John Piccione


After a long and distinguished career, Mr. Piccione retired from the firm in April, 2014.

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Patrick Keeley


Born in Chicago, Illinois, July 15, 1952; admitted to bar 1979, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court; admitted pro hac vice in a number of major State and Federal jurisdictions throughout the United States. Co-Founder of the firm.

EDUCATION: University of Illinois (B.S., 1974; M.B.A., 1976); Loyola University (J.D., 1979). Phi Beta Kappa; Phi KappaPhi. Recipient, University of Illinois, 1970-1974.

MEMBER: Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Complex Litigation including Injunctions, Complex National and International Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Formations and Strategic Planning and Counseling, Joint Ventures and Partnering Transactions, Civil Litigation and Appeals, Business and Commercial Law, Employment Disputes (including restrictive covenants), Eminent Domain Litigation, Real Estate Development, Banking, Intellectual Property Transactions, Computer and Technology Litigation.

PRO BONO: I serve as President of the St. Charles Country Club, as Chair of the Board of Directors of my university fraternity and Trustee at David Kinnley Foundation.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: I am a businessman with an M.B.A. as well as an attorney. I get it… legal services are not an end in themselves, they are merely a means to an end. It is no victory to spend millions to win a case worth half that much. The world’s most perfect contract is of no value if you can’t convince anyone to sign it, or if it doesn't address the business issues as well as the legal. I make it my mission to personally ensure we hire only lawyers who also understand it.

PERSONAL: Married to wife Kim, with one son, Michael.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Tae Kwon Do, fine dining and wines, my watch collection and exotic cars.

MEMORABLE TRANSACTION: A complex Multi-Million dollar sale of an international business to a large international, publicly-held company. It involved difficult negotiations relating to the capital stock and the lease of real estate in multiple jurisdictions in the United States, Austria, and China.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: Defense of a complex multi-party trademark law suit. The Plaintiffs were represented by top-tier firms headquarters in New York and Chicago with litigation styles as vicious and aggressive as they come. After prosecuting a novel antitrust claim against the world’s largest technology company, we obtained the dismissal we were seeking.

MEMORABLE TRANSACTION WITH LITIGATION: We assisted in a hostile takeover of a VC-controlled company that resulted in the client retaking control of the company which clients were instrumental in establishing. In the process, we were forced to file and settle a lawsuit. We were told it couldn’t be done.


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Thomas Jackson


Born in Chicago, Illinois, November 20, 1967; admitted to bar 1992, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

EDUCATION: University of Illinois (B.A., 1989; J.D., 1992). Phi Kappa Phi.

MEMBER: DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Civil, Business and Commercial Litigation, Injunctions and Restraining Orders, Employment and Shareholder Disputes (including restrictive covenants), Family Law.

PERSONAL: Happily married to my wife Claudia. We have one daughter.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Watching and playing basketball (I'm a tad bit slower these days, but I still enjoy the on court competition). I take great satisfaction in taking my daughter out to Cubs and Bulls games. I also make time to enjoy classic, award winning and/or other great cinematography.

PETS: We have adopted two dogs. Jazzy is a large black Labrador from the Rover Rescue Society. Piper is a Beagle Terrier from another dog rescue organization.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: A vigorously contested arbitration with a Private Equity Group over the termination and rights of a CEO terminated by a corporation controlled by a Private Equity Group. It involved three appraisers and complex valuation issues. The client received approximately twice what was offered and more than originally sought.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: A construction dispute where we obtained a judgment for a multiple of the actual damages. We had to fight it through trial, then appeal and eventually through bankruptcy… moving to block the discharge of the debt in bankruptcy. We eventually collected what we were seeking.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: A split in a large medical practice where the founder was squeezed out by his own protégés, who then proceeded to use his own corporation to enforce a restrictive covenant against the founder. After fierce litigation we enabled our client to overcome the restrictive covenants and take back about half the practice he founded.


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Lynn Conrad


Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 22, 1958; admitted to bar 1986, Illinois.

EDUCATION: Louisiana Tech University (B.S. in Business Administration, 1981); Loyola University of Chicago (J.D., 1986).

MEMBER: DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Transactions, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate.

PRO BONO: Active in providing Pro Bono services to charitable activities and church organizations including hurricane relief efforts. Children’s ministry team leader for my church. Member of Board of Directors of a local nursing home.

PERSONAL: Happily married to my husband Donald with two children, a son and a daughter.

MEMORABLE TRANSACTIONS: It’s rewarding to help families as they develop their estate plans. When the clients and lawyers work together in a coordinated and diligent way to both plan and implement the clients’ wishes, the result can be a wonderful gift to their families.


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Alison Franklin


Born in Springfield, Illinois, December 2, 1960; admitted to bar 1988, Illinois; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

EDUCATION: University of Illinois (B.S., 1982; J.D., cum laude, 1988).

PRACTICE AREAS: Civil Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Employment Disputes.

PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial and Tort Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Employment Law and Discrimination Litigation.

