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The Honorable Judge Gene Nottolini, 69, of Elgin passed away on Sept. 5, 2013. He was born on July 9, 1944, in Elgin, the son of Dino and Margaret (Lamz) Nottolini.

Gene attended St. Joseph Grade School and St. Edward High School. He attended St. Louis University for undergrad and law school. He worked as an attorney from 1968 to 1984. In 1984, he was selected as an associate judge serving in traffic, felony, family and juvenile courts. Judge Nottolini was appointed circuit judge in 1989, elected in 1990 and retained by voters until his retirement in 2005. Judge Nottolini served as chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1993 to 1996.

In 1983, Judge Nottolini was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2004, he was able to reserve a place for 50 attorneys from the Kane County Bar Association to be sworn in to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Nottolini served as ethics advisor for the Kane County Board from 2008 to 2012, and was currently serving on the Ethics Boards for Sherman Hospital and Elgin Community College.

Survivors include the love of his life, Kay (McKeown) Nottolini, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1966; two sons, Gene Nottolini Jr. and Joseph Nottolini; five grandchildren, Augie, Izzy, Natalie, Sal and Vinny; a brother, Jules (Marylyn) Nottolini; his "favorite" sister-in-law, Colleen McKeown, along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Rick Nottolini. 

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William Brodzinski
William Brodzinski
Leech Tishman recently welcomed William R. Brodzinski to its Chicago office. Bill has joined the firm as a Partner practicing in the Real Estate, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation Practice Groups. The addition of Bill to Leech Tishman’s Chicago lawyer team further expands the local service offerings in Leech Tishman’s growing Chicago office.

Bill is an experienced business and real estate lawyer, representing individuals and commercial entities in contested litigation and business transactions involving real estate, business contracts, commercial law, probate and commercial debt collection.

Bill works with clients in a variety of real estate transactional matters, including all aspects of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and sales, along with the due diligence associated with those transactions, title matters, the negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate leases, and ongoing property management related matters. He also has experience addressing zoning, tax and municipal matters for his real estate clients.

Practicing regularly in both the state and federal courts, Bill represents clients in a variety of real estate disputes including mechanic’s liens and mortgage foreclosures, commercial landlord/tenant related litigation and evictions, suits arising out of real estate contracts, and suits to quiet title.

Michael Patrick Mullen, Sr. has passed away on September 17, 2013. On June 7, 1942 he was born, raised and lived in the Chicago area.

Michael started out his career as a CPA in 1965. He then graduated from DePaul University with a Juris Doctor. He was a determined litigator with a "never give up" attitude. He honed these skills as a U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois under U.S. Atty Gov. Jim Thompson in his famous "kiddie corps". The kiddie corps were a group of young Attorneys who helped clean up corruption in the City of Chicago in the early 70's. They prosecuted over 2000 public officials some of which was documented in the book Beneath the Badge. He won a highly publicized trial in the defense of the MacArthur Foundation in Florida in the 70's. 

He paved the way in the implementation and prosecution of the Indian Arts and Craft Act which was a great benefit to Native Americans. He was always available to give advice to those in need. He practiced law for over 40 years as a litigator. 

He was a diehard Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan. His fondness for the water was shown in his owning of powerboats over the years. He picked up running, from his former wife Mary, and completed 2 marathons which he experienced the feeling of "hitting the wall". He enjoyed racquetball as well. His love of skiing was demonstrated on the family ski trips to Colorado with his 5 sons, Michael, Daniel, Timothy, Matthew and Edward. His passion for music was confirmed through his love of dancing and hitting the town in one of his multiple colorful Zoot suits with his wife Danuta and his sister Kathleen and her late husband Bob. 

Winston J.M. Block, 71, passed away on August 26, 2013 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1942 in Hyde Park, IL, the son of Theresa (Mayer) Block and Max Block.

Winston, a U.S. Army Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, practiced law in the Joliet area for over 50 years. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall Law School and was also a medical school graduate from Spartan Health Sciences in St. Lucia. He was a law Professor at both John Marshall and Joliet Junior College.

Mr. Block, also a world traveler, enjoyed many endeavors during his life, including being an innkeeper, a pilot and an ostrich rancher.

