McDermott Will & Emery, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal and co-authored an article for Bloomberg BNA on recent developments in reorganization law as it relates to the health care industry.
► McDonald Hopkins: Steven Harris (health care law, 2014) of McDonald Hopkins penned “How to Avoid Data Breaches, HIPAA Violations When Posting Patients’ Protected Health Information Online,” for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s publication The Hospitalist.
► McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff: Leif R. Sigmond, Jr. (litigation – intellectual property; litigation – patent, 2013), partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, was interviewed twice on CBS2 Chicago about preparations for the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Partner Kevin E. Noonan (biotechnology law; patent law, 2007) of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff was quoted on The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot Blog about drug patent infringement and twice in Law360 in articles about biotech and patent law.
► McGuireWoods: Partner Sally Doubet King (employee benefits [ERISA] law, 2006) was featured in a Q&A on 401(k) plans for Crain’s Chicago Business.
► Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson: Scott M. Seaman (2010, insurance law), partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson penned an insurance-related article, “Why Pro Rata Allocation Is the Majority Rule,” for Law360.
Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Michael M. Marick (insurance law, 2009), partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for donating time and money to Franciscan Outreach. The organization helps the Chicago homeless and Marick and his family volunteered to serve food at one of Franciscan Outreach’s shelters on Christmas Eve.
Richard A. Devine (commercial litigation, 2013) partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Lessons learned from Dick Devine,” penned by a fellow lawyer mentored by Mr. Devine.
► Meyers & Flowers: Peter J. Flowers (workers’ compensation law – claimants, 2010), partner at Meyers & Flowers, was the Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee Chair in a billion-dollar class-action settlement for victims of defective hip implant replacements.
► Michael Best & Friedrich: Brian P. Paul (employment law – management, 2014), partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, wwas featured on Bloomberg News about Northwestern University football players’ vote to decide if they will form a labor union.
Daniel A. Kaufmann (employment law – management, 2012), partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, was featured in a local news article about his service on the city council in the Highland Park Landmark.
Arthur Gollwitzer III (litigation – intellectual property, 2014), partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, was quoted in an article in Chicago Lawyer Magazine about the resolution of a case about the legal rights to the James Bond movie character and in Law360, about intellectual property bills in the new congress.
Luke W. Demarte (entertainment law – music, 2007), partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, spoke on FOX 32 News about the about the Washington Redskins’ loss of their trademark after judges on a federal trademark panel decided that the trademark should be cancelled because it is disparaging to Native Americans.
Partner Jeffery H. Brown (advertising law; entertainment law – music, 2007) of Michael Best & Friedrich was profiled in the Chicago Law Bulletin article, “Wearing the suit in the entourage: Michael, Best attorney traverses world where entertainment and sports collide.”
► Monico & Spevack: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Michael D. Monico (criminal defense: non-white-collar; criminal defense: white-collar, 1993), Partner at Monico & Spevack, was honored by the Chicago Bar Association with its Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award, for his “charitable work and mentoring of young lawyers.”
► Much Shelist: Josh M. Leavitt (construction law, 2009), principal in Much Shelist, was quoted in the Risk & Insurance article “If You Build It, They Will Sue” and penned articles for InsideCounsel and Corporate Counsel magazines.
► Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg: Lawyer of the Year in Litigation – Regulatory Encorcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Steven F. Pflaum (commercial litigation; litigation – regulatory enforcement [SEC, Telecom, Energy], 2015), partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, became president of the Appellate Lawyers Association (mentioned in the Chicago Tribune) and was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for trying to “bridge the gap” between lawyers and judges in appellate courts.
Partner Thomas J. McNulty (litigation – real esate; real estate law, 2010) of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg was honored for his 25 years of service as president of the board for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund. Mr. McNulty was featured in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in connection with this work.
Gerald A. Golden (employment law – management; labor law – management , 2006), partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, was quoted in the Forbes’ article, “Did the NLRB Just Make It Easier For Unions To Organize Walmart?”
Partner Angela R. Elbert (insurance law, 2011) of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for her work with the Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit which helps inner-city high school girls get to college and find careers with mentoring from women professionals. Elbert was also included on Michigan Avenue’s “The List” of notable people. This year, “The List” also included pop stars Beyoncé and Jack White.
Jill B. Berkeley (insurance law, 2006), partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg and chair of the Insurance Policyholder practice group, contributed an article to Today’s Chicago Woman, titled, “The Importance of Mentorship in the Legal Industry.”
