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J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White
J. Patrick White has joined the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll as an associate. Formerly an associate at Lavin Law Offices, White has worked in many areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including medical malpractice, construction accidents and transportation negligence. “We are thrilled to have Pat join our office,” said Jeffrey Kroll, principal of the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll. “His law experience and passion for working with clients is a perfect fit for our firm.” White, 30, has been involved in obtaining settlements in excess of $1 million for past clients, including a $4.5 million settlement for a 34-year-old man who was rendered a paraplegic after undergoing an unnecessary surgery to remove an abdominal tumor, and a $1.9 million settlement for the family of a young mother who suffered a permanent neurological injury and later died from an undiagnosed infection stemming while recovering in the hospital after surgery. White is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. White graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January 2007, having worked full-time as a clerk for Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio during law school. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned a degree in political science in 2001.
Richard F. Pellegrino, a trial lawyer in Chicago for more than 30 years, has joined Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, of Counsel. For many years, Pellegrino administered his own general law practice with a primary concentration in personal injury representation. His extensive public service includes a current board position on the Pace Transportation Service Board, and executive director of both the West Central Municipal Conference and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency. He served as the Mayor of the Village of Indian Head Park from 1999 to 2007 and is a past commissioner of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Corrections Merit Board.  He served as an adjunct instructor of Law and Latin at Nazareth Academy. Pellegrino received his B.A. in political science/government in 1975 and an M.A. in 1985, both from Loyola University, and a law degree in 1978 from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded a Commendation Medal in 1972 for meritorious service. Romanucci & Blandin concentrates its practice in catastrophic personal injury law including traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation. Established in 1998 by Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin, the firm has recovered nearly $100 million for its clients. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact or call (312) 458-1000.
To add more brain-injured veterans to its membership roster, the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is launching an Adopt-a-Veteran program. A friend-raiser will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 300 N. Elizabeth St., Suite 310 C, Chicago, to help with the funding. While there is no cost to attend the event, it is hoped that guests will open up their hearts and their wallets. Antonio Romanucci, a partner in Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, whose law firm concentrates in representing victims with traumatic brain injuries, is the driving force behind the fundraising effort.  Romanucci helped found the Clubhouse with Giesler and served as its board president for seven years. “The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is the only facility in the Midwest that provides post acute care to traumatically-injured patients,” he states. “Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Clubhouse has encountered a surge in requests. To accommodate those requests, we must raise additional funds with the hope that those who proudly served our country can acclimate more quickly back into society.” For further information about the event, contact the Clubhouse at (312) 226-8720, or log onto their Web site at
Rosalyn Kaplan, former Illinois solicitor general and current manager of Appeals and Ancillary Litigation for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, passed away Friday at her Near North Side due to complications from cancer. Kaplan, a member of the ISBA Government Lawyers Committee, also worked for the Illinois attorney general's office for 14 years and was a former president of the Appellate Lawyers Association. Kaplan graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1981 after teaching high school and college French. Burial will be private. Click here to read the obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Kevin Burns
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that the following associates joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group in Chicago: Kevin J. Burns majored in Economics and Psychology, and received his B.S. degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2009. Prior to beginning work at Quarles, Kevin gained litigation experience volunteering in the Torts Division at the City of Chicago.

Brooke Krekow
Brooke Krekow received her B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Whitman College in 2002, and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2009. While attending law school, Brooke worked in the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions and Federal Criminal Appellate Clinic.

Andrew Russell
Andrew M. Russell, son of Deb and Bob Russell, recently joined the law firm of Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke, P.C. in Princeton. He is a 2001 graduate of Princeton High School. He attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with a degree in History. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society for History, the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, the St. Ambrose Concert Choir, and spent 7 semesters on the Dean’s list. He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2008 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Illinois in October of 2008. While attending Chicago-Kent, he made the Dean’s list twice and was employed as a law clerk for Attorney Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Andrew will be involved in several of the firm’s practice areas including, but not limited to, estate planning, real estate, probate and business/corporate law. Andrew joins the firm as the fourth generation of lawyers in the Russell family who have practiced law in Princeton.  He follows his great-grandfather, Judge R.L. Russell, his grandfather, Fred G. Russell, his great-uncle, William M. Russell, and joins his father, Robert Russell and cousin, Daniel Russell in the firm.
The Honorable John W. “Jack” Rapp Jr., of Mount Carroll, passed away last Friday while surrounded by family and friends at Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota, Fla. Jack graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1962, and Loyola School of Law in 1965. He was a partner in the law firm of Eaton, Leemon, and Rapp, until his election as a circuit judge in 1970. Read the full obituary at

Major Sarah Smith presents a flag that flew in Afghanistan to Madison County Bar Association President Elizabeth Levy in appreciation of the support she received during her deployment.
Major Sarah D. Smith presented a flag that was flown in Kabul, Afghanistan in honor of the lawyers of the Madison County Bar Association to President Elizabeth Levy at the February meeting of the MCBA. The flag was flown over the Camp Phoenix Compound on Law Day (May 1) 2009 in appreciation for all the e-mails, care packages and support Major Smith received from the members of the Madison County Bar Association during her deployment both in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. The certificate accompanying the flag was signed by the Commanding General, General Steven Huber, and by the Command Sergeant Major of the 33rd Infantry Combat Team, Sergeant Major Mark Bowman. Major Sarah Smith was awarded the Bronze Star for her recent service. She was initially deployed to Kosovo for 12 months. Following two months back home, she was then deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was the Chief of Operational Law for a task force of 7,500 soldiers. Major Smith provided guidance and advised the soldiers on the Rules of Engagement and the Law of Armed Combat.
Longtime tax attorney Frank Edelman passed away earlier this month at his Gold Coast home on the North Side of Chicago. Mr. Edelman received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Northwestern University.
Mr. Edelman balanced work as a real estate tax attorney doing "mitzvahs" -- good deeds. He represented worthy organizations for free when they needed help.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Patrick J. Hanlon
Patrick Hanlon
Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced that Patrick J. Hanlon has joined the firm as Counsel in the Government Group.  Prior to joining Ungaretti & Harris, Mr. Hanlon operated both the Law Offices of Patrick J. Hanlon in Chicago and Patrick J. Hanlon & Associates in Evergreen Park. Mr. Hanlon’s practice includes advocating on behalf of private and public sector clients before state and local governments and the representation of industrial and commercial property owners/taxpayers on real property assessment appeals.  His specialty areas include municipal law, state and local taxation, procurement, state appropriations, and legislative and ethics law. Mr. Hanlon previously served as General Counsel for the Cook County Assessor’s Office.  In that role, he counseled Assessor James M. Houlihan on legislative, real property assessments, budgetary and political matters.  Mr. Hanlon also served as a liaison between the Assessor and state and local elected officials. Mr. Hanlon received his J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 1998 and his B.A.