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Nathan Diamond-Falk
Nathan Diamond-Falk
Nathan Diamond-Falk, 67, of New Buffalo, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 14. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, he lived most of his life in Evanston, Illinois, where he raised his two children with his wife, Judi. Nate was a passionate father, husband, and lawyer. As a criminal defense attorney, he advocated vehemently for those who were usually let down by the justice system. He also found joy as an adjunct trial professor and coach of the trial team at Northwestern Law School. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Judi; his adoring children; his proud parents, James and Audrey Falk of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and his loving sister Deborah Augarten (née Falk) of Scarsdale, New York.

Gerald Cassioppi
Gerald Cassioppi
ISBA member Gerald A. Cassioppi, with Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC, was recently installed as the president of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Cassioppi officially took on the leadership role during the DCBA’s Presidents’ Ball and Installation Dinner June 9 at the Drake in Oak Brook. 

Cassioppi provides businesses with legal counsel on various topics, such as commercial contracts, executive compensation, employee contracts and real estate. He has worked with businesses ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Cassioppi is currently the chairman of the DuPage County Ethics Commission and has served as general counsel to the DCBA and as a member of the Naperville District 203 School Board and Naperville Transportation Advisory Board. The DCBA named him its 2012 Lawyer of the Year.

Cassioppi received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a certified public accountant. He is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

 


A member Jessica L. Defino recently joined Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC's Wheaton, Illinois, divorce and family law offices. Defino provides services to her clients in the areas of domestic relations and employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wrongful termination.

Ms. Defino graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a BA in communications, and a double minor in Spanish and human rights. While attending the University of Iowa, she co-founded the Students for Human Rights group. She continued her education at John Marshall School of Law, graduating in June 2016, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the following November.

While attending law school, she was a law clerk at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, focusing on family law and employment law. During her final year, she was an extern with presiding Judge Pamela Loza in the Cook County Domestic Relations Parentage Division. Jessica earned Dean’s List honors throughout her time at John Marshall Law School.

Jessica L. Defino is an active member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Cynthia F. Tolan
Cynthia F. Tolan
Cynthia F. Tolan, a Morton Grove attorney with more than 15 years experience in estate and trust administration, estate planning, and elder law, has joined the ATG Trust Company as trust officer. 

Most recently, Tolan worked closely with families, guiding them through the estate and trust administration process, as an attorney at Huck Bouma in Wheaton. She represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of decedent estates and trusts created for the ongoing benefit of beneficiaries. She also represented clients in initiating and managing guardianships for minor children and disabled adults.

As co-chair of the firm’s Elder Law Group, Tolan also advised on the proper planning to assist elder clients or family members in making health care decisions, dealing with guardianship, and protecting and preserving assets. She also has experience as in-house counsel for a real estate development company.

Tolan is a former Iowa assistant attorney general and worked as human rights officer for the Missouri Commission of Human Rights. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to estate planning, powers of attorney, and transfers of assets at death. She has also been an instructor at Durham Technical Community College in the paralegal technology program, and an instructor of mock trial classes at St. Louis University.

As a member of the Oncology Council of Advisors at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Tolan is helping to implement a cancer survivorship program.

Barry Locke passed away at his home in Oak Park, IL on June 9 at the age of 69 after a seven month battle with brain cancer.  Barry is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Mildred (Rudman) Locke.  Barry is survived by his loving wife Terry, daughters Alison (Mark) Segal, Melissa (Craig) Schulte, stepdaughter Elizabeth Anders, niece Magen Rooney and grandchildren Eric, Austin, Samantha, Bradford and Jessica.

Barry was born and raised in Philadelphia graduating from Temple University.  He worked in the apparel and computer industries until 1991 when he graduated from John Marshall Law School.  Since then he practiced law in Chicago and served as President of the West Suburban Bar Association.

A graveside service will be held at Montefiore Cemetery in Jenkintown, PA.