► Niro, Haller & Niro: Senior partner Raymond P. Niro (litigation – intellectual property; litigation – patent; patent law; trademark law, 2006) of Niro, Haller & Niro gave a three-part interview to intellectual property news site IPWatchdog on everything from patent defense to the U.S. Supreme Court. http://www.niroip.com/ray-niro-interviewed-ip-watchdog/
Michael H. Cramer (employment law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2012), shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, was featured in the Chicago Tribune in an article about his second feature-length film, "Teenage Ghost Punk." Cramer describes the film as “a supernatural punk rock romantic comedy.”
► Peskind Law Firm: Family Law Lawyer of the Year Steven N. Peskind (family law, 2012) of Peskind Law Firm, had his first book, The Family Law Trial Evidence Handbook: Rules and Procedures for Effective Advocacy, reviewed in the American Bar Association publication Family Advocate. He also published the article, “No Expert, No Problem: Strategies for Admission of Tax Evidence without Expert Testimony" in Family Advocate.
► Perkins Coie: The firm Perkins Coie was profiled in the Chicago Lawyer article “Seattle’s best… in Chicago” about the growth of the firms’ Chicago office (as well as offices elsewhere) from its beginnings in Seattle.
Partner Domingo P. Such III of Perkins Coie (trusts and estates, 2010) was quoted in Forbes’ article "Obama Budget Would Upend Estate Plans,” and also quoted in the book The Cabin: Building a Family-of-Affinity Office.”
Firmwide co-chair David M. Neff of Perkins Coie (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law; leisure and hospitality law, 2013) was quoted in Law360 and The Deal Pipeline about legal/financial issues.
► Proskauer Rose: Partner Mark K. Thomas (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law; litigation – bankruptcy, 2011) of Proskauer Rose was quoted several times in The Deal.
A team of lawyers from Proskauer Rose advised American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in its $2.6 billion sale to Ventas. The team included Partner Michael J. Choate (securities / capital markets law, 2011.)
► Quarles & Brady: Theodore I. Yi (real estate law, 2007), managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office, was interviewed as part of the Law360 “Minority Powerbrokers Q&A” series. He was also the subject of real estate trade publication REJournals’ profile, “Ted Yi: A Man You Can Count On.”
Christopher J. Townsend (energy law 2008), partner at Quarles & Brady, published “Getting Plugged In: Illinois Sees the Light with Competitive Energy Markets,” in Chicago Lawyer Magazine.
Janice E. Rodgers (non-profit / charities law, 2007), partner at Quarles & Brady, was selected as a Woman of the Year by the Chicago Rotary Club. She also authored, “Risks in Making Foundation Grants to Organizations Awaiting Their Tax Exemption,” for Law 360
Kwame Y. Raoul (education law, 2015), partner at Quarles & Brady, was featured in The Daily Whale article “Q+A with state Sen. Kwame Raoul” about his leadership as an Illinois state senator. Sen. Raoul, who has served as the 13th District’s state Senator since 2004, was preceded by President Barack Obama. Sen. Raoul also published an article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “When concussions occur, young athletes need greater protections.”
Partner E. King Poor (commercial litigation, 2013) of Quarles & Brady was quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Times, and the Journal-Courier on the State of Illinois’ decision to keep 1,250 parolees in prison who do not have the financial resources to obtain housing.
Janine M. Landow-Esser (environmental law, 2007), Partner at Quarles & Brady, was the recipient of The Night Ministry’s President’s Award. Landow-Esser has volunteered at The Night Ministry, which is dedicated to helping Chicago’s homeless, for almost nine years.
Kirk A. Hoopingarner (trusts and estates, 2008), partner at Quarles & Brady, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal articles, “The Downside of Joining a Nonprofit Board,” and “How Naming Right Can Go Wrong: For Big Donors, Naming a Building Can Get Tricky.”
► Querrey & Harrow: Brian H. Schoumacher (construction law; litigation – construction), shareholder at Querrey & Harrow, was appointed chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Construction Law section.
► Reed Smith: The law firm Reed Smith recently brought on three experienced intellectual property lawyers from Neal Gerber, including Robert E. Browne (litigation – intellectual property; litigation – patent; patent law; trademark law, 2006) who is a partner at his new firm.
► Robinson, Curley & Clayton: Fay Clayton (commercial litigation; employment law – individuals; employment law – management, 1995), founding shareholder in Robinson, Curley & Clayton, was one of two Robinson, Curley & Clayton lawyers who helped win an appeal for their client, the plaintiff in a race-discrimination-in-hiring claim.
