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Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced today that Litigation Partner Michael A. Ficaro has been named Chair of the firm's expanding Gaming Practice. Illinois lawmakers recently passed legislation legalizing video lottery in the state. "This new gaming industry will distribute up to 45,000 electronic devices in bars, restaurants, and fraternal and charitable locations. That means 9,000 new licensees, plus manufacturers, distributors, and terminal operators who will all need legal counsel," said Mr. Ficaro. Lawyers in the Ungaretti & Harris Gaming Practice will work in conjunction with its Sports and Entertainment and Government groups in order to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding industry. Mr. Ficaro is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Society of Barristers. Among his many distinctions are inclusion in: Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2005 when he was named in the Top 100 of Illinois Super Lawyers for Litigation; Best Lawyers in America for Gaming Law (2006-2010); Gaming's Legal Eagles: A Guide to the World's Pre-eminent Gaming Attorneys; Leading Lawyers Network for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Gaming (2004-2009). Mr. Ficaro was formerly the First Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and the Chief of Criminal Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Catherine Locallo
Catherine Locallo
Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine R. Locallo and Susan E. Nicholas. Catherine Locallo practices in the Chicago office where she concentrates on labor and employment law.  She counsels employers in all aspects of employment law including hiring, terminations, reductions in force, unemployment compensation, employee discipline issues, labor relations, policies and practices, employment agreements, settlement agreements and severance matters, nonimmigrant worker visas, and federal and state employment discrimination matters. Susan Nicholas joins our Decatur office where she focuses her practice on serving employers, educational entities and other public bodies in all aspects of labor and employment law and general student matters.  Susan was previously an Assistant State's Attorney in the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Susan Nicholas
Susan Nicholas
Since its founding in 1970, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor Ltd.
Daniel Welytok
Daniel Welytok
Daniel S. Welytok, formerly with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has moved his practice to the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as a partner.  Dan practices in the areas of business, employee benefits and tax. Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law school and received his LI.M. from DePaul Law School in 1989.
The law firm of Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr, LLP of Springfield is proud to announce the affiliation of Brian J. Wilcox as an associate. Brian is a 2006 graduate of Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. Brian has experience as a legal intern to the United Nations and as a practicing attorney for the Environmental Litigation Clinic. He will be engaged in the practice of general civil law.
Steven J. Greeley
Steven J. Greeley
Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C., is pleased to announce that Steven J. Greeley has been named a partner of the firm. Steve's primarily practice areas include personal injury, commercial/general litigation, and local government law as Township Attorney for Townships in McHenry County, as well as serving as a Commissioner of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves as a member of the McHenry County Legal Aid Committee and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Prairie State Campaign for Legal Services. Steve is graduate of Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. For more information on the Law Firm of Franks, Gerkin, & McKenna, P.C. and Steven J. Greeley, please visit us at www.fgmlaw.com or contact us at 815-923-2107. Franks, Gerkin and McKenna is a law firm of 48 years, with many practice areas including personal injury, workers' compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations.
Deborah K. Ebner
Deborah K. Ebner
Chicago attorney Deborah K. Ebner, a long-time ISBA member, graces the pages of the second Leading Lawyers Network Magazine dedicated solely to women Leading Lawyers. More than 100,000 copies of the Women's Edition for 2009 are now being distributed to every lawyer listed in Sullivan's Law Directory, among others. Ebner, the principal at the Law Office of Deborah Kanner Ebner, joins 23 other high-profile, highly-accomplished women lawyers from throughout the state in the magazine. Ebner wrote "Residential Real Estate in Bankruptcy," chapter 22 of the 2003 IICLE Residential Real Estate Publication, and the 2008 update for that chapter. She is one of two bankruptcy attorneys featured in the magazine. "Ms. Ebner's experience as both creditor and debtor counsel, as well as her trustee work and her creative method of practice, make her uniquely qualified to provide expertise to companies in bankruptcy or considering their workout options. As a result, she sees issues from a 10,000-foot-high view down to the most microscopic level and provides counsel accordingly," said Scott C. Anderson, director of the Leading Lawyers Network and publisher of the Leading Lawyers Network Magazine. Ebner is also pleased to announce her new office at 11 E Adams St., Suite 904, Chicago, 60603-6301.
Patricia L. Deemer, J.D., has moved the Deemer Law Firm, Ltd. from Northbrook to Lake Zurich. The new address is 795 Ela Road Ste. 100, Lake Zurich. She can be reached at (847) 847-7463 or at pdeemer@deemerlaw.com.
Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch is pleased to announce that he has opened an office in Wheaton. Hinch Law will focus on construction, real estate, business and environmental law. Mr. Hinch was previously with the engineering firm Sheaffer International in Glen Ellyn and served as Operations Manager/In-house Counsel. Mr. Hinch is a 2007 graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a member of the Illinois Bar. In addition to a J.D, he holds a certificate from Chicago-Kent's specialty program in Environmental and Energy Law.  He is also a 2000 graduate of Wheaton College. Hinch Law is located at 222 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. He can be reached at (630) 476-0368, by email at nathanbhinch@gmail.com or at hinchlaw.com.
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards is pleased to announce the opening of Richards Patent Law in Chicago. Patrick opened Richards Patent Law in 2009 after serving as a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he concentrated his practice on patent prosecution, counseling, opinion work and litigation. At McDermott, Patrick managed international patent portfolios for several major corporations, as well as a number of small and medium sized businesses. In addition to his extensive patent prosecution experience, Patrick has counseled numerous clients on matters concerning: patent portfolio acquisition and management; patent portfolio licenses, sales and purchases; joint development agreements; freedom to practice opinions; patentability opinions; non-infringement opinions; and employment and non-compete agreements. Patrick received his law degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a bachelors of science in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Richards Patent Law handles all non-litigious patent related matters, focusing on providing cost effective solutions for businesses of all sizes.
David Applegate
David Applegate
ISBA member David Applegate's law firm, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., will move to Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, effective October 2009. Mr. Applegate will continue his practice in intellectual property and business litigation at the new location. 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 cbonjean@isba.org