December 2012

Rapp Updates Education Law.

Lexis-Nexis has published an update to its seven-volume treatise Education Law written by James A. Rapp. Education Law is the leading national publication for attorneys and educators considering education law matters. This represents the 55th update Rapp has prepared for the publication.





November 2012

Gorman and Penn speak at Illinois Council of School Attorneys’ 26th Annual Seminar on School Law

Dennis Gorman and David Penn presented “Ethical Issues Encountered in Representing Divided Boards” at the Illinois Council of School Attorneys’ 26th Annual Seminar on School Law in Chicago, Illinois. James Rapp contributed expertise for both the presentation and printed handout. The Council, which is adjunct to the Illinois Association of School Boards, is a group of two hundred fifty plus attorneys practicing throughout the state who represent school districts. Council members are also members of the National Council of School Attorneys.



Niemann Coordinates and Speaks at Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Update Seminars

On November 1, 2012 in Bloomington and November 30, 2012 in Lombard, Ted Niemann spoke to attorneys at the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Update on the topic of “Illinois Commercial Code Security Interests in Relation to Real Estate Matters.” He also was one of the coordinators of the seminar and is the Co-chair of the CLE Seminar Committee of the Real Estate Law Section Council.





October 2012

Hansen Speaks at People’s Law School 2012

On October 23, 2012, Jim Hansen spoke at the People’s Law School 2012 in Quincy, Illinois on the topic of “Anatomy of a Civil Suit: Follow a Personal Injury Lawsuit from the Injury to a Court Judgment.” People’s Law School is presented by the Adams County Bar Association, Quincy University and Illinois State Bar Association and is open to the general public.



Pratt joins QU Mock Trial Team

Christopher Pratt has joined the Quincy University Mock Trial team as an assistant coach. The mock trial team competes in American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) tournaments and offers students an opportunity to obtain practical trial experience in a courtroom setting.



Gorman and Pratt Judge Mock Trials

On October 20, 2012 Brett Gorman and Chris Pratt acted as volunteer judges for the Eighth Annual Quincy University Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament, a sanctioned American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) event that draws participation from various distinguished colleges and universities across the country. The one day tournament featured two-rounds and twelve teams and was held in the Adams County Courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. The tournament is hosted by the QU Political Science Department and Pre-Law Program and is judged by lawyers from the Adams County Bar Association as well as Eighth Judicial Circuit Judges.



McCleery Speaks at People’s Law School 2012

On October 16, 2012, Bill McCleery spoke at the People’s Law School 2012 in Quincy on the topic of “Real Estate: Selling, Buying or Leasing All Have Rights and Obligations.” People’s Law School is presented by the Adams County Bar Association, Quincy University and Illinois State Bar Association and is open to the general public.



Mitchell Reappointed as Member of the Illinois Downstate Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers

Delmer R. Mitchell has been reappointed as a Member of the Illinois Downstate Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers to serve another two-year term. Mitchell has served on the Committee since 2000. He is a former Chairman of the Committee. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes.





September 2012

New Markets Tax Credits

Ted Niemann and Hal Oakley represented clients in separate New Markets Tax Credits financing projects for business development opportunities to revitalize socio-economically disadvantaged communities. One project involved the construction of a new grocery store. The other project involved the creation of a grain storage and processing facility and river barge terminal on the Mississippi River.



Bickhaus Speaks at People’s Law School 2012

On September 18, 2012 in Quincy, Mike Bickhaus spoke at the People’s Law School 2012 on the topic of “Estate Planning: Getting Beyond the Myths”. People’s Law School is presented by the Adams County Bar Association, Quincy University and Illinois State Bar Association and is open to the general public.





July 2012

Mitchell, Gorman, Keller, McCleery and Niemann Named Leading Business Lawyers

Leading Lawyers Magazine has named as Leading Lawyers for 2012, Delmer R. Mitchell, Jr. in the areas of commercial litigation and products liability defense law, Dennis W. Gorman, Jr. in the areas of banking and school law, William G. Keller, Jr. in the areas of banking and business law, William M. McCleery, Jr. in the areas of banking, business, and real estate law, and Ted M. Niemann in the areas of business and real estate law. The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with Illinois lawyers asking them which of their peers comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers are selected to be a Leading Lawyer.



Pratt Elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Quincy Public Library Board of Trustees

Chris Pratt was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Quincy Public Library Board of Trustees, on which he has served since 2010. Mr. Pratt also joined the Mary Weems Barton Quincy Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees.





April 2012

Hansen Appointed as Chair for the ISBA Insurance Law Section

Jim Hansen has been appointed as the Chair for the ISBA Insurance Law Section Council for 2012-2013. The appointment goes into effect at the ISBA Annual Meeting in June.



Suit Settled with Municipality for $4,000,000; Largest Personal Injury Settlement in Adams County

Mr. Hansen, along with Matt Woods of Eng & Woods from Columbia, Missouri, represented a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought against a municipality and its bus driver. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck by a bus on a snowy and icy day. Numerous experts were involved and testimony showed the bus driver was operating the bus on the day of the incident with an expired DOT medical certificate, the certificate that was last in place required the bus driver to wear corrective lenses and she failed to have her corrective lenses on at the time of the accident. Video simulation showed that had the bus reduced its speed pursuant to DOT guidelines, the bus would have avoided the vehicle in which Nicholas was a passenger. At the time Plaintiff was 29 years old and this settlement will provide needed medical expenses and care for Plaintiff going forward. The settlement is the largest personal injury settlement in Adams County.





March 2012

Bickhaus Speaks at Illinois State Bar Association General Practice Update 2012 Seminar

On March 9, 2012, Mike Bickhaus spoke to attorneys at the Illinois State Bar Association General Practice Update Seminar in Quincy on the topic of “Estate Planning Update and Technology Issues.”



Hansen and Mitchell Speak at 2012 American Feed Industry Association, Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference

On March 15, 2012, Jim Hansen and Delmer Mitchell spoke to attendees at the 2012 American Feed Industry Association, Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference on the topic of pre-litigation and litigation matters.





January 2012

Judgment Upheld in Missouri Trial

Mr. Hansen represented plaintiff buyers in an action against defendant from a breach of a real estate sales contract. Our clients were using the purchase as a like-kind exchange under IRS Section 1031. The contract was for the purchase of 1,242 acres for $2,500,000. Mr. Hansen sought damages for the loss of the 1031 exchange amounts and attorneys' fees pursuant to the contract. After a two-day bench trial our clients were awarded all the damages sought and a Judgment was entered against the defendant in the amount of $79,656 plus $25,000 in attorneys' fees for a total Judgment of $104,656. The Judgment was upheld by the Missouri Court of Appeals. Defendant attempted to appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court which was denied. The defendant paid the Judgment in full plus taxable court costs.



Mitchell Reappointed as Trustee of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Delmer R. Mitchell has been reappointed as Trustee by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois to serve another six-year term. The new term is January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2017. The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and self-perpetuating corporation established in 1964 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by living Illinois citizens, whether by birth or by residence, toward the social, cultural, and technological progress of mankind and thereby to encourage greater dedication to such progress by all citizens of Illinois.



Mitchell and Gorman named Super Lawyers

Delmer Mitchell and Brett Gorman have been named Illinois Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of business litigation. Super Lawyer selections are made annually in a statewide nomination process in which candidates are evaluated for peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Mitchell has been named as a Super Lawyer each year since 2005.




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