Jul 22, 2011

Eight Chuhak & Tecson attorneys honored by their peers as Illinois Leading Lawyers

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is proud to announce that eight attorneys have been named to the highly selective Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois.  They join 16 others at the Chicago firm who already have gained that distinction.

"Nearly forty percent of Chuhak attorneys are now members of Leading Lawyers,” said Mitchell Feinberg, a principal and one of the attorneys being honored. “It seems to me that's quite a healthy representation, and I hope it serves to give our clients even greater confidence in the work that we do here."

Membership in the Leading Lawyers Network is an honor extended by Law Bulletin Publishing Company of Chicago. Judging that attorneys themselves are best qualified to identify standouts in the legal community, the network asks lawyers to name peers and competitors they would recommend to family or friends if they could not take a case themselves.

Attorneys cannot nominate themselves or even anyone at their firms; they cannot buy the opportunity to become a Leading Lawyer. Years of experience, quality of service and strength of reputation are what entitle a candidate to earn this distinction.

"The opportunity to be named as members of Leading Lawyers is quite an honor for my colleagues and myself,” Feinberg said. “It's gratifying to know that our work is respected by the attorneys we interact with at other law firms in the area."

All eight of Chuhak & Tecson’s newest Leading Lawyers have achieved the level of principal at the firm. They include:

John Adams, a business attorney who practices in the areas of federal and state taxation, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and general corporate law. Celebrating his 25th year in the legal profession, Adams not only holds a Juris Doctor degree from Ohio Northern University but also is a certified public accountant with a master of laws degree in taxation from DePaul University.

Jeralyn Baran, a litigation attorney whose practice focuses primarily on employment issues. With a law degree from the University of Illinois, Baran is the third woman attorney at Chuhak & Tecson to be named to the Leading Lawyers Network. She was selected to Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2011 and has been honored with the American Jurisprudence Award in Products Liability.

Mitchell Feinberg, who concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate, guardianship, and trust administration and litigation. He has been actively involved with the Chicago Bar Association’s probate practice committee for 12 years, including participating in its Probate Rules and Forms subcommittee. Feinberg was selected in 2007 as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch.” He earned his law degree from Northwestern University.

Daniel Fumagalli, a commercial litigator with a law degree from Cornell University and 29 years of experience in employment law and estate and trust administration. He has been legal counsel to The Archdiocese of Chicago for more than a decade. In 2007, Fumagalli received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Arnold Karolewski, a 35-year attorney who focuses on real estate law, land development, municipal law and secured loan transactions. His degree is from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his experience includes 20 years of representing various Illinois municipal corporations. Karolewski has also served as the village attorney for a local suburb.

Steven Scholl, a corporate and business transactions attorney who represents a broad range of individuals and businesses, including promotion, marketing and entertainment companies, manufacturers, distributors, financial institutions and healthcare facilities. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Scholl has 26 years of experience counseling clients in mergers and acquisitions, real estate, financing, employment and incentive plans, marketing, sponsorship, public relation and advertising agreements, concert and event tours, and other types of transactions. He is a registered certified public accountant.

David Shiner, a business and tax attorney concentrating his practice on estate planning, taxation and corporate law. He counsels clients on structuring trusts to reduce exposure to gift and estate tax and battles the Internal Revenue Service in gift, estate and income tax matters. Shiner earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School and is a certified public accountant with a master of laws degree in taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Mark Stang, whose 31 years as a litigation attorney have given him diverse experience in business disputes, product liability issues, employment discrimination claims, sexual harassment charges, corporate embezzlement cases, trade secret litigation, governmental regulation, claims from aviation accidents and more. Stang’s law degree is from the University of Chicago, and he served two years as a special state's attorney for Cook County, Illinois.