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Gartner Law Offices, Inc. and its Attorneys Scott J. Gartner, Christopher P. Hughes and Matthew J. DeMartini have joined with the law firm of Ralph, Schwab & Schiever, Chartered with offices in Vernon Hills, Antioch, Chicago and Pleasant Prairie.

Ralph, Schwab, Gartner & Schiever, Chartered will now be representing clients from Chicago to Milwaukee with a broader range of services and practical solutions to your legal matters.

Joseph F. GrecoJoseph F. Greco, born to Charles and Jean in Chicago on September 4, 1941. Brother to Geri (Bill) Steenveld, Carol (Andrew) Korovesis, and Bobby (deceased). Father to Theresa (Buck) MacLaughlin, Charles, Daniel (Jenny), Neva (Chris) Hinzman, and Amanda (Matt) Holmes. Proud Grandpa to Ewan, Sophia, Lia, Daniel, Curtis, Charlotte, Audrey, Hazel, and Jonah. Beloved "uncle-father," in-law, and faithful friend.

Hinshaw Chairman Kevin Joseph Burke announced several new leadership appointments to the Firm's Management Committee, Practice Group and Partner-In-Charge positions.

"We are in a time of fundamental changes in the legal services market and these appointments bring in fresh thinking and build upon our diversity. They reflect Hinshaw's tradition of developing talent and these new leaders will advance our focus on collaboration, innovation and efficiency in all that we do," said Mr. Burke. He added, "Bob and the other new leaders embody Hinshaw's culture and its values. Each of them has shown that they have the talent and commitment to lead as we continue to provide outstanding service and pursue strategic initiatives to grow our national business, consumer financial, professional and insurance industry practices."

Michael J. Warner
Michael J. Warner
Michael J. Warner, a partner in the personal injury law firm of Warner & Zimmerle, in Rock Island, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and will serve a two-year term.

The Foundation raises funds for distribution to Illinois nonprofit organizations whose mission is to provide free legal services to those with limited means. It also provides assistance to lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. The Foundation also oversees the Illinois JusticeCorps program, which provides trained part-time student volunteers to serve as guides in courthouses. This year, the Foundation will distribute more than $850,000 in funds.

Warner has been a lawyer in private practice since 1972 after serving for a year in the Rock Island State’s Attorneys Office. He has been a member of the Rock Island Bar Association since 1971. He was a board member of the Mississippi Valley Alzheimer’s Association and is a past president of the Rock Island County Mental Health Board.

Barry Noeltner
Barry Noeltner
Dana Hughes
Dana Hughes
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Lynsey Welch
Lynsey Welch

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that four attorneys have become partners with the firm: Dana Hughes in the Peoria office, Barry Noeltner in the Edwardsville office, Brian Smith in the Urbana office, and Lynsey Welch in the Rockford office.

Ms. Hughes represents employers in workers' compensation claims. She frequently speaks and writes on Workers' Compensation law, including co-authoring Southern Illinois University Law Journal's "Survey of Illinois Law: Workers' Compensation." Ms. Hughes graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. In 2015, she was named to Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyers list. 

Thomas S. Johnson
Thomas S. Johnson
Thomas S. Johnson, 73 of Rockford, senior partner of one of Rockford's oldest and largest law firms, died unexpectedly at home on February 15, 2016.

Born May 21, 1942, in Rockford, son of Fred C. Johnson and Pauline Ross Johnson. He graduated from East High School in 1960 where he excelled in debate and received the Oratorical Contest award. He graduated from Rockford College in 1964 and then received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1967.

He served in the U.S. Army from 196870, where he received the Meritorious Service Medal. Tom then returned to Rockford to join the law firm founded by his mentors, Karl Williams and John C. McCarthy, and began a distinguished legal career that lasted 46 years. He concentrated his practice in trust and estate law and received the highest recognition in his specialty by being named as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

He was instrumental in the growth and success of WilliamsMcCarthy LLP and was President of the law firm from 1987 to 2002. Tom possessed a brilliant mind, a sharp wit, and was unwavering in his support of the firm, his colleagues, his community and the legal profession. In the tradition of Daniel Burnham, his motto was "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."

Sharon L. Pulsifer
Sharon L. Pulsifer
Sharon L Pulsifer, 72, well-known Moline, Illinois, attorney, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in Silvis, Illinois.

Sharon was born April, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1963 she married Harrison Pulsifer with whom she had four children. She graduated from St. Ambrose University before earning her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in 1979.

Chantelle Porter
Chantelle Porter
The Lombard family law firm of A. Traub & Associates is pleased to announce that Senior Associate and ISBA Board member Chantelle A. Porter has been promoted to Partner. Porter joined A. Traub and Associates in 2008.

“Chantelle has been a phenomenal asset to A. Traub & Associates and just all in all great to have around. Her unwavering commitment to the local legal community and her clients is impressive. It was an easy decision to name Chantelle as a partner and we look forward to her success within this new role,” says Principal Owner of A. Traub & Associates, Angel M. Traub.

Lombard divorce lawyer Chantelle A. Porter earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and earned her B.A. from Ohio State University. Porter concentrates her legal practice on family law, juvenile criminal defense, domestic violence, orders of protection and DCFS abuse and neglect cases. She also assists clients with landlord and tenant issues and civil litigation defense. Porter is a Guardian ad litem and an appointed Juvenile Conflict Attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit.

Hon. Kurt Peter Klein
Hon. Kurt Peter Klein
The Honorable Judge Kurt Peter Klein, 72, Sycamore, Illinois passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, in Arizona with his beloved wife, Linda by his side. 

Kurt was born September 30, 1943, to Edmund and Rose (Ortman) Klein. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan. He graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago and DePaul University Law School. He began his legal career as an Assistant for the Cook County States Attorney's Office. He moved to DeKalb County in 1977 where he became a contributing member of the DeKalb County community. He served as the First Assistant in the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office. He was a founding member of the Gallagher, Klein and Brady law firm. He was an attorney for 43 years and served as a Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit for the last 17 years of his career, 11 years as Presiding Judge of DeKalb County. During his time as judge he was an integral part of the historical preservation and recent courthouse expansion as well as being a leading force in creating the 23rd judicial circuit, DeKalb and Kendall Counties. He also established the first Juvenile Safe House for at risk youth.

Loren S. Golden
Loren S. Golden
Elgin attorney Loren S. Golden of Golden Law Offices recently received an award for “Trial Lawyer Excellence” from the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Publishing Company. 

Golden was awarded this honor for outstanding representation of his client, who had injuries sustained in a grain bin accident. The three-week jury trial for the case was held in Carroll County, Illinois.  The verdict was appealed by the defense and the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin affirmed the jury verdict of $830,109.50, the highest reported Carroll County Verdict in a personal injury case. Recently, the Supreme Court of Illinois denied Defendant’s request for leave to appeal that decision, making the verdict final.