► Romanucci & Blandin: Antonio M. Romanucci (personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; workers’ compensation law – claimants, 2013), principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, penned an article for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “Importance of conveying metal health injuries, PTSD to juries.” Romanucci also co-authored “The Invisible Injury of PTSD” in Trial Magazine, a publication of the American Association for Justice, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
► Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy: Partner John P. Ratnaswamy (energy law, 2010) of Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy was a test-certified referee at the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Illinois League robotics competition in Highland Park, Illinois. The FTC program and competition is designed to instill a love of science, technology, engineering, and math in 7th-12th grade students.
► Ropes & Gray: Lawyer of the Year in Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Deborah A. Monson (private funds / hedge funds law, 2006), partner at Ropes & Gray, was featured in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, “Ropes & Gray lawyer is a rare commodity.” Monson also co-authored articles for Compliance Intelligence and The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, and was quoted multiple times in financial trade magazines HFMCompliance and Compliance Intelligence.
Deborah L. Gersh (health care law, 2015), partner at Ropes & Gray, gave in-depth advice to readers of the Chicago Tribune in her comments for the article, “3 ways small companies can reduce the harm of a data breach.” Gersh was also quoted in the Modern Healthcare articles, “Obamacare, Fraud and Antitrust Top Legal Issues in 2015” and “Even for Ebola patients, HIPAA limits release of information.”
► Rubin Law Group: Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation Law—Claimants Arnold G. Rubin (workers compensation law – claimants, 1995) of the Rubin Law Group was quoted in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about an ironworker he had represented who was severely injured in a 2005 bridge collapse at the I-80 and I-294 junction. The bridge collapse led to the death of another ironworker and the case was recently settled for a combined sum of more than $10 million. (Rubin represented the injured worker at an earlier stage in the case.)
► Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard: Managing equity partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Patrick A. Salvi (medical malpractice law – plaintiffs; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 2005) received the 2014 Judge Robert S. Smith, Jr. Humanitarian Award, in an event sponsored by the Justininan Society of Italian-American Judges & Lawyers of Lake County, Illinois.
► Schiff Hardin: Ronald S. Safer (criminal defense: white-collar, 2009), managing partner at Schiff Hardin, was quoted in an article in Medill Reports Chicago about the performance of U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon in prosecuting violent crime.
Partner and Executive Committee member at Schiff Hardin Robert H. Riley, Jr. (mass tort litigation / class actions – defendants, 2008) was quoted in The American Lawyer article, “What’s Next for Big Law?”
Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN) has recognized Schiff Hardin partners, including Best Lawyers Virgil R. Montgomery (construction law; litigation – construction, 2010), Gabriel M. Rodriguez (environmental law; litigation – environmental, 2007), Renee Cipriano (environmental law; litigation environmental, 2010), and managing partner Ronald S. Safer (criminal defense: white-collar, 2009), with its Volunteers of the Year award.
Partner and executive committee member at Schiff Hardin Patricia Brown Holmes (commercial litigation, 2010), who joined the firm after almost nine years as a judge in Cook County, Illinois, was interviewed as part of Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers Q&A” series. She was also interviewed for an article in The American Lawyer, “The Diversity Crisis: Big Firms’ Continuing Crisis,” with Diversity Committee Chairwoman Holmes speaking about Schiff Hardin’s “initiatives to recruit and support more diverse lawyers.”
Schiff Hardin partner Thomas W. Abendroth (tax law; litigation – trusts and estates; trusts and estates, 2003) was quoted in Forbes and Financial Advisor on new tax issues related to trusts and estates.
► Schiller DuCanto & Fleck: Anita M. Ventrelli (family law, 2011), senior partner at Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, was interviewed for an article on diversity in Chicago law firms, “The diversity discussion: as the profession’s ranks of women and minorities seem to be standing still, a few firms stand out,” in Chicago Lawyer Magazine. The article showcases a photo of Ventrelli and three other Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck lawyers: Karen Pinkert-Lieb (family law, 2010); Tanya J. Stanish (family law, 2010) and Meighan A. Harmon (family law, 2008).
