November 2011

Oswald Admitted to Practice in Illinois.

Natalie L. Oswald successfully passed the Illinois Bar examination and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in November 2011.  Oswald focuses her practice on business and other transactional law.





October 2011

Bickhaus Speaks at Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Update Seminar.

On October 21, 2011, Mike Bickhaus spoke to attorneys at the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Update Seminar in Normal on the topic of “Leases.”





September 2011

Article by Oakley Published by ISBA Newsletter.

Hal Oakley authored an article entitled Covenants not to compete in Illinois-The Muddle of the legitimate business interest test, which was published in ISBA Intellectual Property Newsletter, Vol. 51, No. 1 (September 2011).





June 2011

Oswald to Join Firm.

Natalie L. Oswald will join SRNM on August 1, 2011 as an associate in the transactions and business law group. Ms. Oswald is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. (2006) and Truman State University, B.S. in Accounting (2003; magna cum laude).  She is admitted in Missouri and will sit for the Illinois bar examination in July. From June 2005 through January 2010, Ms. Oswald was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers in St. Louis, Missouri. In September 2008 she was promoted to senior associate. Since January 2010, Ms. Oswald has been a senior fiscal analyst with the University of Missouri-Columbia:  Office of Sponsored Programs Administration.  She has volunteered with many community services, including St. Louis Area Food Bank, Edgewood Children’s Center and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.





May 2011

Article by Oakley Published by ISBA Newsletter.

Hal Oakley authored an article entitled Covenants not to compete in Illinois-The Assault on the Legitimate Business Interest Test, which was published in ISBA Health Care Lawyers, Vol. 27, No. 4 (May 2011).  





February 2011

Three Successful Trials

Litigation Partner Jim Hansen successfully tried three cases from August through December, 2010.

In the first trial he represented a contractor who constructed a pond on a farm for a husband and wife.  Defendants refused to make payment for amounts due and owing on the project.  After a two-day bench trial in Adams County, Illinois, judgment was entered on behalf of our client. The judgment was subsequently satisfied by the defendants.

In the second trial, again in Adams County, Hansen represented a contractor who performed remodeling of a building on behalf of the building owner and lessee. After a bench trial, judgment was entered on behalf of our client for the full amount sought against the building owner.

The third trial was a two-day bench trial conducted in Shelby County, Missouri. Mr. Hansen represented two individuals who had entered into a real estate sales contract for the purchase of 1,242 acres in Shelby County. The individuals were using the purchase for an IRC §1031 tax-free exchange. Shortly before closing, our clients were notified the sale would not take place and they lost their tax benefits.  After hearing testimony from the parties and experts, judgment was entered on behalf of our clients for the amounts lost by each in the tax-free exchange as well as attorney's fees pursuant to the contract. Defendant has filed an appeal.






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