Alumni On the Move - Class of 2009

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  • Rocio S. Becerril's Chicago-based immigration law firm, The Law Office of RSB, will expand their services into the western suburbs starting on May 1, 2014. The new office will be located at 29W522 Batavia Rd, Suite 2, in Warrenville, Illinois. The firm focuses on family based petitions and deportation defense. - April 2014
  • Craig L. Boston was hired as an Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County, Illinois. - September 2012
  • Brian Covert opened a new law office in Warrenville, IL. Brian's firm focuses on foreclosure defense, loan modification and short sales. - October 2012
  • Brent R. Eames helped represent a client on a case that was featured in the November 17, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The case involved Robert Montegna, an employee at a car dealership in Moline, IL. Montegna was seriously injured in a crash while taking a customer for a test drive in November 2008. He was represented in the case by Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd., and Eames was one of the attorneys who worked on the case. Montegna received a $2.25 million settlement.
  • Rick Guzman was featured on the cover of the Beacon-News of Aurora, IL on September 17.  Guzman was interviewd for an article discussing new properties on LaSalle Street in Aurora, including Emmanuel House, the non-profit organization that he co-founded and for which he serves as chairman of the board. - September 2013
  • Lindsay Hatzis has been elected to the Kane County Bar Association Board of Managers for a three-year term and appointed associate editor of the Kane County Bar Briefs for a one-year term. - May 2015
  • Joseph Hylak-Reinholtz recently joined the health care law practice group at Much Shelist in Chicago. Joe represents health care providers and suppliers in connection with transactional and regulatory compliance matters, including joint venture agreements, mergers, sales and acquisitions of health care-related businesses. - June 2014
  • Joseph Hylak-Reinholtz moved to Holland & Knight LLP. - June 2012
  • Chris Kelly will be joining the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement District Court Litigation Division as an Associate Legal Advisor at ICE's Headquarters in Washington, DC. For the last four years, Chris has worked as an Assistant Chief Counsel with ICE, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in Eloy, Arizona. - September 2014
  • Mike Martinez completed work with his firm Matushek, Nilles & Sinars, L.L.C. on a landmark case in asbestos defense law. It is the first published decision on a spoliation of evidence case in the state of Illinois. The 4th District Appellate Court's preliminary opinion was first released on December 16, 2014. The decision is available to read.
  • Desi Matel-Anderson was the subject of a feature article by Devin Thorpe in the January 28, 2015 edition of Forbes. Matel-Anderson works with Field Innovation Team (FIT) and is CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC and formerly served as Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA. Her current firms train first responders to natural disasters how to use innovative recovery technology such as moblie apps, heat mapping systems and support drones. Thorpe's profile also includes a video interview done on January 29th at 7:00 p.m Eastern time, available at the link to the article.
  • Cynthia (Edwards) Pietrucha recently represented the DuPage County Bar Assoction's Lawyer Outreach Program by providing a "Law Day" for sixth-grade students at Whittier Grade School in Downers Grove, IL. - April 2015
  • Cynthia (Edwards) Pietrucha was hired as Senior Contract Buyer at Pace Suburban Bus.  She is responsible for conducting complex public procurements, negotiating contract terms and leading public bid openings. - September 2013

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