October 10, 2017

Schmiedeskamp Lawyers Present at Quincy Conference

Last Thursday and Friday, David Penn and Jeff Terry of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP presented on “Legal Hot Water (Hot Topics in Education Law)” to a room full of educators and administrators. “It’s an honor to have to an opportunity to share some legal insight with these dedicated professionals,” Terry said. The “hot topics” included Harassment and Professional Boundaries In Today’s Digital World, Protective Orders and Subpoenas, Privacy Considerations, and Key Concepts in Special Education Law. Penn said, “these educators and administrators give so much, it’s great the District continues to recognize the importance of their training and revived the Quincy Conference.”

The Quincy Conference has a deep history of training and developing educators in western Illinois for decades. A joint effort between the Adams County Academic Success Initiative (ACASI) and the Quincy Public Schools (QPS) along with several local sponsors revitalized the conference after a break of more than a decade.

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August 2017

Austin Moore Joins Schmiedeskamp Firm

Quincy, IL, August 16, 2017 – Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP announced the addition of its newest member of the firm, Austin Moore.

Following his summer clerkship last year, the firm offered Moore a fulltime position once he graduated from law school. “It was clear, early on, that Austin was passionate about the law and dedicated to delivering excellent legal advice. He has a bright future and we are lucky to have him,” according to Mike Bickhaus, the firm’s Managing Partner.

Moore graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May and spent the summer preparing for and taking the bar exam. Scores were recently announced and he passed.

While at NIU, Moore was the President of the Law Federalist Society, on the board of the NIU Law Review as Notes and Comments Editor, and was a representative on the Student Bar Association. He received his B.S. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he was in the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success.

Moore will join the firm’s business transaction group advising companies with their day-to-day legal issues. “I knew I wanted to come back and practice law in Quincy and Schmiedeskamp is a great fit for me. They have an incredible amount of experience and knowledge in a number of practice areas and I look forward to learning from them,” said Moore.

In his free time, Moore enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Miranda Crane, studying early American history and politics, reading, and working on his model airplanes and trains.

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October 2016

Lawyers at Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP Win Malpractice Lawsuit for Hospital

QUINCY, IL—October 19, 2016 - Jim Hansen, and Daniel McCleery, of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell successfully defended a hospital client and two of its psychiatrists that had been sued in a medical malpractice action. On September 19th, after a seven-day trial, the 12-member jury took only ninety minutes to find in in favor of all the defendants. The jury decided that both the hospital and the physicians were not professionally negligent in their care and treatment of the plaintiff.

Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell has represented hospitals, physicians, and nurses who have been sued in medical malpractice cases alleging professional negligence in the care and treatment of patients for over forty years. The firm serves as general counsel to hospitals as well as a one-hundred-member physician group and a four-state radiologist group.

Due to the complex nature of the case, and the lengthy trial, the jury made a remarkably fast deliberation when they ruled in favor of the defendants. Lead attorney Jim Hansen said, “We obviously appreciated the jury’s time and their attentiveness in listening to all the evidence we presented in the case. The clear and concise fashion in which they deliberated conveyed confidence in their decision that the defendants care and treatment of the patient was well within the standards of proper medical care.”

Plaintiff's counsel asked for $2 million in damages in closing argument on behalf of the Plaintiffs. “We take a lot of pride in our representation and we greatly value the relationships we have with their doctors. Both the physicians and the hospital staff were cooperative and helpful in assisting us with all the nuanced details of the case. We obtained the result the client deserved,” said attorney Daniel McCleery.

About Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell

Established in 1914, Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP currently consists of 15 lawyers with combined experience of over 300 years. As a result of this extensive experience, the firm’s lawyers are trained to provide their clients unsurpassed representation and service in the areas of civil litigation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, agribusiness, banking, education, real estate, health care, estate planning, probate, taxation and labor and employment law. This sophisticated, varied practice challenges and rewards its lawyers daily with opportunities to serve clients throughout the country.

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January 2016

Quincy Neighborhood Federation honors Del Mitchell with Theda Jansen Award

by Edward Husar Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The Quincy Neighborhood Federation on Tuesday recognized longtime Quincy attorney Delmer Mitchell with its 31st annual Theda Jansen Award.

"Delmer is the main person behind the scenes that keeps our organization running," said Rocky Murry, president of the neighborhood federation, who presented the award to Mitchell during the group's yearly banquet at the Eagles Alps.