Many Schiller DuCanto & Fleck lawyers contributed regularly to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:
Meighan A. Harmon (family law, 2008), a senior partner, contributed, “No more balm for the broken-hearted?” about the complexity of litigating “heart balm” statutes, which allow for monetary damages in such things as broken promises to marry and “alienation of affection.” Senior partner Anita M. Ventrelli penned the article, “Freeing custody issues from finances.” Senior partner Karen Pinkert-Lieb (family law, 2010) wrote, “Non-custodial parents can get child support, too,” discussing a recent child support case and the broader implications for the practice of family law. Senior partner Donald C. Schiller (family law, 1983) wrote, “The conundrum involving dissipation of marital assets.” Senior partner Tanya J. Stanish (family law, 2010) contributed, “A reason to reflect on protection orders,” in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) and calling attention to how protection orders can help victims of domestic violence. Partner Michelle M. Jochner (family law, 2015) wrote articles for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on everything from Susan B. Anthony’s early agitation for voting rights for women (“Suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s stand on voting sets stage for today”) to Jackie Robinson & Rosa Parks (“Remembering civil rights pioneers on the anniversary of their passing”) to explanations of legal procedure (“After the appellate court rules, what’s next?”). Partner Jessica Bank Interlandi (family law, 2015) wrote, “Attorney-assisted family law mediation can provide a better way forward” and partner Jay P. Dahlin (family law, 2014) contributed, “What’s the proper use of custody evaluators?” Associate Kimberley A. Cook (family law, 2015) was profiled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article, “From Family Survival to Family Law,” shares Cook’s life story, from her experience as a child of U.S. educators working in Panama during the U.S. invasion in 1989 to becoming a lawyer specializing in Family Law at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck.
► Schopf & Weiss: Paula E. Litt (insurance law, 2013) of Schopf & Weiss was quoted in the Insights Magazine article, “No Fight in This Dog.” Litt is quoted on the importance of litigation in working toward good settlements and the article explores forensics’ use in legal settlements.
► Sedgewick: A firm blog post about legal jurisdictions and social media by Kirk Jenkins (appellate practice, 2010) of Sedgewick was mentioned in the Law Technology News article, “Jurisdiction in the Facebook Era.”
► Seyfarth Shaw: William P. Schurgin (health care law, 2013) of Seyfarth Shaw was quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Bloomberg BNA about the firm’s new coaching program for associate attorneys, which seeks to improve retention and to engage Seyfarth Shaw’s newer lawyers.
A team of Seyfarth Shaw attorneys, including Joel D. Rubin (real estate law, 1993), Michael D. Miselman (real estate law, 2009) and J. Kelly Bufton (real estate law, 2013), represented Chestnut Place Associates in its sale of Chestnut Place, a large mixed-use building with retail and apartment space on Chicago’s Gold Coast, for $80.5 million.
Camille A. Olson (litigation – labor and employment, 2012) testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Camille Olson was also quoted about recent labor and employment cases numerous times, in publications including Forbes, The National Law Journal, SHRM, and Human Resources Executive. Olson also co-authored an article in the Daily Journal on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, about a UPS employee who sued the company after it denied her request for a less strenuous work assignment while she was pregnant.
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. (litigation – labor and employment, 2014) was one of the Seyfarth Shaw co-authors of an amicus brief providing an opinion on the far-reaching consequences of the proceedings for the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Mach Mining v. EEOC. The brief, written on behalf of the American Insurance Association, argued that the previous court’s decision in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should be reversed. Mr. Maatman was also interviewed for The Wall Street Journal's, “Opinion: Will the Supreme Court Curb EEOC abuses?,” on Mach Mining v. EEOC. Mr. Maatman has been quoted numerous times in the last year on EEOC-related cases in publications including Law360, Human Resource Executive, and Business Insurance and was named an “Employment MVP” by Law360.
A team of Seyfarth Shaw lawyers, including Steven R. Lifson (employee benefitsw [ERISA] law, 2015), represented Great Lakes Financial Resources in a merger with First Midwest Bancorp. One result of the merger was that Great Lakes Bank, which has eight branches in suburbs south of Chicago, merged into First Midwest Bank.
► Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin: Brian L. Shaw (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2012) of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin will be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an invitation-only association of professionals in the field. http://www.shawfishman.com/brian-l-shaw-to-be-inducted-as-a-fellow-of-the-american-college-of-bankruptcy/
Robert M. Fishman (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 1995) of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin was profiled by Crain’s Chicago Business in his guiding role as the “bill gatekeeper” in the Detroit bankruptcy case, the biggest bankruptcy of a U.S. municipality in history.
