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.

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Law Bulletin Quotes Arévalo in Article on Rauner and Union Fees

Carlos S. ArevaloAn article in the Feb. 18, 2015, edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin quoted Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle lawyer Carlos S. Arévalo extensively.

A reprint of the Law Bulletin story is available on this website. Arévalo’s comments begin on the second page of the document.

The piece, titled “In union battle, Rauner looks to Supreme Court,” described Gov. Rauner’s efforts to extend the 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn to allow some state workers to avoid paying any union fees.

The governor has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago which asks that non-member union fees be declared unconstitutional and that his recently filed executive order holding non-member union fees null and void be endorsed as constitutional.

Arévalo, who currently is the president of the McHenry County Bar Association, practices in corporate labor and employment law and in municipal and local government law. He has handled collective bargaining for the villages of Lake in the Hills and Johnsburg.

To learn more, please view Carlos Arévalo’s 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.



Friday, January 16th, 2015

ZRFM Named Finalist for Large Business of the Year

zrfmZukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle — the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois — was selected from over 100 nominations as a finalist for the Business of the Year by the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce.

The winner will be announced at the chamber’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 31, 2015, at the Boulder Ridge Country Club.

For more information about the chamber, please visit its site.

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.