"Delmer has been the chairperson for Quincy Area Project for 37 years. He is the person who sees to it we have everything we need to be successful during the year," Murry said.

"He has always been an advocate for our program. And not only does he take the time to oversee the program, he contributes to it in many other ways for us to be successful. He has been a strong supporter, a solicitor, a problem-solver and many other roles during his tenure as chairman."

The Theda Jansen Award is given each year to a person who does things to help underprivileged children in the Quincy area. The award is named after a former Quincy Police Department juvenile officer and neighborhood booster who watched out for the welfare of disadvantaged kids. The award was created in Jansen's honor after she died in 1983.

Murry said Mitchell exemplifies the giving spirit for which Theda Jansen is remembered.

"Delmer is an example for everyone in this community when it comes to giving and not asking for anything in return," Murry said. "His compassion for what we are trying to accomplish is unmatched, and he is a role model for individuals of all economic backgrounds."

Mitchell is a longtime member of the Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchell law firm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. Mitchell was the firm's chairman for about 30 years before he relinquished that post this year to Hal Oakley. Mitchell remains on the firm's executive committee.

Mitchell said he has enjoyed being involved with the Quincy Area Project, an umbrella organization that formed the Quincy Neighborhood Federation to oversee the operation of three neighborhood centers.

Mitchell said many influential Quincyans have been involved behind the scenes with the organization for years, striving to provide the funding that helps the neighborhood groups work to serve local youths.

"Of all the organizations I've belonged to over the years and been involved in, this is my favorite because it does more good than any other," he said.

December 2015

Quincy Attorney to Chair MCLE Board

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that effective January 1, 2016, Quincy attorney James A. Rapp will chair the Supreme Court’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board.

The Supreme Court adopted minimum continuing education requirements for Illinois attorneys in September, 2005. The board is composed of nine members including attorneys, judges, and a non-lawyer member. Rapp is a charter member of the governing board and has served as Vice Chair and on the board’s rules and regulations as well as finance committees. There are approximately 106,000 attorneys in Illinois subject to the requirements.

Rapp is a partner in the Quincy firm of Schmeideskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP. He engaged in a general practice, focusing in the areas of estate planning, agricultural law, business entities, real estate, and education law.

In addition to his practice, Rapp has been active as an author of legal publications. He writes a seven volume treatise entitled Education Law which is a standard for attorneys practicing in that field. He also has written books on medical malpractice, crime victims litigation, real estate taxes, business entities, and domestic relations law. Rapp also has made a number of professional presentations, including estate and retirement planning.

Daniel McCleery Joins Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP

When Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman asked William McCleery to speak at the 2015 Admission Ceremony for the Fourth Judicial District in Springfield on November 6, he humbly accepted. Among the fifty-two lawyers to be sworn in from the fourth district, was his son, Daniel McCleery. William said “I was honored to address this talented group of young men and women and take great pride knowing Daniel was one of them.”

Prior to passing the Illinois Bar, Daniel spent a summer with Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP as an Associate, he completed two internships in St. Louis (Wuestling and James, LLC and Beatty, Motil and Jones), and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. While attending law school, at St. Louis University he was a member of the SLU Law Trial Team and served as a Student Attorney at the SLU Legal Clinic.

The law firm of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP is proud to announce Daniel McCleery has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group.

Two Lawyers from Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP lead the Charge for Adams County Bar Association

The annual meeting of the Adams County Bar Association was recently held. Hal Oakley (Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP) was appointed President and David Penn (Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP) was appointed Vice President. Ryan Schnack (Ryan C. Schnack PC) and Amy Lannerd (Lewis, Longlett & Lannerd, LLC) will hold the positions of Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Bar Association Directors are Babs Brennan (Assistant Public Defender – Adams County), Bill Siebers (Scholz Loos Palmer Siebers & Duesterhaus), Todd Eyler (Pollock, Ennis & Heck), and The Honorable Scott Larson.

September 2015

James Hansen appointed as member of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee

September 8, 2015 - Chief Justice Rita B. Garman appointed Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu Mitchell’s James Hansen as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. The 15 member Rules Committee studies and recommends new Supreme Court rules or modifications to existing rules.

