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Roger Thomson

Class of 1992

Roger Thomson

Roger Thomson named new associate judge named in Eighth Judicial Circuit. Read more here

David L. Winnett

Class of 1995

David L. Winnett of The Veen Firm in San Francisco selected as one of the Consumer Attorneys of California’s 2018 Consumer Attorneys of the Year. Read more here

Angela Rollins

Class of 2012

Angela Rollins

Angela Rollins was recently featured in 2Civility and talks about her work at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois.

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Jesse A. Placher

Class of 2007

Hinshaw Legal Team Receives 2018 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award

Jesse A. Placher, '07 recently received the Jury Verdict Reporter’s 2018 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award.  Mr. Placher, an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson, practices primarily in the areas of personal injury defense and property damage litigation.

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Paul Matalonis

Class of 1984

Carbondale Attorney Wins State Bar Association Awards for Public Service

Carbondale attorney Paul Matalonis received the Illinois State Bar Association’s highest award for public service, the Joseph Bartylak Award, on July 18, 2018. Matalonis has worked for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation for 34 years after volunteering for the organization as a law student.

The award is presented annually to a legal service attorney who “provides extraordinary, compassionate and successful legal advocacy, significantly advances access to quality legal representation, and serves as an example through a record of exceptional advocacy, leadership and dedication for the importance of providing civil legal services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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Suzanne Patton

Class of 1999

Judge Patton

Atkinson native first female judge in Stark County

A Henry County native has made history by becoming the first woman to preside in a Stark County courthouse.

Suzanne Patton said she was in grade school in Atkinson when she began thinking about pursuing a legal career. The daughter of Greg and Sally Patton, the 1992 Geneseo High School graduate became an associate judge in Peoria County in 2016.

Currently assigned to domestic relations court in Peoria County, Patton said serving in Stark County was a little like coming home. She substituted for Circuit Judge Circuit Judge Steve A. Kouri in Stark County.

Before Patton was assigned to that bench, the presiding judges there all had been men.

Patton said she had had no problems as a female judge.

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Ariana Calderaro

Class of 2014

Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group, Ltd. is pleased to announce Ariana E.
Calderaro as a shareholder

Ms. Calderaro attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where she
graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice.
She then continued her education at Webster University and graduated with a Masters in
Legal Studies in 2011. Ariana then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law.
She graduated in 2014 with her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern Illinois University
School of Law before joining the Law Group, Ltd. 

Read the press release here

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Kylee J. Jordan

Class of 2010

Culley, Feist, Kuppart & Jordan annouce Kylee Jordan as partner

Culley, Feist, Kuppart & Jordan is pleased to announce that our former associate, Kylee J. Jordan, has joined the firm in partnership. Jordan is a Southern Illinois University School of Law Class of 2010 alumni. While enrolled at SIU she volunteered at the Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program which provided pro bono legal services to veterans in Southern Illinois. Jordan also participated in Appellate Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Board where she competed nationally in moot court competitions.

Following graduation Jordan worked for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Bureau from 2011 to 2017. While there she gained extensive experience working on all aspects of workers’ compensation cases. In January 2017, she entered private practice and began working for Roman P. Kuppart, a Southern Illinois University School of Law Class of 2002 alumni, at Culley, Feist, Kuppart, & Taylor. Coming from several generations of coal miner’s, including her mother, Jordan eagerly fights for the rights and benefits entitled to injured workers. It is because of her success and her commitment to our clients that the firm is thrilled to announce this transition to partnership.

Bruce Beard

Class of 1984

Bruce Beard

Bruce Beard Honored as “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax

Bruce Beard, Managing Partner of Cinnamon Mueller in St Louis, has been named a “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax, a news organization delivering comprehensive coverage of business developments affecting the cable, broadband and digital markets.

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Kristen N. Worak

Class of 2010

Kristen N. Worak

Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP annouce Kristen Worak as partner

Kristen N. Worak, SIU School of Law Class of 2010 alumna, has become a partner in the firm’s Paducah office effective January 1, 2018.

Kristen concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, municipal law, and insurance defense. As a dedicated and experienced advocate for her clients, Kristen is a vital component of the KKHB team. 

Read more about Kristen here

J. Tyler Robinson

Class of 2010

J. Tyler Robinson

Heyl Royster Announces J. Tyler Robinson as Partner

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that J. Tyler Robinson, Southern Illinois University School of Law Class of 2010 alumni, has become a partner in the firm’s Springfield office.

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Tom Frenkel

Class of 2000

Congratulations to Mr. Frenkel who garnered the most online votes for his cartoon caption in the ABA Journal Cartoon Caption Contest. Frenkel’s caption was among more than 120 entries submitted in the ABA Journal’s monthly cartoon caption-writing contest in July, 2017.

