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Kenneth Nussbaumer
Kenneth Nussbaumer
Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth M. Nussbaumer as Of Counsel to their highly regarded asbestos team.

Ken has over 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation including cases in product liability, toxic torts and insurance defense. A graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, Nussbaumer has defended cases throughout southern Illinois and Missouri. His primary area of practice is the defense of asbestos and benzene cases.

About Williams Venker & Sanders LLC: Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is one of the Midwest’s leading trial law firms. The firm is committed to timely service and the aggressive defense of clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. Providing focused, comprehensive strategies designed to achieve the best possible result, the firm’s lawyers represent clients in legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, employment law and health care law to personal injury, product liability and toxic tort litigation. For more information, visit www.wvslaw.com.

Hon. Robert C. Scott
Hon. Robert C. Scott
The Hon. Robert Clement Scott, 90, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away on Oct. 2.

Born April 8, 1923, and raised in Chicago, he attended Mae McMillan School in Fort Lauderdale in 1937-38, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Scott was an infantry combat veteran of World War II who received the Bronze Star. After practicing law in Chicago, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1951, where he met his wife, the former Mary Louisa Smith.

He was an early president of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale, a 60-year member of The Florida Bar, and three- term member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel, and from 1982 to 1993 a Circuit Judge for Broward County. But, most important, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Michael McGinley
Michael McGinley
Michael P. McGinley has joined Lashly & Baer, P.C. as an associate. McGinley holds a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and practices in the areas of business litigation, general litigation and transportation litigation. He is a 1997 graduate of Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Michael is currently the President of the Board for the St. Paul Catholic School, a board member of the Highland Splash Swim Team, and a chairperson for the St. Paul Catholic Church Kirchenfest. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Madison County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Joseph Russell
Joseph Russell
Randall D. Crocker, President and CEO of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., has announced that Joseph M. Russell joined the Firm as a Shareholder. Russell is a member of the trial team representing BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was formerly a Partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Russell is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. He has litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including commercial, franchise and distribution, mass tort, product liability, corporate, environment, consumer fraud, bankruptcy and trade secret cases.

Russell is active in both pro bono and charitable endeavors. He has briefed and argued criminal appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit) and served as class counsel for over 4,000 individuals who resided in state-funded institutions for mental disease who now have the opportunity to move into and receive services in community-based housing (Williams v. Quinn, N.D. Illinois). He was the recipient of the Access Living 2012 “Lead On!” award for representing individuals with mental illness.

Ben Thames
Ben Thames
Ben E. Thames, Jr. is a newly elected Partner in the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP.  Ben has concentrated his practice in the defense of small companies as well as large corporations involved in complex litigation in the areas of product liability, toxic tort and mass tort, environmental litigation, and commercial issues.  Ben graduated in 2000 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  

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Hon. Robert Raleigh
Hon. Robert Raleigh
The Honorable Robert Gerst Raleigh, 61, of Florissant, Mo., born Feb. 11, 1952, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Bob was of counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and also served as a municipal court judge for the City of Florissant, Mo.

Bob graduated from McCluer High School in 1970, then received a bachelor's degree from Drury College in 1979. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.

Bob was a gifted with beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He glorified God by singing in the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church. He was invited to sing in the Home of Jack Buck on several Christmas Eves. He loved to make people laugh, and was a proud member of The Courthouse Steps and the Dogtown Tenors.

Bob was a member of the Order of the Veiled Prophet and loved dressing to the nines and escorting his girlfriend, Noelle, to the Veiled Prophet Ball every December. He was also a board member of the Hot City Theatre, a volunteer for the St. Louis Variety Club, and a member of Elks Lodge 9. Bob was a season ticket holder at the Muny and also was an avid fan of shows at the Fox Theater.

Bob had a deep compassion for all animals and was an ardent supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri and the Belleville Humane Society. He had a fierce love for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, who served as the 2011 HSMO Bark in the Park Mascot. He was happiest simply sitting on his couch snuggling with and receiving canine kisses from Charlie and Noelle's dogs, Oscar and Fenway.

Ronald Brown
Ronald Brown
Ronald M. Brown, 78, of Phoenix, passed away July 30, 2013. Ron was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. to Evelyn and Max Brown. He spent most of his life in Chicago, where he raised three sons, and practiced law for more than 30 years. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was honored as Senior Counsellor recognizing more than 50 years of service in the Illinois Bar. Ron was a lifelong Cubs fan and avid golfer. He retired to Phoenix in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marlene. He is also survived by three sons: Neil Brown of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Steven Brown of Phoenix; Howard Brown of Ahwatukee; daughters-in-law Gelareh Asayesh and Belinda Brown; grandchildren Aaron, Mina, Cameron, Max, Eric and Elizabeth; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Martin Buck of Chicago. A private memorial will be held in Phoenix in the fall. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley

William E. Good died unexpectedly in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 17. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16, 1930 to James and Marion Good.

His formative years were spent in Downers Grove, Illinois, with his brothers Bob, Tom and Ralph and his little sister Sarah. He engaged in the normal adventures of a young man growing up in the '30s and '40s and when he came of age, he served his country as a Military Policeman (MP) and in the Judge Advocate Division in Okinawa, Japan.

He matriculated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his undergraduate and law degrees and meeting his future bride of 58 years, Marlene (nee McGrath).

His law career was robust and varied. During his corporate law career he represented American Home Products, Ekco Products, and later served as General Counsel for Brach Candy in Chicago. Additionally, he spent 20 years serving the citizens of Arizona as an administrative law judge.

LeAnna Grimsley
LeAnna Grimsley
LeAnna (Early) Karnopp Grimsley, 61, formerly of Peoria and Morton, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Simi Valley, Calif.

Her loving husband, Gary LaPook, survives.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1951, to David and Kathleen (Bosecker) Early. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Her sister, Janice Robertson, and her father and his wife, Juli, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeAnna was first married to Richard Karnopp and had one child, Carrie Karnopp Driscoll (Kevin). She was married to her second husband, Gregg Grimsley, in 1998. He preceded her in death in 2004. She has two granddaughters, Eloise and Agatha.

She taught science at Central Junior High School in East Peoria for five years before attending the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating in 1986. She was an attorney at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin for a number of years, later forming her own law firm, Grimsley & Grimsley, with her husband Gregg.

Known for her sharp wit and intelligence, LeAnna was nearly impossible to beat in Trivial Pursuit, a favorite game among her family and friends. LeAnna loved to travel and enjoyed many wonderful trips, vacationing in Europe, St. Martin, Egypt, Hawaii and Tahiti, among many other destinations. She and her husband Gary recently spent two summers in Paris.

The Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, the organization's 203-person policy making body, approved several reports during the 137th Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The Assembly unanimously approved the 53-page report and recommendations of the Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services. The report was supported with research and testimony from statewide hearings that call for dramatic changes in the way law schools deliver education. The Assembly also moved to adopt the report as coming from ISBA and not just the special committee and sending the report to the deans of all Illinois law schools, newspapers editors and Supreme Court justices. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has written to the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education recommending the findings in the ISBA report.

The Assembly also approved the report and recommendations of the Special Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts.

ISBA Past President John Locallo presented the report and recommendations of the Special Committee on Collaborative Law, which opposed legislative passage of the "Uniform Collaborative Law Act" as a violation of separation of powers. The Assembly approved that report as well.