News and notes from the legal community

News and notes from the legal community
December 2017


Dykema Gossett selected Edward S. Weil, director of the financial industry group, to serve on its executive board for a three-year term starting Jan. 1.

Goldberg Segalla added Brittany Morgan-Glenn to the workers’ compensation practice group. She was previously a law clerk at the firm.

Katten Muchin Rosenman announced that Craig Courter became the new chief operating officer.

Kirkland & Ellis promoted 97 attorneys to partner effective Oct. 1. The Chicago partners are: Jennifer M. Avery-Emani, Christopher R. Elder, Karen E. Flanagan, Anna F. Geml and Emma E. Lange-Novak, mergers and acquisitions, private equity; Margaret D. Flores, mergers and acquisitions, private equity/capital markets; Aaron M. Berlin, debt finance; Robert Britton, Joe Graham, Emily E. Geier, Gregory F. Pesce and W. Benjamin Winger, restructuring; Ralph N. Dado III, government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation; Seth J. Fishman, Paul J. Mysliwiec and David H. Stults, investment funds; Sam S. Hong, technology and intellectual property transactions; Amanda A. Jacobowski, Howard M. Kaplan, Stacy L. Pepper, Anne I. Salomon and Daniel I. Siegfried, litigation; Margaret G. Cahoon, real estate; Anthony V. Sexton, tax; and Alyse Wu, intellectual property litigation.

Leavens Strand & Glover named Travis W. Life a partner.

Polsinelli elevated associates Roberto A. Dall’Asta and Mark T. Deming to shareholders.


To ADR Systems: retired judge Lynn M. Egan from Hinshaw & Culbertson.

To Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg: associate Jeffrey J. Koh, corporate and securities group, from Ropes & Gray.

To Barnes & Thornburg: associate James R. Vergara, intellectual property department, from Patterson & Sheridan in Houston.

To Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff: of counsel Juan Morado Jr., health-care and life sciences practice group, from the State of Illinois.

To Bernstein Law Firm: associate Jacqueline B. Carroll from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

To Bruning & Associates: Laura B. Inns from The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving.

To Drinker Biddle & Reath: partner Joshua J. Yang, investment management group, K&L Gates.

To Gould & Ratner: associate Justin W. Hanson, litigation practice, from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

To Horwood Marcus & Berk: Christopher T. Lutz, state and local tax group, from Eversheds Sutherland.

To JAMS: retired federal judge Deanell Reece Tacha from Pepperdine University School of Law.

To Johnson & Bell: associate Carlos A. Vera, professional liability and business litigation practice groups, from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

To Katten Muchin Rosenman: litigation partner Chad J. Doellinger, rejoining the firm from Wal-Mart Stores.

To Kelleher & Buckley: Manuel Flores from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

To Kennedys CMK: Eric C. Scheiner, Richard J. Geddes and Jennifer Quinn Broda, all from Sedgwick.

To King & Spalding: white-collar and litigation partners, Patrick M. Collins and Jade R. Lambert, both from Perkins Coie.

To Kirkland & Ellis: partner Joshua S. Cohen, investment funds group, from Highbridge Capital Management.

To Ladden & Allen: associate Michael Levy from The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel.

To Locke Lord: partner Kathleen J. Swan, private equity and venture capital practice group, from Quarles & Brady.

To MoloLamken: partner Megan Cunniff Church from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

To Much Shelist: associates Kristine A. LaVeau, venture capital practice group, from SixThirty, and Luke Harriman, wealth transfer and succession planning practice group, from Reed Smith.

To Outcome Health: general counsel Seth E. Darmstadter from Michelman & Robinson.

To Rathje & Woodward: David P. Hollander, Wheaton office.

To Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton: co-leader Liisa M. Thomas, privacy and cybersecurity practice, from Winston & Strawn.

To Tressler: partner Katerina Tsoukalas Heitkemper, condominium and homeowners association practice, from Bruning & Associates.


Bryce Downey & Lenkov partner Tina M. Paries was recently selected for membership in the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys.

