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Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., one of the most experienced business and commercial litigation firms in the St. Louis-Southern Illinois region, has announced a merger with Brigham Firm LLC, based in St. Louis. The merger will be effective on August 14, when attorney Chad Brigham joins Goldenberg Heller’s office in Edwardsville.

“Chad’s experience in providing legal counsel in the areas of business acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance and management, commercial contracts, real estate transactions, private investment ventures, and intellectual property law is a great addition to our firm,” said Mark Goldenberg, founder and managing partner of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.  “His expertise complements our rapidly growing business and commercial law group, which includes the full-range of business transactions and litigation, business law, class action litigation, employment law, real estate law, banking law and taxation.”

With a team of nearly 20 attorneys, as well as paralegals and support staff, Goldenberg Heller also has the additional resources and support for Brigham’s clients, which span a range of markets and industries in Illinois and Missouri.

“The business and commercial law group at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli is committed to helping clients make transactions happen, avoid liability and resolve disputes that inevitably arise, and this was a key factor in my decision to join the firm,” said Brigham.

Kristen O'Neill
Kristen O'Neill
Natalie Remien
Natalie Remien
Levin Ginsburg recently added a new Privacy and Data Security practice group, which will be chaired by partner and ISBA member Natalie A. Remien, who has recently been certified by The International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). In addition to intellectual property, Ms. Remien’s practice now includes the ability to assist clients in reducing their legal exposure in the event of a data breach. She is experienced in reviewing employee policies and handbooks to address privacy issues, and ensuring that clients have carefully drafted their terms of service and privacy policies on their websites in order to avoid FTC violations. The practice group also includes associate, Kristen E. O’Neill. Ms. O’Neill has considerable experience in preparing and reviewing employee policies and handbooks and assisting clients with minimizing their exposure to liability for privacy and data breaches.

 

Richard Pullano
Richard Pullano
ISBA member Richard Pullano will be installed as the North Suburban Bar Association's 49th president on Wednesday, September 13.

Mr. Pullano, a partner at Pullano Law Offices, is an experienced litigator with a track record of successful results for hsi clients. He lectures throughout the state on topics relating to tort litigation and is an adjunct professor at the Depaul University College of Law. Heearned his J.D. from DePaul University and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

The annual installation dinner will be held at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview at 6:00 p.m. 

Third Vice President Dennis Orsey and Detective Carl Walker
Third Vice President Dennis Orsey and Detective Carl Walker
Detective Carl Walker of the O’Fallon Police Department was awarded the ISBA Law Enforcement Award on August 21 during an O’Fallon City Council meeting at City Hall. Third Vice President Dennis Orsey presented the award.

The ISBA Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

Detective Walker, who was nominated for the award by Captain Kirk Brueggeman of the O’Fallon Police Department, will be acknowledged for his efforts to automate the information sharing process for the St. Clair County Investigative Professional Group using information technology.

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson
The Leading Lawyers Network has recognized firm owner and ISBA member Jonathan G. Anderson of Anderson & Associates as one of its 2017 Leading Lawyers for Illinois. Senior Associate Attorney Robert J. Boszko was also named a 2017 Emerging Lawyer.

The Leading Lawyers Network annually honors the top attorneys by state and practice area, based on peer nominations and independent evaluations. A Leading Lawyer can be of any age or experience, while Emerging Lawyers are those who are 40 or younger or have practiced for 10 years or less. The organization is highly selective in awarding each distinction. Less than five percent of the attorneys in each state are named Leading Lawyers, and less than two percent are named Emerging Lawyers. Leading Lawyers is a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Jenny Austin
Jenny Austin
ISBA member Jenny Austin joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in Chicago. Ms. Austin is a skilled federal tax controversy lawyer and seasoned tax litigator. 

