Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership


Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to

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).

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.