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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.


Monday, October 14th, 2013

ZRFM Lawyers to Address Illinois Municipal League Conference

Several 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.

Topics that ZRFM lawyers will address include the following:

  • Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act in the Internet Age — Ruth Schlossberg will 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 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: