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Robert Frankenstein
Robert Frankenstein
When attorney Robert Frankenstein introduced himself, people did a double take.

“What did you say your name was?’” they’d ask.

“Frankenstein, like the monster,” he’d reply.

If people pronounced it “Franken-STEIN,” he’d sometimes channel Gene Wilder from the movie “Young Frankenstein,” correcting them with a tongue-in-cheek hissy fit.

“It’s not Franken-STEIN, it’s Franken-STEEN,” he’d say.

But “then he would say, ‘whatever,’ ’’ said his daughter, Jamie Steckler.

Mr. Frankenstein, who really did pronounce it Franken-STEEN, went from being a kid who grew up in a West Rogers Park apartment to a lawyer who traveled the world, skiing and scuba diving. He tooled around Glencoe in his Corvette, his Labrador retriever Max riding shotgun, long ears fluttering behind him.

He died last month at his Palm Springs home at age 70. He was diagnosed in December with Stage IV lung cancer, said Susan, his wife of 43 years.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times

Stay in touch with the recent statutory, regulatory, and case law changes concerning Illinois state and local taxes! State and local tax issues are regularly updated, and it is important that Illinois attorneys are aware of these changes. Join us in Chicago or via live webcaston May 22ndto get the information you need regarding advancements in statutory, regulatory and case law concerning Illinois state and local taxes with this informative half-day seminar. State and local tax attorneys – or any attorney with an interest in state tax practicing in law firms, industry or governmental agencies – with intermediate to advanced practice levels who attend this program will better understand: the Illinois Department of Revenue’s recent updates concerning policy, statutory and regulatory policy; the recent developments and changes in local and county taxing bodies, including rules/regulations and operations; how recent modifications and changes may affect property tax law; legislative developments in income, sales and other Illinois taxes; and a brief overview of recent Illinois tax court cases.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA State and Local Tax Section and qualifies for 3.50 hours MCLE credit.

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Joseph Hudson, a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, has received a Presidential Commendation from the Illinois State Bar Association for his extensive work on a complex case that involved a non-lawyer doing business on mechanics lien cases.

The award was presented by ISBA President Paula H. Holderman during the organization’s Board of Governors meeting in Chicago on May 2.

The case, which took five years to resolve, involved Steve Boucher, owner of Contractor’s Lien Services, who filed invalid liens against property owners and was charged with intimidating homeowners either to pay debts they didn’t owe or to overpay for debts incurred with contractors. Boucher hired lawyers to draft legal documents for the firm’s clients.

The matter was brought to the attention of the ISBA Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, which in turn worked with the State’s Attorney’s office and the Illinois Attorney General's office who brought a lawsuit against Boucher and his company, and sought a permanent injunction to prevent the defendant from engaging in selling mechanics lien filing and collections services in Illinois.

A judge ruled that the case constituted the unauthorized practice of law and enjoined the plaintiff and his company from engaging in selling mechanics lien filing and collections services in Illinois.

The text from Mr. Hudson's acceptance speech is available below:

Timothy B. Hardwicke
Timothy B. Hardwicke
The law firm of GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh LLP announced that commercial litigator Timothy B. Hardwicke has joined its partnership.

Hardwicke joins GGU from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he began his legal career 25 years ago and has served as a litigation partner for the past 17 years. “We are very excited about the addition of Tim to our litigation group,” said Ken GoodSmith. “Having worked with him before we left Latham, and seen the results he’s achieved for his clients since then, we think he is a tremendous addition to our firm.”

Hardwicke’s commercial litigation practice focuses on disputes involving contracts, business torts, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, class actions, and antitrust matters.  He has represented clients in a wide range of business sectors, including technology, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, healthcare, professional services, finance, media, and wireless telecommunications, and has attained notable victories at every stage of litigation.

Hardwicke (49) received his J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1989 and his Bachelor of Political Science, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1986.

GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh LLP has a general commercial practice with specialties in mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate, corporate counseling, antitrust, employment law, litigation, government contracts and construction law.  GGU was formed when partners Ken GoodSmith, David Gregg and Marilee Unruh split from the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins exactly 18 years ago, on May 1, 1996.

Robert S. Krockey
Robert S. Krockey
Robert S. Krockey, 73, of Shorewood, Ill., and Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away March 29, 2014. He was born to the late Sol and Miriam Krockey, December 6, 1940, in Chicago.

Mr. Krockey was a proud Roosevelt Rough Rider, Class of June, 1958; a graduate with a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Class of 1962; a Certified Public Accountant since 1965; a graduate of DePaul University School of Law, 1966; and a member of the Illinois Bar since 1966.

