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Jerry A. Esrig
Jerry A. Esrig
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Friday the appointment of Evanston attorney Jerry A. Esrig as Cook County Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Subcircuit.

Mr. Esrig, a resident of the Ninth Subcircuit, was appointed by the Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Allen S. Goldberg. The appointment is effective October 30, 2013 and will terminate December 1, 2014, when the position is filled by the 2014 General Election.

Justice Mary Jane Theis recommended the appointment to the Supreme Court after she announced an open application process and after the candidates were reviewed by bar associations and Justice Theis' bipartisan screening committee.

It is important that attorneys working in the real estate arena keep abreast of the ongoing changes and developments taking place in this important field of practice. Join us in Lombard on Oct. 31 for an update on the recently-enacted real estate-related legislation and current case law that will impact your practice! Real estate lawyers, transactional attorneys, and commercial banking/bankruptcy practitioners – with basic to intermediate practice experience – attending this program will better understand: the real estate issues that can arise during the dissolution of a marriage; the economic development incentives being offered by municipalities throughout Illinois; how the landmark Cypress Creek case has affected lien disputes; important tax issues that can affect real estate transactions; the ethical and malpractice issues to consider when representing a client during a real estate case; and much more!

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

William R. Quinlan
William R. Quinlan
Hon. William Robert Quinlan, age 73, passed away on Oct. 1 in Wilmette. 

Quinlan was a native of Chicago's South Side and graduated from Loyola University's School of Law in 1963. He served as corporation counsel for the city of Chicago under Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael A. Bilandic and Jane M. Byrne. He was elected as a Cook County Circuit Court judge in 1980. In that position, he presided over trials involving the Rosemont Horizon roof collapse, cases stemming from a salmonella outbreak and the first asbestos trial here. Quinlan was appointed to the 1st District Appellate Court in 1985 and elected the next year.

In January 2003, Bill was recognized as a Laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Illinois Lawyers. In October 2005, he received the Illinois Bar Foundation's Distinguished Award for Excellence. Bill was a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Bar Association Council of the Section of Litigation. He was also a Fellow of the American and Illinois Bar Foundations.

Bill served as Judicial Liaison of the Illinois State Bar Association since 1995 and as Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Council of Cook County since 1991. Bill also served as Special Counsel to the President and Parliamentarian of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, and was Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago under Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic and Jane Byrne.

This ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law will co-sponsor "Closing the Gap: Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Compensation" on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 131 S. Dearborn, Chicago. The program runs from 3-5:45 p.m. with a reception following.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register online at


3:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Speaker:  Roberta Liebenberg, Chair, Commission on Women in the Profession and Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

3:05 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Panel Discussion:  Do We Understand the Pay Gap and How to Fix It?
Moderator:  Laurel G. Bellows, Chair, ABA Task Force on Gender Equity and Principal, Bellows Law Group PC

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions:  Realistic Approaches to Close the Pay Gap

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Recommendations from Breakout Groups

5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Summary of Next Steps:  How Will These Recommendations Be Used?

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

This is the first luncheon in a three-part luncheon series aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal careers. Each luncheon will feature esteemed panelists discussing a variety of topics, while also taking questions from the audience. The first luncheon program will feature two panelists with financial planning backgrounds discussing investing in your future while also paying off your student loans. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The Honorable Judge Gene Nottolini, 69, of Elgin passed away on Sept. 5, 2013. He was born on July 9, 1944, in Elgin, the son of Dino and Margaret (Lamz) Nottolini.

Gene attended St. Joseph Grade School and St. Edward High School. He attended St. Louis University for undergrad and law school. He worked as an attorney from 1968 to 1984. In 1984, he was selected as an associate judge serving in traffic, felony, family and juvenile courts. Judge Nottolini was appointed circuit judge in 1989, elected in 1990 and retained by voters until his retirement in 2005. Judge Nottolini served as chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1993 to 1996.

In 1983, Judge Nottolini was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2004, he was able to reserve a place for 50 attorneys from the Kane County Bar Association to be sworn in to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Nottolini served as ethics advisor for the Kane County Board from 2008 to 2012, and was currently serving on the Ethics Boards for Sherman Hospital and Elgin Community College.

Survivors include the love of his life, Kay (McKeown) Nottolini, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1966; two sons, Gene Nottolini Jr. and Joseph Nottolini; five grandchildren, Augie, Izzy, Natalie, Sal and Vinny; a brother, Jules (Marylyn) Nottolini; his "favorite" sister-in-law, Colleen McKeown, along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Rick Nottolini. 

