Announcements

David S. Americus Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2016

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Partner, David S. Americus, has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2016 (Commercial Litigation and Business Law). The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Amy Cohen Heller has joined the GDAFB Team!

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to announce that Amy Cohen Heller, Esq. has become Of Counsel to the firm. Amy brings to GDAFB significant expertise in all aspects of trademark law, including trademark clearance, prosecution, counseling, enforcement and trademark portfolio management of domestic and international portfolios as well as copyright and licensing issues. 

To learn more about Amy, please visit her attorney profile on our website.

Happy New Year!

Earl Farkas has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lupus Society of Illinois

Lupus is a chronic, potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease that can cause damage to virtually any organ in the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Although lupus occurs at any age, and in either sex, the majority of people with lupus are women in the prime of their lives. Throughout the country, there are more than 1.5 million people living with lupus.

David S. Americus Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2015

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Partner, David S. Americus, has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2015 (Commercial Litigation and Business Law).  The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Rick Del Giudice Named a Super Lawyer in 2015

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Rick Del Giudice, was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2015 (Business Litigation).

Illinois Super Lawyers identified the top five percent of the lawyers in Illinois based on research and peer nominations conducted by Law & Politics.  Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Jeffery M. Heftman was named a Super Lawyer for 2015

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffery M. Heftman was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2015 (Civil Litigation Defense).

Illinois Super Lawyers identified the top five percent of the lawyers in Illinois based on research and peer nominations conducted by Law & Politics.  Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Business Law Alerts

Family Medical Leave Act Business Law Alert

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an update to the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Under the FMLA, eligible employees can take FMLA leave to, among other things, care for their spouse.  Under the old regulation, a same sex spouse was only recognized as a spouse for FMLA purposes if the employee lived in a state where same sex marriage was recognized.

New Employment Laws for 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act and new pregnancy provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act take effect. The Job Opportunities Act applies to employers of 15 or more employees in the current or preceding calendar year. The Human Rights pregnancy amendments apply to all Illinois employers.

Business Law Alert: Please Check Your Guns at the Door; New Challenges for Employers under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act

The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (“FCCA”) permits a holder of a concealed carry license to carry a loaded or unloaded, fully or partially concealed firearm on his or her person and within his or her vehicle.