He was the beloved husband of Cathy Wintersteen Block of Joliet; loving father of Tyler (Penelope) Block of Dana Point, CA and Tiffany (Scott) Vaughan of Nashville, TN; proud grandfather of Amory and Arabella Block and Anna Vaughan; dear brother of Michael (Judith) Block of Shorewood, and beloved uncle of sixteen. Also survived by his mother-in-law, Phyllis Wintersteen. Preceded in death by his daughter, Tanja Block; his parents; father-in-law, Carroll Wintersteen and sister-in-law, Colleen Powers.

As it was Mr. Block's wish, Cremation Rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the Salvation Army, the Spanish Community Center or the Forest Park Community Center would be appreciated.


Hon. Debra B. Walker
Hon. Debra B. Walker
Cook County Judge Debra B. Walker, president of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), has been elected to the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF).

The NCBF is the professional organization for bar foundation staff and volunteers who serve the more than 200 local, state and specialty bar foundations throughout the nation. Its mission is to improve the administration of justice and the court system by supporting philanthropic organizations for the legal profession and the judiciary.

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.

Are you an attorney, architect, engineer, contractor, or professional working in the construction field? Then don’t miss this informative, full-day seminar in Chicago on October 11th that’s designed to help you better represent your client’s increasingly complex construction projects! Attendees with basic practice experience who join us for this seminar will better understand: the different types of risks associated with construction projects; the insurance policy coverages and exclusions that apply to construction defect cases; the common commercial general liability insuring issues for personal injury claims; Builders Risk policies; using wrap-up insurance products for construction projects; the insurance requirements and issues for design professionals, including architects and engineers; the concept and enforcement of performance and payment bonds on private and public construction projects; and recognizing the ethical issues and concerns that may arise throughout your construction law practice.

The program qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Section, the ISBA Construction Law Section, and the ISBA Insurance Law Section.

Chief Judge Tim Evans
Chief Judge Tim Evans
Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans was elected to a fifth term as chief judge Tuesday by an overwhelming majority of circuit judges voting. His new three year term will begin December 2, 2013.

The results were announced by Judge Raymond L. Jagielski , chair of the Judicial Election Committee, who said Chief Judge Evans ran for re-election unopposed. Other committee members included: Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan, Judge Lynn M. Egan, Judge Marya Nega, Judge Leida J. Gonzalez Santiago, Judge Jane Louise Stuart, Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer, and Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.

According to Jagielski, the election was held today, September 10, 2013, in the Richard J. Daley Center’s Jury Assembly Room. Jagielski said 239 votes were cast; of those, seven were spoiled and the remaining 232 were cast for Chief Judge Evans.

Other initiatives for non-English speaking persons include website now available in 71 foreign languages; bi-lingual signage

In an effort to bridge the gap between language barriers, the Circuit Court of Cook County is installing an over-the-phone interpretation service for persons who speak little or no English as part of its new Court Access Initiative (CAI). The service will help people navigate through the Circuit Court in a variety of ways: helping people without lawyers find courtrooms or linking them with a court-based legal self-help desk are just two examples. In conjunction with the Access to Justice Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Circuit Court’s goal of the CAI is to improve the overall experience for non-English speaking people attending court.

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced starting today, the CAI will begin at the Richard J. Daley Center information desks and then will ultimately be installed in all courthouses in the coming months. Illinois JusticeCorps volunteers already are stationed at the Daely Center information desks and over-the-phone interpretation services will be provided by LanguageLine Solutions which was selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

This is the first luncheon in a three-part luncheon series aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal careers. Each luncheon will feature esteemed panelists discussing a variety of topics, while also taking questions from the audience. The first luncheon program will feature two panelists with financial planning backgrounds discussing investing in your future while also paying off your student loans.


  • Monday, September 30, 2013, Noon-1
  • ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Suite 900


  • Kevin C. Koney, CFP®, CRPC®, CMFC®, Certified Financial Planner™ Patricia A. Koney & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Kurt Winiecki, CPA, J.D., President, CEO & Founder, Winiecki Wealth Management


  • George Schoenbeck, Co-Chair of YLD’s Professional Development Committee, Associate, Sosin & Arnold LTD

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Cost: $10 includes lunch

No MCLE credit is available for this program.