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Catherine Locallo
Catherine Locallo
Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine R. Locallo and Susan E. Nicholas. Catherine Locallo practices in the Chicago office where she concentrates on labor and employment law.  She counsels employers in all aspects of employment law including hiring, terminations, reductions in force, unemployment compensation, employee discipline issues, labor relations, policies and practices, employment agreements, settlement agreements and severance matters, nonimmigrant worker visas, and federal and state employment discrimination matters. Susan Nicholas joins our Decatur office where she focuses her practice on serving employers, educational entities and other public bodies in all aspects of labor and employment law and general student matters.  Susan was previously an Assistant State's Attorney in the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Susan Nicholas
Susan Nicholas
Since its founding in 1970, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor Ltd.
Judge Alfred Gene Burton Jr., 56, died Sunday, Aug. 2 following complications related to multiple myeloma.
Judge Burton was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 as an administrative law judge for the federal Social Security Administration in Chicago. He remained in the job until his death and distinguished himself with relentless devotion to fair, impartial judgments and a scholarly approach to the law, said Judge Paul Lillios, regional chief administrative law judge for the Chicago region of the Social Security Administration. "He felt compassion for those who came before him, but at the same time always acted with the highest professionalism and did the right thing," Lillios said.
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Jean M. Prendergast
Jean M. Prendergast
ISBA member Jean M. Prendergast, a shareholder with Chicago-based Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been named Vice President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, following respective terms as a member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Secretary. For the last decade, Ms. Prendergast has played an integral role in the Appellate Lawyers Association's development as a sought-after educational resource on all aspects of appellate law in the State of Illinois. In addition, Ms. Prendergast has served the Association with distinction for the last nine years as Co-Chair of the Committee on Illinois Supreme Court Cases Pending and Co-Author of the Civil Section of Cases Pending (a role in which she is assisted by Schuyler, Roche & Crisham associate, Clare Quish). Under the Association's bylaws, Ms. Prendergast will become the next President of the Association in 2010. For more information on the Appellate Lawyers Association, visit www.applawyers.org.
Longtime Cook County Criminal Courts judge Fred Suria Jr. passed away on July 11. Mr. Suria, known to many as "Fair Fred," spent 44 years on the bench - most of those at the 26th and California courthouse. He was also the judge in the trial of U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who was imprisoned for having sex with a minor. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story Click here to read the Daily Herald story
Daniel Welytok
Daniel Welytok
Daniel S. Welytok, formerly with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has moved his practice to the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as a partner.  Dan practices in the areas of business, employee benefits and tax. Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law school and received his LI.M. from DePaul Law School in 1989.
Michael Weissman
Michael L. Weissman
Michael L. Weissman, of Levin & Ginsburg, Ltd., will be a featured speaker at the American Bar Association's International Senior Lawyers BLA Project in Capetown, South Africa, from August 17 to August 27, 2009. The Project, which is undertaken with the cooperation and support of indigenous South African lawyers and law firms, is designed to assist black South African lawyers in enhancing their commercial law skills.
The law firm of Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr, LLP of Springfield is proud to announce the affiliation of Brian J. Wilcox as an associate. Brian is a 2006 graduate of Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. Brian has experience as a legal intern to the United Nations and as a practicing attorney for the Environmental Litigation Clinic. He will be engaged in the practice of general civil law.
Steven J. Greeley
Steven J. Greeley
Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C., is pleased to announce that Steven J. Greeley has been named a partner of the firm. Steve's primarily practice areas include personal injury, commercial/general litigation, and local government law as Township Attorney for Townships in McHenry County, as well as serving as a Commissioner of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves as a member of the McHenry County Legal Aid Committee and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Prairie State Campaign for Legal Services. Steve is graduate of Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. For more information on the Law Firm of Franks, Gerkin, & McKenna, P.C. and Steven J. Greeley, please visit us at www.fgmlaw.com or contact us at 815-923-2107. Franks, Gerkin and McKenna is a law firm of 48 years, with many practice areas including personal injury, workers' compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations.
Deborah K. Ebner
Deborah K. Ebner
Chicago attorney Deborah K. Ebner, a long-time ISBA member, graces the pages of the second Leading Lawyers Network Magazine dedicated solely to women Leading Lawyers. More than 100,000 copies of the Women's Edition for 2009 are now being distributed to every lawyer listed in Sullivan's Law Directory, among others. Ebner, the principal at the Law Office of Deborah Kanner Ebner, joins 23 other high-profile, highly-accomplished women lawyers from throughout the state in the magazine. Ebner wrote "Residential Real Estate in Bankruptcy," chapter 22 of the 2003 IICLE Residential Real Estate Publication, and the 2008 update for that chapter. She is one of two bankruptcy attorneys featured in the magazine. "Ms. Ebner's experience as both creditor and debtor counsel, as well as her trustee work and her creative method of practice, make her uniquely qualified to provide expertise to companies in bankruptcy or considering their workout options. As a result, she sees issues from a 10,000-foot-high view down to the most microscopic level and provides counsel accordingly," said Scott C. Anderson, director of the Leading Lawyers Network and publisher of the Leading Lawyers Network Magazine. Ebner is also pleased to announce her new office at 11 E Adams St., Suite 904, Chicago, 60603-6301.
Patricia L. Deemer, J.D., has moved the Deemer Law Firm, Ltd. from Northbrook to Lake Zurich. The new address is 795 Ela Road Ste. 100, Lake Zurich. She can be reached at (847) 847-7463 or at pdeemer@deemerlaw.com.