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Health care and litigation law firm Brennan Garvey LLC has changed its name to Brennan Burtker LLC. Firm partner Robert S. Burtker is a renowned trial lawyer with three decades of courtroom experience, and he joins Mark M. Brennan as a name partner. Founding partner Catherine L. Garvey accepted the Associate General Counsel position at one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions earlier this year. More on the firm at www.brennanburtker.com

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that it has launched a Consultants and Coaches for the Profession Practice™. The new practice will focus on helping law firm leaders address complex business- and management-related challenges and opportunities involved in effectively managing their firms.

Chicago-based partner Donald L. Mrozek — who served as Hinshaw's chairman from 1989–2015 — will lead the practice. Under his watch, Hinshaw grew from a small Chicago-area law firm to a national firm with 25 offices, approximately 500 attorneys and more than $225 million in revenues.

Sherer Law Offices is pleased to announce the addition of our new associate attorney, M. Caitlin Embrich, to our practice.

"I am thrilled to join the team at Sherer Law Offices and have the opportunity to work with Barb Sherer.  I truly enjoy helping clients through some of the most important times in their lives and I look forward to continuing to serve those in our community."

Caitlin is a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Louis University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business administration. 

Michael Pisano
Michael Pisano
Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Pisano has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation group. He concentrates his practice in prosecuting and defending civil litigation matters.  Michael represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters with an emphasis in representing professionals in the construction area including owners, developers, designers and general contractors.  He also has experience in defending consumer claims brought against clients in regard to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws and defending employers in employee disputes. 

“As we continue to grow our Illinois offices, we are excited to have Michael join the firm,” said Dave Hight, DuPage office managing partner at Ice Miller. “Michael’s varied litigation experience in the construction and class action arena complements nicely our current litigation attorneys’ practices.”

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 22 of its associate attorneys have been promoted to partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm's Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The new partners in Chicago are Maria Frenn Kallmeyer and Anne M. O'Brien.

Christopher Bonjean
Christopher Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Bonjean as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Information, effective October 3, 2016. He will head a newly reorganized communications operation, which has been charged with developing strategies to inform and educate a diverse public about the judicial branch of state government and promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

Chief Justice Rita Garman explained that the impetus to expand and emphasize the public information function came, in part, from the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2015. Under the leadership of Fourth District Appellate Justice Carol Pope, chairperson of the Court’s Strategic Planning Committee, the survey was carried out in every courthouse in the state. Questionnaires were distributed to all users of the court facility including parties, witnesses, jurors, and other visitors.

Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Jenner & Block and the University of Chicago Law School are pleased to announce the opening of the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, a rigorous education and training program for University of Chicago law students to help litigate cases before the United States' highest court.

The Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Students participate in the researching and drafting of merits briefs, amicus briefs, and cert petitions, conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the Court, and help prepare and participate in oral arguments.  Assistance is provided pro bono.  Although the Clinic's focus is the US Supreme Court, the Clinic may also handle cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman has transitioned to the position of Counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP in order to take on the newly created role of General Counsel to Core Spaces. He will maintain a law practice in Fox’s Chicago office.

Core Spaces delivers dynamic acquisition, development and management services for urban residential, hospitality and student housing projects. The company operates out of both Chicago and Austin, Texas, and employs a skilled leadership team with significant experience in financing, acquiring, developing and managing real estate projects.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

Meredith S. Fox joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Cassiday Schade LLP, where she was also an associate. She focuses her practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare. Ms. Fox received her J.D. in 2012 from The John Marshall Law School and her B.A. in 2007 from Haverford College.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Chicago partner Steven Hunter has been nominated to the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1994, the Art Institute established a committee comprised of African-American community leaders with the mission to promote and sustain diversity within the institution. Launched with a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, the initiative continues today as the Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC).