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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

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
Gary True
Gary True
ISBA member Gary True has joined Summers Compton Wells PC as a principal. Gary practices primarily in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, and tax law. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law. Summers Compton Wells PC has offices in Glen Carbon and Ladue, Mo. Gary is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri, and all Illinois and Missouri state courts. Prior to joining Summers Compton Wells PC, Gary was a partner with Hepler Broom, formerly known as Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank, True & Noce, LLC, where he worked for nearly 17 years.
ISBA member Zora Ristanovic was recently named partner at Berger Schatz. Ristanovic concentrates her practice in the areas of Domestic Relations, Family Law and Matrimonial Law. Ristanovic graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1995. Berger Schatz is one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the country focused exclusively on family and matrimonial law. The firm has offices in Chicago and north suburban Bannockburn. 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
Amy Richards
Amy Richards
Amy E. Richards is pleased to announce the opening of the Family Law Office of Amy E. Richards, with offices in Chicago and Buffalo Grove.  She will be handling family law matters (divorce, paternity, custody, child support, post-decree) in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry counties and can be reached at (312) 523-2155 or at AER@AmyRichardsFamilyLaw.com. Click here to visit the Richards Family Law website
Mark Belongia
Mark Belongia
Belongia, Shapiro & Hynes, LLP
has moved to new law offices at 20 South Clark Street, Suite 300, Chicago. Belongia, Shapiro & Hynes, LLP expanded its offices due to its ever expanding client base and the addition of several new attorneys in 2009, doubling its size. Belongia, Shapiro & Hynes, LLP is a full-service boutique law firm that handles a wide scope of legal matters locally, nationally and internationally. The Firm’s trusted experience and reliable leadership have allowed its attorneys to represent a broad client base ranging from large multi-national corporations to individuals.
Jane Waller
Jane Waller
Jane Waller has joined Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in the firm's Lake Forest office after a judicial career of almost 28 years in the Circuit Court of Lake County. She was the first female judge in Lake County. During her years on the bench, Ms. Waller served a term as the Chief Judge of the Circuit and for 10 years she served as the Chief Presiding Judge of the Family Court. Ms. Waller received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Trinity College in Washington, DC. She holds a Masters in Teaching degree from Northwestern University and a Law degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the Order of the Coif. She has attended courses at the National Judicial College and she has taken training in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP a family law firm that works with clients to solve problems and to achieve the best possible results. It is the largest law firm in the country focusing exclusively on family law. 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