PERSONAL: Happily married to my husband Tim with twins, a boy and girl

PET: Wrigley, a huge Bernese Mountain Dog (named after Wrigley Field… Hope Springs Eternal)

PERSONAL OBSESSION: I run for 4 miles at least three times per week.

MEMORABLE TRANSACTION: A convoluted acquisition of a company that involved coordinating the efforts of 18 lawyers, from a variety of jurisdictions, with varying opinions on how we should proceed. I learned the importance of designing simplicity into a transaction from the outset.


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David A. Johnson, Jr.


Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, in 1980; admitted to the Illinois bar in 2009; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 2010; Wisconsin in 2011; and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin in 2011.

EDUCATION: University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A. in Economics, 2005); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 2009). ACADEMIC AWARDS: Business Organizations Concentrations with Honors, Dean's List, American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence, and CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Bankruptcy

PRACTICE AREAS: Business Law, Commercial Transactions, Municipal Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Litigation.

MEMORABLE TRANSACTIONS: I represented a fuel distribution company in the acquisition of real estate and operating companies for a series of diesel and propane fuel distribution companies. Additionally, I have represented and negotiated the seller in a short-sale of a gas station, and the buyer in the purchase of a large commercial property.

PUBLICATIONS AND EDITING: United States v. Apex Oil Co., Inc.: The State of the Law Regarding Discharge of Environmental Injunctions. Environmental and Energy Business Law Reporter, Spring 2010. Co-Author. Environmental Issues in Business Transactions, Associate Editor.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Illinois State Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, American Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. Former co-chair/Legislative Liaison of the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (2010-2011). Recipient of the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service from the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (2010-2011).

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Sports, Playing Guitar, Golf, Theatre, and spending time with my loving fiancée.


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Jason Singleton


Born in Kansas City, Missouri, November 10, 1975; admitted to bar 2001, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; admitted Pro Hac Vice in a number of other states.

EDUCATION: University of Missouri Columbia (B.S., 1997; M.B.A., 2001; J.D., 2001).

MEMBER: DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Complex Business and Commercial, Litigation, Shareholder Disputes, Employment Disputes, Restrictive Covenants, Merger and Acquisitions, Family Law.

PERSONAL: Happily married to wife, Amanda with four very active children.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Avid genealogist, sports fan, active in church leadership organizations.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: An entire work group of a client resigned en masse and began working for the same competitor. We filed for injunctive relief and construction dispute put a quick end to the corporate raiding.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: Vigorously defended between a homeowner and contractor. Both parties pursued this case all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. On remand, we prevailed on behalf of our client, the homeowner.


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Mark Tader


Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 27, 1960; admitted to bar 1985, Illinois; admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar; U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois;;

EDUCATION: University of Michigan, Wheaton College (B.A., with honors, 1981); University of Illinois (J.D., 1985); Member, University of Illinois Law Review

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS: Law Clerk to: Honorable Donald W. Morthland, Appellate Court, Fourth District, 1985-1986; Law Clerk to Honorable James A. Knecht, Appellate Court, Fourth District, 1986-1987.

MEMBER: DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Civil Litigation and Appeals, Real Estate, Mechanics Liens, General Practice.

PRO BONO: Active in church activities, including vestry (governing board) and facilities; Mentor in community high school tutoring program and have previously served as Library Board Member and children’s softball coach

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Mark is our best wordsmith and brief writer. He is our secret weapon in difficult and complex litigation.

PERSONAL: Married to Kathy with a daughter in high school; My Father also lived with us for the last several years.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: I love baseball, and try to see games at new places and in new cities whenever I’m able. I like old Mustangs, and am the proud owner of a 1966 convertible. My abiding hobby is finding and renovating old homes. These homes are an investment, but I like working hard, getting my hands dirty and having a reason to get new tools.


MEMORABLE LITIGATION: A construction dispute in which defective retaining wall threatened collapse of storage racks and trucking lanes for a big block home supply store. The wall was built assuming traditional floor loadings as opposed to heavy construction materials and semi-truck traffic. I learned a lot more about dirt and foundation engineering than I expected. Although the law and facts were not friendly, we negotiated a favorable settlement for our client, a national chain of retail stores, following extensive federal court litigation.


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Elizabeth P. Schaffer


Born in Chicago, Illinois, September 28 1958; admitted to bar 1984, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

EDUCATION: Vanderbilt University (B.A. in Business Administration and French); IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1984).

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: The Honorable Julius J. Hoffman and Susan Getzendanner, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois Seventh Circuit, 1983-1984.

MEMBER: DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Civil Litigation and Appeals, Banking, Contracts, Real Estate and Commercial litigation, Condominium and Homeowner Association law, Medical Malpractice, General Practice.

PRO BONO: Active in faith based activities including leading bible studies for professional women; Administer Justice DuPage Legal Clinic and have previously served as Board Member of CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage.

PERSONAL: Married to Bernard with three children, two sons and a daughter.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Running, tennis and skiing.

MEMORABLE LITIGATION: Representing banks in various complex litigation matters involving lien disputes, foreclosures and loan workouts.


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