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A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

Chicago Area


Learn how outpatient mental health commitment orders are being developed and implemented in Cook County and around Illinois with this informative half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 17, 2017. Discover how to get a person the mental health treatment they need in the community, while gaining the perspective of both the mental health provider and the patient regarding outpatient mental health commitments.

The program is presented by the ISBA Mental Health Law Section and qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit.

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A memorial celebrating the life of Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler, a founding member and senior partner of the law firm of Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C., will be held on May 17, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602. The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

The memorial is being sponsored by Tribler Orpett & Meyer and the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Representatives of those organizations, as well as other prominent judges, lawyers and committee members who worked with Bill throughout his career, will be speaking and sharing their personal thoughts and stories about him. Among those scheduled to appear are Hon. Justice Bill Taylor (Ret.), Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, ISBA President Elect, Charles Bingaman, former and current Executive Directors of IICLE, Michael L. Resis, IDC President-Elect and Rudy G. Schade and Robert V. Dewey, past presidents of IDC, and Wendy J. Muchman, Chief of Litigation and Professional Education of the ARDC.

Tricia D. Goostree
Tricia D. Goostree
Kane County divorce attorney and founding partner of Goostree Law Group, P.C., Tricia D. Goostree, has been recognized as a two-time recipient of the "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) for 2016 and 2017. As a Two Years AIOFLA Member, Goostree is among a prestigious list of attorneys who have achieved significant success in the field of family law.

St. Charles divorce lawyer Tricia D. Goostree has been practicing exclusively in family law and domestic relations since 2002. For over 15 years, she has assisted Northern Illinois clients with complex financial cases, spousal maintenance, child custody (or the allocation of parental responsibilities), child support, visitation (or parenting time), and much more.

Goostree is the recipient of many other prestigious awards, including Illinois Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, and Lawyers of Distinction. She is active in her local legal community maintaining memberships with the Illinois Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association ,and DuPage County Bar Association.

As a two-year "10 Best" AIOFLA award winner, Tricia D. Goostree exemplifies what it is to be a top, client-oriented legal professional.


Perfect your trial practice skills with this full-day seminar that not only walks you through each step of the trial process, but also shows you how technology can help you flawlessly deliver your case to the courtroom. Trial attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 12, 2017 will learn: how to get rid of biased jurors during voir dire; the importance of a well-told opening statement; how to prepare your next witness for direct examination; how to question lay and expert witnesses during cross examination; which high-tech tools can help you present your next big case; the value of demonstrative exhibits and technology to engage your jury; how to prepare a powerful and persuasive closing argument; what attorneys have done right (and wrong) in trial as experienced by one retired judge; and the common incidents that lead to malpractice.

The program is presented by the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Section and qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 7.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC Attorneys
Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC Attorneys
The Wheaton, Illinois, law firm of Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC (MKFM Law) is proud to announce that attorneys and ISBA members Lynn M. Mirabella and George S. Frederick have each been awarded as 2017 Leading Lawyers. In addition, attorneys Christa M. Winthers, Lindsay C. Stella, and Joshua D. Bedwell have been recognized as 2017 Emerging Lawyers.

The Leading Lawyer award process consists of a four-phase research process. Administered by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, each stage involves the recommendation of a trusted peer, discussions with nominees, pre-selection for membership, and advisory board review. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their law firm, and upon filtering through all four steps, a winner is chosen and awarded.

The Emerging Lawyer award is open to candidates under the age of 40 years old who have demonstrated professionalism, integrity, and knowledge in the early part of their careers. The Law Bulletin Publishing Company mails annual surveys to all Leading Lawyers in each state. The survey recipient can nominate a partner within or outside of his or her firm. Upon anonymous recommendation from another Leading Lawyer, a winner is selected and notified.

Nicole Simmons
Nicole Simmons
The law firm of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney Nicole L. Simmons. Prior to joining Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC, Simmons practiced at a full-service Chicago law firm. As an experienced litigator, she will handle business transactions and commercial litigation matters.

