ZRFM is proud to announce its inaugural publication of the Illinois Local Government Law Podcast.
The Illinois Local Government Law Podcast seeks to provide an insightful discussion on topics concerning Illinois’s municipalities, counties and townships. For the inaugural episode, host Brad Stewart speaks with Illinois Senator Pam Althoff and North Barrington Village President Al Pino as they discuss Illinois’s Prevailing Wage Act.
ZRFM invites you to join other newly elected officials, as well as administrators, managers, and long-standing elected officials at a seminar on May 6, 2017, dealing with the ABCs of local government. Get a jump start on:
- The fundamentals of local government and procedures
- Meeting procedures
- Illinois Sunshine laws
- Ethics and conflicts of interest
- Finance and budget
- Economic development
- Tax caps
This program is also ideal for existing elected and appointed officials looking for a refresher course or a deeper understanding of the complex regulatory structure in which they operate.
All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of “Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do?” This book, now in its third edition and published by the Illinois Municipal League and the attorneys at ZRFM, serves as a useful resource for new and experienced officials.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS — MAY 6, 2017
8 a.m. — Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Presentations by Attorneys from ZRFM
11:30 a.m. — Open Question Period
noon — Complimentary Luncheon
Holiday Inn, 800 South Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
RSVP by May 3, 2017, to Marty Davis at (815) 459-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crystal Lake-based law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle — the largest law firm in McHenry County — recently received an award from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce recognizing its 40 years as a member of the organization.
Located at 50 N. Virginia Street in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle was founded in 1957.
The law firm’s 20 attorneys practice in a variety of fields of law that include local government law; business law and transactions; financial institutions; estate, trust and tax; real estate and land use; personal injury law; civil litigation and appellate law; construction law; divorce and family law; and employment law; and healthcare law.
To learn more about the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, please view the Chamber’s website.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, ZRFM Attorney Melissa J. Cooney has been appointed to a three-year term on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness.
Cooney is one of six appointees representing the Second District of Illinois, which encompasses most of the state’s far northern counties with the exception of Cook County to the east and Whiteside County to the west.
Under Article VI of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, the Committee on Character and Fitness is one of five bodies through which the Illinois Supreme Court exercises the authority to govern the practice of law in the state. The committee determines whether or not prospective attorneys are suitable to practice law in Illinois and whether their applications for legal certification include relevant issues bearing on their moral character.
Cooney, who entered the practice of law in 1991, focuses primarily on estate planning, land use and family law. She was the subject of a March 2015 article in Leading Lawyers Magazine titled “Delivering the Law From the Bottom of Her Heart.” In May 2015, Prairie State Legal Services honored Cooney and three other local attorneys at the McHenry County Legal Aid Awards for their commendable work in rendering outstanding pro bono service.
To learn more about her practice and the many achievements of her career, please view Melissa Cooney’s professional credentials.
Crystal Lake-based Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, serves families, individuals, units of local government and businesses throughout the near and far suburbs of northern Illinois.
Jacob D. Caudill has entered practice at Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle after receiving his juris doctor in 2015 magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Before coming to ZRFM he clerked both for ZRFM and for another law firm in Peru, Illinois. He currently works in a variety of disciplines at ZRFM including local government law. Caudill’s responsibilities include editing and publishing the firm’s bi-weekly Local Government Law Bulletin.
In 2013 Caudill was a judicial intern for Justice Susan F. Hutchinson of the Illinois Appellate Court — Second District in Woodstock, Illinois. His work involved drafting oral argument memorandums and Rule 23 orders, assisting in editing and developing orders and memorandums, and performing legal research.
Caudill was an associate editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review and served as a tutor in the school’s Academic Success Program where he taught and assisted first year law students in a classroom setting. Caudill, a Peoria native, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Melissa A. Cooney of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, and three other McHenry County attorneys have been honored for their commendable and professional work.
The four were praised for their efforts at the McHenry County Legal Aid Awards on May 26, 2015. All of the honorees rendered outstanding pro bono service to clients of Prairie State Legal Services.
At the luncheon event, the Illinois Commission of Professionalism Executive Director Jayne Reardon gave the keynote address titled “Service: The Cornerstone of the Profession.” McHenry County Bar Association President Carlos Arévalo offered welcoming remarks and Associate Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt, Jr. of the 22nd Judicial Circuit presented the awards with Reardon and offered remarks.
Melissa Cooney was recognized for her admirable work in taking a pro bono divorce case that already was in progress.
The program for the event included comments by Cooney about why she devotes time to pro bono service, despite her busy practice.
“Making time for volunteering is not that difficult. I handle a pro bono case just like any other. When something needs to be filed or responded to, you do it in a timely fashion. You can’t put the pro bono case off to the side and get to it when you have extra time.
“I think it is everyone’s responsibility to take a legal aid client or other pro bono client and to have one such client at least once a year,” she says. “It takes time, but it reflects well on us all. We are helping someone out, and there is always enough time to take one on.”
Also acknowledged were Steve Greeley for outstanding support of Prairie State Legal Services, Peter Carroll for longtime volunteer service as a solo practitioner and Michelle Gehris for handing multiple cases in a year as a solo practitioner.