Ms. Austin assists clients in all stages of tax controversies, from U.S. Internal Revenue Service examinations through administrative appeals, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and litigation before state tax courts and the U.S. Tax Court. Ms. Austin has represented clients in all aspects of transfer pricing, including cross-border transfer pricing of tangible assets and intellectual property and other intangible assets, services, and cost sharing agreements. She also advises taxpayers worldwide on issues such as U.S. tax obligations and international tax implications of offshore operations, as well as withholding, excise tax, and information reporting responsibilities.

Mary Anne Gerstner with Champ Davis
Mary Anne Gerstner with Champ Davis
Champ Davis was awarded the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, August 19, at the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm section council meeting.

The award is named in memory of Princeton attorney Matthew Maloney, who was a past chair of the ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council, and whose passion, zealous advocacy, and personal service to the profession and the bar or Illinois are what the award represents. It is awarded to individual lawyers who are in a general solo or small firm practice. To be considered for the award, the member must have been in practice for a minimum of 20 years. 

Champ Davis has devoted his life to the practice of law, exemplifying the highest standards of the legal profession. Champ is a past chair of the Professional Conduct Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He serves as an arbitrator for both the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and was appointed in 2010 as an arbitrator to hear automobile dealership cases arising under special federal legislation. He is a former adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he taught a course in Negotiations from 1992-2012.

The award was presented by the section chair, Mary Anne Gerstner. 

Carl DeBroux
Carl DeBroux
Carl H. DeBroux, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. He was born June 27, 1935 in Kaukauna, WI. Carl DeBroux was a good man, beloved by many. He was a kind, loving and humble man who made the most out of his life.

Carl worked as an air traffic controller with the Air Force in Fukuoaka, Japan, where he was also instrumental in creating an orphanage for the deaf children of Fukuoka. Carl was an honored guest at the governor's thank you dinner. Carl and his wife Jan eventually settled in North Aurora.

Although Carl worked at the Aurora Air Traffic Control Center, his true purpose in life was to team with others to improve situations he believed could be better. Carl was influential in forming PATCO which improved the working conditions of the air traffic controllers. Carl was also a long standing member of the Lions Club. He also spent time working on the North Aurora Library and Fire Boards.

Later, Carl earned his J.D. and had a very successful career as a lawyer, including, successfully litigating a case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1985. He did this on behalf of several air traffic controllers.

Charles Kierscht
Charles Kierscht
Charles (Chuck) Mason Kierscht, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Hinsdale, IL, surrounded by his loved ones on June 29, 2017. Born April 4, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Kierscht. Chuck was the beloved husband of Marion, devoted and loving father to Charlie (Jennifer), Matthew (Brenda), Susan (Denny) Georgopulos, and Cynthia. Adored by his grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Ryan, Kennedy and Leah, he was proud and happy to be with them. Chuck received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1960 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1962.  After proudly serving in the Navy, Chuck joined Kemper Financial Services as an attorney in 1966 and retired from the company in 1995 as chairman, president and CEO. Putting all others before himself, he generously gave his time volunteering for many organizations, including 26 years on the University of Iowa Foundation and 24 years on the Law School Foundation. He recently served as chairman of the Grant Park Music Festival, and chairman of Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County. His service also included support for the Field Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Urban League, the Crusade of Mercy/United Way, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others. His smile and gentle manner will be missed by all who knew him. 

James Curtin
James Curtin
James K. Curtin passed away peacefully July 14, 2017. Best friend and wonderful husband of Donna (nee Havle) for 57 years. Jim was born in Chicago November 4, 1935 to Thomas and Helen Curtin. Father of James W. (Rita) Curtin and Donna Lynn Curtin, grandfather of Bridget and Margaret Curtin, brother of Dolores (late Charles) Singleton, Audrey Curtin, Charles (Joan), late Thomas (late Phyllis), late John (Lucilla) and late William (Myrna Curtin Fry), uncle to several nieces and nephews. Teacher at Hyde Park HS, Kennedy King College, Becker CPA Review, and attorney and tax professional.