2016 December LegalEase

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CLE – Winter Series - register today
Lincoln Banquet - save the date

Contact Us:
Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Email: pcba@mtco.com

Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Richard W. Zuckerman
Second Vice President 
Michael D. Gifford
Timothy J. Howard
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Nathan R. Bach
John T. D. Bathke
Communications & Technology
Donald R. Jackson
Jeffrey R. Bach  
Kyle M. Tompkins
Fitness, Health & Wellness
Joshua D. Herman
Government & Public Interest Law 
Timothy P. Cushing
Lawyer Referral Service
Craig S. Young
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Emily H. Wilburn
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Aliesha Graves
Membership and Memorials
Hon. Michael E. Brandt
Pro Bono
Katherine L. Swise
Public Relations
Casey C. Kepple
Real Property
Ambrose V. McCall
Substantive Law
David B. Wiest
Young Lawyers
Directors at Large:
John P. Heil, Jr.
Kevin M. Miller
Cathy A. Molchin
John P. Nicoara


Associate Attorney
Local small law firm in downtown Peoria with primary practice areas in personal injury, workers compensation and medical malpractice seeks associate attorney.   Fast paced and energetic environment for motivated and highly organized litigation attorney.  Successful candidate should have desire to do trial work, strong communication skills, excellent writing skills and exceptional customer service skills.  Only those candidates who are highly motivated, organized and hard-working will be considered.  Please submit resume and writing samples to: janschuetz@lefantelaw.com

Associate Attorney
Goldfine & Bowles is seeking an associate with potential to become a partner.  We are looking for an energetic, outgoing individual with good people skills to handle some personal injury, but primarily workers' compensation claims.  Experience with handling workers' compensation claims is preferable.  Send letter and resume in confidence to Office Manager at 4242 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL 61614, or via email to:


Associate Attorney
Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth is seeking an associate attorney with two or more years of experience.  Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Kenneth M. Snodgrass, Jr., at 401 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602-1258.

Associate Attorney (two)
AV rated law firm has immediate opening for two (2) associate attorneys, one (1) for litigation and one (1) for business. At least two years’ experience desirable but not essential for the right candidates. Top working conditions and competitive compensation. Send resumes in confidence to: John S. Elias, Elisa, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., 416 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602

A small firm specializing in Estate Planning and Estate Administration is seeking a motivated, experienced attorney to join the practice.  The firm represents a wide range of clients in areas of Estate Planning, Administration, Business Planning and Real Estate.  An interested candidate should have three (3) years’ experience minimum.  If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to pcba@mtco.com with reference number 102616 in the subject line.

Bloomington/Normal, IL insurance defense firm is seeking an attorney with 2 - 5 years of experience in handling matters before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Candidate must also have a willingness to travel between our Bloomington/Normal office from/to various counties within Illinois   Supportive work environment for motivated and organized litigation attorney.  Successful candidate should have strong interest in trial work and possess excellent writing and interpersonal skills.  Only those candidates who are highly motivated, hard-working, and committed to exceptional client service will be considered.  Please submit resume and writing samples to mfeltman@bcm-law.com.

Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd., a law firm celebrating its 50th year of providing exceptional legal services, is seeking an associate attorney to join our practice.  We are looking for an attorney who is able to work in a diverse practice and has a particular interest in real estate transactions and litigation.  New and experienced attorneys who enjoy crafting creative solutions to legal problems, have a meticulous disposition, and are committed to providing excellent client service are invited to apply.  To apply, please send your resume, a writing sample of no more than seven pages, and three professional references in confidence to Attorney Brigette Lobacz, 410 Broadway, P.O. Box 875, Pekin, Illinois 61554-0875

Receptionist/Legal Assistant
Receptionist position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical and communication skills and be computer and technology proficient. Salary to commensurate with experience. Please  email resume to: 



Will Search
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a will for Richard E. DeMay, DOB: July 7, 1933, DOD: October 28, 2016, please contact Merry at 309-635-3457.


Directory Changes
Albers, John - 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: 494-6155, Fax: 494-6156
Ciravolo, Benedict - Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County State's Attorney Office, Civil Division, 324 Main Street, Room 111, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: 309.672.6900, Fax: 309.672.6029, email: bciravolo@peoriacounty.org

Dunn, Jeffrey - 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Murphy, Edward G. - 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Nelson, Christopher A. - 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Phillips, Jonathan L.A. - 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Radley, David – New email address: 

Schoenbein, Melissa – 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: 494-6155, Fax: 494-6156
Email: mschoenbein@shay-law.com
Shay, William - 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Thomason, Candice M. - 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Vallejo, Estella - 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Williamson, Nile – 5229 W. Briarstone Dr., Peoria, IL 61615.


