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Roger Benson
Roger Benson

Former Kankakee County Associate Judge Roger Benson, 84, died February 10 at his Bourbonnais home. He had been battling health problems for a few months. Last June, he received the Illinois State Bar Association's John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award in the outstanding individual attorney category. 

Benson practiced law for 58 years. He studied pre-law at Northwestern University and received his law degree in 1958 from DePaul University. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son, two daughters, a stepson and two stepdaughters. He was preceded in death by a son. Services have been held.

Allen Landmeier, 74, died on Saturday, February 25 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, sons; Matthew (Megan), Mark (Karen), and Michael (Anna), and granddaughters Eleanor, Caroline, and Charlotte Landmeier. The son of Vernon and Eleanor Landmeier, Allen was born on November 24, 1942 in Elmhurst. On July 8, 1978 he married Charlotte (nee Ekern) at the Geneva United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of St. Charles High School and received his bachelors and law degrees from Valparaiso University. An active member of and contributor to the ISBA, he was editor of the State and Local Taxation Section newsletter for more than 20 years. He won the Austin Fleming Newsletter Editor Award in 1997, the newsletter program's highest honor. He was Lieutenant in the US Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, city attorney of St. Charles, and senior partner at Smith, Landmeier, and Elders, PC in Geneva until his retirement. He was a past president of the Kane County Bar Association. Services have been held.

Roy Claybourn Palmer
Roy Claybourn Palmer
Roy Claybourn Palmer died February 27, 2017. He was born in Kearney, Missouri on August 9, 1935 and moved to Chicago shortly after his birth. After serving in Korea with the US Army 7th Cavalry, he married his first wife, Nancy Barclay and had three children, Claybourn John Palmer, Heather Ann Palmer Roberts and Allyson Lynn Palmer. He started his professional life with the Federal Trade Commission then followed into the private sector, eventually starting his own firm. Focusing on business law, among others practice areas, he represented the Visiting Nurses Association and the Illinois State Savings and Loan Association. He attended Chicago's Lake View HS, Lake Forest College and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors. He established and endowed the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize at Chicago-Kent College of Law for writings that explore the tension between our civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. In 1983 he married Susan Marie Kelly. Shortly thereafter they embarked on an adventure that would change the world of many Native American tribes. As a pioneer in the Native American Gaming Industry, he was said to have "found a loophole in the law and drove a mack truck through it". He worked most notably for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin who awarded him their highest honor by presenting him with an Eagle Feather. From California to Florida he fought many legal battles to gain the tribes their gaming rights.

Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC has opened a Kane County office, located at 309 Walnut Street, Unit B, in St. Charles. The firm also has an office in Wheaton. The new location is designed to "better serve clients in DeKalb, Kendall, and Kane Counties," according to a firm press release.

Freeborn & Peters LLP reports that it has combined with the New York City firm of Hargraves, McConnell & Costigan P.C. The move establishes Freeborn’s first office in New York and represents a further geographic expansion for the Chicago-headquartered Freeborn, which last year combined with the Richmond, Va.-based Brenner, Evans & Millman P.C. 

"The combination with Hargraves, McConnell & Costigan P.C. advances Freeborn’s strategy of geographically expanding its strongest practice areas...through Hargraves’ strong reputation in the insurance and reinsurance industries in litigating and arbitrating disputes arising out of both domestic and international contracts," according to a Freeborn press release. 

The combination was complete on March 1, 2017, and gives Freeborn four offices: Chicago; Springfield, Ill.; Richmond, Va.; and New York. 

Dennis Hollahan
Dennis Hollahan
Hanson Professional Services Inc. has selected Dennis Hollahan, who works at the firm’s Springfield headquarters, to become the company’s first internal legal counsel. He will lead corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives, provide senior management with advice on company strategies and implementation and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. 

“Dennis is a natural choice for us,” said Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., Hanson’s chairman and CEO. “His experience from private practice, the military and our in-house land acquisition management will serve us well.”

Hollahan was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a helicopter pilot during Desert Storm and later as a judge advocate general for the Illinois Army National Guard. Prior to joining Hanson in 2008, he was the section chief for land acquisition and property management and a special assistant chief counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). He has been a land acquisition project manager for Hanson, working on projects for clients including IDOT, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois county and municipal highway departments.

Hollahan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. He is an Illinois licensed attorney at law and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. 

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services.

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Bradford A. Rau, Sr., a former Macon County assistant state's attorney, as resident circuit judge of Moultrie County in Sixth Judicial Circuit. Rau fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Dan L. Flannell. The appointment takes effect April 3, 2017, and terminates December 3, 2018, 

Stacey A. McCullough
Stacey A. McCullough
Criminal defense attorney Stacey A. McCullough has joined the DuPage County firm Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC as a partner. She was formerly the principal attorney at The Law Office of Stacey A. McCullough, Ltd., which she founded in 2005. She has practiced criminal defense for more than 20 years.

McCullough graduated with a B.A. in criminal justice with high honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned her law degree at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is a certified Illinois municipal administrative hearing officer. She will focus on criminal, juvenile and traffic defense, handle administrative law matters, and litigate family law cases at Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC. 

She is third vice president of the DuPage County Bar Association and is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, and The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Illinois Supreme Court has assigned Mt. Vernon resident and Second Judicial Circuit Judge David K. Overstreet to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District. He fills the vacancy created when Justice James R. Moore, who previously held the post, was elected to the fifth district court in November. The assignment takes effect February 27 and continues until further order of the court.

William K. “Bill” Kane has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s Business Trial practice group. Kane joins from Baker Hostetler in Chicago. 

Kane concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation for a broad base of corporate, real estate, media and entertainment clients. He advises companies on regulatory and corporate governance issues and has significant experience representing clients in need of emergency injunctive relief for trade secret theft and unfair business competition. Prior to private practice, Kane served as Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois attorney general’s office for five years and handled a variety of public law matters.

Kane received a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1986 and a B.S. from Miami University in 1982.