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Brigette Lobacz
Brigette Lobacz
Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a Tazewell County, Illinois, law firm that provides legal services and counsel regarding civil practice areas, recently announced three significant changes to the firm.

The name of the firm changed from Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd. to Moehle Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd. to recognize Brigette Lobacz joining the firm as a partner in September 2016.

After more than forty years of serving individuals, small businesses, and local government, Bradley W. Swearingen retired in December 2016.

Jill M. Arnold joined the firm as an associate attorney in February 2017. Arnold is originally from Roanoke, Illinois, and a graduate of Illinois State University and Valparaiso University School of Law.

Juan R. Thomas
Juan R. Thomas
Juan R. Thomas is of counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. and the founder and principal of The Thomas Law Group. Mr. Thomas’s practice includes the following specialties: real estate/estate planning, labor and employment, and family law. In addition, Mr. Thomas provides counseling and training to firm clients in areas involving personnel, collective bargaining, and business development matters. Mr. Thomas is the president-elect of the National Bar Association (NBA) and will be sworn in as the 75th president of the NBA in the summer of 2017 during the Association’s 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.

The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 includes Mr. Thomas on its Top 100 Lawyers list, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers. Mr. Thomas’s selection was based upon his performance as an exceptional lawyer in the practice area of matrimonial and family law in the state of Illinois.

Matthew Gensburg
Matthew Gensburg
Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C. announces a name change effective immediately from its former name of Dale & Gensburg, P.C.  GCK’s practice areas include tax controversies, private client services such as estate planning and asset protection, corporate transactional services, bankruptcy, restructuring and workouts, and commercial litigation.

The firm also announces the formation of a national bankruptcy, workouts, and restructuring practice group which will be led by Matthew Gensburg. He was formerly a partner with Greenberg Traurig. E. Philip Groben also joins the firm as an associate in the bankruptcy, restructuring and workouts practice group.

 

Law firm O’Mara Gleason O’Callaghan has moved offices. The firm, which focuses on resolving disputes for businesses and individuals, has seen an uptick in work since opening its doors in 2013, resulting in the need for new office space. The firm’s new offices are at 230 W. Monroe in Chicago. O’Mara Gleason O’Callaghan focuses on litigation, business counseling, financial services litigation & arbitration, employment and white collar defense. More at www.ogolawyers.com

 

Hector Lareau
Hector Lareau
Hector Lareau has joined David G. Morrison’s practice in Rock Island, where he will focus on local government law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. He was an Assistant Public Defender for Rock Island County for the last four years and in private practice for 20 years before that. He is a 1993 Honors graduate of Drake University Law School.

Stuart Funderburg
Stuart Funderburg
Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Stuart Funderburg joined the firm as a partner in the Decatur office.

Funderburg joins the firm from Archer Daniels Midland Company, where he has worked since 1998, most recently serving in the role of Chief Corporate & Securities Counsel and Assistant Secretary. In this role, he led ADM's securities law compliance, capital markets and corporate governance efforts. He also previously served as Associate General Counsel for ADM's Europe, Asia and Africa operating regions, working closely with senior management to advise on a wide variety of complex legal matters, as well as assisting with the development of business strategy and evaluation of potential transactions.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides transactional, counseling and litigation services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held businesses to national companies and international public corporations

 

Dennis Hollahan
Dennis Hollahan
Hanson Professional Services Inc. has selected Dennis Hollahan, who works at the firm’s Springfield headquarters, to become the company’s first internal legal counsel. He will lead corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives, provide senior management with advice on company strategies and implementation and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. 

“Dennis is a natural choice for us,” said Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., Hanson’s chairman and CEO. “His experience from private practice, the military and our in-house land acquisition management will serve us well.”

Hollahan was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a helicopter pilot during Desert Storm and later as a judge advocate general for the Illinois Army National Guard. Prior to joining Hanson in 2008, he was the section chief for land acquisition and property management and a special assistant chief counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). He has been a land acquisition project manager for Hanson, working on projects for clients including IDOT, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois county and municipal highway departments.

Hollahan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. He is an Illinois licensed attorney at law and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. 

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services.

Stacey A. McCullough
Stacey A. McCullough
Criminal defense attorney Stacey A. McCullough has joined the DuPage County firm Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC as a partner. She was formerly the principal attorney at The Law Office of Stacey A. McCullough, Ltd., which she founded in 2005. She has practiced criminal defense for more than 20 years.

McCullough graduated with a B.A. in criminal justice with high honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned her law degree at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is a certified Illinois municipal administrative hearing officer. She will focus on criminal, juvenile and traffic defense, handle administrative law matters, and litigate family law cases at Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC. 

She is third vice president of the DuPage County Bar Association and is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, and The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

William K. “Bill” Kane has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s Business Trial practice group. Kane joins from Baker Hostetler in Chicago. 

Kane concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation for a broad base of corporate, real estate, media and entertainment clients. He advises companies on regulatory and corporate governance issues and has significant experience representing clients in need of emergency injunctive relief for trade secret theft and unfair business competition. Prior to private practice, Kane served as Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois attorney general’s office for five years and handled a variety of public law matters.

Kane received a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1986 and a B.S. from Miami University in 1982.

Adam C. Motz has joined Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd. as a new associate. Motz, who was recently admitted to the Illinois bar, is a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law. He will be working in the firm's Chicago office.