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Edward J. Enichen, 79, of Rockford died Sunday, Sept. 20, after a brief illness. Enichen was born Oct. 14, 1929 in Dixon, the son of Frederick and Louise (Mueller) Enichen. Enichen was an active attorney for nearly 55 years with the Rockford law firm of Guyer and Enichen, P.C. He was  a man who not only saw life as a cup full, but his cup was brimming over. His warm, joyful personality drew people to him like a magnet. He will always be remembered for his ready smile and easy laugh. He was a talented storyteller with a great sense of humor, who easily embellished a tale to make it funny. Besides his long legal career, Enichen gave service to many local community organizations. He was also connected to the land and loved spending time on his beloved farm in Durand and at his cabin on the pristine Brule River in Wisconsin. He loved hunting and fishing and the that camaraderie that came with it. There are many distinguished photos of Ed, but in the vast majority of his photographs, he is holding a fish. Survivors include his children, Peter Enichen of Boulder, Colo.; Jamie (Stephen) Malato and Julie Enichen, both of Chicago; the mother of his children, Alice Enichen; grandchildren, Grace and Samuel Malato and Ellie Enichen; special friend, Beverly O'Keefe; sister, Charlene Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third, Rockford, IL, 61104; Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101 or the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation, 711 N. Main, Rockford, IL, 61103. Visit the obituary on the Rockford Register Star
Longtime ISBA member and former Illinois state treasurer James Donnewald passed away on Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
Mr. Donnewald attended St. Louis University and graduated from the old Lincoln College of Law in Springfield, Ill. He won his first elective office in 1948 as Carlyle Township supervisor. In 1960, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Illinois House. He was elected to the state Senate in 1964 and served for many years. He served as assistant Democratic leader and chairman of the Reapportionment Commission. In 1982, Adlai Stevenson III ran for governor and asked Mr. Donnewald to run for state treasurer. The top of the ticket lost, but Mr. Donnewald won. After serving one term, he was defeated in his re-election bid.
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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."
Longtime ISBA member Jack Giannini of Belleville passed away on Sept. 7.
An attorney at law having practiced in Belleville at 23 S. First Street, he initially associated with William D. Stiehl, Sr., a prominent local attorney who subsequently was elevated to the position of Federal District Court assigned to court in East St. Louis. For many years, Giannini was a single practitioner, and in 1992, he joined the law firm of a long time friend, William Enyart, on South Second Street in Belleville who subsequently became the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois.
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Longtime ISBA member Alvin Rosenbloom passed away on Sept. 1 after practicing law for over 50 years.
Alvin Rosenbloom was about loyalty and commitment -- to law, which he practiced for about 50 years, to his wife of nearly 60 years and to the men whose ships he rescued as a Navy captain in the Pacific during World War II. His courage earned him a Navy Cross and a Bronze Star, his son Barry said.
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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.
William Owen Mays, Sr. died on August 6, 2009.  He was 88 years old and a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Law. He began his practice in Quincy in 1950 and practiced continuously since that time. At the time of his death, he was a partner in the law firm of Mays, Walden and Anastas.  He is survived by his son, William O. Mays, Jr., a Circuit Judge in Adams County. Read the full Quincy Herald Whig story here.
The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission has presented retired U.S. District Judge George Leighton with the first Honorable George N. Leighton Justice Award.
Over the years, George Leighton has been honored with a number of awards that are named for great Chicagoans, such as Harold Washington and John Paul Stevens. On Wednesday, he will receive an award named for another outstanding Chicago citizen: himself. Leighton, 96, is not as widely known as some of Chicago's most famous leaders. Perhaps that's because he didn't follow a politician's path, he lived a life in the law. But his is an incredible story of perseverance, patience and principle. Best of all, it's a story still in progress.
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