News from the Firm (Winter 2012)

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Welcome to the Firm

Much Shelist continues to build on our full-service offerings by adding depth in key practice areas. The following attorneys have joined the firm since our last issue:

Caroline E. Belloff (Associate) has represented clients and worked on cases involving commercial and corporate matters, including misappropriation of trade secrets, mortgage foreclosures and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as environmental regulatory compliance, liability and cleanup cost recovery. On behalf of clients involved in business and legal disputes, Caroline has drafted and analyzed litigation documentation, motions and petitions, and has prepared individuals for court appearances and depositions.

Michael J. Femal (Principal, Intellectual Property & Technology) has nearly four decades of experience advising clients on all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law and litigation. He regularly counsels clients in the evaluation, protection, procurement, and transfer of domestic and foreign IP rights, including the negotiation of licensing deals across the United States and in Asia, Europe and South America. Michael also frequently negotiates and drafts IP licenses, as well as joint venture, joint development, brand label and secrecy agreements. An experienced litigator, he represents clients in jury and non-jury court cases, mediation and arbitration, and regularly coordinates legal strategies in global IP disputes.

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Attorneys in the Spotlight

Joseph D. Ament, a Principal in the firm's Business & Finance and Wealth Transfer & Succession Planning groups, will present his article, "Conflicts of Interest: A 'Gray Area' Challenge and Dilemma," during the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, which takes place February 23-26 in Las Vegas. Joe will also chair a conference session titled "Ethics and Religion in Accounting."

Robert J. Emanuel, a Principal in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, will present a National Business Institute teleconference, titled "Lender Strategies for Protecting Collateral Rights," on February 29. Click here for more information on this CLE-eligible program.

Charles H. Gardner, Special Counsel in the Intellectual Property & Technology group and head of the firm's social media practice, will speak on "The Laws of Social Media" during a breakfast seminar presented by CLS Executive Legal Search on February 21. Geared toward in-house counsel and other attorneys, the CLE-eligible program will focus on compliance, as well as the effective use of social media in a business context. For more information or to register, contact Rodney Abstone at 312.251.2564 or rabstone@clsexecutivesearch.com.

James M. Kunick, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology group, was featured on the LexisNexis® Emerging Issues Law Community Podcast. During the 20-minute segment, Jim discussed the differences between cloud delivery models, benefits and risks to companies of cloud computing, due diligence companies can conduct to protect themselves and their clients, and legal and insurance issues to consider.

Norman B. Newman, Chair of the firm's Creditors' Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy group, was re-elected President of the Memorial Scholarship Foundation of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. This not-for-profit foundation, which was incorporated in August 2007, awards merit-based academic scholarships annually in memory of members who have died and to recognize active members for their contributions to the corporate renewal industry. For more information, visit www.tmachicagomidwest.org.

Anne E. Viner, a Principal in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, will moderate "Green
Building Law: The Positives and the Pitfalls" on February 9. Presented  by the ISBA Environmental Law Section Council, the CLE-eligible program will explore codes, ordinances and non-governmental requirements affecting green building projects in Illinois, as well as potential legal challenges and related liabilities.

Anne will serve as a panelist for "Getting the Lead Out: What You Should Know about EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule," also presented by the ISBA Environmental Law Section Council. Held in February (date to be determined), the CLE-eligible seminar will examine the legal requirements and practical aspects of compliance with the EPA rule. Jonathan D. Sherman, a Principal in the firm's Creditors' Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy and Litigation & Dispute Resolution groups, will moderate the session.

Much Shelist was included in the first annual "Top Ranked Law Firms" in Fortune magazine's "Investor's Guide 2012." The list, compiled in conjunction with Martindale-Hubbell, includes U.S. law firms of 21 or more attorneys where at least one out of three lawyers achieved the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.

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Much Shelist Celebrates Diversity with LGBT Panel Discussion

On January 16, Much Shelist held its seventh annual Diversity Day celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. In his fight for civil rights, Dr. King inspired Americans to think beyond themselves, look past their differences and work toward equality. In that spirit, the 2012 Diversity Day program focused on the ongoing struggle to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The event was designed to enlighten attorneys and staff about recent progress made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, while acknowledging and exploring the many hurdles still facing those communities.

Much Shelist assembled a group of experts who examined this ongoing civil rights issue from diverse perspectives. Led by James L. Bennett (Regional Director-Chicago, Lambda Legal), the panel included Toni Weaver (President, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois), Kim L. Hunt (Executive Director, Affinity Community Services), Greg Harris (Illinois State Representative, 13th District) and Christy Webber (President, Christy Webber Landscapes).

As Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. King, said before her death, "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood."

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