Mr. Krockey practiced law in Joliet from 1967-2014. He was senior partner of the law firm, KCCC (Krockey, Cernugel, Cowgill and Clark). He served on numerous bar association committees and was a mentor to many. Mr. Krockey was a board member and President of Will County Legal Assistance Program for many years, devoting many hours of legal aid for the poor.

He was President of Will County Sheltered Workshop and United Cerebral Palsy, where he was recipient of the Mel Larson Award. Mr. Krockey also was a member of the Joliet Jewish Congregation, serving as Vice President at the time of his passing. He was a proud, very amateur musician with Southwest Community Band, Joliet Junior College Band, Bicentennial Park Band; a devoted University of Illinois alum, and a rabid Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. More than anything, he was a lawyer who was devoted to his clients, and his greatest joy were his four grandchildren.

Anthony "Tony" G. Catullo, age 70, of Crown Point, IN passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Tony graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1970 and was actively practicing law in the Chicago south suburbs for over 39 years. He was an avid golfer, scuba diver and amateur photographer.

Beloved husband of Patrice "Patty" (nee McCormack); loving father of Anthony M. Catullo and James N. Catullo; brother of Patrick A. (Karen) Catullo; brother-in-law to Michael (Judy) McCormack; Brian (Carla) McCormack; and James (Marilee) McCormack; uncle to Christopher (Shannon) Catullo and Nicholas J. Catullo; great uncle to Alessia and Nicholas Catullo. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas J. and Eva J. Catullo.

Services have been held. Sign hte guestbook at www.GeisenFuneralHome.com

The names of 13 new associate judges, selected in a vote of Cook County Circuit Court judges, were announced Tuesday by Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Ballots listing the names of 26 finalists, chosen from 277 candidates, were distributed to 257 circuit judges. Ballots were due April 25, 2014.

The Alliance of Bar Associations and the Chicago Bar Association evaluated the candidates. Each candidate was interviewed by an 11-member nominating committee, comprised of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court and 10 presiding judges.

Judge Evans certified the 26 finalists to the Administrative Director on March 28, 2014.

In accordance with the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Administrative Office conducted the election pursuant to the provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 39 which directs that twice as many candidates as vacancies be nominated. Supreme Court Rule 39 provides that the term for all associate judges expires on June 30, 2015. The 13 judges appointed today, as well as those associate judges currently serving, must be reappointed July 1, 2015. Cook County seats 146 associate judges.

The following is a list of the newly selected Cook County associate judges. A brief biography of the thirteen associate judges named today is attached.

Patrick Kinnally and Susan Rogaliner
Patrick Kinnally and Susan Rogaliner
The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Patrick Kinnally and Susan Rogaliner on May 22. The Kane County Fellows Reception will be held at Riverside Reception, 35 N. River Lane in Geneva. The event takes place from 5-6:30 and tickets are $40.

Tickets and information are available at illinoisbarfoundation.org. The Illinois Bar Foundation would like to thank Patron Sponsor ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and Friend Sponsors Lisa M. Nyuli, Turner Law Offices, Law Elder Law and Kinnally Flaherty, Krentz, Loran, Hodge & Masur PC.

Back by popular demand! Join us in Chicago on May 7 for this unique opportunity to hear tips on all aspects of federal civil practice directly from more than 20 federal judges on topics ranging from the initial pleading through post-trial motions. Attorneys with all levels of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: Federal court pleadings and the issues that confront a lawyer practicing in federal court; discovery practice, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Northern District; post-discovery issues, such as summary judgment and final pre-trial orders; settlement conferences and the procedures for a successful mediation; trial practice and advocacy, including use of technology; and an attorney’s ethical and civility obligations.

The program is presented by the ISBA Federal Civil Practice Section and co-sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. It qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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During its Annual Meeting on April 18 at its Chicago headquarters, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company re-elected several board members to another three-year term. They are Jack Carey, David A. Decker, James J. DeSanto, Robert K. Downs, Christopher Mullen and John E. Thies.

The board also announced its newest member, Paula H. Holderman, president of the Illinois State Bar Association, who was elected to a three-year term.

In remarks at the meeting, Jon DeMoss, president and CEO of ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, stated that “the company has retained our “A” Excellent Rating from A.M. Best Rating Company and that the Board of Directors declared a 10 percent policyholder dividend for 2013 equaling $1.7 million.” The company has returned a total of $14.7 million to policyholders since 2000.