Latimer LeVay Fyock partner Daniel A. Cotter has been named to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Law Section Council.

Castle Creek Arbitrage general counsel and chief compliance office Courtney Fong was elected to serve on the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Executive Committee on Finance and Development as vice president.

Corboy & Demetrio partner Francis Patrick Murphy became vice president of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program board on Nov. 15 at the group’s annual dinner.

Davis Friedman partner Laura N. Ashmore was elected president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Illinois chapter.

Dinsmore & Shohl’sMichael G. Connelly has been named assistant minority leader of the Illinois Senate.

Hinshaw & Culbertson partner Sergio E. Acosta has been selected to become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Howard & Howard Attorneys’ Michael R. Lied has been appointed as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Trial Evidence Committee for the 2017-2018 bar year.

Jenner & Block partner Ronald R. Peterson was named the 36th president of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr partner William T. Eveland was appointed to the Federal Bar Association Chicago chapter board.

Sidley Austin partner Kevin M. Fee has been named trial counsel to The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.

Weltman, Weinberg & Reis attorney Monette W. Cope was elected to the governing board of directors for Rainbows for All Children.


Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd partner and management committee member Teresa Snider was recognized by Business Insurance at its 2017 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon on Dec. 15 in New York.

The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation presented their John Paul Stevens Awards on Oct. 10. This year’s award recipients were: Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices; Illinois Appellate Justice Nathaniel R. Howse Jr.; Judge Joan H. Lefkow of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Richard J. Prendergast of Richard J. Prendergast; Larry R. Rogers Sr. of Power Rogers & Smith; Ronald S. Safer of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila; Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis; and Dan K. Webb of Winston & Strawn.

The Chicago-Kent College of Law presented Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund with the Institutional Partner Award at its annual awards dinner on Nov. 16. President and CEO Peter J. Birnbaum, a Chicago-Kent graduate, accepted the award.

Clifford Law Offices partners Robert A. Clifford, Kevin P. Durkin and Robert P. Walsh Jr. were named to the Irish Legal 100 for 2017.

Cook County Administrative Law Judge Patrick T. Driscoll Jr. received the Roz Kaplan Government Service Award at the 2017 annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Grant Thornton member James A. Fortosis of the risk, regulatory and legal affairs group has received a First Chair Award for excellence in legal counsel.

Greenberg Traurig received the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts at its annual benefit luncheon Oct. 18 at the Palmer House Hilton.

Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney Raven Burke Mackey was recently selected as a 2018 fellow in the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program, which partners with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Leavens Strand & Glover attorney Joseph Voss, who practices in Illinois and Michigan, received the 2017 John Hensel Award from the Michigan State Bar Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section.

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun partner Julianne M. Hartzell is the recipient of this year’s Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law. The award was presented at the eighth annual Leadership Forum at Kirkland & Ellis on Oct. 11.

Perkins Coie chief diversity officer Theresa D. Cropper has been awarded the Law Firm Volunteer Award from Just The Beginning — A Pipeline Organization. The award was given to Cropper at the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration on Oct. 12.

Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois Chairman Kirk W. Dillard, a partner at Locke Lord, has been chosen to receive a 2017 Local Distinguished Service Award by the American Public Transportation Association.

Ropes & Gray private equity associate Reginald Guy II was honored by Margaret’s Village for volunteering and raising money to support the 501(c) nonprofit organization located in the city’s Englewood community. Guy was one of four honorees presented with a Sister Margaret Traxler Award during the organization’s Horizon of Hope Fall Gala 2017.

Schiff Hardin partner and private clients, trusts and estates practice group leader Thomas W. Abendroth is the 2017 recipient of the Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award by the Chicago Estate Planning Council.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was honored by the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights with the 2017 Law Firm Pro Bono Award.

Law Schools

Loyola University Chicago School of Law appointed professor Anne-Marie E. Rhodes as the John J. Waldron Professor of Law.


Circuit Judge John P. Schmidt, of the 7th Judicial Circuit, At Large, has been assigned to the 4th District Appellate Court to the position currently held by Justice Thomas R. Appleton, who retired on Dec. 6.