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Michael Pisano
Michael Pisano
Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Pisano has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation group. He concentrates his practice in prosecuting and defending civil litigation matters.  Michael represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters with an emphasis in representing professionals in the construction area including owners, developers, designers and general contractors.  He also has experience in defending consumer claims brought against clients in regard to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws and defending employers in employee disputes. 

“As we continue to grow our Illinois offices, we are excited to have Michael join the firm,” said Dave Hight, DuPage office managing partner at Ice Miller. “Michael’s varied litigation experience in the construction and class action arena complements nicely our current litigation attorneys’ practices.”

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 22 of its associate attorneys have been promoted to partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm's Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The new partners in Chicago are Maria Frenn Kallmeyer and Anne M. O'Brien.

Christopher Bonjean
Christopher Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Bonjean as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Information, effective October 3, 2016. He will head a newly reorganized communications operation, which has been charged with developing strategies to inform and educate a diverse public about the judicial branch of state government and promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

Chief Justice Rita Garman explained that the impetus to expand and emphasize the public information function came, in part, from the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2015. Under the leadership of Fourth District Appellate Justice Carol Pope, chairperson of the Court’s Strategic Planning Committee, the survey was carried out in every courthouse in the state. Questionnaires were distributed to all users of the court facility including parties, witnesses, jurors, and other visitors.

Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Jenner & Block and the University of Chicago Law School are pleased to announce the opening of the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, a rigorous education and training program for University of Chicago law students to help litigate cases before the United States' highest court.

The Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Students participate in the researching and drafting of merits briefs, amicus briefs, and cert petitions, conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the Court, and help prepare and participate in oral arguments.  Assistance is provided pro bono.  Although the Clinic's focus is the US Supreme Court, the Clinic may also handle cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman has transitioned to the position of Counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP in order to take on the newly created role of General Counsel to Core Spaces. He will maintain a law practice in Fox’s Chicago office.

Core Spaces delivers dynamic acquisition, development and management services for urban residential, hospitality and student housing projects. The company operates out of both Chicago and Austin, Texas, and employs a skilled leadership team with significant experience in financing, acquiring, developing and managing real estate projects.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

Meredith S. Fox joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Cassiday Schade LLP, where she was also an associate. She focuses her practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare. Ms. Fox received her J.D. in 2012 from The John Marshall Law School and her B.A. in 2007 from Haverford College.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Chicago partner Steven Hunter has been nominated to the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1994, the Art Institute established a committee comprised of African-American community leaders with the mission to promote and sustain diversity within the institution. Launched with a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, the initiative continues today as the Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC).

Hon. David G. Bernthal
Hon. David G. Bernthal
For more than 21 years, the Hon. David G. Bernthal, a popular federal magistrate judge, presided over thousands of cases at the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Bernthal was praised by the legal community for his skills as a jurist, often being described as both a learned scholar and an efficient administrator. 

As a magistrate judge, he worked to mediate and settle many of the cases on his calendar. The unique settlement skill of a magistrate judge is critical to driving the federal court docket forward efficiently. Cases that need to be heard can come before a judge in a timely manner.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has been recognized for “Raising the Bar” by Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest LGBT civil rights organization. The organization identifies law firms that provide a “welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engage with the LGBT community.”

Shook is one of 40 law firms recognized by Equality Illinois in 2016.

McDermott Will & Emery senior counsel, Michael A. Pope, was acknowledged in a proclamation presented by the Governor of the State of Illinois on June 30, 2016.

Governor Bruce Rauner issued the state proclamation honoring the Founding Trustees of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), which was established in 1999 with the passage of the Illinois Equal Justice Act. In his proclamation, Governor Rauner acknowledged the leadership of Mr. Pope and the other founding members as follows: