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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Arévalo to Speak on Stigmas in Hiring at SHRM Meeting

Carlos S. ArevaloStateline SHRM hosts an Aug. 14, 2014, breakfast program titled, “Breaking Barriers: HR’s Role in Supporting the McHenry Community Needs.”

The program is a presentation of the Stateline SHRM Workforce Readiness Committtee, the McHenry County Workforce Network, McHenry County Specialty Courts and Carlos Arévalo of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle. ZRFM is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois.

The Stateline SHRM Workforce Readiness Initiative was set up two years ago to boost support, raise awareness and increase opportunities for special populations in McHenry County that often are highly stigmatized and overlooked in the workforce.

Participants in this breakfast meeting will explore why human resources departments should care, what impact stigma has, potential human resources fears and liability issues, the legal realities, and some real stories with real people describing real needs.

The meeting begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 9:45 a.m. The event takes place at the McHenry County Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry.

For further information about the event, please view details contained on this website.

Arévalo currently serves as the president of the McHenry County Bar Association.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Carlos Arévalo Profiled in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Carlos S. ArevaloCarlos S. Arévalo was featured in a page 3 story in the July 14, 2014, edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article, titled “A fast learner and riser,” was promoted on the newspaper’s cover.

The profile of Arévalo by staff writer Jack Silverstein shares some of Arévalo’s views on  Hispanic Americans taking on leadership roles in the field of law across the country and in Northern Illinois in particular. It also relates how Arévalo arrived in the United States in 1980 at age 14 knowing no English and managed to become the first Hispanic president of the McHenry County Bar Association in its centennial year.

Arévalo began his duties as president of the MCBA on July 1, 2014. The complete copyrighted article can be viewed in pdf format.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Boulder Ridge Life Features Jonathan Feinstein

Jonathan M. FeinsteinThe April edition of Boulder Ridge Life includes a three-page article about ZRFM attorney Jonathan M. Feinstein. The piece comprises a brief biographical profile and an extensive description of the practical tips people should know when they or loved ones are involved in a car accident.

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

Boulder Ridge April 2014Boulder 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.

To learn more about Jonathan M. Feinstein and his personal injury practice, please view the Boulder Ridge Life article.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Schlossberg Appointed to Local Government Law Section Council

Ruth Alderman SchlossbergRuth Alderman Schlossberg has been appointed to her third term on the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council. Schlossberg now has served the ISBA — a 33,000 member organization — in this role since 2012.

Currently, there are 28 members on the council including practicing lawyers, judges, government consultants and individuals employed by state and local government.

The mission of ISBA 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
  • disseminate information and comment on legislative and judicial developments and their impact on units of local government
  • make recommendations on legislation
  • develop and communicate ideas to improve the functioning of units of local government.

With Richard G. Flood, Schlossberg co-authored the book Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government. 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, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle has had many attorneys involved with the section’s endeavors. Earlier in his career, ZRFM’s David W. McArdle was a chair of the Local Government Law Section Council. Also, ZRFM attorney Brad Stewart authored an article titled “How the new Workplace Violence Prevention Act impacts local governments” in the section’s April 2014 newsletter.

More information about the council can be found on the ISBA Local Government Law Section Council website.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Feinstein to Address Young Attorneys on Professional Responsibility

Jonathan M. FeinsteinJonathan M. Feinstein will present “What Do You Mean They Regulate That?” to the Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee, which is a division of the Chicago Bar Association. He will speak on Feb. 5, 2014, at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago.

The discussion, which is aimed at younger lawyers, will focus on the attorney disciplinary process, recent Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission trends in investigation and discipline, and some of the ethical rules that are not commonly thought of but which appear with some regularity when practicing law, including rules governing social media, solicitation of clients and gifts from clients.

For more information about his presentation or the legal issues he will address, please contact Jonathan Feinstein. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, which is based in Crystal Lake, has long been the largest McHenry County law firm.

 

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Successful Illinois Municipal League Conference

Thanks to those individuals and municipalities who participated in the recent IML Conference.  ZRFM conducted five sessions:

  • FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age: Carlos Arévalo, Ruth Schlossberg
  • Municipal Law & Order: Sgt. Andrew Doles (Algonquin P.D.), Jennifer Gibson, Brad Stewart
  • Effective Operations and Governance: David McArdle, Ruth Schlossberg
  • Redeveloping Distressed Properties: Ryan Farrell, David McArdle
  • Administrative Adjudication: Kevin Chrzanowski, Jean Headley (City of McHenry)

If you were unable to attend any of the sessions but would like the presentation handouts or other information, please contact our office.


