Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

ZRFM Welcomes New Attorney


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.

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Cooney Lauded By Civility Commission for Pro Bono Service

From left: Steve Greeley, Peter Carroll, Carlos Arévalo, Michelle Gehris and ZRFM's Melissa Cooney

From left: Steve Greeley, Peter Carroll, Carlos Arévalo, Michelle Gehris and ZRFM’s Melissa Cooney


The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Civility has honored Melissa A. Cooney and three other McHenry County attorneys for their commendable 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, Commission 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.

Melissa J. Cooney“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.

To learn more about Melissa A. Cooney, please view her professional credentials or read a recent profile of her in Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Three ZRFM Attorneys Newly Recognized by Leading Lawyers

Ryan P. Farrell

Ryan P. Farrell

Jennifer J. Gibson

Jennifer J. Gibson

Michael J. Smoron

Michael J. Smoron

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.

To learn more about Michael Smoron, Jennifer Gibson or Ryan Farrell, please view their professional credentials.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Schlossberg Appointed to ISBA Local Government Role

Ruth Alderman SchlossbergIn 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.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Cooney Featured in Leading Lawyers — Women’s Edition for 2015

Melissa Cooney Leading LawyersMelissa J. Cooney, whose practice primarily involves estate planning and family law, appears in an editorial profile in the 2015 Leading Lawyers Magazine — Women’s Edition.

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.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Feinstein Featured in Article on New Laws for 2015

Jonathan M. Feinstein authored an article in the February edition of Boulder Ridge Life titled “New Laws for a New Year.”

Jonathan M. FeinsteinThe article mentions a series of newly enacted Illinois laws for 2015 that may be of interest to consumers, home owners and families:

  • fines for parents who allow minors to drink in vehicles
  • the expansion of school authority to deal with cyberbullying
  • pregnancy rights in the workplace
  • home seller disclosures of defects in windows and doors
  • service of process in gated communities and condominiums
  • speed limits on interstates and tollways
  • an end to the need to surrender a license when caught for speeding
  • the use of a receipt to avoid ticketing when a vehicle sticker has not yet been received
  • an end of “quotas” for police officers to issue tickets and for job evaluation purposes
  • the requirement of a court order for police to use privately owned drones
  • the definition of beer to include hard cider and malt beverages
  • the packaging and sales of electronic cigarette materials.

Boulder Ridge Life is a publication of Wilmington, North Carolina-based N2 Publishing, a company that specializes in neighborhood publications for communities across the United States. Founded in 2004, it works with homeowners associations and municipalities to customize publications with stories and photographs relevant to and provided by local residents.

Several lawyers from Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle — the largest law firm in McHenry County — reside in the vicinity of Boulder Ridge in the Illinois communities of Lake in the Hills and Lakewood.

To learn more about Feinstein’s practice in civil litigation, personal injury law, business and transactional law, construction law, and local government law, please view Jonathan Feinstein’s professional credentials.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

ZRFM Receives Large Business of the Year Award

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.

Among 2014 Business of the Year Award Winners is, third from right, ZRFM's Jonathan Feinstein. Photo courtesy Claudia Halip.

One recipient among the 2014 Business of the Year Award Winners is, third from right, ZRFM’s Jonathan Feinstein. Photo courtesy Claudia Halip,









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.

To read more coverage about the awards, please see the recent article that appeared in the Northwest Herald. For more information about the chamber, please visit its site. To learn more about Jonathan Feinstein, a ZRFM lawyer and a  Lake in the Hills resident who accepted the award on behalf of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, please view his credentials.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Updated 5th Edition of Construction Law Road Map Available Now

Construction Law Road Map 5th EdDavid W. McArdle, a Crystal Lake attorney and managing partner of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, has authored another updated edition of his handbook titled Construction Law Road Map, which focuses on construction law. Partners Regan Shepley and Kelly Cahill also contributed to the new edition.

The Construction Law Road Map provides an overview of the issues contractors regularly face in the areas of contract law, employment and litigation.

The 5th edition highlights recent changes in the law regarding Mechanics Liens, the Employee Classification Act, Prevailing Wage Act, Health Insurance Offerings/Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Public Bond Claims. This edition also provides full citations of authority to assist contractors in need.

To order the handbook, call (815) 459-2050 or order here.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Andrew Holstine to Lead Joliet Seminar on Farm Law

Andrew W. HolstineAndrew W. Holstine will lead a seminar on Farm Law on Feb. 7, 2015, at the Farmland Forum. The event takes place at the Wietendorf Agricultural Education Center, 17840 Laraway Road, Joliet, Illinois.

The Farmland Forum brings together farm owners, operators and industry investors to network and participate in discussions on a variety of industry topics. To learn more about the Farmland Forum, please visit The Chicago Farmers website or follow this event on Facebook.

From left: Dr. Jay Akridge, Holstine, Dr. Wendy Wintersteen.

From left: Dr. Jay Akridge, Holstine, Dr. Wendy Wintersteen.

Holstine recently appeared at another event hosted by the agricultural and agribusiness organization. On Jan. 12, 2015, he served as moderator of a luncheon panel discussion. Panelists at that meeting included Dr. Jay Akridge, Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University, and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Agriculture at Iowa State University.

Holstine is the immediate past president of The Chicago Farmers. He remains active on its board of directors. To learn more about his practice, please view Andrew Holstine’s professional credentials.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Farrell Appointed to Centegra Health Systems Finance Committee

Ryan P. FarrellRyan P. Farrell was recently appointed to the Finance Committee of Centegra Health Systems (“Centegra”). The Finance Committee oversees budget and financial affairs for the entire Centegra network.

Centegra is a system of health care providers in McHenry County, Illinois. It currently comprises three hospitals (with a fourth under construction), two fitness centers, two immediate care centers (a third one is planned), nearly a dozen physician care locations and numerous specialty care services.

Farrell is a Certified Public Accountant and has been a resident of Crystal Lake for most of his life. His wide-ranging transactional experience encompasses banking, corporate business law, commercial real estate, taxation, estate planning and employee benefits. To learn more about Ryan Farrell, please view his biographical credentials.