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Karl D. Dexheimer, 68, of O'Fallon, IL, born May 16, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, died unexpectedly Thursday, November 25, 2010, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis MO, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Dexheimer was Of Counsel to the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.. He graduated from Millikin University in 1964, and from Washington University School of Law in 1967. He was admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and numerous federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

He was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (life member), a Fellow of the Illinois State Bar Association, a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a Founding Member of its Levere Memorial Foundation.

Mr. Dexheimer served on the McKendree University Board of Trustees for 22 years where he was Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Adminstration and Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He also served as treasurer and vice president on the Board of the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Theodore R. Scott, Jr. of Deerfield, passed away on Nov. 13. Mr. Scott was born in Mt. Vernon in 1924 and served in WWII as a B-24 navigator. On his 20th mission, he and his crew were shot down over West Hungary and became prisoners of war in Germany for 89 days.

Mr. Scott graduated Phi Betta Kappa and earned his juris doctor from the University of Illinois. He became an intellectual property litigator spending much of his career as named partner in the firm of McDougall, Hersh & Scott in Chicago - which later merged with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Mr. Scott remained of counsel to Jones Day until 1998.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.


Carolyn Smoot

The Supreme Court of Illinois announced Wednesday that Carolyn B. Smoot, an attorney for 27 years, has been appointed a resident circuit judge in the First Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Smoot was appointed to fill the Circuit Court seat which became vacant upon the November 1, 2010 retirement of Circuit Judge Ronald Eckiss. Her appointment is effective December 15, 2010 and will expire December 3, 2012, when the position will be filled by the winner of the 2012 General Election.

"I am very honored and humbled by this appointment. I deeply appreciate the confidence that Justice Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court have placed in me. I look forward to serving the people as a circuit judge; becoming the first woman judge in Williamson County makes my appointment that much more special.”

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Thomas J. Dinn, III, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Second Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Dinn received his undergraduate degree in 1991 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and his Juris Doctor in 1995 from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Dinn is currently affiliated with the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office in Benton.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Julie K. Katz, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Ms. Katz received her undergraduate degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois in Urbana, and her Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Katz is currently affiliated with Cannady & Katz, P.C., in Belleville.


Shane Moskop

The Belleville law firm of Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo, P.C. located at 115 West Washington Street is pleased to announce that Shane Moskop has become a partner at the firm.

Shane Moskop was born in St. Louis and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a BS degree in finance in 2002. He graduated from Saint Louis University Law School in 2005, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in October of 2005. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked as a financial analyst in Monsanto Corporation’s Financial Analysis & Planning Department, and worked as a law clerk in Monsanto’s International Tax Department while obtaining his juris doctorate.

Shane concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, mechanic’s lien enforcement, breach of contract actions, insurance defense, will contests, trust disputes, products liability, personal injury, and estate planning. The law firm operates a general practice with emphasis in civil litigation of all kinds.


David F. Neiers

Helfrey, Neiers & Jones, P.C., announces that David F. Neiers has once again been included in the prestigious publication of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Neiers is being recognized for his real estate practice.

Mr. Neiers is a shareholder in the firm's real estate and corporate practice group and has over 23 years of experience in all areas of real estate transactions and development, business planning and estate planning.  Mr. Neiers’ practice is concentrated in transactional real estate, including zoning and development, business and estate planning and banking law.

Helfrey, Neiers & Jones, P.C., provides legal services to businesses and individual clients in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation, real estate transactions and development, corporate formation, white-collar criminal defense, estate and business planning, personal injury, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and regulatory compliance.

Major John Francis Lynn, USMC Retired, 58, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Herrin Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of William Francis and Ruth Mary (Meier) Lynn.

John was united in marriage to Patty Durall on May 29, 1976, in Marion, and together they have shared the last 34 years of marriage.

John answered the call of this nation by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years as an enlisted member, and 20 years as an officer, retiring as a major. He served as a tank officer in California and North Carolina and was a foreign area officer in Central and South America.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and, at the present time, served as assistant dean for Administration of SIU School of Law.

John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association and Pro Bono Counsel for Fisher House in Chicago. He was director of the Veterans' Legal Assistance Program at SIU School of Law and spent considerable time working on behalf of local veterans.

He worked with Big Brothers of Georgia, and he was a supporter of the Special Olympics.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Eugene E. Gross received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and has been appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Gross received his undergraduate degree in 1980 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and his Juris Doctor in 1983 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Gross is currently affiliated with Reed, Heller, Mansfield & Gross in DuQuoin, Illinois