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Gartner Law Offices, Inc. and its Attorneys Scott J. Gartner, Christopher P. Hughes and Matthew J. DeMartini have joined with the law firm of Ralph, Schwab & Schiever, Chartered with offices in Vernon Hills, Antioch, Chicago and Pleasant Prairie.

Ralph, Schwab, Gartner & Schiever, Chartered will now be representing clients from Chicago to Milwaukee with a broader range of services and practical solutions to your legal matters.

Albert E. Durkin
Albert E. Durkin
Angelica Wawrzynek
Angelica Wawrzynek
The Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors elected a new secretary and treasurer at its meeting June 18 in Rosemont. President Vincent F. Cornelius held the Board's organizational meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.

Angelica W. Wawrzynek, of Mattoon, will serve as treasurer. She is an associate at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC. She focuses primarily on civil litigation and especially personal injury cases. In 2012, Wawrzynek received the ECIWAA Award for Service to the Community and the following year she was honored with the ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Albert E. Durkin, of Chicago, was elected secretary. Durkin is the managing partner and founding member of Miroballi Durkin & Rudin, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 35 years of experience as an active personal injury litigator. He is a 1977 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will receive the 2016 Distinguished Award for Excellence from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) at the organization’s 18th annual black-tie Gala on Friday evening, October 14, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30, followed by dinner and dancing. The IBF is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Attorney General Madigan became the first woman elected to serve as the Illinois Attorney General and one of only a handful of female Attorneys General in the country when she was elected to the position in 2002. In 2014, she was elected to her fourth term and is now the senior-most female Attorney General.

Attorney General Madigan has brought a high level of activism to the Office of Illinois Attorney General. She has demonstrated principled leadership, putting policy before politics and focusing her work as the state’s top legal advocate on protecting the people and communities of Illinois.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis has begun an application process for a vacancy in the Third Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County.

The vacancy is created by the upcoming retirement of Cook County Circuit Judge Maureen Leahy Delehanty. Judge Delehanty has been a judge since 2009 and is set to retire on July 31, 2016.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced that the 21st Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Joann I. Drew as an associate judge of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Drew received her undergraduate degree in 1975 from Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and her Juris Doctor in 1982 from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Ms. Drew is currently affiliated with the Kankakee County Public Defender's Office in Kankakee, IL.

John Larson
John Larson
John Larson of Larson & Greenberg Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of the firm’s office at 512 W Burlington Ave., Suite 109, La Grange, Illinois 60525. Larson & Greenberg Law Group also has a location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

“We are excited about our opening in La Grange and serving the legal needs of the residents of La Grange, Western Springs, Hinsdale, Brookfield, Countryside, La Grange Park, and the surrounding areas,” says Founder and Partner John Larson of Larson & Greenberg Law Group, LLC.

John P. Milroy
John P. Milroy
John Patrick Milroy died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at his home in Aurora. John was born July 21, 1949 in Aurora, the son of John Edward and Dorothy Hanson Milroy. John was preceded in death by his mother and father, and also his brother Mike.

John is survived by his wife Sandra, his son Daniel and daughter Amy, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.

Antonio M. Romanucci, Founding Partner and Principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, was recently nominated as 3rd Vice President by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). The Nominating Committee Report was submitted for approval June 10th at ITLA’S Annual Membership Meeting at Westin Chicago River North, Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Romanucci has been an ITLA board member since 2003. As an ITLA member, their mission is to fight to ensure all citizens receive equal footing in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Members, like Romanucci, see to it that those who harm consumers, other individuals, or even their own employees, are held accountable.

Meredith Pike
Meredith Pike
Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is pleased to announce the elevation of Meredith Pike, from associate to principal.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Pike is a litigator who focuses on employment law and construction litigation. She has been named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012 to 2016 and designated an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.

Karlie Dunsky
Karlie Dunsky
Franczek Radelet has bolstered its Immigration Practice with the addition of Karlie Dunsky, who provides employment-based immigration counsel to clients at public, private and nonprofit companies across the country. 

Dunsky, who joins as an associate, has extensive experience counseling employers through the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processes, allowing employers to recruit and retain the most talented foreign national workers. She is well-versed in H-1B, L, TN, O, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 visas and adjustment of status, representing H-1B/L-dependent employers and consulting firms, and ensuring compliance with H-1B regulations for employees in unique industries involving variable work locations. She is also particularly experienced in responding to extensive Requests for Evidence and audits by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor.