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Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas
The Crawford County legal community is mourning the death of long-time Robinson attorney Robert Douglas.

Douglas died early Tuesday at Crawford Memorial Hospital. The Oblong native was 77.

Retired Circuit Judge David Correll, who started his legal career with Douglas' firm in 1974, remembered Douglas as tough and fearless.

"You would never feel Bob was intimidated by any individual or any situation," Correll said. "He wasn't afraid of public feedback and didn't shy away from what might be categorized as negative public opinion."

"Nobody fought harder for a client than Bob Douglas," Mattoon attorney Fred Johnson said.

"He was well-respected through out the legal community and remembered for his zealous advocacy for his clients in and out of the courtroom," Crawford County Associate Judge Mark Shaner said.

"Even though he tried some extremely controversial cases, he believed in fighting for the law," Marie Douglas, his wife of 54 years, added. "He truly, truly loved the law."

"Bob and I spent decades sharing the same mistress - the law," Robinson attorney Mark Weber said.

"He was my toughest and most ethical opponent for more than 50 years," Weber added, saying he and all members of the bar were in mourning. "My condolences to his spouse and my friend, Marie, and to Clint, his son."

"I've known Bob for over 25 years and have always had the deepest respect for him," Crawford County Circuit Clerk Angela Reinoehl said. "My condolences to his family."

Michael O'Malley
Michael O'Malley
Michael Joseph O'Malley, born June 20, 1953, died Oct. 11, 2014, at home with his family, following a battle with cancer.

Michael had a long and distinguished legal career, beginning in private practice with his father, and serving as both an Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in St. Clair County, Ill. He was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge on Feb. 1, 1985, and elected as a Circuit Judge on Nov. 6, 1990. Judge O'Malley was honored to serve the 20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois, for 25 years, until his retirement in 2010. After retiring from the bench, he enjoyed a return to private practice with the firm of Carey, Danis & Lowe, LLC, with whom he worked until his death. Judge O'Malley had a passion for the law and relished a deep comradery with his colleagues.

Michael always will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, his quick wit, his joie de vivre, and his kind nature. He will be dearly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his father, Edward F. O'Malley; his father-in-law, August J. "Gus" Feldker; and his stepbrother-in-law, Larry Shannahan.

By Judge Barb Crowder, Edwardsville

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee continues to expand its services to veterans in honor of their service to this country. Madison County has a large number of veterans, many of whom are in reduced circumstances or homeless. Madison County started the first Veterans’ Court in the State of Illinois to help veterans navigate the criminal justice by connecting them with volunteers and with social services to assist with the problems that led many of the veterans to criminal court. The Pro Bono committee has focused on legal advice for civil court problems being experienced by veterans and has provided legal advice to veterans near each Veterans Day. For 2014, the Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Madison County Veterans Assistance Commission are excited to announce the creation of the Third Circuit Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP). The circuit’s programs for veterans have grown since the pro bono committee started in 2011. It provides:

Here are the Supreme, Appellate and Circuit results for Tuesday's judicial elections for all circuits outside of Cook. Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier was retained with a 60.7% yes vote in his retention race, according to results in The Southern Illinoisan.

Click here for the 1st District results

Candidates must receive 65% on the question of Meets Requirements of Office in order to be Recommended. Winners in bold

SUPREME

5th District Supreme Retention

Candidate Recommended/ Not Recommended Meets Requirements of Office

Lloyd A. Karmeier

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80.45


St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson (second from left) received a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) during a ceremony hosted by the St. Clair County Bar Association at The Weingarten restaurant in Belleville on October 16.

On hand for the presentation were (from left) Nick Kujawa, who nominated the Sheriff for the award; Sheriff Watson, Russell Scott, a member of the ISBA Board of Governors, who presented the award; and Jon Rosenstengel, president of the St. Clair County Bar Association.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Martin J. Mengarelli as an associate judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Mengarelli received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Loyola University in Chicago, and his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Mengarelli is currently affiliated with The Simmons Firm in Alton.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, one of Chicago’s leading trial firms, has merged with longtime St. Louis and Madison County litigation defense firm Kernell Law Firm, P.C.

The lawyers of the highly regarded Kernell Law Firm have successfully represented insurance companies and private businesses in Asbestos Litigation, Product Liability, Toxic Tort Litigation and Insurance Defense for over 25 years.

“We believe our new St. Louis and Madison County offices will provide the same excellent service that clients have come to expect from Tom Kernell and his team, while expanding the services we offer our present clients,” said Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels. “We
are very excited about this opportunity.”

Praise for the professionalism of the recently passed Tom Kernell and his team comes not only from the defense bar. Perry Browder, chairman of the asbestos practice group at Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, observed, “Tom Kernell was one of the most respected lawyers in the Madison County asbestos arena. He was trusted by judges, defense counsel and plaintiffs’ counsel alike, serving as defense liaison counsel for many years. The attorneys at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP are great litigators with whom we’ve worked for many years. I am happy that Tom’s lawyers and staff are joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP to carry on Tom's legacy.”

Kernell Law Firm attorneys joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP are:


The Best Practices for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Fall 2014 will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Four Points Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, in Fairview Heights.

Considered the premier event in Illinois dedicated to meeting the needs of solo and small firm lawyers, this full-day seminar offers attendees numerous educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall that showcases services and products to help solo and small firm lawyers expand their careers and improve the efficiency of their law practices.

Roberts Perryman PC is pleased to announce Jason Guerra as the firm’s newest equity shareholder and principal.  Jason engages in civil litigation in Missouri and Illinois, with an emphasis in lawsuits involving bodily injuries, trucking and transportation and insurance defense.  Jason represents a wide variety of clients in business litigation, insurance coverage issues and commercial transportation related matters. He has handled complex issue and multi-party litigation at the state, federal and appellate level.

Jason has been named a “Missouri Rising Star” Super Lawyer, 2011 through 2013, by the publisher Thompson Reuters, and has received a preeminent “AV Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a member of the Missouri Trucking Association, Illinois Trucking Association, as well as numerous other industry associations, where he focuses on representing the interests of the transportation industry through state and federal legislation. 

Jason is a graduate of the University of Missouri, BA, with honors, 2000 and Saint Louis University Law School, JD, 2003.

About Roberts Perryman

For over 50 years, Roberts Perryman has provided high quality and affordable legal services throughout Missouri and Illinois.  The firm concentrates in Trucking and Transportation, Premises and Product Liability, Insurance Defense, Automobile Negligence, Insurance Coverage.

The firm has offices in St. Louis and Springfield, MO as well as Belleville IL.  www.robertsperryman.com

Join us in Collinsville on Friday, June 27 for a comprehensive overview of the federal civil practice addresses the most common issues faced by practitioners and offers advice from the bench and experienced lawyers on how to handle them! Attorneys with all levels of experience who practice law in federal court will gain a better understanding of: the issues that can arise while pleading in federal court, including jurisdiction issues, venue concerns, and removal/remand issues; disclosing electronically stored information during discovery; how to prepare for and conduct successful settlement conferences; the recent developments in admissibility of fact; how to effectively present testimony during the trial; current trends in mass tort and class action practices; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Federal Civil Practice Section and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.