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Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch is pleased to announce that he has opened an office in Wheaton. Hinch Law will focus on construction, real estate, business and environmental law. Mr. Hinch was previously with the engineering firm Sheaffer International in Glen Ellyn and served as Operations Manager/In-house Counsel. Mr. Hinch is a 2007 graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a member of the Illinois Bar. In addition to a J.D, he holds a certificate from Chicago-Kent's specialty program in Environmental and Energy Law.  He is also a 2000 graduate of Wheaton College. Hinch Law is located at 222 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. He can be reached at (630) 476-0368, by email at nathanbhinch@gmail.com or at hinchlaw.com.
Darryl Pratscher, Clerk of the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court, passed away following a short illness on July 24. Mr. Pratscher, 57, had served in the Fourth District since 1979 and as the Clerk of the Court since 1981. Services for Mr. Pratscher will be private.
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards is pleased to announce the opening of Richards Patent Law in Chicago. Patrick opened Richards Patent Law in 2009 after serving as a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he concentrated his practice on patent prosecution, counseling, opinion work and litigation. At McDermott, Patrick managed international patent portfolios for several major corporations, as well as a number of small and medium sized businesses. In addition to his extensive patent prosecution experience, Patrick has counseled numerous clients on matters concerning: patent portfolio acquisition and management; patent portfolio licenses, sales and purchases; joint development agreements; freedom to practice opinions; patentability opinions; non-infringement opinions; and employment and non-compete agreements. Patrick received his law degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a bachelors of science in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Richards Patent Law handles all non-litigious patent related matters, focusing on providing cost effective solutions for businesses of all sizes.
David Applegate
David Applegate
ISBA member David Applegate's law firm, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., will move to Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, effective October 2009. Mr. Applegate will continue his practice in intellectual property and business litigation at the new location. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org
Gary True
Gary True
ISBA member Gary True has joined Summers Compton Wells PC as a principal. Gary practices primarily in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, and tax law. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law. Summers Compton Wells PC has offices in Glen Carbon and Ladue, Mo. Gary is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri, and all Illinois and Missouri state courts. Prior to joining Summers Compton Wells PC, Gary was a partner with Hepler Broom, formerly known as Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank, True & Noce, LLC, where he worked for nearly 17 years.
Lee A. Gould
Lee A. Gould
ISBA member Lee A. Gould, a managing member at Gould & Pakter Associates LLC, has been named Chairperson of the Illinois CPA Society. With more than 25 years of experience, Lee specializes in performing valuations of closely-held businesses, financial damages determinations and forensic accounting investigations.  He provides business valuation consulting services for family law matters, shareholder litigation and estate and gift tax purposes.  Lee performs lost profit and financial damages calculations in commercial litigation matters including breach of contract and business interruption claims. He also conducts forensic accounting analyses to assist in locating unreported or hidden assets, determining the source of funds used to acquire assets and investigating claims of misappropriation. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuation. The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state society in the nation with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization representing CPA in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.
ISBA member Zora Ristanovic was recently named partner at Berger Schatz. Ristanovic concentrates her practice in the areas of Domestic Relations, Family Law and Matrimonial Law. Ristanovic graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1995. Berger Schatz is one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the country focused exclusively on family and matrimonial law. The firm has offices in Chicago and north suburban Bannockburn. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org
Arbitration and mediation expert John W. "Jack" Cooley, a former U.S. magistrate judge, passed away from multiple myeloma on July 21 at his home in Evanston. Mr. Cooley worked for two large private arbitration and mediation firms.
He taught conflict resolution at Northwestern University's law school for the last 12 years and wrote several books, including "The Mediator's Handbook" and "The Arbitrator's Handbook." He later came to believe his cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the war, and the government accepted his claim earlier this year, his daughter said. Raised in St. Louis, where his father was a barber, Mr. Cooley went to a private military academy before joining the Class of 1965 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He reached the rank of captain, but a tour of duty in Vietnam led him to law school.
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Evette Zells, 71, passed away earlier this month. Ms. Zells graduated from Roosevelt University and earned a master's degree from Duke University. She received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. Ms. Zells was a former educator, Illinois court child advocate and hearing officer for Cook County Juvenile Court. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story. Click here to read the Tribune story.
Well-known Southern Illinois criminal defense attorney Chris Heid passed away earlier this month at his home in Enfield. Chris graduated from Springfield High School, Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG. Click here to read the full story.