► Sidley Austin: Sidley Austin was recognized by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for its 30-year partnership with Kanoon Magnet Elementary School at a school ceremony. Kannon Magnet Elementary is a public school for preschool to eighth grade students, which the firm has supported with events and programs including an annual Thanksgiving food drive, winter clothes and book drives, and a violin instruction program. In attendance at the ceremony were Sidley Austin partners Michelle Ilene Ruiz (private funds / hedge funds law, 2006) and John G. Levi (labor law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2014).
Thomas D. Rein (litigation – patent; patent law, 2012) of Sidley Austin was the lead counsel for health care company Baxter, resolving a medical patent infringement lawsuit in the company’s favor.
Sidley Austin received the mergers and acquisitions “Deal of the Year (Over $500MM to $1 Billion)”award at the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards for the hand it played in the acquisition of Tellabs, Inc. by Marlin Equity Partners. The lead lawyers on the deal included Sidley Austin partners Imad I. Qasim (corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law, 2006), Beth E. Flaming (corporate governance law, 2015) and Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Thomas A. Cole (corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law, 1989).
A team of lawyers form Sidley Austin, including Litigation -- Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Larry J. Nyhan (litigation – bankruptcy; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2007) and Thomas W. Albrecht (banking and finance law; securitization and structured finance law, 2005), represented Chinese company LDK Solar in a debt restructuring deal crossing multiple international jurisdictions, the first deal of its kind authorized in U.S. Bankruptcy court for a Chinese company.
Livia M. Kiser (consumer law, 2015) was one of six new lawyers joining Sidley Austin’s Consumer Class Actions litigation group last December. Among Livia Kiser’s notable achievements leaving her previous firm were multiple articles published in 2014 on legal topics in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Law360, and Food & Beverage Magazine.
The University of Chicago Law School established the Thomas A. Cole-Sidley Austin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Business law in honor of Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Thomas A. Cole (corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law, 1989).
James B. Biery (private funds / hedge funds law, 2006) was one of the Sidley Austin co-authors of an article in Law360, “CFTC Paves Way For Broader Advertising of Private Funds,” dealing with the recent Commodity Futures Trading Commission decision.
Chris Abbinante (leveraged buyouts and private equity law, 2013) of Sidley Austin co-authored an article for Law360, “What Private Equity Buyers Are Doing to Win.” http://www.sidley.com/en/publications/what-private-equity-buyers-are-doing-to-win-12-22-2014
► Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom: Brian W. Duwe (corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law, 2006) of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was profiled in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article about his leadership in the firm’s Chicago office.
► Stein Ray: Steven G. M. Stein (construction law; litigation – construction, 2005) of Stein Ray penned “Bid Protests in the United States,” for Construction Law International, a publication of the International Bar Association, and was a co-author of “The Illusions of Additional Insured Coverage” for the American Bar Association publication The Construction Lawyer.
► Steptoe & Johnson: Steptoe & Johnson has expanded its Chicago office with four new litigation partners, including Michael Dockterman (litigation – antitrust; commercial litigation; litigation – intellectual property, 2010).
Thomas J. Filarski (patent law, 2010) of Steptoe & Johnson was quoted as a biotech patent law specialist on the specifics of patents on cloning processes in the Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Dolly the Sheep’s Clones Deemed Unpatenable by Court.” Mr. Filarski was also quoted in Law360 and The Am Law Litigation Daily articles about a recent federal case decided against Consumer Watchdog and the implications for other public interest groups seeking to challenge patents.
The firm had an important victory, led in trial by Thomas J. Filarski, in a patent case for a company wanting to produce generics of an eyelash growth stimulant. The case was covered in Law360.
► Swanson, Martin & Bell: Dale G. Wills (product liability litigation – defendants, 2007) of Swanson, Martin & Bell joined the American Board of Trial Adovcates. The ABOTA is an invitation-only organization for judges and trial lawyers that works to uphold and promote the right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers, protected by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Kevin T. Martin (personal injury litigation – defendants, 2008) of Swanson, Martin & Bell was one of several of the firms attorneys mentioned in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on the firm’s “12-day defensive hot streak.” Mr. Martin was the lead lawyer in the successful defense of an orthopedic surgeon, who was being sued for $1.4 million by a former patient.
Michael W. Drumke (mass tort litigation / class actions – defendants, 2015) of Swanson, Martin & Bell was elected chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He was also interviewed for a profile in the ABA magazine Tort Source, “When I Was a Young Lawyer” and interviewed by the Legal Talk Network at an ABA meeting.
► Vedder Price: Gregory G. Wrobel (health care law, 2013) was part of a Vedder Price team that represented Texas-based tech company AMX in its sale to Harman International Industries, which sells products for audio, video, and IT professionals, for $365 million.