Michael J. Smoron and Jennifer J. Gibson have been honored by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division for being among the most accomplished attorneys in private practice in Illinois. The designation is reserved for less than 5 percent of registered Illinois lawyers.
Smoron was named a Leading Lawyer in two broad areas of law: Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; and Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law. Leading Lawyers recognized Gibson, who boasts a long list of appellate litigation experience, in the field of Civil Appellate Law.
Also, Leading Lawyers named Ryan P. Farrell to its inaugural class of Emerging Lawyers. In creating the list, Law Bulletin Publishing Company asked the top attorneys in the state to name the talented up-and-coming lawyers who will lead the profession in the coming years. The designation is reserved for lawyers who have not surpassed age 40 or who have practiced law for no more than 10 years. They account for less than 2 percent of registered attorneys in Illinois.
In building its Leading Lawyers list, the company conducted extensive statewide surveys asking: “If you couldn’t take a case in your area of law, to whom would you refer a family member or friend?” Lawyers could not nominate themselves or any lawyers at their own firm. All recommendations were approved by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, eliminating the possibility of lawyers being selected through a popularity contest.
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, now has six Leading Lawyers among its ranks. In addition to Smoron and Gibson, Richard G. Flood, David W. McArdle, David J. Loughnane and Melissa J. Cooney received the recognition previously. Additionally, both Flood and McArdle have been included on Leading Lawyers’ lists of the Top 10 Suburban Chicago Real Estate-Related Lawyers.
In early April, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle attorney Ruth Alderman Schlossberg was appointed to a prominent post in the Illinois State Bar Association, an organization of about 30,000 Illinois attorneys.
Highly regarded in the field of municipal and local government law, Ruth Alderman Schlossberg received an ISBA appointment for the 2015-2016 year to serve as secretary to the ISBA Local Government Law Section Council. She has been a member of the section since 2012.
The mission of the Local Government Law Section is:
- to enhance the knowledge and professional capabilities of lawyers who devote time to the practice of the law relating to units of local government;
- to disseminate information and comment on legislative and judicial developments and their impact on units of local government; to make recommendations on legislation; and
- to develop and communicate ideas to improve the functioning of units of local government.
Schlossberg is widely known for co-authoring with Richard G. Flood the book You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government, now in its 3rd edition. The guide, published by the Illinois Municipal League, offers local public officials advice to help them “hit the ground running” and succeed in new leadership positions.
For Schlossberg’s professional credentials, please view Ruth Alderman Schlossberg’s biography. You may also wish to view her Illinois Municipal League conference video presentation, delivered with ZRFM local government law attorneys Richard G. Flood and Kelly A. Cahill.
As the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, many Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle attorneys have been involved with the endeavors of various ISBA sections. Earlier in his career, ZRFM’s David W. McArdle was a chair of the Local Government Law Section Council.
The article, titled “Delivering the Law from the Bottom of Her Heart,” details not only Cooney’s professional career but also the history of her parents’ ties to the practice of law. Her father was a lawyer and judge and her mother worked for 40 years in the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s office.
In addition to Cooney, who was first named a Leading Lawyer in 2012 in the field of family law, three other Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle lawyers have earned the honor.
Richard G. Flood was first recognized in 2003 as a Leading Lawyer in family law; governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law; land use, zoning and condemnation law; and both commercial and residential real estate law. He is a member of Leading Lawyers’ 400-member advisory board.
David W. McArdle, the firm’s managing partner, was first recognized as a Leading Lawyer in 2008 in the fields of ADR law: commercial real estate, environmental and construction; commercial litigation; construction law; governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law; and land use, zoning and condemnation law.
David J. Loughnane has also been recognized by his Illinois peers for several years as a Leading Lawyer in the fields of medical malpractice, products liability, health law and general personal injury law.
The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer is earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers registered to practice in Illinois. Law Bulletin Publishing Company, through its Leading Lawyers division, conducts extensive statewide survey of Illinois lawyers asking them: “If you couldn’t take a case in your area of law, to whom would you refer a family member or friend?”
Only those lawyers most often recommended by their peers in one of 100 areas of law and approved by Leading Lawyers’ 400-member advisory board have achieved the distinction. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or any lawyers from their own firm. The rigorous research methodology also eliminates any possibility of lawyers being selected through a popularity contest.
To learn more about the law practice of Melissa Cooney, please view her professional credentials.
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle – the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois — recently received an award from the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce recognizing it as the “Large Business of the Year.” The “Business of the Year 2014” event took place at the Boulder Ridge Country Club on January 31, 2015. Several other individuals and businesses also were honored.
Unlike in prior years when members of the chamber alone selected the award winners to be honored at the ceremony, this year’s award winners were voted for by the community and clients. ZRFM was one of 100 local businesses nominated; it had recently been selected as a finalist.
Other businesses recognized that evening were:
- Small Office Home Office Member: Jackie Gappa, Nationwide Insurance
- Volunteers of the Year: Karen Lavorata, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Dave Rudin, Advance Leadership/Lifeline Christian Church
- Small Business: Fox River Spa & Salon
- New Member Business: Dan Hickey, Allstate Insurance
- Restaurant: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
- Club/Organization: Home of the Sparrow/Sparrow’s Nest
The co-hosts for the evening were Katrina McGuire of the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber and Nicole Prihoda of Dreams Do Come True Tours.