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1 North Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 200
P.O. Box 5131
Springfield, IL 62705

Phone 217.544.1144
Fax 217.522.3173

Chicago

22 West Washington Street
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone 312.854.7963
Fax 312.854.8001

On April 7, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed the granting of summary judgment to a hospital by the U.S. District Court of Central Illinois, which held that the hospital did not fail to accommodate the employee’s alleged disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Both the U.S. District Court and the Court of Appeals found that the hospital had presented satisfactory evidence to establish it had accommodated the plaintiff’s medical condition. John A. Kauerauf of Sorling Northrup represented the hospital before both the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

James G. Fahey and Michael G. Horstman successfully defended a developer in the trial court and on appeal (Barber v. City of Springfield et al., No. 04-10-0199 (January 26, 2011)) in response to a taxpayer’s allegations that the City of Springfield (i) illegally enacted public ordinances establishing a Business District (see 65 ILCS 5/11-74.3-2 (West 2008)); (ii) improperly adopted a business plan with respect to the district (see 65 ILCS 5/11-74.3-1 (West 2008)); (iii) unlawfully imposed a retailers', service, and hotel operators' occupation tax on businesses in the district (see 65 ILCS 5/11-74.3-3(12), (13) (West 2008)); and (iv) entered into an agreement with the Developer to develop the Business District (see 65 ILCS 5/11-74.3-3(6) (West 2008)) that was contrary to law. The Plaintiff specifically argued the City failed to establish the necessary pre-requisites before establishing a Business District (see 65 ILCS 5/11-73.3-5(3) (West 2008)) because it fraudulently found that the area comprising the District was blighted and would not develop naturally in the absence of business districting, Sorling Northrup successfully argued in both the lower and higher court that the Plaintiff lacked standing to prosecute his claims (i) as a taxpayer because he had no obligation to replenish any of the funds used to establish a Business District and/or (ii) as an individual litigant because he incurred no independent personal damages capable of sustaining individual standing.

In February of 2011, Jeffrey T. Baker was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in Sangamon County, Illinois.

On April 14, 2011, Lisa A. Petrilli will make a presentation at the Sterling Education Services, Inc. Landlord-Tenant Seminar. Her presentation topics include leases and the landlord’s liability for problems with the premises under lease.

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network included two articles by Lisa Harms Hartzler and Michelle P. Clatfelter in its recently published Governing Board Manual. The articles, "Duty to Govern" and "Conflict of Interest," describe a hospital board member’s duties of care and loyalty. ICAHN will distribute the manual to more than 500 Critical Access Hospital governing board members in March, 2011.

R. Lee Allen joined the Board of Directors of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation in January of 2011.

R. Lee Allen, a director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce since January of 2010, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s board in December of 2010.

In September, 2010, Jeffrey T. Baker joined Sorling Northrup as an associate. Mr. Baker received his Juris Doctor degree in 2009 from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, his Master’s degree in public policy in 2005 from Georgetown University, and his Bachelor’s degree in political science in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

On March 15, 2010, Michelle L. Blackburn joined Sorling Northrup as an associate. Ms. Blackburn has practiced law in Springfield since passing the Illinois bar following her graduation from law school in 2001. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University (B.S. in Political Science, 1993) and The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2001), and concentrates her practice in domestic relations, including divorce mediation and adoptions, and estate planning and probate and trust administration.

E. Zachary Dinardo and Michelle P. Clatfelter gave a presentation entitled, "Health Reform: A Primer for Human Resources Personnel," at the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network's Human Resources User Group Meeting on December 10, 2009.

On December 1, 2009, April G. Troemper was sworn in as an Associate Circuit Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Her appointment to the Court follows her tenure as an associate with Sorling Northrup since 2007, which in turn followed more than eight years of prior experience practicing law in Springfield. Ms. Troemper received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University and her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois School of Law. Her appointment to the bench recognizes her legal abilities, experience and judgment, and the many contributions she has made to the legal profession and to the community of Springfield. The entire Sorling Northrup family congratulates Judge Troemper on her appointment.

E. Zachary Dinardo, Lisa H. Hartzler, and Brian D. Jones presented the 2009 Legal Update at the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network's Business Office and Health Information Management User Group Meeting on November 10, 2009.

Two new associates of the firm were admitted to practice in Illinois on November 5, 2009. The associates, Michelle P. Clatfelter and Silas L. McCormick, joined the firm in August and September, respectively. Ms. Clatfelter received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from St. Louis University School of Law. Mr. McCormick received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University College of Law, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian University.

E. Zach Dinardo, a member of the firm's health law practice, was elected by his peers to serve on the 2010 Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA). An affiliate of the Illinois Hospital Association, IAHA serves the informational and educational needs of attorneys representing the healthcare industry, from hospitals and physicians to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

E. Zach Dinardo has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Rising Star 2010. No more than 2 1/2 percent of the lawyers in the state who are 40 or under, or have been practicing for 10 years or less, are named by Super Lawyers to the Rising Stars list. The selection process includes a survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by an attorney-led research staff, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Lisa Harms Hartzler wrote a summary of new federal requirements affecting residential mortgage lenders and real estate brokers that was included in the July 7, 2009 issue of IAR Weekly Connection, published by The Illinois Association of Realtors®. The summary discusses regulations requiring additional time for borrowers to review Truth in Lending disclosure statements applicable to loan applications submitted after July 30, 2009. It also covers additional timing requirements under the Home Valuation Code of Conduct for appraisal reports obtained for loans delivered to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, adopted as of May 1, 2009. View the issue at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/weekly7-07-09.

On June 18, 2009, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed decisions of the Illinois Appellate Court and Sangamon County Circuit Court dismissing a common law retaliatory discharge complaint filed against a Springfield hospital. The Supreme Court agreed with the position asserted on behalf of the hospital, namely that an employee does not have a common law retaliatory discharge cause of action against a hospital merely by alleging that the employee spoke out concerning issues which touched on patient care. John A. Kauerauf of the Sorling Northrup firm served as counsel to the hospital before all three courts and presented oral arguments on behalf of the hospital to the Illinois Supreme Court.

On May 14, 2009, R. Lee Allen spoke at the 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course in Champaign, Illinois. He, along with his co-presenter, the deputy trust counsel at Northern Trust in Chicago, presented the topic "To Distribute or Not to Distribute: Case Studies in Discretionary Distributions", which provided guidance to corporate and individual trustees in making discretionary distributions to beneficiaries of trusts. The Annual Estate Planning Short Course is a two-day continuing education seminar organized by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is offered to estate planning attorneys, trust officers and other professional estate planners.

Effective January 1, 2009, John R. Simpson joined the firm as of counsel, after 32 years of practice with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Most recently, Mr. Simpson served as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Revenue Litigation Bureau and the Estate Tax Section, focusing on litigation matters involving local business issues as well as tens of millions of dollars in tax liabilities involving large multinational corporations. He is a 1973 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.

E. Zachary Dinardo has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Rising Star 2009. No more than 2 1/2 percent of the lawyers in the state who are 40 or under, or have been practicing for 10 years or less, are named by Super Lawyers to the Rising Stars list. The selection process includes a survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by an attorney-led research staff, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

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