Make a charitable donation to Chicago Law and Education Foundation (CLEF) and your gift may be doubled.

CLEF operates legal clinics in several Chicago Public High Schools and has gained national attention for its endeavors. CLEF has been funded by the Illinois Bar Foundation for several years and it can benefit from the generous support of the legal community.

Any new or increased donation to CLEF made on or before Sept. 30 will earn a dollar-for-dollar match from the Illinois Bar Foundation – up to the first $5,000 donated. Help grow and stabilize the funding for one of Chicago’s most unique legal services organizations.

Please consider making a donation today and earn a match from the Illinois Bar Foundation. Donate now at

William Brodzinski
William Brodzinski
Leech Tishman recently welcomed William R. Brodzinski to its Chicago office. Bill has joined the firm as a Partner practicing in the Real Estate, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation Practice Groups. The addition of Bill to Leech Tishman’s Chicago lawyer team further expands the local service offerings in Leech Tishman’s growing Chicago office.

Bill is an experienced business and real estate lawyer, representing individuals and commercial entities in contested litigation and business transactions involving real estate, business contracts, commercial law, probate and commercial debt collection.

Bill works with clients in a variety of real estate transactional matters, including all aspects of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and sales, along with the due diligence associated with those transactions, title matters, the negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate leases, and ongoing property management related matters. He also has experience addressing zoning, tax and municipal matters for his real estate clients.

Practicing regularly in both the state and federal courts, Bill represents clients in a variety of real estate disputes including mechanic’s liens and mortgage foreclosures, commercial landlord/tenant related litigation and evictions, suits arising out of real estate contracts, and suits to quiet title.

Michael Patrick Mullen, Sr. has passed away on September 17, 2013. On June 7, 1942 he was born, raised and lived in the Chicago area.

Michael started out his career as a CPA in 1965. He then graduated from DePaul University with a Juris Doctor. He was a determined litigator with a "never give up" attitude. He honed these skills as a U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois under U.S. Atty Gov. Jim Thompson in his famous "kiddie corps". The kiddie corps were a group of young Attorneys who helped clean up corruption in the City of Chicago in the early 70's. They prosecuted over 2000 public officials some of which was documented in the book Beneath the Badge. He won a highly publicized trial in the defense of the MacArthur Foundation in Florida in the 70's. 

He paved the way in the implementation and prosecution of the Indian Arts and Craft Act which was a great benefit to Native Americans. He was always available to give advice to those in need. He practiced law for over 40 years as a litigator. 

He was a diehard Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan. His fondness for the water was shown in his owning of powerboats over the years. He picked up running, from his former wife Mary, and completed 2 marathons which he experienced the feeling of "hitting the wall". He enjoyed racquetball as well. His love of skiing was demonstrated on the family ski trips to Colorado with his 5 sons, Michael, Daniel, Timothy, Matthew and Edward. His passion for music was confirmed through his love of dancing and hitting the town in one of his multiple colorful Zoot suits with his wife Danuta and his sister Kathleen and her late husband Bob. 

Winston J.M. Block, 71, passed away on August 26, 2013 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1942 in Hyde Park, IL, the son of Theresa (Mayer) Block and Max Block.

Winston, a U.S. Army Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, practiced law in the Joliet area for over 50 years. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall Law School and was also a medical school graduate from Spartan Health Sciences in St. Lucia. He was a law Professor at both John Marshall and Joliet Junior College.

Mr. Block, also a world traveler, enjoyed many endeavors during his life, including being an innkeeper, a pilot and an ostrich rancher.

He was the beloved husband of Cathy Wintersteen Block of Joliet; loving father of Tyler (Penelope) Block of Dana Point, CA and Tiffany (Scott) Vaughan of Nashville, TN; proud grandfather of Amory and Arabella Block and Anna Vaughan; dear brother of Michael (Judith) Block of Shorewood, and beloved uncle of sixteen. Also survived by his mother-in-law, Phyllis Wintersteen. Preceded in death by his daughter, Tanja Block; his parents; father-in-law, Carroll Wintersteen and sister-in-law, Colleen Powers.

As it was Mr. Block's wish, Cremation Rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the Salvation Army, the Spanish Community Center or the Forest Park Community Center would be appreciated.