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Joseph Heaton
Joseph Heaton
Joseph Edward “Jock” Heaton Jr., 67, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at home surrounded by his beloved family, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Jock was born Dec. 19, 1949, the son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth “Bette” (Elmer) Heaton. He grew up in Dixon, and attended South Central Elementary School and Madison Elementary School. He graduated in 1968 from Dixon High School, where he was active in student government, sports, and music. He attended Indiana University, where he was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He graduated in 1975 from The John Marshall Law School, with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Marie Sarantakis
Marie Sarantakis
ISBA member and founding member of the North Shore Law Group, Ltd. Marie Sarantakis has been recognized as one of the 2017 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).

NAFLA employs a competitive multi-phase selection process in determining the top family law attorneys across the nation. NAFLA's Board of Governors selected attorney Sarantakis as a 2017 recipient of this award based on her professional competence, reputation, and experience in the legal community.

Sarantakis concentrates her practice in family law in Western Springs, Illinois. She is the incoming co-chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, an appointed council member of the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and young professional board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program. Sarantakis maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo.com based on her peer endorsements, client reviews, and credentials.

Two ISBA members recently joined Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C. Cecilio L. Franco IV has joined as counsel. Mr. Franco, formerly of Johnson & Bell, has a wide range of experience in product liability, construction and tort defense. Marcus R. Morrow, formerly of Segal McCambridge, has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Morrow will focus his practice on general and professional liability defense matters.

 

Robert Rakers
Robert Rakers
Shannon Buckley
Shannon Buckley
Two ISBA members recently join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.

Shannon E. Buckley, who also joins the Chicago office, focuses her practice in Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, as well as Medical Negligence and Healthcare. She received her J.D. cum laude from The John Marshall Law School in 2017 and her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013.

Robert C. Rakers joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Madison County (Edwardsville) office. He focuses his practice on Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation, Product Liability, and General Trial Practice. Rakers received his J.D. in 2013 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his B.A. in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ISBA member Elizabeth M. Ellis recently joined Botto Gilbert Lancaster's McHenry County office. She will focus her practice in the areas of family law, family mediation and estate planning.

Attorney Elizabeth M. Ellis graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree. She earned her law degree from DePaul University, graduating in 2003 with a certificate in the law of taxation. Ellis was admitted to the bar in Illinois 2005 and the Northern District of Illinois in 2012.

Prior to joining Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, Ellis maintained a solo legal practice concentrating on the areas of family law, family mediation, estate planning, and tax matters. Her professional history also includes experience as a tax advisor and financial planner. For several years she served her alma mater, directing business operations for Loyola University’s College of Arts and Sciences, while providing career direction to students as a pre-Law advisor and adjunct instructor.

Margaret Walsh
Margaret Walsh
ISBA member Margaret M. Walsh was elevated from staff attorney to associate at Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., where she started as a law clerk. Walsh’s practice includes secured lending, commercial real estate, and corporate transactions. She spends a majority of her time conducting diligence along with negotiating and drafting documents for secured finance transactions for commercial real estate, asset and stock purchases, and construction. When Walsh isn’t working on a financial transaction, she provides legal advice to business owners in entity structuring and ownership issues and prepares organizational documents and agreements.

Walsh received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Governors State University.

ISBA member Ariane M. Janz recently joined the Chicago office of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. 

Ms. Janz concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial disputes and business & corporate law.

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Ms. Janz served as a law clerk for the Honorable C.J. Williams, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.  As a law student, she gained extensive experience as a summer associate at an Am Law 100 firm, as an intern in the Economics Section of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, and as an intern at a German law firm specializing in business law in Cologne.  Ms. Janz is a native German speaker.

Ms. Janz received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University in 2011, and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2015 where she served as an articles editor for The Journal of Corporation Law. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and Minnesota.


Edmund H. Sadowski, 91, died on June 26, 2017 peacefully at his home with his beloved son Joe at his side. Ed was born on September 13, 1925 in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood to Pearl and Edmund J. Sadowski. He attended Bowen High School in 1943 and immediately upon graduation served as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Ed obtained his law degree from DePaul University, where he met and later married Marie (née Scribano). He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar in 1958, though never practiced before the court. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Housing and Urban Development, as president of Century Savings and Loan in Chicago, and as a real estate attorney. He reluctantly gave up his law practice when he was in his late 80s. Ed always had his toolbox at hand and was known for his ability to fix anything...whether you wanted it fixed or not! He completely rehabbed their home in the Beverly neighborhood and until his final days kept their Darien home, his children's homes, and the family cottage in good working order.

Michael S. Holewinski, of Chicago, passed away June 19, 2017. Mike was born April 30, 1947 to Stanley and Genevieve Holewinski, who preceded him in death. Mike enjoyed an accomplished life, which included toy buyer for Montgomery Ward, pilot, Illinois legislator, attorney, administrative assistant to Mayor Harold Washington, vice chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and, most significant to him, a manufacturer. He took over the family business, Ace Plating Company, and continued to build his manufacturing empire with Acme Spinning Company, F&S Stamping, Cano Tool, Art Specialty and Barnes Plating. When he wasn't working, Mike preferred to relax on the beaches of South Maui and Chetek, WI. He always looked forward to spending time with his family, the "Cousins" and his many friends and neighbors. Mike was a political junkie who relished a good debate. He is thrilled to finally be with his beloved daughter, Annie, after 17 years.

Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz, 75, passed in the early afternoon of June 20, 2017. He was a mentor to aspiring lawyers and always willing to give of his time to help colleagues. He began his career in the Judge Advocate General's Corp during the Vietnam War and was a founding partner of Katz, Goldstein, & Warren.

Among his professional distinctions, he was elected as one of the top 20 divorce lawyers in the Chicagoland area by Northshore Magazine, a member in the Leading Lawyer Network, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He retired after a nearly 50-year career, known as a formidable matrimonial lawyer.

He had a quick wit and sense of humor, adored classical music and opera, was an avid cook, reader, handball player and golfer, and had a never-ending thirst for knowledge. While Stephen spent a career as a well-respected attorney, his love and passion was always his family. He was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather.