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Three Northern Law Alumni Honored as “40 under 40” Attorneys
by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

November 22, 2016

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law alumni Karoline Carstens (‘06), Elizabeth Shine Hermes (‘03) and Adam R. Vaught (’05) have been honored as “40 under 40” attorneys by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

The Law Bulletin Publishing company conducts the 40 under 40 survey annually to determine who they believe are the “up and coming” young attorneys in Illinois under the age of forty. Forty attorneys are chosen - from hundreds of nominations each year - based on professional achievements, passion, and a desire to help the community.

Karoline Carstens, an associate at the Alton, Illinois law firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy, handles a large case load for the asbestos and mesothelioma litigation team. She has assisted in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for her clients working every step of the legal process from initial inquiries through discovery and deposition to preparation for trial.



Elizabeth Shine Hermes, a partner at the law firm of Odelson & Sterk, based in Evergreen, Park, Illinois, devotes her practice to municipal law and property tax law. She counsels municipal clients on a variety of matters such as property tax issues, land use and zoning, economic development, intergovernmental agreements, annexation and contracts as well as the drafting of resolutions, ordinances, agreements and policies.



Adam R. Vaught, a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, focuses his practice in professional liability defense, with emphasis in the counseling and defense of attorneys and law firms in malpractice and disciplinary matters. He also has a significant appellate practice and serves as a board member for the Illinois Appellate Lawyers association.



“We are pleased to see our alumni recognized for their contributions,” said Eric Dannenmaier, dean of NIU College of Law. “They join an impressive list of NIU alums and faculty who make an impact every day through their work and in their communities.”



For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or

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