Barry asked that donations be made to the Family Assistance Fund of Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.  He saw many people struggle to get to and from treatments and to afford treatment.  He was blessed and asks that his friends and family help those in need.  http://foundation.nmh.org/nbtipaf

John Brechin, 69, of Lombard. Loving father of Jason (Megan) Brechin, Randy (Christi Heneghan) Brechin, and Jeannine (Darin) Wright; devoted grandfather of Nathan, Lily, Charlotte, Olivia, & Amelie; fond brother of Helen, Pauline, the late Paul, Wendell, Alice, and Donald; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Graduate of Northwestern University, Class of 1970 and Graduate of Loyola University Law School, Class of 1975.

Visitation Thursday, June 15, 3-9PM at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. So. of Roosevelt Rd) Lombard. Funeral Friday 11:15 AM from the funeral home to St. Alexander's Church, 300 S Cornell Ave, Villa Park. Mass 12:00 PM. Interment private. Memorials to St. Alexander's Catholic Church are appreciated.

Funeral info: www.knollcrest.net or 630-932-1500.

Karen Munoz
Karen Munoz
Karen Munoz has been promoted to a partner at Dolan Law Offices, a personal injury boutique firm. Ms. Munoz has been an attorney with Dolan Law since 2008. She will continue to represent and advocate for clients in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury and crime victim lawsuits. 

ISBA member and professor at Southern Illinois University Law School Cindy Buys recently took nine students from her asylum and refugee law class to visit the International Institute in St. Louis to help them get a better understanding of how the refugee resettlement process works in the United States.

The institute, which was founded in 1919 and provides services ranging from health services and English-language classes to job preparation assistance and employment information, helps both immigrants and refugees settle into their new lives in the U.S. In the past year, over 8,000 individuals have received assistance from the institute.

Professor Buys, who also manages pro bono asylum cases, recognized that there is a gap between what students learn about these subjects in the classroom and what’s happening in nearby communities. “My point in taking the students to the refugee resettlement center was really to give them a sense of what’s happening on the ground, right now,” she recently told The Southern Illinoisan. “We can look at statistics online about where they come from, but I think it’s different when you see it in person."

To learn more about the institute and the experiences of Buys' students, read the full article

Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Justice Thomas M. Harris has been assigned as an appellate court judge in the Fourth District. The assignment, which will fill the vacancy created following Just M. Carol Pope's retirement, takes effect on August 1, 2017, and will conclude on December 3, 2018, when the vacancy will be filled by the winner of the November 2018 general election.

Justice Harris was first appointed as a judge in 2007 and was elected as resident circuit judge of Logan County in 2008. He has served for the Fourth District Appellate Court since January 3, 2013. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Harris had served as a civil trial lawyer since 1988.

Justice Harris currently serves on the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and previously served on the Special Supreme Court Committee to Study Courtroom and Judicial Security. He is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Logan County Bar Association, and the Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court. He has previously served as chair of the Allerton Conference, Civil Practice and Procedure Section, and Tort Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Justice Harris is a past member of the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation and previously served on the editorial board of the Illinois Bar Journal and as the publication's editor-in-chief. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and guest lectures at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes several lateral attorneys to add more strength and expertise to the firm’s toxic tort litigation, asbestos litigation, and product liability practices.

Partner Drew M. Schilling joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen,
where we was also a partner. He received his J.D. in 1996 from Southern Methodist University Dedman
School of Law and his B.S. in 1993 from Northern Illinois University.

Partner Gary C. Pinter joins the firm’s Madison County (Edwardsville) office from Heyl, Royster, Voelker
& Allen, where we was also a partner. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2007 from Northern Illinois
University College of Law and his B.A. in 1999 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Associate Meg F. Hogan, who practices in the Chicago office, was formerly an associate at Heyl, Royster,
Voelker & Allen in Chicago. She received her J.D. with honors in 2013 from Northern Illinois University
College of Law and her B.A. in 2010 from Illinois State University.