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Raymond Shaheen

Born in Deer Grove, Illinois, February 8, 1918; admitted to bar 1949, Illinois.

Education: De Paul University. Phi Alpha Delta.

Member: Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Acquisitions, Corporate, General Business, Contracts.

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Henry N. Novoselsky

Born Chicago, Illinois, January 19, 1942; admitted to bar, 1966, Illinois; 1967, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1971, U.S. Supreme Court.

Education: Roosevelt University (B.A., 1962); De Paul University (J.D., with honors, 1966). Associate Editor, De Paul Law Review, 1965-1966.

Representative Published Decisions: Petersen v Wallach, 764 N.E.2d 19 (Ill. 2002), affirming 733 N.E.2d 713; Woodfield Group v DeLisle, 13 IER Cases, 693 NE 2d 464 (Ill. App. 1998); Trans-Aire International v. Northern Adhesive Co., 9 UCC Rep. Serv. 2d 878, 882 F.2d 1259 (CCA 7th, 1989).

Hearing Examiner, State of Illinois, Illinois Commerce Commission, 1970-1973; Administrative Law Judge, State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Revenue, 1973-1976.

Member: Illinois State and American Bar Associations; Appellate Lawyer Association of Illinois; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Litigation, Unfair Competition, Chancery and Extraordinary Remedies, Contested Estates, Trust Litigation.

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Lawrence G. Staat

Born Chicago Heights, Illinois, July 2, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

Education: University of Illinois (B.S. Finance, cum laude, 1971); De Paul University (M.S., Taxation, 1977); Tulane University and De Paul University (J.D., 1974). Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Chicago District, 1977-1979.

Member: Chicago (Member, Committee on Federal Taxation) and American (Member, Section on Taxation) Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Federal and State Taxation, Real Estate, Business Planning, Estate Planning.

ARTICLES:
  • Lorman Seminar: Illinois Partnership Distributions

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  • Steven C. Filipowski

    President and Managing Director, born Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Illinois; 1979, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including the Trial Bar; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit.

    Education: St. John's University, Minnesota. Member, Honors Program, (B.A., 1972); Loyola University of Chicago (J.D. 1975).

    Member: Chicago (Member, Corporate, AntiTrust and Bankruptcy Committee), Illinois State and American Bar Associations; American Trial Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute.

    In the News:
    - Pitfalls to Avoid When Planning for a Reduction-in-Force (RIF)(Audio)


    PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate, Corporate Risk Management, Sales and Distribution, Commercial Litigation and Appeals, Employment, Bankruptcy Litigation, Zoning and Land Use.

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    James J. Eccleston

    Born Boston, Massachusetts, January 11, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Illinois and Massachusetts; 1987, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including the Trial Bar; 1988, District Court of Massachusetts; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit; 1989, U.S. Tax Court.

    Education: University of Chicago (A.B., 1983); Boston College (M.A., 1984); Suffolk University, Massachusetts (J.D., cum laude, 1987).

    Professional Licenses: National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7, 24, and 65; Registered Investment Adviser, Illinois.

    Author: Co-Editor and Contributing Author, Securities Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2003 Edition; Monthly Legal Columnist, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (Profitable Counsel), Debits and Credits, On Wall Street (Legal View); Editor and Contributing Author, www.FinancialCounsel.com.

    Member: Chicago (Member and Past Chairperson of the Securities Law Committee as well as Member and Past Chairperson of the Financial and Investment Services Committee), Illinois, and American Bar Associations (Member, Section on Litigation); Financial Planning Association (FPA) (Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Loop Council); Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA); Securities Industry Association (SIA), Compliance and Legal Division.

    Awards: In 2005, Law & Politics named Mr. Eccleston a "Super Lawyer" in Illinois. As published in the May, 2005 issue of Chicago Magazine, and available at www.superlawyers.com, the Super Lawyer designation is awarded to the Top 5% of lawyers in a particular state, as chosen by the lawyers' peers and through independent research.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Securities Arbitration and Litigation; Securities Regulatory and Disciplinary Matters; Employment Law.

    PRESS RELEASES:
  • Press Release: Jack L. Haan and James J. Eccleston Win Case vs. Oxford Bank & Trust for Mismanagement of Client's IRA
  • Press Release: SNSFE Wins $200,000 Arbitration Award For John And Karen Green From NASD Arbitration Panel
  • Press Release: James Eccleston Discussed "Investment Scams" on FirstBusiness

    ARTICLES:
  • Avoid Recommending Mortgages To Purchase Investments
  • Beware of "High Yield" Bonds
  • Beware of High Yield Bond Exuberance in 2004
  • Concentrated Stock Positions Should Be Sold, Not “Diversified” Through Purchasing Additional Stocks on Margin
  • Don’t “Bet the Ranch” By Investing With Mortgage Proceeds
  • Don’t Use Leverage to Diversify A Concentrated Stock Position
  • Equity-Indexed Annuities; Understanding A Complex Product To Protect Investors’ Interests
  • More Protection for Customers Who Have Claims and Awards Against Brokerage Firms
  • NASD Adds Obstacles to Brokerage Firm Asset Transfers
  • NASD Discusses Investor Protection Agenda
  • State Securities Regulators List Unscrupulous Brokers and Mutual Fund Business Practices as Some of "Top 10" Scams
  • Tales From the Front: Communicate, But Don’t Mislead
  • Understanding the Role of the Brokerage Firm Research Analyst

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  • William E. Hofmann

    Born Chicago Heights, Illinois, March 12, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois and U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Illinois; 1977, U.S. Tax Court; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court.

    Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1971); Washington University (J.D. 1974).

    Member: Chicago Estate Planning Council; Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar (Member, Section on Taxation; Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) Associations.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Federal and State Taxation, Business Planning, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate.

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    Scott E. Galbreath

    Born: Chicago, Illinois, October 8, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1987, U.S. Tax Court; 1990, U.S. Claims Court.

    Education: Elmhurst College (B.A. Political Science and Urban Studies, Double Major, with High Honors 1983); IIT Chicago - Kent College of Law (J.D. 1986, LL.M. Tax, with Honors, 1991).

    Author:
  • "Final Sponsorship Regulations Provide Some Guidance But Leave Hard Issues Unanswered", CCH Exempt Organizations Reports (June, July, 2002);
  • "Enron Debacle Will Be Catalyst For Reform Of 401(k) Plan Laws", WLS-TVLaw.com (April, 2002).;

    Speaker:
  • "The Basics of Forming a Tax-Exempt Charitable Organization", Chicago Bar Association seminar (November, 2003).
  • "Nuts and Bolts of 401(k) Plans" Lorman Education Services seminar (July, 2002).
  • "Illinois Nonprofits: Tax and Business Answers", National Business Institute seminar (August 2003).

    Member: Chicago (Member and Past Chairperson of the Trade and Professional Associations Law Committee as well as member and past Chairperson of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Taxation Committee, Member Employee Benefits Committee, Member IRS Liaison Subcommittee, ERISA Litigation Subcommittee), Illinois, and American Bar Associations (Member Section on Taxation).

    PRACTICE AREAS: Federal and State Taxation, Employee Benefits and ERISA, Tax Exempt Organizations, Business Planning and Transactions, Estate Planning, Real Estate.

    ARTICLES:
  • Drastic Changes to Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Require Review of Plans Now
  • Retirement Plans Alert
  • President Signs Much Anticipated Relief for Defined Benefit Plans; IRS Immediately Issues New Rates
  • Automatic Excess Benefit Transactions in a Nutshell

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  • Michael D. Weis

    Partner, Shaheen, Novoselsky, Staat, Filipowski & Eccleston, P.C.

    Born: Chicago, Illinois, April 8, 1963

    Biography: Certified Public Accountant, Illinois 1985

    College: University of Illinois, B.S., with high honors, 1985

    Law School: University of Illinois, J.D., cum laude, 1988

    Admitted: 1988, Illinois; 1989, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Member: Chicago and American Bar Associations; Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

    PRACTICE AREAS: Real Estate, Corporate Law, Finance, Health Care, Tax Law

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    ARTICLES:
  • How to Obtain Good Title in Illinois Real Estate Transactions



  • Jack L. Haan

    Born Evergreen Park, IL, May 21, 1967; admitted to bar 1992, Illinois; 1994, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 1995, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar.

    Education: Hope College, Michigan (B.A., 1989); American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 1992).

    Member: Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Business Litigation, Arbitrations, Chancery and Extraordinary Remedies, Appeals

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    PRESS RELEASES:
  • Press Release: SNSFE Announces the Promotion of Partner Jack L. Haan
  • Press Release: Jack L. Haan and James J. Eccleston Win Case vs. Oxford Bank & Trust for Mismanagement of Client's IRA




  • Jeffrey M. Gershon

    Born: Plantation, Florida, December 21, 1967

    Biography: With Indiana Securities Division, 1996-2000, Chief Deputy, 1998-2000. Associate, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2000-2004.

    College: University of Arizona, B.A., 1991

    Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1996

    Admitted: 1996, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana; 2001, North Carolina; 2005, Illinois.

    Member: American Bar Association.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Securities Regulation; Broker-Dealer Regulation; SEC Enforcement; Securities Arbitration

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    Ronald M. Amato

    Born Naperville, Illinois, October 9, 1969; admitted to bar 1999, Illlinois, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois.

    Education: Northern Illinois University (B.A., 1993); Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1999).

    Professional Licenses: National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7, Series 63 (Inactive).

    Member: Chicago (Member, Securities Law Committee, Financial and Investment Services Committee), Illinois State Bar Associations.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Securities Arbitration, Employment Law, Commercial Litigation.

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    April J. Lindauer

    Born Phoenix, Arizona, April 27, 1974, admitted to bar 2003, Illinois, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois.

    Education: University of Chicago (B.A. 1996); DePaul College of Law (J.D., 2003).

    Member: Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association.

    PRACTICE AREAS: Securities Arbitration and Litigation, Securities Regulatory and Disciplinary Matters, Employment Law, Employee Benefits.

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