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James F. Ashenden, Jr.
James F. Ashenden, Jr.
James F. Ashenden, Jr., a 3rd generation Chicagoan, age 92, died surrounded by loving family on March 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Phyllis Ashenden for 11 years and the late Mary Jane “Janie” Ashenden for 55 years, who died in 2004. Loving father of Tom (Beverly), John (Maureen), Bob (the late Georjann), Bill (Beverly), Dan (Mary), and the late James Ashenden, III. Proud grandfather of Katie, Sean, Dana (Tyler Smith), Catherine (Joe) Bozikovich, Helen (Evan) Gremillion and Patricia, Daniel Burke and Emily Jane; and great grandfather of Riley Ann. Devoted brother of the late Dorothy (the late Robert) Brice.

Jim graduated from Loyola Academy and attended Notre Dame University while in the U.S. Navy Air Corps program during World War II. He received his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree from Loyola University. Jim was a World War II Navy pilot. He then started his legal career at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. He went into private practice at O’Keefe, O’Brien & Hanson as an associate and eventually became a partner with the firm, then renamed O’Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward. As a devout Catholic, he was retained by the Daughters of Charity. He proudly represented them throughout most of his career. Jim was highly respected and went on to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jim retired from O’Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward when he was 70 years old. 

Brigette Lobacz
Brigette Lobacz
Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a Tazewell County, Illinois, law firm that provides legal services and counsel regarding civil practice areas, recently announced three significant changes to the firm.

The name of the firm changed from Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd. to Moehle Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd. to recognize Brigette Lobacz joining the firm as a partner in September 2016.

After more than forty years of serving individuals, small businesses, and local government, Bradley W. Swearingen retired in December 2016.

Jill M. Arnold joined the firm as an associate attorney in February 2017. Arnold is originally from Roanoke, Illinois, and a graduate of Illinois State University and Valparaiso University School of Law.

Juan R. Thomas
Juan R. Thomas
Juan R. Thomas is of counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. and the founder and principal of The Thomas Law Group. Mr. Thomas’s practice includes the following specialties: real estate/estate planning, labor and employment, and family law. In addition, Mr. Thomas provides counseling and training to firm clients in areas involving personnel, collective bargaining, and business development matters. Mr. Thomas is the president-elect of the National Bar Association (NBA) and will be sworn in as the 75th president of the NBA in the summer of 2017 during the Association’s 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.

The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 includes Mr. Thomas on its Top 100 Lawyers list, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers. Mr. Thomas’s selection was based upon his performance as an exceptional lawyer in the practice area of matrimonial and family law in the state of Illinois.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois is seeking a full-time term judicial law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud in East St. Louis, Illinois. Responsibilities include reviewing legal submissions, performing legal research, preparing bench memoranda, and drafting orders and opinions addressing a wide assortment of issues arising in civil and criminal litigation. The selected candidate will also perform case management through the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system, and perform office functions such as editing, proofreading, telephone communications, written correspondence, and scheduling. 

This position is for one year with the possibility of extension (not to exceed four years) and is available in April/May 2017. The applicant must be a law school graduate (or awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools and have demonstrated one of the following accomplishments or proficiencies:

  • Standing within the upper third of the law school class;
  • Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;
  • Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
  • Proficiency in legal studies which, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.

Familiarity with social security disability and/or habeas corpus law is preferred.

The application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm. For additional information, visit the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois website

Matthew Gensburg
Matthew Gensburg
Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C. announces a name change effective immediately from its former name of Dale & Gensburg, P.C.  GCK’s practice areas include tax controversies, private client services such as estate planning and asset protection, corporate transactional services, bankruptcy, restructuring and workouts, and commercial litigation.

The firm also announces the formation of a national bankruptcy, workouts, and restructuring practice group which will be led by Matthew Gensburg. He was formerly a partner with Greenberg Traurig. E. Philip Groben also joins the firm as an associate in the bankruptcy, restructuring and workouts practice group.

 

Law firm O’Mara Gleason O’Callaghan has moved offices. The firm, which focuses on resolving disputes for businesses and individuals, has seen an uptick in work since opening its doors in 2013, resulting in the need for new office space. The firm’s new offices are at 230 W. Monroe in Chicago. O’Mara Gleason O’Callaghan focuses on litigation, business counseling, financial services litigation & arbitration, employment and white collar defense. More at www.ogolawyers.com

 

Hector Lareau
Hector Lareau
Hector Lareau has joined David G. Morrison’s practice in Rock Island, where he will focus on local government law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. He was an Assistant Public Defender for Rock Island County for the last four years and in private practice for 20 years before that. He is a 1993 Honors graduate of Drake University Law School.

Stuart Funderburg
Stuart Funderburg
Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Stuart Funderburg joined the firm as a partner in the Decatur office.

Funderburg joins the firm from Archer Daniels Midland Company, where he has worked since 1998, most recently serving in the role of Chief Corporate & Securities Counsel and Assistant Secretary. In this role, he led ADM's securities law compliance, capital markets and corporate governance efforts. He also previously served as Associate General Counsel for ADM's Europe, Asia and Africa operating regions, working closely with senior management to advise on a wide variety of complex legal matters, as well as assisting with the development of business strategy and evaluation of potential transactions.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides transactional, counseling and litigation services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held businesses to national companies and international public corporations

 

Jeffrey Andrew Walker
Jeffrey Andrew Walker
Jeffrey Andrew Walker died January 31, 2017, as a result of a very aggressive and debilitating form of cancer. He died at home in the loving care of his wife and son.

Jeff graduated from St. Ignatius High School Class of '74 iand s remembered by his classmates as a modest yet brilliant scholar-athlete. Jeff played varsity basketball; was highly ranked in his graduating class; an Illinois State Scholar; and won several State Latin Competitions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College ('78) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University Law School ('81). For thirty-four years Jeff offered his legal talents to defend those most in need first in the State Appellate Defender's Office and then with the Cook County Public Defender's Office in the Felony Trial Division with his last assignment in the Legal Resources Division which represents indigents in post conviction matters and appellate cases.

David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Carbondale. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Finley, North Dakota, to Ben and Mabel (Carlson) Johnson.

He graduated from Finley High School in 1955 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from the University of North Dakota. He also was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. David became a certified public accountant in 1960 and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1961 from University of North Dakota, where he was editor-in-chief of North Dakota Law Review. He earned the Masters of Law degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

David married Karen Erdman on Sept. 9, 1962, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Willow City, North Dakota. They made their first home at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, and subsequently lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Decatur, Georgia; and Norman, Oklahoma, until moving to Carbondale in 1975. Karen died on June 23, 2016.

David taught law for 40 years; first at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1964 to 1971; then at University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1971 to 1975. He joined the School of Law at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1975 as a member of the founding faculty. His teaching areas were tax law, estate planning and property law. He served five years as associate dean at the law school, and was a member of the Morris Library Friends and the Board of Visitors, which was instrumental in initiating the 2009-11 renovation and rebuilding of Morris Library. He was a past president and strong friend of the University Library support group.