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Robert J. Bassett
Williams Venker & Sanders LLC in St. Louis is pleased to announce that Robert J. Bassett (rbassett@wvslaw.com) has joined the firm as its newest Partner. Bob, a respected trial attorney in, most notably, St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois, has spent 20+ years defending well-known companies, including trucking firms and pharmacies, among others. At Williams Venker & Sanders, he will continue to focus on product liability and transportation defense, bringing his decades of experience to these practice groups already established within the firm. In addition to his practice, Bob is an active member of the St. Clair County Bar Association in Illinois.  He served on the group’s Board of Directors from 1998-2004 and is currently First Vice President of the Association. Located in St. Louis, Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is one of the Midwest’s leading trial law firms. For more information, visit www.wvslaw.com.
Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Jeffrey A. Pine to its Intellectual Property Department as Of Counsel in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Dykema, Pine was a founding partner of IP boutique firm Valauskas & Pine. Pine focuses his practice on technology-related litigation and licensing matters, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes. He has extensive experience in counseling and providing intellectual property protection for start-up and established Internet-based companies. He also has a wide technical background, having worked as an engineer at a major defense contractor designing and developing Automated Testing Equipment for complex electronic systems. Prior to founding Valauskas & Pine in 2007, Pine was a founding partner of Baniak, Pine & Gannon. Previously, Pine began his intellectual property career at Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. Pine is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association. He received a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Dykema’s attorneys counsel clients on all aspects of the procurement, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s intellectual property attorneys, including numerous attorneys who are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, prepare, prosecute and enforce patents in a diverse range of industries including automotive, communications, computer, electronics biotechnology, chemical and consumer products.

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Mary Samsa
Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorneys Mary K. Samsa and William P. Sweeney to the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice as shareholders. Samsa and Sweeney join a deep bench of attorneys who advise clients in this increasing complex area of compliance responsibility. They assist clients on all aspects of plan creation and design, plan compliance and executive compensation agreements. Both attorneys previously practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago before joining Polsinelli Shughart. Samsa has been in practice for more than 15 years and represents Fortune 500 public companies, privately held business entities and multinational organizations, as well as not-for-profit hospital systems and educational institutions.
Retired Judge Kenneth A. Abraham has joined the Oak Brook and Chicago law firm of DiTommaso-Lubin as Of Counsel to head the firm's arbitration and mediation practice group and to act as a litigation consultant to the firm on complex business cases and consumer class action lawsuits. Ken brings to DiTommaso-Lubin nearly 40 years of legal experience, including a decade and half on the bench as a trial judge.

Matthew Jenkins
Corboy & Demetrio trial lawyer Matthew Jenkins has been designated Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month by Illinois Legal Aid Online for the volunteer work he has done at the Center for Disability & Elder Law. He is featured in a video on the website, Illinois Pro Bono. Jenkins joined the personal injury law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 2008. Before returning to the firm where he clerked while attending law school, Matt practiced plaintiffs’ civil rights law at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2007 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized for both his academic achievements and his commitment to public service. In 2005, the law school honored Matt’s personal dedication to public service by naming him a Public Interest Law Initiative Scholar. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he currently serves as co-chairman of its Civil Rights and Criminal Law Committee, and Illinois State Bar Association, where he is an investigator on the Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Former ISBA Board of Governors member John Holmstrom Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 20. Mr. Holmstrom was a a partner at Holmstrom & Kennedy Law Firm in Rockford, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Mr. Holmstrom played a key role in the Japanese surrender in the war, encoding the message to the Department of War of the exact time that the surrender was confirmed.
Read the full obituary in the Rockford Register Star.

Amy Gardner
Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced today that Amy M. Gardner, a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, will become the new Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School. Ms. Gardner joined Ungaretti & Harris in 2008 as a lateral associate, and became a partner in 2009. While at Ungaretti, she focused on commercial and intellectual property litigation. “I will always be grateful to Ungaretti & Harris for providing me with the opportunity to gain  hands-on litigation experience,” Ms. Gardner said. “I'm excited to take on this new challenge and return to the University of Chicago Law School as the Dean of Students.  I look forward to drawing on my experiences at the firm as I counsel students and work to ensure they have the best possible law school experience.” Ms. Gardner is a 2010 recipient of a Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She was one of only 54 individuals selected nationwide for this prestigious fellowship. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
Dale R. Kurth, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, has joined Partridge IP Law P.C. in downtown Chicago as Of Counsel.  The firm, begun by Mark V.B. Partridge in April, practices in all aspects of trademarks, copyright, IP litigation, licensing, Internet law, and related matters. Dale obtained an LL.M. in IP with honors from John Marshall Law School in 2008, and earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois.  He has also published several articles on IP law in professional publications, including the ISBA IP Section Newsletter, the John Marshall Center for IP Law News Source, and Landslide, published by the American Bar Association’s Section of IP Law.  Before turning to the law, Dale was a systems analyst at Accenture. Partridge IP Law is an IP law firm with a global practice helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals recognize, protect, and exploit their brands, content, and ideas in court, online, and in the boardroom.  For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.partridgeiplaw.com.
Jacques W. Scott, 88, of Bethany, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at McKinley Court in Decatur. Funeral services have been held with Military Rites by the Bethany American Legion Post #507. Mr. Scott was born on April 22, 1922, in Decatur, the son of A. Jay and Clydia Jay (Heiland) Scott.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.  He served in the 2nd Army in the China-Burma-India Theater.  He served from October 1942 to February 1946 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  He married Leola Jane McCarty June 29, 1958, in Bethany. He graduated from the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, Charleston in 1947, and the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign in 1951.  He practiced law in Bethany until his retirement in 2004.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bethany.  He was also a member of the Bethany American Legion Post #507. He is survived by his wife Leola; daughter, Mary Kay Scott and husband James Meehan of Kildeer, and son, Jay Scott and wife Judy of Decatur; grandchildren, Nathan, Emily, Meghan, Mackenzie, Andrew and Luke. He is preceded in death by his parents. Both his daughter and son are practicing attorneys and also graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Mary Kay Scott is a shareholder with the Chicago law firm of Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott, Ltd., and Jay Scott is the First Assistant State’s Attorney with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office in Decatur.
Chambers USA, a guide to the legal profession, has named Chicago firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, as a Leading Firm in the Illinois Media & Entertainment transactional section of the 2010 edition.  The firm represents creative artists and companies in television, radio, film, music, publishing, theater, and in new on-line and mobile media. The listing describes the law firm, which was established in late 2009 by the “experienced and esteemed media lawyers Jerry Glover, Peter Strand and Thomas Leavens,” as already “one of the premier media boutique law firms in Chicago.” Jerry Glover, who focuses on the television and film sector, is “articulate, smart and a delight to work with,” and Peter Strand is “a great music and recording lawyer,” they wrote. Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client-focused, and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC is located at 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2550, Chicago, IL. 60601. More information about the firm can be found on its Web site, www.lsglegal.com, or by calling (312) 488-4173.