Karen Kies DeGrand was named the new managing partner at Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC last month. DeGrand was one of the original attorneys who formed the firm in 1995. – Photo provided by Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

Donohue Brown names DeGrand as managing partner

With two of Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC’s named partners in semiretirement, the firm is going through a leadership transition, said Mark M. Burden, who stepped down earlier this year as managing partner.
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Appeals court to hear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

The outcome of a lawsuit alleging that Donald Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting off the presidency could depend largely on competing definitions of an antiquated word: emoluments.

In Chambers

Suburban judge has a flair for the academic

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Anderson once bought a beer for Antonin G. Scalia.

High court takes case of $100 bet

The Illinois Loss Recovery Act offers those on the losing side of an illegal bet a way to get their money back. Now, the state’s top court will review whether that law can apply to wagers made through a third-party sports gambling website.

Indiana’s fetal tissue transport ban upheld

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that the law making it a felony to transfer fetal tissue in the Hoosier State is unconstitutionally vague.

Attorney who helped arts community dies at 82

Lawyers with Chicago’s arts and entertainment community are mourning the death of a man they say “almost single-handedly” revitalized a legal referral program that’s been used by hundreds of artists and art-related nonprofits.

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Trial Notebook


Court questions successor judge's opinion in injury case

Picking the appropriate standard of review was a tricky proposition when Frank Russo appealed from an order that wiped out his $9.9 million judgment against Corey Steel — because the trial judge stepped aside during post-trial proceedings, and Corey Steel’s request for a new trial was granted by a successor judge based on his disagreement with the first judge’s ruling on expert testimony.

Expert Opinions


High court settles use of vehicle damage photos to prove injury

The Illinois Supreme Court recently resolved a conflict between appellate districts regarding the admission of vehicle damage photographs in a personal-injury context.

Professionalism on Point


Being heard on the topic of civility

Should lawyers and judges take a stand against incivility in their communities and workplaces? Can they stem the tide?

Non-Billable Hours


A low-stakes ‘Captain Marvel’ backstory now to save the universe later

Captain Marvel” has one job. That job is to explain the origin story of its titular shero well enough to justify her role in saving the universe when “Avengers: Endgame” opens on April 26.

Opening Statement


‘Choir of Man’ rocks, but ‘Bronx Tale’ not as meaty as ‘Todd’

Did you hear the one about the theater critic who walked into a bar? Sounds like the setup to a punchline — but in fact that’s what critics and audiences are doing this month at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.

Non-Billable Hours


Close, but no cigar: Where’s the Academy’s love for Glenn?

Glenn Close’s 2019 Oscars dress weighed 42 pounds — 4 million tiny glass beads, hand-sewn on sheaths of golden fabric formed into a shimmering caftan — the vestment of a Hollywood high priestess.

Opening Statement


Windy City Playhouse takes on ‘Noises Off’

There’s an old joke about the lawyer who wanted to impress his aged mother.

Social Scene


Salvi Law at career day

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partners Tara R. Devine and Jennifer L. Ashley presented about the legal profession during a career day program last week at Butterfield School in north-suburban Libertyville. The two helped students hold a mock trial in the case of B.B. Wolf v. Curly Pig. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

ABA’s Carlson at DePaul

American Bar Association president Bob Carlson, a shareholder with Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson P.C. in Butte, Mont., visited with students at the DePaul University College of Law on March 12. Photo provided by DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

WBAI judicial reception

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois hosted its annual judicial reception on March 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year, WBAI honored four judges: (left to right) Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, former Cook County Circuit Judge Russell W. Hartigan and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Joy V. Cunningham.

CBF’ Campaign Kickoff

Winston & Strawn LLP hosted the kickoff reception for The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2019 Investing In Justice Campaign on March 6. It’s the 13th year the CBF has held the campaign, which runs throughout March with more than 150 firms and organizations participating. Last year’s campaign raised $2.3 million in grants. Pictured at last week’s reception are Linda T. Coberly (left), Chicago managing partner at Winston & Strawn and the 2019 campaign chair, and CBF President Carrie J. Di Santo (right) of CME Group. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Foundation

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