Attorney Nicole L. Simmons is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Massachusetts. She graduated with her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she participated on the school’s National Moot Court Team. Simmons has experience in all phases of litigation, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution. She has represented clients in federal and state courts across the country. She handles cases related to commercial disputes, products liability, employment, proprietary information, and trade secret.

Simmons also effectively represents business clients in litigation, contracts, risk management, and compliance matters. Additionally, she handles contract matters, including negotiations, drafting, and a variety of agreements including RFPs, subcontracts, licensing, vendor, and professional consulting agreements. 


The Aurora, Illinois, law firm of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. is pleased to announce that Partner Paul G. Krentz was recognized in Leading Lawyers Magazine. The 2017 Real Estate Edition features Krentz in a three-page spread, entitled “Champion of Property Rights, the Injured and Abused,” covering his career and legal legacy.

For an attorney to be honored as a Leading Lawyer, he or she must be recommended by their legal peers and approved by the organization’s official state Advisory Board. Each nominee is judged on their quality, experience, and reputation in their specific areas of practice.

The lawyers who receive the most nominations are pre-selected for membership, but final approval is dependent on Advisory Board review, which evaluates the quality of each candidate and ensures only the most prestigious and ethical legal professionals are chosen. Only the top 5 percent of all lawyers who practice in Illinois are recognized by the Leading Lawyers organization.

Anthony Abear
Anthony Abear
The DuPage County law firm Abear Law Offices is proud to announce that its founding attorney, Anthony Abear, has been recognized as a 2017 Elite Lawyer for his excellence within the legal profession.

Elite Lawyers is a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have proven a high level of competence in their practice and received acknowledgment from their peers, local community, bar associations, and committees.

The Elite Lawyers directory allows individuals to seek out and hire a highly respectable attorney within their area. The Elite Lawyers distinction is only reserved for the most outstanding and experienced attorneys across the country.

DuPage County Divorce Attorney Anthony Abear is the founding attorney of Abear Law Offices, which was established in 2003. He graduated with his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Abear concentrates his practice in family law matters including divorce, child support, child custody and visitation, paternity, property division, business valuations, post decree modifications, adoption, and mediation.


The Wheaton-based family law firm Andrew Cores Family Law Group, a division of Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP, is pleased to announce that ISBA members and partners Andrew P. Cores and Wendy M. Musielak have been recognized by Super Lawyers for their outstanding work within the family law arena. Cores has been named a 2017 Super Lawyer, and Musielak has earned the title of a 2017 Rising Star.

On an annual basis, only the top five percent of attorneys in each state are named Super Lawyers. The Rising Stars distinction is only reserved for the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years. The patented selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Cores has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2012, and Musielak has been named a Rising Star since 2014.

Wheaton divorce lawyer Andrew P. Cores graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with his J.D. He concentrates his practice in family law, divorce, spousal maintenance, child support and custody, and prenuptial agreements. He also handles family law matters through mediation, collaborative law, and complex litigation.

Robert K. McQueen
Robert K. McQueen
Robert K. McQueen of Victory Lakes, Lindenhurst, but a longtime resident of Gurnee, died April 3, 2017 at age 96. A retired circuit judge, he was born on April 12, 1920 at Farragut, Iowa, where he was raised on a farm by his mother who was widowed when he was three. He held undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 25 years. On retirement as senior resident agent at Waukegan, Illinois, he became an assistant state's attorney for Lake County and was an adjunct professor of legal courses at the now Gateway Institute, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Appointed an associate judge in the Illinois 19th Judicial District in 1972, he later served as circuit and chief judge of the circuit.

Judge McQueen was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Lake County Bar Association (past-president of the latter), The Society of Former Agents of the FBI, the Gurnee Community Church, and the Honest Johns Club in Waukegan.

Past memberships include Troop 77, BSA, Gurnee; The Halfway House Advisory Board; The Law Enforcement Advisory Committee of Lake County College; The Gurnee Lions and Exchange Clubs; and the Palmento Pine Country Club of Cape Coral, Florida, where he had wintered. A commissioned naval officer in World War II, he was honored by the Village of Gurnee in 1982 for service to the community and by the Illinois State Bar  Association in 2000 as a senior counselor after 50 years of membership.