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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 sanderson@isba.org

Heather Navarro
Heather Navarro
Heather B. Navarro recently joined the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C., which has offices in St. Louis and Alton. Navarro is a recent graduate of Washington University School of Law and brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for public interest law. She has spent the past three years in private practice as a student associate, an associate attorney and a contract attorney. Prior to law school she was the Social Justice Coordinator at the Newman Center on the campus of Washington University and spent three months in Guatemala working with women and children. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois and is fluent in Spanish. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C. is one of a few private law firms in the country dedicated solely to plaintiffs' civil rights, disability rights, special education law, representation of not-for-profits and public interest representation. 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
Randall R. Fearnow
Randall Fearnow
The law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Randall R. Fearnow has relocated his practice to the firm's Chicago office at 33 North LaSalle Street and will assist Illinois clients in the areas of Health Care Law and Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse. Mr. Fearnow, a partner for the past nine years with Krieg DeVault, recently made the transition from the firm's Indianapolis office to Chicago in response to the firm's Midwest regional growth in health care. Mr. Fearnow is a core member of the firm's Health Care and Governmental Affairs Practice Groups. His experience includes trials in state and federal courts and arguments on behalf of health care providers before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He began his legal career in 1981 with the Marion County (Indianapolis) Prosecutor's Office, where he served as a deputy prosecutor responsible for trying major felonies. Since 1987 he has been active in the representation of health care providers who have become the focus of state or federal audits or investigations. Mr. Fearnow is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Indiana and resides in Chicago. He will continue to serve his substantial base of health care clients with operations in Indiana.
The Woodstock law firm of Weisz Botto & Gilbert, P.C., enthusiastically announces the addition of attorney Robert V. Deters, a 2005 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Attorney Deters will concentrate his practice in criminal and traffic defense in the counties of McHenry, Boone, and Kane. Weisz Botto & Gilbert, P.C. is a limited general practice law firm concentrating in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Family Law and Criminal and Traffic Defense."
Smith, Hahn, Morrow & Floscki P.C. takes pleasure in announcing the expansion of its Oregon law office and welcomes attorney Deborah S. Maas as an associate. Ms. Maas is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.  She began the practice of law in 2001 with the Bloomington office of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., and has been in private practice the past six years.  She transitions her private practice from Ronda Glenn Law Offices in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois.  She will continue a practice of general civil law with a focus on family law matters, guardianships, probate, estate planning, civil litigation, real estate transactions and litigation. Ms. Maas has completed both Divorce and Family Mediation Training and Supreme Court Rule 900 Training.  She has been approved by the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit to serve in the capacity of a Guardian Ad Litem, Child Representative or Attorney For Child, as well as to serve as Mediator to families in need. Smith, Hahn, Morrow & Floscki P.C. has offices in Oregon at 129 S. Fourth Street and in Byron at 131 W. Second Street. The Oregon office can be reached at (815) 732 - 6124 and the Byron office at (815) 234 - 5454.
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.