How can I help?

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading Lawyer
How can I help?

The answer, Chicago attorney Bruce Pfaff knew, lay somewhere in the thousands of pages of hospital records. A 3-year-old girl had suffered a catastrophic brain injury during heart surgery at a Chicago hospital. She emerged from anesthesia with crippling brain damage, an event inconsistent with the nature of the surgery. Pfaff of Pfaff & Gill, ...

From unions to Major League Baseball, Mary Aileen O’Callaghan enjoys a challenge

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading Lawyer
From unions to Major League Baseball, Mary Aileen O’Callaghan enjoys a challenge

Chicago attorney Mary Aileen O’Callaghan thrives in complex situations. In fact, her knowledge of the law and ability to quickly resolve issues is her greatest strength, says law partner Terry Smith. But more than that, it’s her capacity to find solutions to problems that aren’t studied in law school _ like what to do with ...

Stay fair, stay grounded, stay hungry

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading Lawyer
Stay fair, stay grounded, stay hungry

Whether he is representing iconic sports legend Michael Jordan, a local concrete contractor or a large utility, Kevin Kolton’s goal is always the same; cut to the heart of the issue and find a quick but fair resolution. That clarity and the ability to quickly analyze complex issues have made Kolton one of the premier ...

Herbert & Jack Franks: Doggedness a Family Trait

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading Lawyer
Herbert & Jack Franks: Doggedness a Family Trait

Every year, McHenry County attorneys Herbert and Jack Franks take some friends fishing in Canada. The group varies, but often includes Jack, Jim, Jesse and Moses and others who relish the invitation as a chance to get away from law and politics. But this is no ordinary fishing trip. It is a gathering of the ...

Soft spoken, but a tiger in the courtroom

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading Lawyer
Soft spoken, but a tiger in the courtroom

Risk shifting has made construction law an adversarial and difficult field, but Margery Newman of Deutsch Levy and Engel has made it her specialty. The diminutive, soft-spoken lawyer would be easy to underestimate. But her clients and peers respect her command of the complexities of construction law and say she is a “tiger” in negotiations ...