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Christopher Rasmussen
Christopher Rasmussen
Foley & Lardner LLP has announced the election and elevation of Christopher Rasmussen to partner status as of February 1, 2016. He was formerly senior counsel.  

Christopher is a Business Law attorney and he represents clients in transactional matters throughout all stages of the corporate life cycle, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, securities, finance, corporate governance (including tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations), and general commercial transactions. Mr. Rasmussen represents clients across a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, sports and entertainment, construction, health care and manufacturing. He is a member of the firm’s Business Law Department, as well as the Sports, International and Food & Beverage Industry Teams.

Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of Senate Bill 100 on February 11, 2016, which amends the Illinois School Code in a number of areas! Attorneys practicing in the education law arena need to be aware of the changes that go into effect on September 15, 2016 and how they will affect parents, school districts, and students. Join us for this half-day seminar that offers a better understanding of: how the new law will alter the way student discipline cases are handled; the goals of the new legislation; how school boards will adapt to the upcoming changes; how school boards and school administration will be affected by the changes; how the discipline of special education students will be handled; and the ethical issues that may arise due to the new laws.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that a team of four leading intellectual property partners from Brinks, Gilson & Lione has joined Barnes & Thornburg’s Intellectual Property Department. This seasoned group of IP litigators brings depth and breadth of experience in all phases of trademark litigation, including preliminary injunctions, judge and jury trials, federal appeals and trademark trial and appeal board proceedings. They build on Barnes & Thornburg’s thriving IP practice.

The team includes John T. Gabrielides, a prominent trademark and copyright litigator with more than 25 years of experience. Each team member served their former firm in administrative leadership roles, including on the board of directors and executive committee. Their arrival, which follows on the heels of two new IP partners in Minneapolis, underscores Barnes & Thornburg’s increasing IP bench strength across the country.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Vincent Arrigo to associate attorney. Prior to this recent appointment, Arrigo served as law clerk for the firm and contributed to cases concerning personal injury, medical negligence and product liability.

“We welcome the addition of Vince on our team as an associate attorney,” said Stephan Blandin, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin. “Vince has proven himself a dedicated legal advocate of those who have been wrongly abused or neglected, and we look forward to his support on behalf of our clients.”

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke announced today an application process for a vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Circuit Judge Robert Lopez Cepero, who served as a judge since 1994. Judge Cepero's resignation took effect January 6, 2016.

The Law Offices of Amari & Locallo, which practices exclusively in the real estate taxation reduction field, with offices on Wells Street in Chicago and in Bloomingdale, IL, announces as of the first of the year, two new partners, Katherine A. O’Dell and Joseph F. Locallo III.

O’Dell received her grammar school education at Queen of All Saints in Sauganash, a graduate of Regina Dominican High School, Northern Illinois University, and The John Marshall Law School (class of 2000). A former assistant Cook County State’s Attorney for three years, Katherine has served as the Senior Associate of Amari & Locallo since 2000. Married to Jason E. O’Dell and the mother of Jason Eric O’Dell, Jr., Katherine and her family live on the northwest side of Chicago.

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Elizabeth A. Karkula as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, at Large. This appointment is effective Jan. 19, 2016 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2018. It was created by the death of the Hon. Jean Prendergast Rooney.

Elizabeth Khalil
Elizabeth Khalil
​Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced the addition of Elizabeth Khalil to its Government Policy & Practice Group in the firm’s Chicago office. Elizabeth will also spend time in the Washington, D.C., office, as well as in the firm’s Michigan and Texas offices. Prior to joining Dykema, she served as Acting Special Assistant to Mark Pearce, Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection (DCP).

In her previous role, Khalil acted as a key advisor on a number of special projects and initiatives and served as a liaison within DCP, across the FDIC, and with external units. She also served as Senior Compliance Policy Analyst, where she represented the FDIC and DCP in interactions with federal and state regulators and a variety of other stakeholders, such as the financial services industry, consumer advocates, the public and the press. A significant part of her work related to community banking, including providing technical assistance and addressing issues of interest to community banks. She worked on projects with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including serving as chair of the interagency working group that produced the first social media-focused compliance risk management guidance issued to the banking industry. 

James T. Rohlfing
James T. Rohlfing
The national law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP welcomes James T. Rohlfing to its Chicago office as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the Construction Practice Group.

“James is a superb addition to Arnstein & Lehr LLP,” said Michael Gesas, Managing Partner of Arnstein & Lehr LLP’s Chicago office. “Having James join our team enhances our capabilities in construction and litigation. We are thrilled to have him come on board.”

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rohlfing served as President of the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractor's Association (IMSCA), the largest organization of subcontractors in Illinois. He has drafted legislation on construction issues introduced in the Illinois legislature and written numerous articles relating to construction law and litigation. Additionally, he founded his own law firm and was a partner at two prominent Chicago business law firms, leading their litigation departments.”

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that three associates were recently named partners.

Patrick P. Clyder focuses his practice on Product Liability Litigation, as well as Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2007 and his B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004.

Derrick L. Haddox focuses his practice on Construction Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Asbestos Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Insurance. He received his J.D. in 2007 from DePaul University College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2001.

Brett M. Henne focuses his practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Fire and Explosion Litigation and Construction Litigation. He received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.S. from Northeastern Illinois University in 1994.