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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.

Maryam Brotine
Maryam Brotine
In December, the Illinois Association of School Boards announced the retirement of General Counsel, Melinda Selbee, after 26 years of service with the Association. It was also announced at that time that IASB’s Assistant General Counsel, Kimberly Small, would take the reins in the general counsel position.

Now, after a several-month search, IASB has announced that Maryam Brotine has accepted the position of assistant general counsel.

Brotine is currently working as a senior associate with the law firm Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd., Bolingbrook, where she practices school law. Brotine will start her duties at IASB on April 11.

“It’s a perfect fit,” said Small. “Maryam has a wealth of experience in school law and is very aware of the Association’s work with providing policy to school districts.”

Christine Sparks
Christine Sparks
Attorney Christine Sparks, vice president – claims and audit for Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG®, http://www.atgf.com/), has been awarded the National Title Professional (NTP) designation by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Sparks is also the current president of the Illinois Land Title Association.

ATG President and CEO Peter Birnbaum said, “We are proud that Christine has achieved this prestigious honor, which acknowledges her professionalism, work ethic and extensive knowledge of the land title insurance industry.”

Through the NTP designation, ALTA recognizes land title professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property. The designation represents a measure of achievement and commitment to career development, and brings Sparks enhanced status in the industry and among industry colleagues. Sparks will also have the advantage of special NTP benefits and recognition at ALTA events and state Land Title Association meetings.

Meyer Capel, the largest, most diversified law firm headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois proudly announces the addition of Champaign attorney Marc J. Ansel as a shareholder of the firm and attorneys Alyx J. Parker and Dane C. Amundson as associates with the law firm. Attorneys Ansel, Parker and Amundson practiced law together as Ansel Law, Ltd. prior to joining Meyer Capel’s litigation department.

A veteran litigator, Marc Ansel, has practiced law continuously in Champaign County, Illinois for over 40 years and is a graduate of both the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Ansel is a respected trial lawyer concentrating in civil litigation, including complex business and commercial litigation, construction disputes, unfair competition, arbitration, mediation, injury and insurance matters. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, as advocate, arbitrator and mediator. He has handled numerous jury and bench trials, as well as appeals before all Illinois appellate courts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Federal court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Ansel has also been involved in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Chicago partner, Mark W. Bina, has been reappointed to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC).

Mark will serve another year on the commission which is the state agency overseeing the licensing and discipline of all Illinois-licensed attorneys. He also sits on the ARDC’s Hearing Board which serves as a fact-finder conducting evidentiary hearings for attorneys charged with misconduct, and also sits on the ARDC's Oversight Committee.

William A. Williams
William A. Williams
The national law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP welcomes William A. Williams to its Chicago office as an associate in the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation Practice Groups.

“We are excited to welcome Bill to Arnstein & Lehr,” said Michael L. Gesas, Managing Partner of Arnstein’s Chicago office.

Mr. Williams chose to join Arnstein because, he says, “As a newly minted lawyer, I was looking for two things. First, I sought an environment in which I would be challenged to step outside of my comfort zone and grow as an attorney each and every day. Second, I wanted a chance to contribute real value to a team early in my career. In my opinion, Arnstein & Lehr strikes a fantastic balance, offering both highly sophisticated work and early opportunities for substantive experience.”

Matthew G. Shaw
Matthew G. Shaw
Attorney Matt Shaw is proud to announce the opening of Shaw Family Law, P.C. in St. Charles, Illinois. The Kane County family law firm is located at 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 105, St. Charles, Illinois 60174.

St. Charles Divorce Lawyer Matthew G. Shaw is the founding partner of Shaw Family Law, P.C. He brings 30 years of legal experience to his family law practice, and he was formerly a founding partner at the law firm of Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, P.C.

Chicago Disability Attorney Jonathan L. Pearson
Chicago Disability Attorney Jonathan L. Pearson
Attorney Jonathan L. Pearson, managing attorney at Pearson Disability Law, LLC announces the opening of four new Chicago area law offices.

The new office locations are in Downers Grove at 1431 Opus Place, Suite 110; in Evanston, at 1603 Orrington Avenue, Suite 600; in Orland Park at 15255 S. 94th Avenue, 5th Floor; and in Schaumburg at 1821 Walden Office Square, Suite 400.

Pearson Disability Law, LLC is dedicated to helping individuals obtain Social Security disability benefits. The firm provides personalized and skilled representation to every client with all aspects of Social Security disability claims, regardless of the complexity of their case or where they are in the complex application process.