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Heeral Patel
Heeral Patel
Robbins Schwartz is pleased to announce our newest associate.

Heeral A. Patel joins our Chicago office where she will concentrate her practice in the area of education law with a focus on special education and students' rights.  Heeral received her J.D. from Boston College Law School while concurrently receiving a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Heeral practiced family law.

Anthony Sam
Anthony Sam
Anthony M. Sam has joined the firm of Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal LLC as an Associate. He will concentrate his practice areas in Catastrophic Injury and Loss Litigation and Commercial Transportation Litigation.

Mr. Sam is a graduate of Lewis University in Romeoville and received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

Chief Justice Kilbride to Present PILI’s 2013 Pro Bono Recognition Roster

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will host its Annual Pro Bono Reception next week on Wednesday, June 19 at The Ivy Room at Tree Studios. A fixture in the Illinois pro bono community’s summer calendar, this event celebrates the remarkable and critically-needed pro bono work being done in Illinois, as well as the work of PILI's Pro Bono Initiative Program. Among the 250 guests who regularly attend are pro bono leaders from law firms and corporate legal departments, representatives from Illinois law schools and legal service agencies, and the current class of PILI Interns and Fellows.

Present at the event will be Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, who will introduce PILI’s 2013 Pro Bono Recognition Roster. Understanding the mounting legal needs of Illinois’ poor and under-represented, and realizing the critical role that law firms and corporations play in meeting that need through pro bono legal assistance, PILI created this roster in 2010 to celebrate these contributions and express gratitude. This year, 34 law firms and 10 corporate legal departments been named to the Roster. View the full 2013 Pro Bono Recognition Roster on PILI’s website at

The 2013 Pro Bono Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios, located at 12 East Ohio Street (Ohio & State). Tickets are available through June 18 online at for $65, or at the door for $75.

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Allan J. Masters to the position of Circuit Judge of Cook County, Ninth Subcircuit. This appointment is effective June 14, 2013 and terminates on Dec. 1, 2014. The vacancy was created by the retirement of the Hon. Lee Preston.

Donald T. Morrison, Jr., 84, of Libertyville, formerly of Deerfield at rest May 20, 2013.

He was a life time Waukegan Trial Attorney at Morrison and Morrison and a past President of the Lake County Bar Association and a Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers.

He was a beloved husband of Danielle Morrison, loving father of 10 children; Joseph (Hon. Julie) Morrison, J.D., Sheila (Mel) Smith, J.D., Mary Ellen (Tom) Murphy, B.S.N., Kathleen (Hon. Ray) Collins, B.S.N., Eileen Morrison, M.D., Margaret (Jim, J.D.) Borcia, J.D., Frances C. Morrison, M.S., Donald (Ellen J.D.) Morrison, J.D., Denise Breyne (David Grace), Mario L. Breyne, dear Grandfather of twenty Grandchildren, and one Great Grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine in 1975 and by his Grandson, Antonio "Tony" Borcia in 2012.

In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the in loving memory of Tony Borcia or in honor of Jax Morrison. For Info: (847) 362-3009 or please sign the guestbook at

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has recommended Manish Shah of Chicago, Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office and former Chief of its Appellate Division, for appointment to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“I am proud to put forward the name of Manish Shah to be the next federal district court judge for Northern Illinois,” Senator Kirk said.  “He’s the most experienced prosecutor we have, and because of his stellar record in working with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, I think he is the best one for the bench. I look forward to working with Senator Durbin to make sure we have highly-skilled candidates like Shah to help strengthen our courts and clean up Illinois.”

Bradley Cosgrove
Bradley Cosgrove
Shannon McNulty
Shannon McNulty

Shannon McNulty has been named a partner at Clifford Law Offices, a nationally renowned firm recognized in personal injury and wrongful death law.  Also, Bradley Cosgrove, formerly of another personal injury firm in Chicago, has been named a partner at the firm.

McNulty has obtained more than $30 million in verdicts and settlements with Clifford Law Offices since she joined the firm 10 years ago.  She was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to a blue ribbon Special Committee on Illinois Evidence. In 2007 she was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company one of the top 40 Attorneys Under 40.

Cosgrove, recently came to the firm with a wealth of experience in trying cases in medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death.  He has lectured at John Marshall Law School, his alma mater.  The National Trial Lawyers Association has named him one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 since 2012.

Eli Korer
Eli Korer
Levin Ginsburg is pleased to announce that Eli Korer has joined the firm. Eli is an honors graduate and honors scholar of Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2011, and of Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008. Eli has joined the firm as an associate attorney in its Corporate Practice area. While in law school at Valparaiso University, Eli was elected Chief Justice of the Moot Court Society, was a Semi-Finalist and Best Oralist of the 2011 Irvin R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition and was the recipient of the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for the most significant overall contribution to the School of Law.

Eli externed at the United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond, Indiana, and was an associate attorney at another Chicago law firm prior to joining Levin Ginsburg.

Law Students from Across the Country Serve at 25 Legal Aid Organizations in Illinois

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) has announced its Law Student Internship Class of 2013, a group of 47 Interns representing 18 law schools from across the country. These PILI Interns have been selected out of the nearly 400 law students from over 70 law schools who applied. Each PILI Intern will serve 400 hours at one of 25 legal service organizations over the summer, together contributing 18,800 hours of legal services on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families. PILI provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. New this year, PILI is funding two internship positions in Illinois outside of Chicago, where the need is great but resources are few. These two new PILI Internships are in Peoria at Prairie State Legal Services, and in Champaign at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. View the complete list of 2013 PILI Interns on PILI’s website at