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Illinois Super Lawyers Articles

Faster, Harder, Stronger

Jeanne Gills honors her father in name, intellect and determination to uplift others

Salt in His Veins

If not a lawyer, Steve Levin might have been an oceanographer or marine biologist

Icing on the Cake

How Cynthia Hyndman won before the highest court in the land

Numbers Don't Lie

Stephanie Scharf asks tough questions about gender and race in law, then finds answers

Living Proof

How Victor Pioli and Ramses Jalalpour won a case after losing two key witnesses

Nearly Parole Officer for a Devil Incarnate

Before family law, Umberto Davi was there for the John Wayne Gacy trial

The Fight Isn't Over

In 50 years, Flint Taylor has battled Nazis, the KKK, police and the FBI, and he’s still standing

Attorney of Records

DJ Alan S. King remains vital to Chicago’s house music scene

All's Fair in Love and Divorce

Or it is when Sherby Scurto is one of the attorneys

Cutting Through the Darkness

How education attorney Darcy Kriha helped a blind immigrant gain citizenship

Not Scott Turow's Last Trial

After 14 books and 40 years in the law, the bestselling author is still going strong

Broadening the Scope

Inside Equip for Equality’s efforts to serve and protect people with disabilities

The Face of a Lawyer

An oral history of trailblazing women in Illinois law

The Simple Story of Raj Shah

The litigator masters the facts, then focuses on the critical issue

Lending a Paw

Jen Novoselsky helps rehabilitate court case dogs

The Lawyer of Lost Causes and Bizarre Cases

Mark DeBofsky contends with Illinois’ slayer statute

Keeping Pace

The IP litigator’s engine always runs at full speed

The Play’s the Thing

Foster care advocate Jay Paul Deratany fights injustice in the courtroom and on the stage

Change of Heart

Craig Tobin tried the last ‘heart balm’ case in Illinois history

Expecting Better

Employment lawyer Renee Coover talks up pregnancy rights from the TEDx stage

Repairing the World

David Inlander builds bridges between world religions

Discovery with Kimberly A. Cook

Kimberly Cook on family law, oversharing and all things Beyoncé

Local Counsel with Jodi S. Green

Jodi S. Green tells us what’s good in the neighborhood


Kathleen Zellner lives for impossible cases, including Steven Avery’s

Bass Ace

Peter Strand earned his rock ‘n roll stripes in Yipes!

Advocatus Quod Auctor

How Anthony Licata’s Hannibal’s Niece finally saw the light of day

Big America

An oral history of immigrants in Illinois law

Discovery with Kwabena Appenteng

Kwabena Appenteng on crisps, fatherhood and his stellar Kwabena Appenteng impersonation

Batting Cleanup

Personal injury lawyer Patrick A. Salvi is a powerhouse in the courtroom and as a ballclub owner

‘I’ve Got This’

How civil rights lawyer Dana Kurtz used her legal skills to overcome a family tragedy

One Foot in the Future

Why Edelson PC takes its cues from tech startups

Chicago’s Hospitality Lawyer

Larry Eppley helps clients transform historic buildings into high-end hotels

It Gets Better

Meet a couple of re-married divorce attorneys

Seven Questions With Lloyd Shefsky

The author takes us inside his new book

Local Counsel with Blaine C. Kimrey

The Chicago attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

‘The Chief Is Eating My Sandwich’

And other memories of the high court from eight former SCOTUS clerks

Product of Her Environment

Environmental lawyer E. Lynn Grayson saves companies green


Perpetually moving bankruptcy attorney James Sprayregen can’t be outworked

In Their Shoes

Chicago immigration attorney Kai Lo helps his clients by staying true to himself

An Easy Act to Follow

Lloyd E. Shefsky’s irregular path to consulting entrepreneurs around the world

The French Connection

How IP attorney Brett A. August was knighted for enhancing relations between Paris and Chicago

Objective Empathy

Family law attorney Gemma Allen of Ladden & Allen on creative applications of the law, overcoming sexism and why it’s riskier for clients to dance on tables nowadays

