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The First District Appellate Court has an opening for Assistant Legal Research Director. More information is available below and at

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes a lateral associate and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Jack A. Gould joins the firm from Matushek, Nilles & Sinars, L.L.C., where he was also an associate. He focuses his practice on Asbestos Litigation, Product Liability and General Trial Practice. Mr. Gould received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011 and his B.A. cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Associate Ryan J. Devall focuses his practice on Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, Environmental Law, and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy. Mr. Devall received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2015 and his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 2011.

Associate Lena M. Shapiro focuses her practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, Product Liability, and Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services. Ms. Shapiro received her J.D. from the University of Illinois in 2015 and her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice has an attorney vacancy in the criminal division of the Rock Island Office. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2015. Find out more at

There is also an opening for a summer law student volunteer in the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Chicago Immigration Court, 525 W. Van Buren. Applications must be received by Jan. 19. Find out more at

J. Robert "Bob" MJ. Robert Murphyurphy passed away peacefully at home in Geneva on November 18, 2015, just days before his 92nd birthday. He was born November 26, 1923 in Chicago, to William and Louise (Florence) Murphy. 

Bob graduated from West Aurora High School in 1941 and received a scholarship to Harvard University. While at Harvard, in 1943, Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Army Air Force for three years before returning to Harvard to resume his education, entering and attending Harvard Law School from 1946 to 1948. Bob then returned to Aurora, where he opened his law practice in 1949. 

Bob married Teresa (Chambers) on September 4, 1950, and together, they had six children. 

The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, the leading national family law firm based in Chicago, has named former domestic relations Judge Allan W. Masters as their newest attorney. Judge Masters was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge of Cook County by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2001. He left the bench in 2014. Masters oversaw domestic relations cases ranging from child support to orders of protection.

“I am excited having Allan Masters on my team,” said dads’ rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving. “He will continue doing great work in family court matters as well as providing valuable insight to clients. Many more children’s lives will be saved.”

After law school Judge Masters was hired by the FBI to be a Special Agent. He then joined the Cook County State’s Attorney Office in Chicago. Later he founded and managed his highly regarded law firm, where he practiced family law and criminal defense before being appointed as a judge.

Masters graduated from Loyola University where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California. Masters is also a member of the Illinois Judges Association.

Gregory Maksimuk
Gregory Maksimuk
The law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is proud to announce the promotion of Gregory C. Maksimuk to partner. Having joined the firm in 2011, Maksimuk has devoted his entire professional career to helping clients involved in complex divorces move their cases efficiently toward resolution. He concentrates on complicated, high-net-worth financial matters for C-suite executives, business owners, and their spouses.

“Schiller DuCanto & Fleck has an established reputation as the leader in family law,” said Maksimuk. “I am truly honored and grateful to be named partner at a firm with so many highly skilled and competent attorneys.”

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is the largest family law firm of its kind in the country. It is internationally recognized as a model for firms that practice family law and focus to achieve the best possible results for affluent clients. Its mission to ensure quality, knowledge and experience to clients is evident through numerous award recognitions, including being named as one of the best law firms by U.S. News & World Report from 2011-2015. Schiller is also recognized as having outstanding lawyers according to peer-rating based publications such as Best Lawyers in America and Law Dragon Top 500.

The Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association are pleased to invite you to celebrate the profession and consider issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar during our annual Midyear Meeting. 

December 10-12, 2015

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois

This year's highlights include:

Even though her leukemia returned after she endured a stem cell transplant, Judge Jean Prendergast Rooney didn’t let that prevent her from hosting Thanksgiving.

She ordered a catered Thanksgiving meal — making sure it was gluten-free for celiac-sensitive relatives — and arranged a sit-down dinner for 10 in her room at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Two weeks later, the respected jurist died at 45, leaving three children behind.

Jean Prendergast Rooney, an appellate law expert and judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, died Tuesday at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

She was the first woman from her law class to become a member of the judiciary, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her former classmate at Loyola University School of Law.

“And this is an impressive feat,” Madigan noted at Mrs. Rooney’s swearing-in, “in part because Jean was the youngest member of our law school class ­going through Loyola’s elite six-year­ accelerated program. So Jean finished college and started law school while the rest of her peers were struggling through what was hopefully their senior year.”

Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd. is pleased to welcome Elangie Lozada as an associate in its Chicago office.

Elangie Lozada
Elangie Lozada

Elangie Lozada is an associate attorney concentrating her work on the defense of toxic tort claims. Ms. Lozada has experience in all stages of litigation. Prior to joining Segal McCambridge as an associate, Ms. Lozada worked for the firm through the Student Associate Program.

Ms. Lozada earned her J.D. at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society and Trial Advocacy teams. While in law school, Ms. Lozada worked as a law clerk at other Chicago law firms gaining experience in both civil and criminal law at both the state and federal level. She also gained legal experience working as an intern for the Honorable Raul Vega of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago. She is fluent in both Spanish and Italian and has acted as a translator in her legal work.

Arsalan A. Nayani
Arsalan A. Nayani
​Arsalan A. Nayani, a Chicago-based associate in the Government Practice Group of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was elected treasurer of the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago (IABA). The IABA was established in 2000 to promote professional development of the South Asian legal community in the Chicago area.

Mr. Nayani's one-year term begins on January 1, 2016. He first became involved with the IABA in 2014.

Mr. Nayani earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (2015) and received a B.S. in economics from Auburn University (2010), graduating magna cum laude.