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Monday, October 14th, 2013

7 ZRFM Lawyers to Address Illinois Municipal League Conference

Ryan P. FarrellJennifer J. GibsonKevin A. ChrzanowskiCarlos S. ArevaloSeven lawyers from Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle will be featured presenters this week at the 100th Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, to be held Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Brad StewartRuth Alderman SchlossbergDavid W. McArdleTopics that ZRFM lawyers will address include the following:

  • Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act in the Internet Age – Carlos Arévalo and Ruth Schlossberg speak on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 2:15 p.m.
  • Municipal Law and Order – Sergeant Andrew Doles of the Algonquin Police Department speaks alongside ZRFM attorneys Jennifer Gibson and Brad Stewart in this session moderated by Lake in the Hills Village President Paul Mulcahy on Friday, Oct. 18 at 2:15 p.m.
  • Effective Operations and Governance — David McArdle and Ruth Alderman Schlossberg speak on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 9:15 a.m.
  • Redeveloping Distressed Properties — Ryan Farrell and David McArdle address this topic on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Administrative Adjudication – ZRFM attorney Kevin Chrzanowski and Jean Headley of the City of McHenry speak on Saturday, Oct. 19, also at 10:30 a.m.

If you plan to attend the IML conference, please contact Brad Stewart so someone from ZRFM can meet with you. Although pre-registration for the Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference has ended, detailed information and instructions on how to register on-site appear online.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

ZRFM’s Illinois State Bar Association Articles Now Available

More than 20 articles published in Illinois State Bar Association newsletters and authored by Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle lawyers can be viewed now on zrfmlaw.com. ZRFM is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois.

The articles address topics involving labor and employment, local government, administrative law, and antitrust and unfair competition. Individual newsletter articles can be located by linking from the titles listed in the publications section of each attorney’s Web site biography. They also appear below chronologically:

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Person Sending Text to Driver May Be Liable for an Accident

Brad StewartDavid J. Loughnaneby David J. Loughnane and Brad Stewart

If someone texts an individual while knowing that the person is driving a vehicle, the text sender may also be responsible for any injury or damages if the driver gets into an accident while reading or responding to that text. The texter may be held liable even when using a cell phone or electronic device far away from the place of the accident.

In an opinion handed down August 27, 2013, a New Jersey court stated, “We hold that, when a texter knows or has special reason to know that the intended recipient is driving and is likely to read the text message while driving, the texter has a duty to users of the public roads to refrain from sending the driver a text at that time.”*

This, apparently, is the first time a court has announced that someone participating in texting, even though not driving, can be held legally liable for the damages a victim of a vehicular accident received. This decision is likely to stir much debate among lawyers and judges. Also, the idea of imposing responsibility on someone knowingly involved in a distraction to the driver of a vehicle may increase public discussion of the hazards posed by texting and cell phone use while driving.

While the New Jersey court was careful to note that it would impose liability on a texter only under special circumstances where the texter knew or should have known the person receiving the text was driving, it is not hard to imagine many situations where a texter should know that the text recipient is likely to be driving.

For those who are the victim of a vehicular accident due to the other driver being distracted by a text or the use of an electronic device, you should try to obtain (through the police, directly from the other driver, or through your own personal injury attorney) the following information:

  • the cell phone number of the other driver
  • the name of the cell phone service provider
  • the name of the person or company who owns the account
  • the identity of any person the driver was communicating with
  • any details about that person’s cell phone account.

* Linda Kubert v. Kyle Best, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Docket # A-1128-12T4 http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/a1128-12.pdf

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Holstine to Speak at Landowner Educational Seminar

Andrew W. HolstineAndrew W. Holstine will speak on July 31, 2013, at a landowner educational seminar in Morris, Illinois. He will address the topic of “New Tax Legislation: Estate and Succession Planning” from the perspective of a farm landowner or operator.

Holstine’s presentation begins at 1:20 p.m. and concludes at about 3:15 p.m. The full program for the day begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Other topics to be addressed by speakers include the impact of Genetically Modified Organism (“GMO”) crops, grain markets, farm leases, land trends and values, and client services.

The landowner educational seminar is sponsored by Hertz Farm Management, Inc., a farm asset management company which represents landowners to help them meet their goals and objectives. The event will take place at the Quality Inn at 200 Gore Road.

To learn more about Holstine’s professional credentials, please view Andrew W. Holstine’s biography. For more information about the seminar and his talk, e-mail Andrew Holstine or telephone 815-459-2050.