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Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced Monday the appointment of Judge James P. Flannery, Jr. as Presiding Judge of the Law Division effective immediately. Judge Flannery, currently a trial judge in the Law Division, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Law Division Presiding Judge William D. Maddux who retired Jan. 11, 2014.

Richard Salter
Richard Salter
Chicago-area accounting firm Steinberg Advisors Ltd. has promoted Richard J. Salter, CPA, JD, LLM, to Shareholder.

“Rich rapidly earned the trust and respect of his clients and co-workers during his tenure with our firm.  In addition, in his role as Director of Tax Quality Control he was able to bring greater breadth and depth of tax services, and therefore value, to all firm clients. His promotion to Shareholder is a direct reflection of the personal commitment he delivers to our firm and clients every day,” says Irwin Steinberg, CPA, Managing Shareholder of Steinberg Advisors, Ltd. 

Salter’s clients comprise start-ups to multi-national companies in manufacturing, distribution, graphic arts, real estate, professional services, and high net worth individuals.  He provides strategic tax planning, estate, and gift tax planning, succession planning, merger and acquisition deal structuring and due diligence for his clients, as well as business and individual tax compliance services.

“Clients engage me to achieve specific financial or tax objectives, and it is through a proactive and consultative approach to planning that we achieve these objectives.  Whatever the type or size of client, my approach is rooted in comprehensive knowledge of the goals, objectives and circumstances if the business and ownership,” said Rich when asked about his perspective on serving clients.

Attorneys practicing in the areas of employee benefits, federal taxation, and trusts/estate planning, as well as general practitioners and certified public accountants won’t want to miss ISBA’s 2014 Federal Tax Conference in Chicago on February 7th! As an attendee, you will gain a better understanding of: the recent legislation affecting the transfer of assets during life and at death; the latest changes in retirement and welfare benefit plans; how developments in individual income tax law has affected the determination of income, deductions, exemptions, and more; how recent rulings have affected the taxation of C and S corporations and Partnerships; current issues regarding tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations; overview of Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission process and procedures; practicum on estate administration matters; and recent Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriages' affect on tax planning.

The program is presented by the ISBA Federal Taxation Section and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

Mark W. Bina
Mark W. Bina
Krieg DeVault is pleased to announce that attorney Mark W. Bina has been named Partner at the firm.  Mr. Bina joined the Krieg DeVault as an Associate in 2008 and is a member of the firm's Litigation, Health Care, and Employment Practice Groups.

“As Mark’s mentor, I have had the privilege of observing his development as he has become one of the finest and most conscientious young attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with,” said  Randall R. Fearnow, Executive Partner of Krieg DeVault’s Chicago office.  “His election to partnership is much deserved and he will continue to be a great asset to the firm and our clients.”

Mr. Bina, a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, is a recent recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service which is awarded by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Mark W. Bina’s Practice

Mr. Bina represents a broad range of clients in litigation and regulatory matters. In his health care practice, Mr. Bina represents clients facing governmental investigations and prosecutions, Medicare and Medicaid false claim qui tam actions and payment disputes, license and disciplinary matters, administrative review appeals of governmental agency decisions, and general litigation disputes. Mr. Bina’s practice also includes employment law, appeals, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts.

The next YLD Professional Development Luncheon, "Changing Course: Alternative Careers for Attorneys," will be held on Feb. 11 at the Chicago Regional Office.

Margaret O'Donnell Coffin
Margaret O'Donnell Coffin
Margaret "Peg" O'Donnell Coffin, 88, longtime resident of Oak Brook and Hinsdale, former judge, prosecutor, civic leader, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2013.

She graduated first in her class in 1949 and was a member of the Law Review at St. John's University (NY) School of Law. Legal and business positions included: Circuit Court Judge of DuPage County; Assistant State's Attorney of DuPage County (Criminal Division); Executive Development Program graduate and Manager at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York City. Extensive civic leadership included: Member, Hinsdale District 86 Board of Education; President, St. Isaac Jogues Board of Education; Founding Member, first President and Director of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers; Member and Acting Chairman, Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Oak Brook; Chairman, Zoning & Annexation Committee for Oak Brook Civic Association in rewriting controversial proposed zoning ordinances and leading negotiations with developers over 1,500 acres in Oak Brook's early days; President, Director and Co-Founder of the Fullersburg Woods Area Association; and Executive Board Member, Education Advisory Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. 

Always a woman of diverse interests, her passions ranged from being a private plane pilot, including aerobatic flying, to her behind-the-scenes efforts in local political campaigns and initiatives. 

William H. Powell, 94, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Dec. 10.

William was a proud veteran of the US Navy during WWII from 1941-1945. He was a member of the Chicago Society, the Advocates Society and the Illinois State Bar Association.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred nee Tomchek. Loving Father of Janet M. (the late Richard) Griesenauer, William P., Thomas J., James L. (Kathy) and Mary Grace. Cherished Grandfather of Bill (Lisa), Jeffrey (Kelly), Daniel (Joan), Michael, Donna, Autumn Malia, Parker, Erin, Stephanie (Aleks), Jacqueline and Great Grandfather of Diane, Michael, Katie, Bradley, Ryan, Cara, Danielle, Justine, Ryne and Astrid.

Memorials to Avenues to Independence 515 Busse Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068 appreciated.

Douglas Masters
Douglas Masters
Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that partner Douglas N. Masters, one of the founding partners of the firm’s Chicago office, has been named Chicago Office Head.  He will succeed partner Elizabeth Majers, who has served in this role since early 2012 and will be retiring from the practice of law at year-end. 

Masters’ responsibilities as Chicago Office Head will include general oversight of the office, and working with firm management to grow the firm’s presence in Chicago, a key market for the firm, and expand its services and capabilities throughout the region.

The Assembly meeting agenda has been posted at www.isba.org/leadership/assembly/minutes. This page is password protected and available only to ISBA members. The Assembly will next meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 during the Midyear Meeting at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the keynote speaker at a noon luncheon on Friday, December 13, during the Midyear Meeting of the Illinois Judges Association and Illinois State Bar Association at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water Street.

The joint meeting, to be held December 12-14, will include the annual Illinois Bar Foundation Fellows Awards Breakfast on Friday at 7:30 a.m. IBF will honor Ruben Castillo, chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois, with the “Honorary Fellows Award,” and Roger G. Fein, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, with the “Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award.”

Two joint IJA/ISBA programs will be presented on Friday morning: “The Pitfalls of Running for Judicial Office” and “The Intersection of Technology and Law: The Impact of Social Media, Mobile Devices, the Internet and More.” Additionally, the ISBA will conduct two Master Series CLE seminars featuring nationally acclaimed speaker, Steven Stark, on “Speaking to Win: Building Effective Communication Skills” and “Legal Writing in the Smartphone Age.”

The ISBA and The Chicago Bar Association will co-host a reception and dinner Friday evening for the Illinois Supreme Court, with remarks delivered by Chief Justice Rita B. Garman. The ISBA Assembly will convene on Saturday morning.

For further information or to register, visit www.isba.org/jointmeeting.