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Julie A. Johnson
Julie A. Johnson
Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa has elected Julie A. Johnson (formerly Neubauer) as a Member of the firm, effective January 1, 2017.

Julie dedicates her practice to issues of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, domestic violence/orders of protection, child support, post-judgment litigation, adoption, parentage and other related matters.

Through both negotiation and litigation, Julie has achieved extraordinary outcomes for her clients. In addition, she has expanded her practice to include family law appeals. Two  significant, published appellate cases of note include-- In re Marriage of Micheli, 2014 IL App (2d) 121245, as counsel for the wife, and In re Marriage of Branit, 2015 IL App (1st) 141297, reh'g denied (Oct. 15, 2015), appeal denied (Jan. 20, 2016), also as counsel for the wife.

Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP (“SFGH”) announced Monday that Michael A. Brandess has been elevated to partner.

Michael joined the firm’s business transactions and corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights practice groups in 2011. He has a wealth of experience representing companies in a wide array of healthy and distressed situations. He has led complex restructurings and liquidations across the country, in industries ranging from energy, real estate, construction, agriculture, retail, financial services, telecommunications and restaurant franchises. Michael also consistently represents asset purchasers and sellers in complex transactions, creditors’ committees in difficult reorganizations and trustees during the wind-down of multi-million dollar bankruptcy estates.

The U.S. law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is pleased to announce that Raylene DeWitte Grischow — a Springfield, Illinois-based attorney in the firm's Government Practice Group — has been appointed by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman to serve as Vice-Chairperson of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility effective January 1, 2017. Grischow has been a member of the committee since 2012.

The committee advises and makes recommendations on matters relating to legal ethics and professional responsibility. Its members are selected based on their reputations for professionalism and their past contributions to the bar and to their communities. As vice-chair, Grischow will assist the committee chairperson in the administration of the committee and reviewing the topics and issues presented to the committee for review and consideration. She will succeed to the chairperson position on January 1, 2018. 

Governor Bruce Rauner announced the 2017 recipients of the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. The list includes a Central Illinois man, who was born in Sullivan. This year's recipients include Hon. James Holderman.

The Honorable James Holderman received his J.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Was appointed to serve on the United States District Court. Served as Chief Judge from 2006 to 2013. Initiated innovations to improve the jury trial system. Expanded the Settlement Assistance Program and renovated the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. Earned the U.S. Department of Justice Aware for Distinguished Service and the American Inns Court Award for Professionalism and Ethics.

The law firm of Mueller, Reece & Hinch, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Kyle A. Korkus has joined the firm as an associate. MRH Law is a general practice law firm with transactional and litigation concentrations in business and commercial law, estate planning and probate, and real estate law.

Attorney Korkus comes to the firm having had the honor to work as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Office of the McLean County State's Attorney. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a recipient of the 2015 McLean County Bar Association Community Service Scholarship.

Rachel S. Stern
Rachel S. Stern
Jonathan E. Cavins
Jonathan E. Cavins
Brennan Burtker is pleased to announce that Jonathan E. Cavins and Rachel S. Stern have been named partners at the firm.

Jonathan E. Cavins concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical liability defense and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing hospitals, medical groups, and physicians in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, all aspects of discovery, dispositive motion practice, and multiple jury trials to verdict.  He has won summary judgment or dismissal for his clients on numerous occasions. He also has extensive experience representing large and small businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation and employment disputes dealing with issues of breach of contracts, tortious interference with business relationships, failure to pay wages, breach of restrictive covenants including non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Additionally, Mr. Cavins counsels his commercial clients regarding the drafting and implementation of business and employment agreements. 

Warren Jackman
Warren Jackman
Warren Jackman was born on May 22, 1925 and passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Warren was a resident of Galena, Illinois at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1942 and began an engineering degree at Purdue University. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1946 with a B.S. In Nautical Science.

David J. SlawkowskiDavid J. Slawkowski, 66, of Fairhope, Ala. and formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away on December 1, 2016 in Mobile, Ala.

David was born in Chicago to Loretta (Guminski) and Edward Slawkowski on September 18, 1950. He graduated from Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago in 1968, and from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. He married his wife Penny (Al-Greene) in 1972, and they resided in Cambridge, Mass. while David completed law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1975. After law school, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill. which remained their home until 2010, when they moved to Fairhope, Ala.

William Celestin Murphy
William Celestin Murphy
William Celestin Murphy (“Bill”), 95, passed away in Aurora, Illinois, on November 25, 2016.  He died just 10 days before his 96th birthday.  A respected and ground-breaking trial lawyer, during his 68-year career he represented people from all walks of life:  farmers, school teachers and school boards, factory workers and industrialists – even Illinois Supreme Court justices turned to him for counsel and guidance. 

Jack Ring ObituaryJack Samuel Ring died peacefully in Chicago on November 20, 2016, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Hazel Gitlitz Ring and was predeceased in 2001 by his late wife, Susan Ring; loving father of Joshua (Melissa), Scott (Marina), step-father of Scott (Angela) and Jamie Gitlitz; cherished grandfather of Sydney, Jolie, Alex and Levi Ring, and Rachel and Jessica Gitlitz; loving brother of Miriam (late Walter), Norman (Bea) and the late Ida and Leonard; devoted son of the late Abe and the late Rose Ring.