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Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP (SFGH) announced today the opening of its New York City office.

Serving clients across the nation from a single office in Chicago for nearly 35 years, SFGH’s New York office provides an additional resource for its clients’ business needs. Expanding the depth of corporate and securities practices, partner Vanessa Schoenthaler will anchor SFGH’s New York office and growing securities practice. Several of the firm’s New York licensed attorneys will be spending significant time in its New York office. The new office also provides SFGH with closer connections to the bankruptcy and restructuring communities in New York and Delaware.

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney is pleased to announce that seasoned litigator Ben Thames, Jr. has joined the firm as the managing shareholder of its St. Louis office. Mr. Thames brings more than 14 years of experience in mass tort, environmental, and other litigation to the firm.

Mr. Thames has led the defense of companies faced with a wide range of claims including alleged exposure to asbestos, benzene, chromium, diacetyl and coal dust. He also has significant experience with premises and products liability cases. Mr. Thames joins Segal McCambridge following a long tenure at the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston and Young, where the predominance of his work focused on the defense of toxic tort claims.

Paul Patrow
Paul Patrow
Paul Patrow has joined Faegre Baker Daniels’ tax and corporate practices as a partner in Chicago.

Patrow advises business entities on tax strategies during business formation and transactions. He is experienced in acquisitions, dispositions, financings, private equity transactions, and domestic and international joint ventures.

He also represents private equity and hedge fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of investment funds and the acquisition and disposition of investments. Additionally, he advises venture capital investors on the tax implications of their investments in operating companies and counsels operating companies on their funding by venture capital and angel investors.

J. Christian Manalli
J. Christian Manalli
Daniel M. Loewenstein
Daniel M. Loewenstein
Arthur H. Evans
Arthur H. Evans
The national law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP welcomes Arthur H. EvansDaniel M. Loewenstein, and J. Christian Manalli to its Chicago office, which they have joined as partners.

Arthur H. Evans brings his practice to the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Counseling, Estate Planning & Probate Administration, Real Estate, and Tax Practice Groups. Mr. Evans is also a certified public accountant, with substantial experience in corporate, tax, real estate, estate planning and probate matters. He serves as corporate counsel to a number of closely-held businesses, and has served as a director of various corporations.

Abad Lopez
Abad Lopez
Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of a new member, Abad Lopez, to its Labor & Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Dykema, Lopez practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago.

Lopez focuses his practice on representing management in litigation in federal and state courts and other tribunals throughout the United States. He has represented employers, including multiple Fortune 50 companies, in a wide array of matters, including litigation of wrongful discharge claims, various tort based common law claims, harassment claims, and discrimination and retaliation claims brought pursuant to Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA and various other state and local statutes. Lopez also focuses on defense of complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and class actions under the law of many different states.

Hinshaw Chairman Kevin Joseph Burke announced several new leadership appointments to the Firm's Management Committee, Practice Group and Partner-In-Charge positions.

"We are in a time of fundamental changes in the legal services market and these appointments bring in fresh thinking and build upon our diversity. They reflect Hinshaw's tradition of developing talent and these new leaders will advance our focus on collaboration, innovation and efficiency in all that we do," said Mr. Burke. He added, "Bob and the other new leaders embody Hinshaw's culture and its values. Each of them has shown that they have the talent and commitment to lead as we continue to provide outstanding service and pursue strategic initiatives to grow our national business, consumer financial, professional and insurance industry practices."

Deepali Doddi
Deepali Doddi
Ice Miller LLP enthusiastically welcomes Deepali Doddi, an associate in the Data Security and Privacy practice. As a former investigator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Deepali has significant experience in investigating regulated entities for compliance with federal health information privacy and security laws and regulations. Using her deep experience in this area, Deepali advises regulated entities regarding best practices for safeguarding data and ensuring compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the Breach Notification Rule. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through that organization.

Michael J. Sorich
Michael J. Sorich
Chicago trial attorney Michael J. Sorich has joined Cavanagh Law Group after working 13 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office, most recently as a Supervisor in the Civil Division. Michael’s primary areas of practice are in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice litigation.

While at the State’s Attorney's Office, Michael tried more than 50 criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts and argued before the Illinois State Appellate Court. He was the youngest supervisor in the office there. His unique  and successful experience in both criminal and civil law serve his clients well. 

Matt Stromquist
Matt Stromquist
Pilgrim Christakis LLP, a financial services litigation boutique based in Chicago, has announced the promotion of Matt Stromquist to the firm’s partnership.

Stromquist is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried cases in state and federal courts around the country, as well as a skilled appellate advocate. He represents banks, mortgage servicers, credit card companies, auto finance companies, and other financial services providers in a wide array of individual and class action litigation.

Meyer Capel, the largest, most diversified law firm headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois proudly announces the addition of Bloomington-Normal attorney Scott Kording as a shareholder of the firm in its Bloomington office located at 202 North Center Street in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Kording has practiced law continuously in McLean County for over 10 years and graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University and magna cum laude from University of Illinois College of Law.

In Meyer Capel's Bloomington office, Kording will continue handling cases involving criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law throughout Central Illinois, as well as continue serving as outside general counsel for a Bloomington-based agricultural commodities brokerage firm. His affiliation with Meyer Capel will allow him to expand the services available to his clients to include real estate, estates and trusts, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, intellectual property, and other areas handled by Meyer Capel's 36 other attorneys.