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Peter R. Sonderby
Peter R. Sonderby
Peter R. Sonderby - formerly of Chicago, and most recently residing in Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby (Ret.) of Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL; daughter Kathleen (Richard Ross) Sonderby of Mill Valley, CA, son Christopher (Jill) Sonderby of Menlo Park, CA, and daughter Jennifer (Seth Blacher) Sonderby of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren Eliza, Lauren and Graham Ross, Max and Madeline Sonderby and Ari and Leo Blacher; brother Michael (Pam) Sonderby of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Tina Sonderby of Long Beach, IN; and nieces and nephews Brett (Lisa) Sonderby, Amy (Jeff) Kontir, Max (Glaucia) Sonderby, Elizabeth Sonderby and Robert (Carol) Sonderby. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Max E. and Mary E. (Sjostrom) Sonderby, and his brother Stephen Sonderby.

Kent HamptonKent Bronson Hampton, former vice president and general counsel of Marathon Oil Co. passed away early Saturday, July 23, 2016. Born in Mattoon, Il in 1920, he grew up in Evanston. He graduated from ETHS in 1938, and from Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1942. He graduated from the Navy's OCS at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in WWII as a navigator aboard an amphibious craft and a destroyer escort. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949. He joined the Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil Co.) in 1951. His most notable accomplishment was to lead the legal team that thwarted Mobil Oil Co.'s attempted takeover of Marathon in 1981-82. Mr. Hampton first engaged in law practice in Charleston, IL in 1949. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association for sixty years.

Donald Ramsell (Left) of Wheaton, ISBA Governor Stephen Komie of Chicago, and David B. Franks, Past Chair, of Woodstock.
Donald Ramsell (Left) of Wheaton, ISBA Governor Stephen Komie of Chicago, and David B. Franks, Past Chair, of Woodstock.
Members of the ISBA Traffic Law Section attended the annual National College for DUI Defense 2016 Harvard Session at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.

Lauren Boaz was named a partner of SWMK Law as of July 1. She is the first of the firm’s attorneys to become partner since their founding in 2012. Founding partners of the firm are Ben Schmickle, Steve Wohlford, Matt Morris, and Joe Kusmierczak.

SWMK Law specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer litigation, and has a nationwide client base. Boaz leads the SWMK team that seeks recovery for mesothelioma clients from bankruptcy trust funds.

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.

James Herget
James Herget
James Elbert Herget, 81, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Kerrville.

He was born in 1934 in Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loraine and Walter Herget of Pekin; and two brothers, Walter and Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen of Kerrville, Texas; three daughters, Catherine Carter Willard of Asheville, N.C., Margaret Dawson and Grace Capwell, both of Round Rock, Texas; two sons, William of Kerrville and Charles of Frisco, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP (SFGH) announced today the opening of its New York City office.

Serving clients across the nation from a single office in Chicago for nearly 35 years, SFGH’s New York office provides an additional resource for its clients’ business needs. Expanding the depth of corporate and securities practices, partner Vanessa Schoenthaler will anchor SFGH’s New York office and growing securities practice. Several of the firm’s New York licensed attorneys will be spending significant time in its New York office. The new office also provides SFGH with closer connections to the bankruptcy and restructuring communities in New York and Delaware.

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.