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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. 

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. 

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced that Mark Rust, managing partner of the Chicago office, has been elected as vice chair of the firm. Three Chicago partners also have been re-elected to the management committee.

For more than 15 years, Rust has overseen growth in the Chicago office that has attracted experienced lawyers from large Chicago firms and brought new clients and a broader perspective to the practice of law in the office. In 2016 alone, nine partners were hired in the Chicago office, which now numbers more than 100 attorneys.

The law firm of Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP is pleased to announce that Cole M. DeBlaey has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

DeBlaey graduated from Alleman High School in 2009 and St. Ambrose University in 2013. DeBlaey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norther Illinois University College of Law in May 2016. During law school, he interd for a local law firm and a corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Todd S. Parkhurst has joined the firm as Of Counsel and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Chicago.

Most recently a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., in Chicago, Mr. Parkhurst has more than 40 years of experience in litigation, transactions and counseling in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Previously, he created and led the intellectual property practices in Chicago at the law firms Jenner & Block, Schiff Hardin and Holland & Knight LLP. 

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that Maureen Maffei is joining as of counsel, on Jan. 1, 2017. The addition brings the Firm’s Illinois presence to approximately 45 attorneys. The attorneys will join Ice Miller from The Coman Law Group, P.C., which was formerly known as Coman & Anderson, P.C.

“Having worked together in a close-knit firm, these attorneys join us with a commitment to client service that’s consistent with Ice Miller’s core values,” said John Burke, a managing partner of Ice Miller. “Their extensive backgrounds and experience brings value to clients who rely on our Business, Tax, Real Estate and Employment and Immigration groups. And for current clients of The Coman Law Group, we believe they will find the same highly effective legal representation they have enjoyed at Coman—but now with a broader array of services.”

Peter J. Birnbaum
Peter J. Birnbaum
Peter J. Birnbaum is celebrating twenty-five years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG®, http://www.atgf.com/).

Under his leadership, the company has developed into a leading lawyer service organization with annual revenues in excess of $90 million.

Birnbaum began his career at ATG as a law clerk in 1981 while a first-year student at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He then advanced to positions of staff attorney, and vice president and counsel.