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Chase Hundman
Chase Hundman
Chase M. Hundman recently joined the Howard & Howard Associates, LLC Chicago office as a new associate.

Chase M. Hundman concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He began his career with Howard & Howard as a summer associate in 2016. Prior to joining as a full-time associate, he was a judicial extern for Judge Jon DeGuilio at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. There, he drafted opinions and orders for the judge and attended court proceedings to advise on pertinent legal issues.

Mr. Hundman received his B.A., cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2014 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2017. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.

The Hon. Jeffrey S. MacKay, associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, has been appointed circuit judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, at Large, by the Illinois Supreme Court. The appointment will be effective Dec. 1 following the retirement of Hon. Kathryn E. Creswell. 

Hon. MacKay is a graduate of Kent College of Law, Chicago, 1992, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1993.  Judge MacKay is currently an associate judge in the Misdemeanor Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit, having been appointed to the bench in April of 2013. He was in private practice for 12 years with the law firm of Ekl, Williams and Provenzale (2001-2013), and also served as an assistant DuPage County state’s attorney (1993-2001).  Judge MacKay is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. 

Elisha Deen
Elisha Deen
Elisha S. Deen has joined SI Elder Law, LLC as an associate Elder Law Attorney.

Deen is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law with a certificate in Business and Transactional Law. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.

Deen has extensive experience in estate planning, probate, personal injury, worker's compensation, wrongful death, business litigation and real estate litigation. She is the Secretary of the Williamson County Bar Association, member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Missouri Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Ryne J. Vitgu
Ryne J. Vitgu
Ryne J. Vitug recently joined Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel, P.C., (AHR) as its newest attorney. Vitug will focus his practice on commercial and residential real estate and civil litigation cases.

Attorney Ryne Vitug is a graduate of DePaul University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2013 and a Juris Doctorate in 2016. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2017. He is a member of the Illinois State, Kane County and DuPage County Bar Associations.

Before joining AHR, Vitug worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He also gained experience as an extern for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Court of Cook County.

At the Kane County-based law firm of AHR, Vitug will work with accomplished attorneys in his areas of practice. Attorney Karrsten Goettel practices commercial real estate law, as well as residential real estate, corporate law, and estate planning and administration. Attorney Scott G. Richmond practices civil litigation, as well as commercial litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, landlord-tenant law, and zoning-land use law.

Outside of work, Vitug is a passionate sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs. Baseball fans may recognize that his parents named him after Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg.

Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn announced the formation of the Park Ridge-based Quinn Law Group, LLC,focusing on personal injury cases and estate planning services.

Quinn represents clients seeking compensation for their personal injuries. Previously, he worked on the other side of personal injury cases, defending insurance companies during personal injury, wrongful death and healthcare negligence lawsuits.

“It’s extremely rewarding to help victims of personal injury,” he said. “I’m able to help give them hope and the necessary resources to deal with the impact the injuries have had on their lives.”

Quinn’s background gives him a unique perspective on personal injury cases because he knows the multiple tactics insurance companies will try to mitigate injury claims.

“Unless you have someone advocating for you who understands how the insurance companies work, you are not going to get the full compensation that you deserve,” he said.

Quinn has more than a decade of experience as a trial lawyer. He brings the same aggressive approach to each case he takes, whether the client is asking for a few thousand dollars or a million dollars. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Northwest Suburban Bar Association.

Quinn is a lifelong Chicagoan who lives with his family on the city’s northwest side. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams and being an active member of the Saint Paul of the Cross Men’s Club.

Associate Jordan C. Olejniczak recently joined Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP's Lisle office. He focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, environmental litigation, insurance, product liability, and general trial practice. Mr. Olejniczak received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2014 from Northern Illinois University College of Law and his B.S. in 2009 from Northern Illinois University. He was previously at The Collins Law Firm in Naperville, Illinois.

Allen N. Schwartz is proud to announce the opening of Schwartz Injury Law, a division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. The full-service personal injury law firm is located at 14496 John Humphrey Drive in Orland Park, Illinois.

Allen N. Schwartz began practicing law in 1984 and became a co-owner of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in 1990. Since then, he and his associates have developed a reputation as successful personal injury attorneys who obtain favorable settlements and verdicts for their clients. Mr. Schwartz is joined at the firm by 17 outstanding personal injury lawyers with vast experience in a variety of areas, including: 

  • Amanda L. Brasfield, a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star and accomplished attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and work-related injuries. She has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients totaling tens of millions of dollars; and 
  • Jeffrey C. Schwartz, a native of Glen Ellyn, IL, and a 2016 and 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star. He has successfully handled numerous cases involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse.

These attorneys, along with the rest of the team at Schwartz Injury Law have skillfully obtained a large number of verdicts and settlements for clients in excess of one million dollars.

In addition to the opening of Schwartz Injury Law in Orland Park, the firm also has an office in Glen Ellyn and Allen Schwartz remains a co-owner of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, a personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago.

Joseph V. Salvi
Joseph V. Salvi
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Joseph V. Salvi as circuit court judge for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Fifth Subcircuit on Friday, Nov. 3. Judge Salvi’s appointment will take effect on January 2, 2018. He will be seeking election for circuit court judge in the November 2018 general election.

Mr. Salvi was first appointed Associate Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit on January 2, 2013, where he was assigned to the criminal division until 2015 and most recently the civil/family division.

Prior to his time on the bench, Mr. Salvi was a partner at the Lake Zurich general practice law firm Salvi, Salvi & Wifler, P.C., where he handled both civil and criminal cases, as well as transactional matters in real estate, business and estate administration. From 1992 until 2012, Mr. Salvi served as guardian ad litem for disabled individuals.

Mr. Salvi holds memberships in the Lake County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Judicial Association. 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Judge Salvi at lakejudgejoe@gmail.com.

Aaron D. White Jr.
Aaron D. White Jr.
Aaron D. White Jr. recently joined Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. as an associate attorney in the Banking group.

Aaron has extensive experience helping his bank clients negotiate workouts as an alternative to litigation while also advising them on compliance and risk management issues. In addition, he represents clients in a variety of residential and commercial banking matters that include such things as foreclosures, collections, eminent domain ,and security interests.

Aaron completed his Bachelor of Arts degrees at Loyola University Chicago in political science and international studies and earned his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law.

Laura Inns
Laura Inns
Laura B. Inns has joined Bruning & Associates, PC in Chicago. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law, Laura Inns’ legal career began with general civil litigation with her cases including real property disputes, eminent domain defense, agriculture litigation, and estate litigation. She decided to focus her practice on family law because she is compassionate for clients in traumatic times and tenacious about protecting children. Clients appreciate her candor and patience in guiding them through the legal system. Her family law work has included complex employment income structures, removing children from unsafe parents, and creative settlement negotiations.