Collective Conscience

Jim Franczek is a management-side bargainer, but he never forgets what life is like for working men and women

A More Inclusive Way

Maurice Grant makes it his business to boost diversity

‘DUI Don’

Donald Ramsell is the authority on Illinois’ drinking and driving laws

An Effective Voice

Appellate lawyer Linda Coberly fights for immigrants’ rights

The Atticus of Attica

From rioting prisoners to Black Panthers to animal-rights defenders, Michael E. Deutsch has been on the front line of the fight for civil rights

Lifting While Climbing

Angela Elbert has her business clients—and her community—covered

Operation Greylord: Fixing the System

An oral history of the investigation that took down a corrupt Cook County court system

Treating the Whole Patient

Li-Hsien “Lily” Rin-Laures is an M.D., but these days she’s healing biotechs

Andrew Stoltmann Unweaves a "Tapestry of Fraud"

The former broker fights back for victims of bad investment advice

Paying it Forward

Lenny Sachs on reinvesting in the community

Larry R. Rogers Sr. on Personal (and Corporate) Responsibility

The Chicago attorney says everyone makes mistakes—but there’s a time for accountability


CareerBuilder’s Alex Green started in the NFL before redirecting to the law

His Witness

Lessons in Cross-Examination and Life from Chicago Trial Lawyer Jeffrey Stone

Living the Law

Defense attorney Patrick Dowd learned the craft from his father’s generation of ‘Rat Pack’ lawyers

The Most Respected Adversary

How Paula Litt’s sleuthing skills ignited the business litigator’s career

Taking on Donald Rumsfeld

Michael Kanovitz accuses the former secretary of defense of condoning the torture of his clients

Starting Over

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Life After Innocence, the only program of its kind, opened its doors in 2009 for exonerated prisoners struggling to get back on their feet

The 'Good Divorce' Lawyer

Miles N. Beermann, with Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, teaches splitting spouses how to be in the same room together

Powerful Presence

Bruce Pfaff sways juries without raising his voice

Supremely Unflappable

How Kevin M. Forde cleared the way for Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral aspirations


Collaborative lawyer Sandra Crawford brings consensus to family law

Good Work

William Gibbs, Linda Coberly and Richard Levin believe in giving back

Crisis Management

Illinois attorneys fight for the family of 3 murder victims

Success By Design

The 3-dimensional career of intellectual property attorney Christopher Carani

Michael T. Reagan Makes His Case

The Ottawa appellate attorney is all about the details

The Peacemaker

Laurel Bellows won’t shy from a fight, but she’d rather work things out

Everybody Wants to See Joe Gagliardo

Why governors, mayors—and even Donald Trump—have consulted him

The Global View of H. Michael Hartmann

The IP attorney crosses borders to protect inventions

The Game Changer

Tim Cavanagh turns lost causes into courtroom victories

The Accidental Author

Steven J. Harper on law, letters and comedy

Crash Expert

Kevin Durkin cushions the blow for accident victims and their families

The Rights Stuff

Chicago attorney Matthew Piers is a big defender of the U.S. Constitution

How David C. Hilliard Got the Jacksonville Jaguars to Change Their Logo

The intellectual property lawyer at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson is not afraid to litigate

True Blue

Roger Wilson helps revitalize the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand

The Don of Divorce

Donald Schiller is a gentleman in a volatile practice area

Indubitably Holmes

In Patricia Brown Holmes’ biggest victory, she beat death

The Heart of Being a Lawyer

Lorna Propes rode a wave of cultural change to become a lawyer—and the law’s gain is, well, the teaching profession’s gain, too


The two terms of Steven M. Harris

Different Drummer

Antitrust attorney Amy Manning’s got the beat

Early Riser

Why Tim Carroll quit working for the president of the United States and got a real job

Q&A With Thomas Geoghegan

How the labor lawyer at Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan almost broke the Watergate scandal

The Eternal Optimist

A minister’s son, Deere & Co.’s Jim Jenkins credits his father for his worldview

In Good Hands

Michele Coleman Mayes leads Allstate's legal team

The Everyman’s Lawyer

Thomas Demetrio studied the masters, then became one

Preparing the Cross (Examination)

Emily Nicklin keeps it simple, believable and fun

Family Man

Jack Butler Jr. adopts distressed companies

Patented Path to Success

The quick rise of Meredith Addy

Iron Man

Personal trainer Michael Rusin doesn't just talk the talk; he runs the run

The One-Firm U.N.