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Dennis J. Orsey

Class of 1979

Madison County Resident Elected Third Vice President of Illinois State Bar Association

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The Honorable Kimberly L. Dahlen

Class of 1979

Dahlen looks back on career as one of Illinois' first female judges.

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Robert C. Rakers

Class of 2013

Robert C. Rakers has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Madison County (Edwardsville) office as an associate.

Greg Odom

Class of 2008

Greg Odom has been elected partner of HeplerBroom LLC and practices in the firm’s Edwardsville office.

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Doug Bieller

Class of 2006

Doug Bieller has been elected partner of HeplerBroom LLC and practices in the firm’s St. Louis office.

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Scott Andresen

Class of '96

Scott Andresen received high honors from Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. 

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Mary Rudasill

Class of '80

Mary Rudasill is retiring after founding Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) and serving for many successful years as its Executive Director. She will be replaced by Melissa Greathouse. 

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Melissa Greathouse

Class of '08

Melissa Greathouse named Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Institute

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Kyle Oehmke

Class of '09

Kyle Oehmke

Kyle Christopher Oehmke, '09, was recently elected partner with the international, AmLaw 200 firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP.  

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Reona J. Daly

Class of '94

Reona J. Daly

SIUC's Reona Daly selected Magistrate at federal court in Benton.

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James W. Buckley

Class of '89

James W. Buckley (JD 1989 Law) was recently presented the Prosecutor Award by the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association read more here

Timothy Ting

Class of '08

Timothy Ting

Tim Ting received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award during their Annual Meeting in June, 2015 read more here

Brady Barke

Class of' '08

Brady Barke

Brady Barke begins new role as Southeast Missouri State interim director of athletics read more here

Abbey A. Fritz

Class of '14

Abbey Fritz joins Swanson, Martin and Bell, LLP as a Lateral Associate read more here

Gregory W. Odom

Class of '08

Edwardsville attorney Gregory W. Odom is the recipient of Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s (IDC) 2015 Rising Star Award. Odom distinguished himself as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). To read more about the award click here

Krissi Geary-Boehm

Class of '05

Selected as an Assistant Editor for the next issue of the Journal of Legal Writing, which is the Legal Writing Institute's journal.

John P. Cunningham

Class of '86

John P. Cunningham (SIU Law School, J.D., 1986), Principal at Brown & James, P.C., was named  Madison County’s winningest civil defense attorney in 2014 by The Madison-St. Clair County Record, the Metro East's legal journal.

Last year, Mr. Cunningham won three cases in which the plaintiff had sought more than $50,000 in damages. He had back-to-back wins in February 2014.

Mr. Cunningham specializes in the areas of first-party insurance claims and tort law, including arson and fraud litigation, premises liability, product liability and automobile litigation. He is also a 2014 Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the category of insurance coverage.

Sean Smoot

Class of '95

Sean Smoot '95 appointed to work on the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Elizabeth Schuerman

Class of '06

Elizabeth Schuerman Class of  2006, named in the Top 25 Women in Indiana Super Lawyers.

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Giovanni Randazzo

Class of '04

Giovanni Randazzo to be named IL Senate Parliamentarian and Chief Legal Counsel

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Andrew Carruthers

Class of '06

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Carruthers is a general practice attorney with a primary emphasis in: estate planning, probate litigation, wills and trusts, business succession planning, corporate, general business law, real estate, municipal and government law, banking law, election law, and political and campaign finance law. He practices in HeplerBroom's Edwardsville office.

Carruthers is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals 7th Circuit.
Carruthers is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and Florida Bar Association. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 2006.

Michael Murphy

Class of '04

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Michael Murphy has experience in the defense of a wide variety of cases, including: premises liability, personal injury, contract disputes, insurance coverage, the Illinois Dram Shop Act, wrongful death, products liability, property damage, and employment discrimination. He practices in HeplerBroom's Springfield office.

Murphy is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. He received his J.D. in 2004 from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Murphy is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Sangamon County Bar Association, and Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court.

Noel Smith

Class of '01

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Noel Smith focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters including: asbestos, toxic tort, product liability, and personal injury. He practices in HeplerBroom's Edwardsville office.

Smith is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the Eastern District of Missouri. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he obtained his J.D in 2001.

Phoebe Bowers

Class of '03

Phoebe Bowers, a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, was sworn is as an associate judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit during a ceremony at the Macon County Circuit Court in Decatur, Ill. on January 23, 2015.

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Lance Trover

Class of '06

Lance Trover, Class of '06, named Communications Director for Gov. Rauner.

Read Southern Illinoisan article.