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Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. welcomes Scott Bieber as a partner of the firm. Bieber has been practicing law for 27 years and focuses his practice on family wealth preservation, federal transfer taxation and family business planning. A published author and frequent speaker for attorneys, accountants and other professionals on business planning and wealth preservation topics, Bieber is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is an Editorial Board member of Estate Planning magazine. Bieber has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law by the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate, and is also named in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates. Before joining Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. in January 2010, Bieber practiced law at Schiff Hardin LLP. Bieber received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd. is a law firm focused on federal income tax, estate tax and gift tax planning and controversy resolution for individuals and closely-held businesses. The firm is one of the largest law firms devoted exclusively to income tax and estate planning and related litigation in the Chicago area. For more information, visit the firm's website at: www.levinschreder.com.
Querrey & Harrow, a 70-year-old multi-service Chicago law firm, and Hunziker Law Group LLC, a 17-year-old downstate commercial law firm headquartered in Peoria, have formed a strategic alliance. The alliance's purpose is to enhance client satisfaction and facilitate client representations by offering services throughout an extended geographical area. The alliance will allow both firms to offer extended services in a cost-effective manner without sacrificing their traditional focus on providing each client with individualized attention.
Rep. Louis I. Lang, Deputy Majority House Leader, has joined Querrey & Harrow and its municipal liability practice group as Of Counsel. Rep. Lang also handles commercial litigation and planning and development issues for public entities. Rep. Lang has served the 16th House District of Illinois (including Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, a part of the 49th and most of the 50th Wards in Chicago) and the Illinois Legislature for more than 20 years. Rep. Lang obtained his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois and his law degree from DePaul University. "We are honored to have Rep. Lang aboard," says Michael Stillman, Managing Shareholder of the firm. "His perspective provides added value for municipal clients as well as our business clients with regard to regulatory issues in Illinois." Querrey & Harrow is a 70-attorney multi-service law firm with offices throughout greater metropolitan Chicago, and in Merrillville, Ind.
Bruce Johnson
Bruce R. Johnson, a member of the Illinois bar since 1967 and most recently of Johnson & McCaa LLC, in Portland, Maine, has started a new firm, Johnson & Associates, in Dover, New Hampshire. Johnson & Associates will open its doors for business on January 4, 2010. The practice will focus on estate and business succession planning and will continue to serve Mr. Johnson's Illinois, Maine and New Hampshire clients.
The Chicago firm of Baugh, Dalton, Carlson & Ryan LLC has opened a new office in Phoenix, Arizona. Jamie B. Palfai has joined the firm as partner. Palfai's practice will focus on securities, financial services and regulatory matters in the Western, Southwestern and Mountain Regions of the United States. Visit www.baughdaltonlaw.com for more information.
Stephen Bell
Stephen Bell
Chicago law firm Grady Pilgrim Christakis Bell LLP announced today that attorney Stephen Bell, one of the founding partners of the Chicago law firm Goldberg Kohn Bell Black Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd., has joined Grady Pilgrim as a partner. Bell chaired Goldberg Kohn's Real Estate Group from 1996 to 2007, and served on its Management Committee for many years until his recent resignation.  Grady Pilgrim is a Chicago-based law firm founded in October 2008 by four former partners of the Chicago law firm Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Bell received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1969 and his A.B.
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Eric R. Pfanenstiel and Evan D. Whitfield were recently named associates at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck. Mr. Pfanenstiel will concentrate his practice on complex family law matters including finance, property division and custody. Mr. Pfanenstiel received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. While studying at DePaul he received a Certificate in Taxation and the Cali Award for Excellence in Family Law Legal Drafting.  He began his career at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck as a law clerk in 2007. Mr. Whitfield was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic soccer team and received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he earned a Certificate in Family Law. His practice concentrates on complex family law matters including finance, child custody and paternity. Mr. Whitfield joined Schiller DuCanto & Fleck as a law clerk in 2008.
Baker Hostetler has announced that it has opened a Chicago office as part of its national growth strategy. "Opening an office in Chicago is another step in Baker Hostetler's strategy of measured growth," said national Executive Partner Steven Kestner, citing the Firm's success in New York where it opened an office in 2001 with three lawyers and now is approaching 100. Under the leadership of Ron Okada as Partner-in-Charge, two lateral partners and one associate, Baker Hostetler will expand the Firm's commercial litigation and corporate practice capabilities. With this addition, Baker Hostetler will have offices in the four largest cities by population in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. ISBA member Bill Kane, most recently a partner with Lovells, represents clients in complex business disputes involving contracts, business torts, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, unfair competition laws, and antitrust statutes.  Drawing upon his service with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Kane also assists corporations with internal fraud investigations and white collar criminal proceedings.
Attorney Jacob J. Frost has joined Wimbiscus Law Firm, Spring Valley. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represents clients in the Illinois Valley area. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa academic honor societies. Attorney Frost is a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). In addition, he has recently been re-appointed to the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council, a state-wide organization whose purpose is to propose and review new legislation impacting estate planning and administration in the state of Illinois. Frost is active in the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Valley Estate Planning Council. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Chrissie, a veterinarian. He can be reached via phone at (815) 664-4151, fax at (815) 663-4351, or email at frost.wjwlaw@gmail.com or wjwlaw@comcast.net .
Lori Levin
Lori Levin
Lori G. Levin, former Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and Supervisor of the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announces the opening of her Law Office at 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60606. She can be contacted at 312-972-3756, 312-568-5495 (fax) or via e-mail at lori.levin@att.net. Prior to opening her firm, she directed an agency dedicated to improving criminal justice statewide and oversaw an annual budget of $100 million of criminal justice research and grants. She chaired the Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board, Chaired the Statewide Task Force for the Update of the Model Domestic Violence Protocol and served on the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority board, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Illinois Sex Offender Management Board, City of Chicago Mayor's Domestic Violence Advisory Coordinating Council, Juvenile Justice ReDeploy Illinois Steering Committee, Governor's Community Safety and ReEntry Working Group, Metropolis 2020's Justice Violence Advisory Council, GoTo 2040's Crime and Justice Planning Initiative Advisory Board and State of Illinois/City of Chicago Collaborative on Re-Entry Advisory Council. As Supervisor of the Cook County State's Attorney's Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division, Ms.