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John Elmer Peterson, 71, of Lake Geneva, WI and long time resident of Plainfield, IL, passed away on August 26, 2012 from heart failure.

Born to the late John Peterson and Catherine (Kehoe) Peterson in New Britain, CT, John grew up in Newington, CT. He graduated from St. Francis College (now University of New-England) in Biddeford, Maine and DePaul Law School in Chicago. John and Mary settled in Plainfield, IL, where they raised their children and John practiced law for 35 years.

They discovered Lake Geneva and purchased a house in 1972. John and Mary retired to this wonderful community in 2009. John was an active member in the Plainfield community as a long time baseball coach, Lions Club member, Rotary Club member, Plainfield Park Board member and the Mayor of the Village of Plainfield from 1993 to 1997. John participated in many legal associations. He was a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar Association and founding member and past president of the Walworth County Estate Planning Council.

Art Martin, who died Saturday (Aug. 11, 2012) at age 64, was a nationally known labor lawyer, who often represented low-paid employees working in health care. He lived in University City, Mo.

As a young man, he was a union factory worker. He became a union organizer before deciding he could win more fights as a lawyer.

Last year, he was the only witness to testify for unions before a Republican-dominated U.S. House committee investigating whether labor laws are unfair to business.

Arthur Joseph Martin died Saturday after a morning bicycle trip near Fredericktown, Mo., with his wife, Janine Martin, also a labor attorney. Doctors later found that he had suffered a heart attack, she said Wednesday.

Mr. Martin was one of the relatively few labor lawyers here or elsewhere who represent workers.

"Unions simply cannot pay that kind of hourly rate," said Mike Wolff, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law.

Read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Raymond "Ray" Roffi, age 84, of Tempe, AZ, formerly of Western Springs, IL passed away on August 23, 2012. Ray, beloved father and grandfather of a wonderfully close family will be loved and missed by all. He was born in Chicago on November 25, 1927.

After graduating from Morton High School in 1945, he enlisted in the US Navy at 17 years old and was honorably discharged on August 22, 1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Fiscella on August 27, 1950. They were married almost 58 years before her passing in May, 2008. Ray received his JD Law degree from DePaul University in 1953. He was a prominent Chicago attorney for over 40 years. Ray retired in 2002 and moved to AZ with his wife, Elaine, in 2005.

John G. Locallo
John G. Locallo
ISBA Immediate Past President John G. Locallo has been named to the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP).

The NCBP was founded in 1950 to provide information and training to state and local bar association leaders. Included among its many distinguished past presidents are former ABA Presidents Chesterfield Smith, Leonard Janofsky, George Bushnell, Bill Paul and Steven Zak, as well as current ABA President, Laurel G. Bellows.

The current organizational members of NCBP include state and local bars from 53 states and territories. The Executive Council consists of recent bar presidents who want to share their experiences and perspectives with current bar leaders.

The NCBP provides high-quality programming to current bar leaders at two meetings held each year contemporaneously with the annual and midyear meetings of the ABA.

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Richard M. Batcher
Richard M. Batcher
Richard M. Batcher, 70, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died unexpectedly at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, June 9, 2012. 

Richard was born August 9, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa to Robert and Maxine (Edsel) Batcher. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1963 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1967 he received his law degree from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Batcher practiced law at Heninger and Heninger in Davenport, Iowa, for seven years. He continued practicing law for 38 years at Bozeman, Neighbor, Patten and Noe in Moline, Illinois.

Richard was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Scott County and Rock Island County Bar Associations, the Bettendorf Rotary Club, Transitions Board, Quad City Astronomy Club and the Cornbelt Running Club.

Richard married Lynn Hagglund on June 17, 1967 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

He was a gentle man with an avid curiosity about a variety of subjects. Even after achieving a professional degree he took college courses and tutored high school physics students for fun. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed true survival stories. Dick loved the outdoors, in particular the Rocky Mountains. He took up running in his 50's and solo hiked 176 miles of the John Muir Trail in his 60's. He was a 44 year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He adored his wife and children, his son in law and most recently his granddaughter, Leah Grace, all of whom loved him fiercely.