The committee receives rule proposals from the Supreme Court, Supreme Court or Judicial Conference committees, the bench, the bar and the public. If the proposal does not fall under the jurisdiction of another committee, the Rules committee is tasked with reviewing and deciding which proposals merit a public hearing. The public hearing is held annually on the fourth Monday in January. After the hearing, the committee makes their recommendations in an annual report to the Supreme Court.

May 2015

Cashman to present at National Business Institute’s (NBI) Farm Business Law Seminar

Andrew K. Cashman is presenting at the National Business Institute’s Farm Business Law Seminar, in Springfield, IL, on July 14. He joins Frank H. Byers II, Brain R. Kalb and Jeffrey A. Mollet as the presenters. His will focus on tax planning for farmers including entity selection, income tax planning, depreciation and agricultural tax issues. For more information click here.

April 2015

Natalie L. Oswald Named Partner

On the heels of their 100 year anniversary, Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP is delighted to announce Natalie L. Oswald as its newest partner, helping ensure the firm’s legacy for years to come.  Hal Oakley, the firm’s Chairman, said “Natalie has an innate ability to build strong relationships with her clients, earning their trust and assisting them to achieve their goals.  She has a bright future ahead of her.”   Oswald graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law in 2006.  She worked in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri prior to moving to Quincy and joining the firm in 2011.  During the past four years at Schmiedeskamp, Oswald has worked in a wide range of practice areas, focusing primarily on commercial real estate, business transactions and health care law.  She has assisted clients with a variety of multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial acquisitions (including deals involving various tax credits and incentive financing), corporate formations, and compliance matters, among other things.  Oswald said, “It is extremely rewarding to assist clients in their various endeavors and build relationships with those clients along the way.  We have great clients with complex challenges and I enjoy working with them to address those challenges as they arise.”

Natalie also enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and new baby boy, Ethan, and volunteering for numerous organizations, including those that help empower less fortunate individuals, giving them the tools to face life’s challenges, as well as organizations that continue to raise the bar for music and arts in our community.

Associates Pass Missouri Bar

Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP is proud to announce three of our associates, Joseph B. Ott, Jeff L. Terry and Christopher M. Webb  have successfully passed the Missouri Bar exam.  Their admission to the Missouri Bar now allows them to serve clients in both Illinois and Missouri.  They join Delmer R. Mitchell, James A. Rapp, William M. McCleery, Jr., Ted M. Niemann, Harold B. Oakley, Michael A. Bickhaus, James A. Hansen, Andrew K. Cashman, David G. Penn and Natalie L. Oswald as the firms attorneys’ licensed to represent clients under Missouri law.

February 2015

Hansen Receives Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

Jim Hansen recently received an AV peer review rating as conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. He joins a select group of lawyers that have obtained the highest rating for their legal ability and professional ethical standards. Jim’s peers had the following to say: “Meets and/or exceeds all of the criteria as a preeminent lawyer in his field of expertise,” “Jim is an excellent attorney, hardworking and client focused who gets results” and “James is an excellent litigator with whom I enjoy defending complex medical malpractice cases.”

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review dates back to 1868, when James B. Martindale published his first directory of industry leaders, including attorneys, to provide consumers with one reliable contact. Today Martindale-Hubbell strives to “help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand,” according to their website. They randomly select attorneys from members and non-members listed on lawyers.com and martindalehubbell.com who have been admitted to a bar in the U.S or Canada for at least three years. The panel is made up of peers (lawyers and judges), from similar practice areas, who have worked directly or indirectly with the attorney. Their evaluation is based on general ethical standards and legal ability including legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. To view Jim’s profile or learn more about Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review click here or visit www.martindale.com.

January 2015

Mitchell Inducted into Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame

Delmer Mitchell was named to the 2015 class of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Each year the chamber inducts leaders who have spent their life building their business and the community. Mitchell's class includes Sam Rinella Jr., co-founder of The Rinella Company and Ron Vecchie, vice president of Refreshment Services Pepsi.  Click here to view Del’s tribute video played during the ceremony.

Gorman Featured in Sports Law Book

Dennis Gorman was recently featured in the book "Careers in Sports Law" by Marc Edelman and Geoffrey Christopher Rapp published by the American Bar Association.  The book discusses Dennis’ highly successful career in education law. When asked about how he got into Ed Law, Gorman responded, "I said 'Yes' (to a local school district when asked to represent them), and education law has become one of the most rewarding aspects of my practice." The book can be purchased at most major online retailers as well as university bookstores.

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