John T. McEnroe (banking and finance law, 2006) of Vedder Price was part of a team that represented Schawk!, a brand development company, in its sale to Matthews International, which provides products and services to cemeteries and funeral homes.
Blaine Kimrey (litigation – intellectual property, 2015) joined Vedder Price’s Chicago office. Mr. Kimrey is a former journalist who has worked for and defended various media companies over nearly 20 years. He was also one of two Vedder Price attorneys quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business’ article, “The Case Starts with a Tweet: ‘You Gave Me Herpes,’” about the need for specialized legal services in the age of the internet.
Michael M. Eidelman (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2013) of Vedder Price was quoted in The Deal article, “Bankruptcy Life Settlements a Niche, but Growing," about the sale of life insurance policies to help pay creditors in bankruptcy cases.
Angelo J. Bufalino (patent law; trademark law, 2012) was one of three Vedder Price attorneys selected to represent the firm and join winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards prize to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market in New York City.
Bruce R. Alper (employment law – management; labor law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2011) was one of three Vedder Price attorneys who represented the John Marshall Law School in its defense victory over a case brought by a former student, who alleged that the school had misrepresented employment and salary statistics of graduates in its recruitment materials.
► Williams, Montgomery & John: C. Barry Montgomery (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; medical malpractice law – defendants; personal injury litigation – defendants, 1987) led a team of lawyers from Williams, Montgomery & John in a successful defense of one of the former officers of the Emerald Casino against a bankruptcy trustee, who was asking the seven defendants to pay over half a billion dollars to Emerald for causing the company to lose its gambling license in Rosemont, Illinois. The judge ruled that Williams, Montgomery and John’s client was not liable; the other six defendants were ordered to pay a total of $272 million to Emerald for leading the company to lose its license.
► Winston & Strawn: Dan. K Webb (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar; mass tort litigation / class actions – defendants; medical malpractice law – defendants, 1987) and Daniel D. Rubinstein (commercial litigation, 2013) of Winston & Strawn were invited to discuss the Koschman Case with The American Lawyer and the firm was named Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for White-Collar Defense by The National Law Journal, partly in connection with the Koschman case. Mr. Webb served as special prosecutor and led a team of lawyers, including deputy special prosecutor Mr. Rubenstein, in the investigation into the death of David Koschman, who died from a blow to the face outside a Chicago bar in 2004. The nephew of former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley pled guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter of Koschman, almost ten years after the crime and a mere three years after Koschman’s mother petitioned the Cook County Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. The judge selected Mr. Webb to find out whether a cover-up by the police or prosecutors had occurred and if charges should be brought in Koschman’s death.
Daniel D. Rubinstein (commercial litigation, 2013) of Winston & Strawn received Boston University School of Law’s Silver Shingle Award for Service to the Community for his work as deputy special prosecutor on the Koschman case and was profiled in the BU School of Law magazine, The Record.
Winston & Strawn was a co-sponsor of the Court Theatre’s opening night performance of Samuel Beckett’s famous play, Waiting for Godot. The firm was represented at the performance by several attorneys, including Linda T. Coberly (appellate practice, 2013) and Caryn L. Jacobs (arbitration; mediation; commercial litigation, 2012).
A team of lawyers from Winston & Strawn, including Dan K. Webb (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar; mass tort litigation / class actions – defendants; medical malpractice law – defendants, 1987) and Daniel D. Rubinstein (commercial litigation, 2013), won a dismissal of suit against their clients Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargil., Tate & Lyle, and Igredion, over a plaintiff who alleged that high fructose corn syrup was a dangerous man-made “toxin” which caused her to develop diabetes and that the defendants had been responsible because of the market share that they held in the food industry.
Oscar A. David (mergers and acquisition law, 2010) was one of two Winston & Strawn attorneys honored for pro bono work on a merger of two Illinois social service agencies that assist developmentally challenged adults and children.
Linda T. Coberly (appellate practice, 2013) of Winston & Strawn received the Illinois Diversity Council’s Leadership Excellence Award at the 2014 Illinois Leadership Conference. Coberly handled oral arguments in a winning case for the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, over a class action suit alleging that the for-profit education companies had made false statements about enrollment, growing revenue, and recruiting to potential investors.
Kimball R. Anderson (commercial litigation; litigation – intellectual property, 2013) of Winston & Strawn received the highest honor of the Chicago Bar Association, the Justice John Paul Stevens award, for his “commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law.”
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