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host its annual Baseball Classic on July 20 at 7:15 p.m. The game will feature the Chicago Cubs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Tickets are $225 and include all food and beverages. Sponsorships are available. Contact the IBF at (312) 726-6072 for more information or click here to purchase tickets.

Richard Stockenberg
Richard Stockenberg
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. welcomes Richard Stockenberg to the firm. Dick’s expertise is construction law. He has been practicing in that area for over 30 years, representing subcontractors, suppliers, owners and design professionals, and specializing in filing and perfecting mechanic’s liens, bond claims, negotiating and drafting contracts and legislation, and seeking creative solutions to troublesome problems.

Dick is the author of more than 40 articles on construction law and was the editor and co-author of the Missouri Bar Association's Deskbook on Construction Law.  He has presented more than 70 seminars and lectures to state and national audiences on a multitude of topics of interest to the construction industry, including design/build, risk allocation, indemnification, prompt pay, bonds, mechanic's liens and retainage.

About Sandberg Phoenix

At Sandberg Phoenix, our culture sets us apart from other firms. Guided by strength, character and personality, we believe that collaboration and mutual respect are essential to the success of our firm and our clients.  This commitment has positioned our firm as one of the premier full-service law firms in Missouri and Illinois, with 83 attorneys and nearly 100 staff.  As we continue to grow, so will our commitment to delivering superior client service.

Nathan D. Leming
Nathan D. Leming
Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan D. Leming ( as the newest associate to join the growing law firm.

Leming previously practiced at a general liability firm in the St. Louis area. He will continue to work in defense litigation throughout the firm’s many practice areas including insurance defense, products liability, transportation law, medical malpractice and employment law.

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

New ISBA President John E. Thies is sworn-in by his father, former ISBA President Richard L. Thies
New ISBA President John E. Thies is sworn-in by his father, former ISBA President Richard L. Thies
John E. Thies, a shareholder at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, was installed Friday as the 136th president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. His installation marks the first time both a father and son have led the Association. Thies’ father, Richard L. Thies, was ISBA president from 1986-87. View pictures from the Annual Dinner and Reception.

“It’s a great responsibility and opportunity. As the largest state-wide organization of Illinois lawyers and judges, the ISBA has an enormous capacity to champion the core values of our system of justice, and the lawyers who serve it,” John Thies said. “As ISBA President, it is my top priority to make the most of this capacity for the benefit of our membership and the public our members serve.”

During his term as president, Thies will place special emphasis on four major projects that derive from his own experiences in life and the law. A Law School Debt task force will examine the heavy educational debt burden faced by new lawyers as they begin their careers and how that impacts the delivery of legal services. A Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts will coordinate the ISBA’s efforts to identify and publicize threats to fair and impartial courts due to lack of funding.

ISBA President John E. Thies presents Young Lawyer of the Year Awards to Angela Baker Evans of Peoria and Steven Hunter of Chicago.
ISBA President John E. Thies presents Young Lawyer of the Year Awards to Angela Baker Evans of Peoria and Steven Hunter of Chicago.
The Illinois State Bar Association presented several awards to recognize individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 15. Click here to view the photo gallery from the luncheon.
•    Law Student Division Public Service Award: Alejandra Lara, University of Illinois College of Law;
•    Young Lawyers of the Year: Angela Baker Evans, of Peoria, a lawyer at the law firm of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC; and Steven Hunter, of Chicago, a partner with the Chicago law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP;
•    Diversity Leadership Award: E. Lynn Grayson, partner, Jenner & Block;
•    Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award: Warrenville attorney William Price;
•    Community Leadership Award: Hon. Sebastian Patti, presiding judge, Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County;
•    Elmer Gertz Award for Human Rights: Hon. Martha A. Mills, Circuit Court of Cook County;
•    Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award: John Lafond, of Urbana, a telephone counselor at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation;