Jeffrey J. Antonelli was interviewed for the December Bloomberg Business article, “Your Kid Just Got a Drone. Should You Get Insurance?” He is founder of Antonelli Law Ltd., in Chicago, where he leads the drone/UAS practice group.
Christopher W. Goode was selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers. He has been included in the list each year since 2012. Goode is a partner at Bubalo Goode Sales & Bliss, where he focuses on protecting the rights of injured individuals in complex cases that involve dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, faulty products and nursing home neglect.
Frank A. Sommario (BUS ’97), a partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC, was selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers. He also was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2016.
Daniel Q. Herbert, a former police officer, is lead attorney at Daniel Q. Herbert & Associates law firm in Chicago. The firm specializes in matters concerning police officers and other Chicago city workers.
Kevin M. Nelson spoke at the 12th European Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association Legal Affairs Conference, held in March in Brussels, Belgium. He discussed developments in the U.S. law and regulatory pathway for biosimilars, a biological product that is highly similar to a product already FDA-approved. Nelson is a partner at Duane Morris LLP & Affiliates in Chicago.
Alex R. Thiersch joined the LA-based boutique health care law firm Nelson Hardiman LLP as of counsel in the firm’s new Chicago office. Thiersch is the founder and director of the American Med Spa Association and owner of Thiersch and Associates.
Rachel E. Yarch is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella PC in Chicago, where she leads the employment law practice group. Before joining the firm, Yarch was a partner with Kopon Airdo in Chicago.
Courtenay C. Youngblood Jalics was promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP, where she focuses on products liability, medical and pharmaceutical liability, and construction litigation, defending clients in federal multidistrict litigations and state proceedings across the country.
Steven M. Brandstedt was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2016. This is the second year he has received the distinction.
Amy L. Felder joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in the insurance coverage practice group. She represents insurance companies throughout the United States in a wide variety of complex first- and third-party insurance coverage disputes.
Juan C. Linares is chairman of the Illinois advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and executive director of the Latin United Community Housing Association in Chicago.
Lisa M. Tamburini was appointed co-director of the Midwest region for the Hedge Fund Association, where she will organize educational and networking events. She serves as chief compliance officer for RMB Asset Management and as legal counsel for RMB Capital in Chicago.
Emily Todd Bastedo was named chief of staff to Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner. Previously, she served as associate general counsel to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wendy M. Musielak (BUS ’99) was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2016. She is a family law attorney with Andrew Cores Family Law Group, a division of Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP.
Melissa R. DeVantier (MBA ’04) is president of the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council, an organization made up of professionals from diverse disciplines who are involved with the estate planning process. She is an attorney at McCarthy Law LLP in Appleton, Wis.
Anthony E. Derwinski was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. He is director of civil litigation at Denver-based law firm Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern LLC.
Christopher M. Smith received the Thomas Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy from the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission in 2015. He is an assistant defender for the State Appellate Defender Office.
Andrew R. Smith (MS ’05) is part owner of Ten Ninety Brewing Co., an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom in Glenview, Ill., that opened in April.
Daniel R. Lombard joined Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as a partner focusing on complex commercial litigation. He previously served as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Chantelle A. Porter was promoted to partner at A. Traub & Associates in Lombard, Ill., where she focuses on family law, juvenile criminal defense, DCFS abuse and neglect, domestic violence, orders of protection, landlord tenant law and civil litigation defense.
Catherine Rische joined Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC in the Grand Rapids, Mich., office. She is a transactional employee benefits attorney specializing in health care issues and general plan administration. She was previously a partner at Johnson & Krol LLC.
Lisa M. Sterneck Katz is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC in Chicago, where she focuses on health care transactional and regulatory compliance and the financial services industry.
Casey B. McMillan joined Swanson, Martin and Bell LLP in Chicago as of counsel. She focuses on legal matters in the entertainment industry with an emphasis on television and motion picture. She was previously as an attorney for HARPO Productions Inc., where she provided legal counsel for a variety of TV shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Carlos Montoya joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a vice president in the human resources law group.
Christopher J. Nadeau is a partner at Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on insurance coverage, excess monitoring and casualty defense.
Jeffrey J. Scolaro was promoted to partner at Daley Mohan Groble PC, where he is an advisor and trial attorney for businesses, defending them against personal injury, contract and employment claims.
Blake A. Strautins was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. He is an associate at Kluever & Platt LLC, where he focuses on Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, consumer fraud, antitrust, breach of contract, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment.
Megan J. Claucherty (MBA ’08) joined Harris Associates LP as a senior attorney. She was previously an attorney with Vedder Price.
Dima Khalidi is founder of Chicago-based Palestine Legal, an independent organization that protects the civil and constitutional rights of people in the United States who speak out in support of Palestine.
Avanti Bakane, an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was selected as the central regional governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the 2017-2019 term.
Lisa Duarte is vice president of Cornerstone Government Affairs. She previously served as legislative counsel for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and acting chief of staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council.