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James W. Marks Jr.
James W. Marks Jr.
James W. Marks Jr, 60, of Chicago, Illinois passed away November 4, 2016. Jim was born in Camp Lejuene, Jacksonville, North Carolina on October 27, 1956. He graduated with a BA with honors from the University of Chicago in 1979 and obtained a J.D. with honors from Tulane University in 1984. Jim had practiced law in Denver, CO and in Chicago, IL. Law was his passion and his true love. He was proud to be a part of the legal profession. He believed in giving back to the community--active in alumni work for the University of Chicago; a member of the board for GUILD (UIC), an organization supporting research into liver diseases and cancer; and worked as a field organizer and attorney in Iowa for Obama's Organizing for American and Victory Council.

Norman F. Cone, age 91, passed away Monday, October 24, in Seal Beach, CA. Norman was born on May 12, 1925, in Chicago, IL, to Dorothea and Maurice Cone. He attended Benton Harbor (MI) High School. He then was a tech sergeant during World War II in Europe. After the war, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola of Chicago Law School.

Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler
Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler
Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler, a founding member and senior partner of the law firm of Tribler Orpett & Meyer, died early Saturday, December 3, after a brief hospitalization.

An unquestionably brilliant lawyer and strategic thinker, Bill Tribler was admired as a mentor and friend to hundreds in the legal community, not only in Chicago but throughout Illinois. Bill specialized in the defense of civil litigation. He was a renowned expert in the fields of professional liability and insurance coverage.  Bill was very proud of being a lawyer and adhered to and championed the highest ethical standards. In keeping with those ethical standards, Bill served on the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) Oversight Committee from 2004-2014, and on the ARDC Inquiry Board from 2004-2013.

George B. Collins
George B. Collins
George B. Collins never let the heat of legal battle get in the way of his old-fashioned, courteous manner.

“George was the absolute gentleman, always,” said Collins’ law partner, Adrian M. Vuckovich. “And he also had the best sense of humor.”

That humor, Vuckovich said, was usually directed at Collins and not at others.

“He would never talk about a case where he was successful,” Vuckovich said. “He hated to lose, but he could make fun of it.”

Collins died Friday at his home in Chicago. He was 85.

Daniel Riess
Daniel Riess
Daniel Riess handled many cases as a patent attorney for nearly 50 years, but by far his best-known work was when he represented the Keebler Co. in what came to be known as the "soft cookie wars."

Procter & Gamble Co. alleged Keebler and two other cookie-makers, Frito-Lay and Nabisco Brands, infringed P&G's 1984 patent on "dual-textured cookies," which were crisp outside and soft and chewy inside. P&G marketed the cookies under its Duncan Hines brand; Keebler's version is called Soft Batch.

Riess and many other lawyers spent years on the case until the suits were settled in September 1989, with Keebler and the other two companies paying P&G $125 million.

John Alex, a partner in what is now the Cook Alex law firm, called it "one of the most major patent cases of all time."

Stanley Philip Hutchison
Stanley Philip Hutchison
Stanley Philip Hutchison, 92, passed away peacefully, comforted by his family, on October 18, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Hutchison enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a business and civic leader. He was born in Joliet, Illinois on November 22, 1923, the first son of Verna Emma and Philip Stuart Hutchison. His early life was spent in Springfield, Illinois. He attended Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. During WWII, he served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy. Following his military service, he finished his undergraduate work at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois) where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the International Legal Honor Society. 

James E. Augustyn
James E. Augustyn
James (Jim) E. Augustyn, 65, of Chicago, Il, passed away suddenly on Sunday October 9, 2016 in a community park near his home. He was born in Chicago to Edward J. and Theresa J. (Kopera) Augustyn. He is survived by his mother, Theresa, of Chicago; sister, Donna (Patrick) Augustyn-Sloan of Lacon, IL. Jim is also survived by nieces and nephews, Samantha, Joseph, Bonnie, Christopher, Sara, Theresa and Anne, two great nephews, a great aunt and cousins. He was godfather to Samantha and Adam. He was a colleague and friend to Maria Romero and Guadalupe Martinez. He is preceded in death by his father and sister, Jeanne. Jim graduated from Georgetown University in 1973.

Kenneth J. James
Kenneth J. James
Kenneth J. James, 84, of Winnetka, IL, passed away on on Monday, September 26, 2016, at The Presbyterian Home in Evanston. He was managing partner of Kenneth J. James Partners in Northfield, Illinois. Those who knew him called him a true gentleman and kind soul.

Born on April 6, 1932 in Evanston, IL, he was the oldest son of Jeremiah and Helen James.

Raised in Evanston, he graduated from Evanston High School in 1950. He attended Stanford University where he graduated in 1954 with a B.S. in Economics. While at Stanford, he pursued two of his passions- joining the wrestling team and playing the drums in the marching band.

Edward Alan Light
Edward Alan Light
Edward Alan Light, 63, of Rockford passed away October 9, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born June 28, 1953, to Dr. David and Leona Light in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed was a trial lawyer of thirty-five years for the Winnebago County Public Defenders' Office and was a member of the Winnebago Bar Association and of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He graduated from the SIU College of Law in 1980, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Ed was recognized by his peers and received the Bruce Robert Jacob Award presented by the Illinois Public Defender Association.

Harvey A. Meyers
Harvey A. Meyers
Harvey A. Meyers, 82, of Marengo, local attorney and business leader, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Centegra Hospital Huntley.

Born in Elgin on July 21, 1934, Harvey was the son of the late Harvey F. and Marie (nee Eschbach) Meyers. He was a graduate of Marengo Community High School, a United States Army veteran, and a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Harvey married the love of his life, Patricia Novak, on January 20, 1962, in Chicago.