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CHICAGO –  Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Michael J. Kelly and Terrence J. Sheahan have been named Co-Leaders of the Litigation Practice Group, Kimberly A. Beis has been named Co-Leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Marc B. Zimmerman has been named Leader of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Katheleen A. Ehrhart and Steven D. Pearson have been named Co

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer M. Huelskamp, Ryan G. Rudich and Martin Syvertsen have been promoted to Partner, effective January 1.

“We congratulate Jen, Ryan and Martin on their achievements that led to their promotions,” said William E. Russell, Co-Managing Partner. All three are talented litigators who excel in their respective areas of practice. We are

Estate Planning in the first quarter of 2021 provides continuing opportunities for clients seeking to preserve and transfer wealth while minimizing or avoiding gift taxes. This Client Alert, written by Partner Michael D. Whitty, provides information on three hot topics:

  1. Using Gift Tax Exemptions in 2021 While Avoiding Risk of Retroactive Cuts: Election Outcome Leaves Retroactive Cut in Gift

In late December of 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”) was signed into law which contains approximately $900 billion in additional coronavirus (COVID-19) relief funding programs. Among those programs is an additional $284 billion in additional aid to small businesses to be allocated via a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. These new loans will be

As an update to prior Freeborn alerts (available here and here), the United States Copyright Office announced on January 7, 2021, that it is extending certain timing adjustments due to the pandemic through March 9, 2021. Under the Copyright Act, a copyright owner generally is eligible to recover attorney’s fees and costs and statutory damages (“Remedies”) in an infringement action only if the work

Freeborn Partner and Leader of the Environment and Energy Practice Group, Philip Comella, was recently interviewed by Waste 360 for an article entitled, "What Landfill Operators Should Know About Nuisance Law." Phil shares that the main defense for operators who receive complaints or face charges is to show they comply with their permits and that they act reasonably in controlling odors. He states

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Jason J. Ben has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jason to our team,” said Shelly A. DeRousse, Partner and Leader of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group. “His extensive restructuring experience is a perfect fit for our group

Freeborn Partner Kathy Ehrhart was featured in ABA Journal's Top 10 Favorite Podcasts of 2020 for her Legal Rebels Podcast entitled, "Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected." Kathy's podcast was released August 19, 2020 and shares her experience conducting the first virtual bench trial in Cook County. To learn more, click here

Freeborn Partner Robert Stines recently authored an article for Today's General Counsel entitled, "Think About Digital Forensics When You Conduct E-Discovery." Society's dependence on digital platforms and networks has changed today's legal system. Robert provides insight on the importance of digital evidence given his extensive experience with digital forensics protocols. To read the full article

TAMPA – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Sarah A. Gottlieb, an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has received the Federal Bar Association President’s Award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA).

The President’s Award recognizes a board member who demonstrates extraordinary effort and accomplishment. In her first year on the Board of