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Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Gerald V. Cleary as a Cook County Circuit Judge in the 10th Subcircuit.

Judge Cleary was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Donald J. Suriano, who is retiring on Nov. 2, 2016.

The appointment takes effect Nov. 3, 2016 and will terminate on Dec. 3, 2018, when the position will be filled by the 2018 General Election.

Health care and litigation law firm Brennan Garvey LLC has changed its name to Brennan Burtker LLC. Firm partner Robert S. Burtker is a renowned trial lawyer with three decades of courtroom experience, and he joins Mark M. Brennan as a name partner. Founding partner Catherine L. Garvey accepted the Associate General Counsel position at one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions earlier this year. More on the firm at

Devoted husband of Anna Marie, nee Coakley, for 51 years;

Loving father of James W. V (Mary Lynn), and Erin Ann MD;

Proud Papa of Liam, Danny, and Maggie; Dear brother of the late Peggy, late Patty, late Jack (Jane), Kathy, late Walter (Sue), Mike (Elaine), late Joseph Brendan, Kevin (Mary Ellyn), and Johnny (Teri); Fond uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend to many; Former CPD, and Ret. Lieutenant CFD after 33 years of loyal service; Proud graduate of Mt. Carmel High School '58, and John Marshall Law School '85; Member Illinois State Bar Association.

James P. Gallagher
James P. Gallagher
James P. Gallagher, born June 18, 1938, peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Jim is survived by his ten children: Beth (Curt) Coolidge; Anne (Dan) Feely; Jim Gallagher, Jr. (Bridget Stanis); Ellen (Tim) Kane; Lynne (Chris) Nanson; John (Carrie) Gallagher; Nancy (Matt) Graham; Michael (Isabel) Gallagher; Sarah (Tucker) McDermott; and Matthew Gallagher (Meg Hanley). He will be lovingly remembered by his 19 grandchildren: Brendan, Ryan and Jack Coolidge; Lauren, Caitlin and Sarah Feely; Timothy and Edward Kane; Elizabeth, Tessa and Natalie Nanson; Chuck and Will Gallagher; Nora and Genevieve Graham; Eva Gallagher; Sydney, Tucker and Christian McDermott. He is survived by his partner, Carol Pierce, and his siblings Sari (Dan) Nagle, Mary (Dave) O'Brien and Margaret (Aunt Margie). He was a fond uncle of 11 nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Georgiana (Webb) Gallagher, and siblings Georgiana O'Neill and Ellen (Sr. James Marie) Gallagher.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that it has launched a Consultants and Coaches for the Profession Practice™. The new practice will focus on helping law firm leaders address complex business- and management-related challenges and opportunities involved in effectively managing their firms.

Chicago-based partner Donald L. Mrozek — who served as Hinshaw's chairman from 1989–2015 — will lead the practice. Under his watch, Hinshaw grew from a small Chicago-area law firm to a national firm with 25 offices, approximately 500 attorneys and more than $225 million in revenues.

Although modern technology has evolved by leaps and bounds, the use of technology in the legal community has moved a bit more slowly because attorneys are hesitant to take risks on the unknown. This full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on Friday, October 28, 2016 shows you how technology can boost efficiency and professionalism in your practice and gives you the confidence you need to use it. As an attendee, you will learn: how to use Office 365 in your practice; new ways to energize yourself and handle the stresses of technology and the demands of your practice; how technology can help you manage deadlines and get compensated for your time; which technology tips you can and should begin incorporating into your practice; new techniques for establishing great communication with clients, jurors, and judges; how to monitor and protect your online reputation; the ethical issues that can arise when using technology in your practice; how to share documents electronically; and much more!

Lead in Water, Who's Problem is It?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016,
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
ISBA Chicago Office (map and directions)
20 S. Clark, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603

The ISBA Environmental Law Section Council is pleased to invite you to join us to hear Justin DeWitt and Kathryn Pamenter speak at our October 25, 2016, Professional Development Luncheon on the challenges we face regarding lead in water. This panel presentation will include an in-depth look at Senate Bill 550, which requires schools to test for lead in drinking and cooking water sources.

All members of the Mental Health section are invited to attend the upcoming Mental Health Section Council meeting on Monday, October 17 at noon at the Chicago Regional Office, 20 S Clark Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603.

Alexa James, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Chicago, will be speaking at the meeting. 

Members are welcome to call in or attend the meeting in person. The presentation is expected to last approximately half an hour. If you are interested in attending or calling in, please contact Mary Grant at Space is limited.

Michael Pisano
Michael Pisano
Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Pisano has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation group. He concentrates his practice in prosecuting and defending civil litigation matters.  Michael represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters with an emphasis in representing professionals in the construction area including owners, developers, designers and general contractors.  He also has experience in defending consumer claims brought against clients in regard to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws and defending employers in employee disputes. 

“As we continue to grow our Illinois offices, we are excited to have Michael join the firm,” said Dave Hight, DuPage office managing partner at Ice Miller. “Michael’s varied litigation experience in the construction and class action arena complements nicely our current litigation attorneys’ practices.”

Chief Circuit Judge Kathryn E. Creswell is pleased to announce that following an October 6, 2016 meeting of the Circuit Judges of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, two finalists for the Office of Associate Judge have been selected and certified to the Illinois Supreme Court. The finalists are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Associate Judge Karen M. Wilson to Circuit Judge. From these names, the Circuit Judges will select one appointee by secret ballot.