Firm Relocations
Murphy & Dunn, P.C. – 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Shay Phillips, Ltd. – 230 SW Adams St., Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602. All other information remains the same.


Message from the President

The holidays are here! The PCBA family enjoyed its annual "roasting" of who's who in the local legal community.  Shown here are some of the dedicated volunteer performers.  A great time was had by all.  

The holidays also reflect the devoted commitment of the YLC to the community. Project Santa brings cheer to many children in Peoria that Santa may not have reached but for our YLC. I wish all our PCBA family and their families Happy Holidays and peace to all.


New Members Luncheon and Reception

On November 8 five of the PCBA’s newest members attended the bi-annual lunch with members of the bench and bar.  Shown here, front row:  Joey Pishghadamian, Lucas Young, Beverly Jones and Stephanie Wisner; back row: Mitch Gilfillan, Judge Wilson, President Maher, Mary Kanowski, Aliesha Graves, David Wiest and Judge Shadid.

On November 17 five of the newest members attended the bi-annual reception at Kenny’s Westside Pub.  Shown here are Beverly Jones, Lucas Young, Blake Esker, President Maher, Mary Kanowski, Jacob Paul Gilfillan and Aliesha Graves.  About fifty members attended and enjoyed the reception at this new venue.  Thanks go to Sean Kenny for acknowledging our new members by providing splendid artwork as shown above.

PCBA Members Assisting Service Members

Thank you to Gabriel Casey (right) from Casey Law Office, LLC, who is assisting a veteran with a contract case. We appreciate all of our members who have assisted service members and Michael Lied of Howard & Howard who heads up this effort. Contact the PCBA office if you would like to be included on our list of volunteers.


Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

23     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Christmas Eve
26     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Christmas Day
2       Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of New Year’s Day
7       CLE:  Civil Practice – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
14     CLE:  Damages – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
16     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
21     CLE:  Business & Real Estate – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
28     CLE:  Estate Planning, Probate & a Little Bit of Elder Law – Spalding  – 8:30 – 12:00
4        CLE:  Family Law – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
16     109th Lincoln Memorial Banquet – Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center – Gary Roberts,
featured speaker – 5:30 cocktails; 6:30 dinner


Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
1   Pro Bono
6   Government & Public Interest
13 Commercial Law & Litigation
19 CLE
3  Real Property – KellerWilliams, sponsor
11 Fitness Health & Wellness (conference room) and PR (Linda’s office)
12 YLC
17 Board
18 LRS
19 Diversity
23 CLE
26 Pro Bono

Fitness Health & Wellness by Kyle Tompkins
Mindful Holiday Feasting
The holidays are upon us. It is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. A time to stay away from the office and rest. And yes, a time to EAT. As families fill their tables with copious delicacies, it is also important to be mindful of your health and not overdo it throughout the coming weeks. For some tips and tricks for eating healthy over the holiday, check out these guidelines from the American Heart Association. Eat Mindful, Not Mindless - AHA.  Bon appetit!

Local Continuing Legal Education
The 2017 Winter Series registration is now open. The seminars will be on Saturday mornings in January and February at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison in Peoria. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the seminar from 8:30-12:00. This year’s lineup:
January 7: Civil Practice
January 14: Damages
January 21: Business and Real Estate
January 28: Estate Planning & Probate, with a Little Bit of Elder Law
February 4: Family Law
Registration form included with this issue or you may register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop. At a recent meeting of the Family Law Section it was decided another Family Law CLE will be needed sometime in June, in advance of the July 1 implementation of new rules.

Lawyer Referral Service
Are you in need of new clients? Have you thought about joining the PCBA’s Lawyer Referral Service? Every day the PCBA office receives calls from people needing attorneys in specific areas of law. Unfortunately we have very few, if any, attorneys in some practice areas, specifically, immigration, contracts, employment and taxes. If you are in need of new clients, please consider joining the Lawyer Referral Service. You can join today by contacting Linda or Stephanie at the PCBA office.

Lincoln Banquet







Membership Chair Aliesha Graves reports that we have received an application for membership from Kaitlyn Crnkovich, Todd Strong, Jacob Gilfillan and John Kale. Applications for membership renewal were received from Thomas Higgins, Doc Halliday and Darrell Dies. The applications will be presented to the Board for approval in January.  

On October 30, 2016, Honorable Robert J. Cashen passed away. Judge Cashen attended Fordham University in New York City and DePaul University School of Law in Chicago. He served as Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit, mainly in Stark County, from 1984 to 1999 after practicing law in Toulon. The PCBA has donated $100 to the PCBA Foundation in memory of Hon. Robert J. Cashen.