Judd Azulay lifts his lamp

The Wild Blue Yawn-der

Flying jets? For Robert Held, estate law is more exciting

Saper Lawyer

Daliah Saper arrived from Iran at age 6 and hasn't slowed down

America’s Two Favorite Pastimes

Where sports and business intersect, you'll find Adam Klein

The Big Cheese

McDonald's GC Gloria Santona has ketchup running through her veins

The Elder Statesman

Taking a measured view of things with Thomas P. Sullivan

Something He Mostly Liked

Dan Reidy on Operation Greylord and the needs of the client

Citizen Tapia-Ruano

From immigrant to immigration lawyer to president of the AILA

The Three Elements of Sharon Barner

An IP attorney stakes out the new Wild West: China

Going Public

For William J. Quinlan, counsel to Gov. Blagojevich, father knows best

The Diversity That Leads to Diversity

Cardelle Spangler helps employers help employees

Don't Fence Him In

John Nethery went from computer engineering to law—and almost into outer space

The Lawyer Who Brought Down a Governor

How Joseph Power and a “gotcha” moment caused George Ryan’s downfall

Nina's World

The world’s leading real estate lawyer, Nina Matis, cuts through the crap

The Bar's Mitzvah Maker

The good works of Donald Hubert

Air Sperling

Frederick J. Sperling’s low-key approach wins cases—and clients like Michael Jordan

The Velvet Hammer

Vicki Abrahamson has a reputation for toughness, but wins clients with compassion

The Supreme Thrill

Six Illinois lawyers talk about the six stages of arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court

Top of the World, Ma!

How Marvin Brustin’s love of mountains led to a diplomatic post with Nepal


Jordan Margolis continues the centuries-old tradition of the Purim shpiel

You Can Put Fox in the Hall, YES!

How Gordon B. Nash Jr. advocated for White Sox great Nellie Fox

The Regular Guy

Philip Beck’s clients include Bayer, Merck, DuPont and, oh, the president of the United States

The Man Who Talked His Way Into Law School

Dan K. Webb has been called the best defense attorney in the country; George Ryan hopes so

The Lawyer With a Song in His Heart

Joseph N. Welch II has a famous grandfather and a sense of decency

Like Father, Like Son, Like Son

Langdon Neal carries on the traditions of a great Chicago family

Both Sides Now

Kevin G. Burke moved from defending the big guys to defending those “with the smallest voice”

The Role Model

Lisa Madigan follows in the footsteps of ... her mother

Down Goes Goliath!

Three Chicago lawyers take on Clear Channel Communications

Speaks Softly, Carries the First Amendment

Burton Joseph represents Playboy, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and you

Out of Africa

Thomas Geraghty and his students fight for truth, justice, but not necessarily the American way

Chicago's Most-Feared Attorney

Bob Clifford is a lamb who turns into a lion when he’s confronted by injustice

A Safer Chicago

How Ron Safer and his team took down the Gangster Disciples

Cherry on Top

Bill Clinton's pal Mike Cherry is a Chicago legend

The Deconstructionist

His clients — from Big Tobacco to nuclear weapons plants — aren’t always popular, but no matter: David Bernick knows how to win over a jury

My Own Private Nuremberg

Bill Schiller’s work in the former Yugoslavia helped the U.N. identify the bad guys

The Rocket Scientists' Go-To Guy

It takes a smart lawyer to work with rocket scientists

The Family Doctor

Patrice Ball-Reed works hard to keep Chicago families together—including her own

Christos' Counselor

Unique legal problems arise when your client wants to wrap entire islands in fabric

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