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Hon. David G. Bernthal
Hon. David G. Bernthal
For more than 21 years, the Hon. David G. Bernthal, a popular federal magistrate judge, presided over thousands of cases at the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Bernthal was praised by the legal community for his skills as a jurist, often being described as both a learned scholar and an efficient administrator. 

As a magistrate judge, he worked to mediate and settle many of the cases on his calendar. The unique settlement skill of a magistrate judge is critical to driving the federal court docket forward efficiently. Cases that need to be heard can come before a judge in a timely manner.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has been recognized for “Raising the Bar” by Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest LGBT civil rights organization. The organization identifies law firms that provide a “welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engage with the LGBT community.”

Shook is one of 40 law firms recognized by Equality Illinois in 2016.

McDermott Will & Emery senior counsel, Michael A. Pope, was acknowledged in a proclamation presented by the Governor of the State of Illinois on June 30, 2016.

Governor Bruce Rauner issued the state proclamation honoring the Founding Trustees of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), which was established in 1999 with the passage of the Illinois Equal Justice Act. In his proclamation, Governor Rauner acknowledged the leadership of Mr. Pope and the other founding members as follows:

Richard Demarest Yant
Richard Demarest Yant
Richard Demarest Yant has been elected to the board of directors of the Union League Club of Chicago, a 137-year-old non-partisan civic, cultural and philanthropic organization. He also will chair the Club’s public affairs committee.  

An attorney who practices with the business law firm of Krasnow Saunders Kaplan & Beninati LLP, Yant focuses on commercial real estate, equipment financing, business and financial matters.  He serves as counsel to entrepreneur and family-owned businesses as well as multinational, regional and small financial institutions and leasing companies.

Keith Rahman
Keith Rahman
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney is pleased to announce that 11 new associates have joined its Chicago office in the past quarter. Focusing their practices on toxic tort and medical malpractice, these associates bring a high level of knowledge and experience to the growing firm.

“All 11 of our new hires have years of litigation experience in their practice areas,” says Segal McCambridge Managing Shareholder Mark Crane. “We are proud to welcome such a proven group of young attorneys to Segal McCambridge and are looking forward to continued growth and success with the new members of our team.”

Brown, Hay, and Stephens, LLP, is pleased to announce that on June 1, 2016, it opened an office in Edwardsville, Illinois. The additional location will allow the firm to improve its ability to service the diverse needs of existing clients and to introduce Illinois' oldest law firm to the Metro-East area. Established in 1828 by John T. Stuart, Abraham Lincoln’s first law partner, Brown, Hay & Stephens also maintains an office in Chicago.

The new office is located at 101 West Vandalia St., Suite 305-M, Edwardsville, Il 62025, Telephone No. (618) 250-2006.

Lauren Boaz was named a partner of SWMK Law as of July 1. She is the first of the firm’s attorneys to become partner since their founding in 2012. Founding partners of the firm are Ben Schmickle, Steve Wohlford, Matt Morris, and Joe Kusmierczak.

SWMK Law specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer litigation, and has a nationwide client base. Boaz leads the SWMK team that seeks recovery for mesothelioma clients from bankruptcy trust funds.

Alice Sackett
Alice Sackett
Rick Turner
Rick Turner
Turner Law Offices is proud to announce the formation of its new firm Turner & Sackett, LLC.  Rick Turner and Alice Sackett [previously Alice Henrikson] are the founding members.

Rick Turner has been named a Leading Lawyer and has more than 30 years of trial experience representing injured persons and their families in wrongful death, medical malpractice, serious personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

Adam R. Vaught
Adam R. Vaught
Albert C. Angelo
Albert C. Angelo
The national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is proud to announce the election of the following attorneys to partnership:

Based in Hinshaw's Chicago office, Albert C. Angelo focuses his practice primarily on tort defense litigation, including cases involving transportation, products liability, toxic tort, chemical exposure, fire litigation, construction defect and general liability matters. As a member of a large self-insured company's national defense team — focusing primarily on transportation/auto-collision claims — he provides pro hac vice representation throughout the United States. Mr. Angelo also is a key player in a major transportation company's national litigation program. Additionally, he handles transactions and litigation involving estate planning and asset protection matters. Mr. Angelo earned his J.D. (2009) and LL.M., with honors, in Taxation, from John Marshall Law School. He received his B.A. (2004) from DePaul University.

Having helped create and having served fifty years with the Federal Defender Program, Terence F. MacCarthy is officially retired on June 30, 2016.

The Chicago Defender Office, the first Federal Defender office, is considered a model office. Since 2009, it has been ably run by Carol A. Brook. Since its inception no staff attorney has ever been held in contempt nor has the office been found to have rendered ineffective of incompetent representation. The office proudly has two district court judges and has had five federal magistrate judges, and many state court judges.