Public Relations Committee
PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award
Every year a member of the PCBA is honored for his or her community volunteerism in the Peoria area. Last year’s recipient was Hon. Frank Ierulli. If you know someone who deserves this honor, please send your nominations to the PCBA office no later than Friday, January 6, 2017. The link for the nomination form is https://peoriabar.org/form/pcba-2017-distinguished-community-service-award.  The form may also be downloaded by clicking here.
The Peoria County Bar Association is proud to announce that three of its members were named to the class of 2016 40 Leaders Under 40. Those members are: Kevin D. Day, Nicole D. Meyer and Peter J. Lynch. The awards were presented November 3 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. Congratulations!

Young Lawyers
Project Santa
Remember to get your unwrapped gift, with gift tag attached, to either your YLC contact person or the PCBA office by Monday, December 12. If you would like to donate a toy, or to make a monetary donation, but have not yet received a Sponsorship Form please contact James VanRheeden (jvanrheeden@quinnjohnston.com) or Kevin Day (kday@hgsuw.com).  Happy Holidays!


Prairie State Legal Services by Kate Whetstone
We would like to thank the following attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff who have assisted low income persons and recently closed pro bono cases:  Spencer Daniels, William Holman, James Kane, Carol Perkins and Anupama Uddavolu.
Free Legal Advice Clinic
Prairie State Legal Services will be holding a Free Legal Advice Clinic February 11, 2017 from 9-12.  This clinic will be held at the Prairie State Legal Services office at 331 Fulton Street in downtown Peoria.  I am looking for volunteer attorneys and paralegals who would be willing to help out with this event.  This clinic is designed to help clients who have already gone through the PSLS application process by giving them one time legal advice on civil legal matters.  Attorneys will not be asked to provide extended representation to anyone they advise during this clinic.  Volunteers will also be covered under Prairie State’s malpractice insurance.  You will only be matched with clients who have legal problems that you are comfortable advising on.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in Pro Bono if you only have limited time to give.
If you are interested in getting involved in this event or have any questions please call me at (309)621-4005.
End of the Year Giving
Keep an eye out in the mail for end of the year donation information for Prairie State Legal Services this holiday season.  If you did not receive your donation information and would like to contribute you can visit https://goo.gl/Yc8XAf.  Thank you for your generosity and support of the work that we do!
Happy Holidays!!

PCBA Members Valerie Moehle and Gary Schmidt were spectacular at CASAblanca Dancing with the Local Stars on November 5.  Gary took second place, but his moves were oh so impressive!



Office Space Available

·         Janssen Building, 1100+ sq. ft. luxury suite with offices now available to rent.  Contact The Janssen Law Center at (309) 676-2341.

·         LeFante Law Offices, P.C. has one office available for sublet on a monthly or annual basis. This office is fully furnished. Internet and fax included.  Possibility for shared receptionist.  Additional rental space available for support staff.  Contact Jennifer Anschuetz at (309) 999-1111 for additional information.

·         Striking office space approx.1,624 square feet with beautiful easterly view available in Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria.  Corner office, Eastern/Southern view.  Contact Michael Hanson at (309) 678-6356.

·         Office Space Available for sublet in Commerce Bank Building. Fully furnished including fax, internet, copier, conference room. Also available is a furnished area for a receptionist if needed. Call the Winne Law Office at 673-4217 for more information.

·         Office Space Available 1,200 square feet partially furnished office space available. Rent is negotiable. Free parking. For more information, contact Chris McCall, 673-1200.

·         Motivated Seller has 4,534 sq. ft. of office space available to lease at 456 Fulton Street, Suite 400. Seven perimeter offices, large conference room, area for receptionist and waiting room, cashier window area with private office, along with other amenities. Contact Jason Miller at (309)693-3000 with your questions.

·         Office space available downtown Peoria. Built-in bookcase wall. Shared reception area. Storage area and kitchenette. Call Jack Boos at 673-4948.

·         Office space available for sublet. Bright, clean, accessible location in well-maintained Commerce Bank Building. Three-room suite, including two office/conference areas and reception. Contact PCBA for more information.

  • Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of Chase Bank Building conveniently located across from Peoria County Courthouse and one block from Federal Courthouse.  Partially furnished with view of bluffs.  About 125 square feet.  Shared waiting area.  Conference room, telephone and copier available for reasonable cost.  Ideal for solo or satellite practice. Reasonable rate.  For more information contact Louis Milot at (309) 671-4507 or lawshop@mtco.com.


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