Past Press Releases
Advocates Society Honors Lizak
Partner Chet Lizak will be honored by The Advocates Society, the association of Polish-American attorneys, with its 2006 Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the advancement and progress of the Chicagoland Polish community. Chet has been active as a Director of the Polish American Association, as a pro bono attorney for the Copernicus Foundation, and as a volunteer at the Amicus Poloniae legal clinic. The Award will be presented to Chet at the Society’s Installation and Awards Dinner on February 28. Congratulations!
Julia Jensen on TV
Julia Jensen will participate in a panel discussion of bankruptcy and collection law sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. The program, “Collection: The Buck Stops Here” will air on CAN TV, channel 21 in Chicago, the second and fourth Tuesday in December at 10 p.m. The program will address collection practices from business and consumer viewpoints.
Lin Hanson Lectures on Practice Skills
August 1, 2005 — In what has become a fall tradition, Lin Hanson will join George Marifian, a business attorney from Belleville, Illinois, to teach the business portion of the Illinois State Bar Association’s annual practice skills course at Bar Headquarters on Wednesday, August 31st. The two have taught this course for a number of years. They will deal with issues of entity selection, (corporation? LLC? Partnership?) governing agreements, new case law and new legislation. Both Lin and George have served on the Secretary of State’s Business Laws Advisory Committee, and helped draft this year’s new business legislation. Their friendship extends back to other teaching experiences, both in Chicago, and at Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville campus. Di Monte and Lizak, LLC and Mathis, Marifian Richter & Grandy, Ltd. have acted as co-counsel in business litigation too.
Alan Stefaniak Lectures on Land Use
May 1, 2005 — Alan Stefaniak, a partner at Di Monte and Lizak, will be a featured speaker at two seminars in March. Alan has broad experience in zoning and land use matters and is also the Mayor of the Village of Kildeer. He will be speaking at a seminar entitled Roadway Issues in Urban Development in Illinois and will present the municipal perspective. The other seminar he is speaking at is Land Use Law Update in Illinois. Alan will speak on the topics of Ethics in Land Use Law; Vested Rights, Moratoria, Exclusionary Zoning, Contract/Conditional Zoning/PUDS, Municipal Liability/Takings and Other Issues. For more information on these seminars or to obtain copies of Alan’s written materials contact him at 847/698-9600.
Julia Jensen Lectures to Ark Entrepreneurs Group
March 1, 2005 — Julia Jensen Smolka will discuss the subject of “Being More Effective in Collecting Accounts Receivable” when she addresses the Park Entrepreneurs Group in Glenview, Illinois on Saturday morning, March 5th, at 10 AM. The meeting will be held at the Glenview New Church, 74 Park Drive, Glenview, one block west, then north, from the intersection of Glenview Road and Shermer.
Park Entrepreneurs’ Group, is a group of current and aspiring business owners, meeting monthly in Glenview IL to share ideas, questions, suggestions, challenges, and opportunities which are common to self-employed people and small business owners. PEG is open to all and welcomes any business owners or people considering self-employment.
Lin Hanson Lectures on LLCs
On Friday, September 10th, 2004, Lin Hanson will speak to the Corporation and Securities Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association on the subject of “Recent Developments in the Law of Limited Liability Companies.” Mr. Hanson currently Chairs a special committee of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Business Laws Advisory Committee, which is studying passage of a Series LLC Act in Illinois.
Lin Hanson Lectures on Board Governance Issues
January 8, 2004 — On Thursday, January 22nd, 2004, Lin Hanson will be a guest lecturer at The North Park University School of Business and Non Profit Management. Lin’s topic will be “Legal Aspects of Board Governance” and will include a discussion of legal responsibilities of Board Members, risk management, bylaws, conflicts of interest, and fiduciary responsibilities. Lin is the immediate past Chair of the Secretary of State’s Committee on Business Laws, which drafted the Illinois Not for Profit Corporation Act, under which most Illinois NFPs function.
Margherita Albarello Interviewed by CNN Financial
December 9, 2003 — Margherita Albarello was recently interviewed by CNN Financial for their story on bullying.
Lin Hanson Speaks to ISBA Business Planners
August 27, 2003 — On Wednesday, August 27th, Lin Hanson, together with Belleville attorney George Marifian, conducted a 3 hour “practice skills course” for over 100 members of the Illinois State Bar Association at the Association’s Chicago Headquarters. The topic was “Advising Small Business.” Lin spoke on choosing the appropriate business entity (corporation -vs- LLC -vs- partnership), protecting personal assets from the claims of business creditors, tax issues, and issues in forming corporations and LLCs. He gave particular attention to the over 99,000 LLCs formed in Illinois since passage of the original LLC act in 1994, and the new, Delaware series LLC. In addition to his talk, Lin prepared and distributed a 150 page text. Copies of materials and a video tape of the talk are available from the ISBA through its Web site at http://www.isba.org for $199.00.