On March 1, 2018, Christina Faklis Adair participated in the National Hellenic Museum’s “Trial of Megacles” held at The Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Adair was selected to participate as a trial attorney in the Trial along with four other prestigious members of the Illinois bar.
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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 2017 for the fourth straight year (2014-2017) in the area of Closely and Privately Held 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.
Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Rick Del Giudice, has been named for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers from 2012 - 2017 (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.
Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Steven H. Leech, an Associate at the firm, was selected for inclusion in Emerging Lawyers Magazine in 2016 (Commercial Litigation)
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Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffery Heftman, a Partner at the firm, was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2017 (Civil Litigation Defense).
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.
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.
Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to welcome David J. Ben-Dov to the firm as a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group.
Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to announce that Christina M. Faklis has joined our litigation team as an Associate Attorney.
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Business Law Alerts
Employees are suing their employers for using their biometric data (e.g. handprint, fingerprint, voiceprint and/or facial recognition) for common and routine business operations. Meijer employees recently filed a class action against the grocery chain operator. The employees allege: (a) Meijer improperly forced them to scan their fingerprints into a company database in order to track their hours worked, i.e.
Effective July 1, 2017, the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act (805 ILCS 180/1-5 et seq.) has been substantially amended. The Illinois LLC Act governs the manner in which limited liability companies organized in Illinois are formed, operated and dissolved; what terms shall, may or may not be included in the operating agreements that set forth how an Illinois LLC is to be operated; and how the members, managers, directors and officers of LLCs must interact with one another and parties with which the LLC does business.
The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act took effect on January 1, 2017. The Act requires Illinois employers that provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of their employees’ family members. The list of family members for whom employees can use their sick leave time includes an employee’s child, stepchild, spouse or domestic partner, sibling, parent, parent-in law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent.
On March 1, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), for the first time, filed lawsuits against private employers claiming that the law barring discrimination based on sex includes discrimination based upon sexual orientation.
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.
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.
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.
On November 20, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages, making Illinois the 16th state to do so. The new law, which will be known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, will take effect on June 1, 2014.
TTB released today a new ruling that addresses when a wholesaler may accept returns of beer that is past its freshness date. Pursuant to the new ruling, TTB will permit the return of product past its freshness date under the following conditions.
On August 7, 2012, Illinois enacted new legislation amending the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act and portions of the Illinois Income Tax Act, 35 ILCS 5/1 et seq., related to certain enterprise zone incentives.
On May 30, 2012, the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a report to provide guidance about employer social media policies (e.g., policies that outline appropriate or inappropriate online employee conduct).
On April 24, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) enacted guidelines that prohibit certain businesses from making employment decisions based solely on an employee’s or job applicant’s arrest or criminal conviction.