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Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney is pleased to announce that seasoned litigator Ben Thames, Jr. has joined the firm as the managing shareholder of its St. Louis office. Mr. Thames brings more than 14 years of experience in mass tort, environmental, and other litigation to the firm.

Mr. Thames has led the defense of companies faced with a wide range of claims including alleged exposure to asbestos, benzene, chromium, diacetyl and coal dust. He also has significant experience with premises and products liability cases. Mr. Thames joins Segal McCambridge following a long tenure at the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston and Young, where the predominance of his work focused on the defense of toxic tort claims.

Robert H. Liddle Jr.
Robert H. Liddle Jr.
Robert H. Liddle Jr. of Naperville, Illinois formerly of Buffalo, New York, beloved husband of Hope A. (Paolini) Liddle, devoted father of Marleah J. Liddle, Alexander R. Liddle, and Jenna M.T. Liddle, dear brother of A. DuAine (Bill Schierlitz) LoGrasso, Timothy (Shirley) Liddle, and Walter Liddle. Mr. Liddle was predeceased by his parents Robert H. Liddle Sr. and Stella (Salamone) Liddle, and his beloved "buddy" Allegro; dearest brother-in-law of Mary R. (Michael) Pachla, Joanne E. (A.Kem) Fronabarger, Francine (Martin Zyla) Paolini, Michael A. (late Michelle) Paolini, and Peter Paolini; cherished uncle of Jackie Gannon, Timothy Liddle Jr., Eric Liddle,Melissa Diamond, Jonathan J. Kacala, Zachary L. Paolini, Olivia R. Paolini; dear great uncle of Sage Gannon, and Avea Diamond; dear cousin of Leonard Salamone; many other cousins of the Liddle, Masso, and Paolini families and numerous colleagues and dear friends.

Albert L. Hall, Jr., 89, of Kenosha, WI, formerly of Waukegan, IL, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2016, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

Born in Chicago on June 17, 1926, he was the son of Albert L. and Oprah (Staratt) Hall, Sr. He was raised in Waukegan and graduated from Lake Forest Academy, University of Illinois and Northwestern Law School. He served with the US Navy in WWII. Albert was an attorney with his father's law firm, founded in 1922. After retiring, he served as " of counsel" for the Bollman, Lesser & Leetrey law firm in Lake Forest. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, bridge, coin collecting and wood carving. Club memberships included Waukgean-North Chicago Chamber of Commerce, City Club, Lake County Coin Club, Waukegan Community Players, ACLU, Glen Flora Country Club, the Lake County Bar Association, and LFFB and PP Group.


On March 31st, ISBA co-sponsored the First Chair Society at SLU Law’s Inaugural Annual Fundraiser at iTap Soulard, the goal of which was the formation of a scholarship fund for first-generation law students at SLU Law. The First Chair Society is a student organization dedicated to creating mentoring, support, and networking opportunities for first-generation law students. About 30 students, friends, family and alumni were in attendance for a fun-filled craft beer and dessert pairing, with available appetizers and a 50/50 raffle. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, including ISBA, the First Chair Society will be able to give out a substantial scholarship to a SLU Law student next year!

Theodore 'Ted' Spak Theodore ("Ted") Spak, 83, passed away January 20, 2016. An attorney, CPA, businessman, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Ted was a diamond life master and certified bridge teacher, as well as a devoted philanthropist.

Ted was born in Chicago, and attended Northwestern University, graduating with an accounting degree in 1953 and from the law school in 1956. After practicing law from 1956-62, he established Theodore Spak & Associates, a public insurance adjusting firm, where he served as President until his retirement. He relocated to Miami, Florida in 1976.

John Dickason
John Dickason
Former ISBA Executive Director John H. Dickason, 84, of Coral Gables, FL passed away February 2, 2016. He was born June 3, 1931 in Wooster, OH, a twin son of the late Donald E. and Martha (Hamilton) Dickason. He graduated from Champaign, IL High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College. John and his wife Barbara (Bobbie) were married June 20, 1953 in Christ Episcopal Church, Bronxville, NY. He served in the U.S. Army (1954-1956).

He was Director of Administrative Services for the Illinois State Bar Association from 1960-1970 and then served as Executive Director until 1985. In 1985 he became the Vice President for Finance and Administration of the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust which assisted basic medical researchers.  

George Ripplinger, managing partner of the law firm Ripplinger & Zimmer, LLC, of Belleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, has been appointed to the Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council.

The Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council was created by the Illinois legislature by Public Act 099-0281 to enable and fund the development and support of a legal hotline and network of legal assistance to help active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired service members, veterans and military families in need throughout the state. It is a five year pilot program funded by a temporary $2.00 add-on to civil filing fees that began collection on September 1, 2015 and will sunset at the conclusion of the pilot project on 2020.

Steven V. Hunter
Steven V. Hunter
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced the recipients of its first Quarles & Brady Michael Gonring Pro Bono Award (The Gonring Award). The 2015 inaugural class includes a team of attorneys led by Emily Feinstein and Leah McNeely, Steven Hunter, Danny Lewin, and Melissa McCord. The firm is donating $1,000 to nonprofits designated by each individual honoree. The announcement was made during National Pro Bono Week. The award is named in honor of firm partner Michael Gonring.

A memorial session honoring the memory of the late Honorable Richard D.Cudahy, Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will be held on Monday, November 30, in the Ceremonial Courtroom on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago.

Judge Cudahy was appointed to the court in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and continued to serve until his death on September 22, 2015. He is survived by his widow Janet, seven adult children, and thirteen grandchildren. Served by 83 law clerks and two secretaries during his 36 years on the bench, he set a high standard for all to follow and is greatly missed.

Hon. Patrick McLaughlin
Hon. Patrick McLaughlin
Hon. Patrick McLaughlin, 68, passed peacefully August 28, 2015, surrounded by family after a 3 and 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mr. McLaughlin was born in Keokuk, Iowa. He attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a B.A. in political science. He attended law school at St. Louis University and received his J.D., cum laude, in 1974.

Drafted from law school, Pat proudly served in the U.S. Army before returning to finish his Juris Doctorate.

Pat began his law practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked as an associate for several years. He moved his family to Olney and practiced law, specializing in Civil and Criminal Trial Practice. He was Board Certified in 1986 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Pat was elected Circuit Judge of Second Judicial Circuit, Illinois, in 1986 and served in that capacity until 1997. During his tenure in Illinois, he sat, at times, as a special judge of the Illinois Court of Appeals.

In 1997 Pat was appointed as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration and assigned to Jacksonville, Florida, where he remained. 

Pat was an active member of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. Pat was the founder of the Florida Pancreas Cancer Coalition, a 501 c (3) organization. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2012, he was passionate to raise funds to support research for the disease.