Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Illinois


Aronberg Goldgehn members Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2015. Additionally, Amber O. LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.

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. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Only five percent of the lawyers in Illinois are nominated by Super Lawyers. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters, Legal Division. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

The ‘Rising Stars’ list showcases outstanding young lawyers in the state, and only 2.5% percent of the lawyers in Illinois are selected for inclusion each year.

Illinois Super Lawyers

Christopher J. Bannon, Insurance Coverage. Chris focuses his practice on helping clients resolve commercial disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution methods. He devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing insurance companies in resolving complex coverage disputes arising out of various types of insurance policies and relationships. In addition, Chris has represented a wide range of business entities, including banks and other financial institutions, real estate developers and brokers, manufacturers, retailers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, employment agencies, commercial property lessors and management companies, as well as individuals, with a variety of business interests. He has assisted clients in resolving claims arising out of contracts, real estate transactions, construction, leases, banking transactions, employment relationships and various other commercial matters. He also regularly defends attorneys and other professionals against claims related to their professional services.

Jay A. Frank, Family Law. Jay represents a wide variety of clients, including attorneys, television and radio personalities, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sports figures, physicians, accountants and other professionals on a local, national and international basis. In his practice, he has successfully pursued, traced and valued valuable assets. He also has successfully litigated or negotiated premarital agreements, property distributions, support awards and custody and visitation arrangements

Blooma Stark, Estate Planning & Probate. Blooma Stark focuses her practice on estate planning and probate with particular emphasis in the areas of tax planning, asset protection planning and elder care planning. She helps clients to meet their goals with respect to their estates and providing for their families in the most tax efficient way. Clients enjoy working with her because she can explain difficult concepts to them in plain language and they know she will get their work done efficiently and effectively.

Illinois Rising Stars

Amber LaFevers, Insurance Coverage. Amber focuses her practice on analyzing and litigating complex business disputes involving insurance coverage, corporate control and general corporate matters. She is regularly engaged in litigating and resolving high-stakes claims involving a wide variety of insurance coverage and complex commercial disputes. Amber also provides strategic counseling to clients in connection with underlying exposures presented by corporate scandals and derivative litigation. She has handled numerous matters arising out of professional liability, errors and omissions, director and officer, fidelity, commercial general liability and environmental claims. In addition, she represents corporate clients in complex commercial disputes and corporate governance matters involving derivative liability claims, complex contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty issues.

Timothy R. Nelson, Business/Corporate. Tim represents businesses, lenders and real estate clients in a broad range of matters and transactions. He often serves as outside general counsel for middle market and privately held businesses in a variety of industries. In serving as a trusted advisor for his clients, Tim provides counsel on a broad range of legal, business and strategic matters. Tim frequently represents clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; business formation and governance matters; corporate structure and business planning matters; private debt and equity offerings; shareholder disputes; commercial finance transactions; as well as real estate, leasing and licensing transactions. Tim also assists clients with a range of technology and intellectual property matters.

Amy M. Rapoport Gibson, Business Litigation. Amy focuses her practice on shareholder disputes, employment litigation and real estate litigation. Shareholder disputes she handles include, without limitation, claims for violation of the Business Corporation Act, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.In the area of employment litigation, Amy defends clients in claims for discrimination, breach of noncompetition agreements and trade secret misappropriation, among others. In her real estate litigation practice, Amy handles claims for trespass and nuisance as well as general business litigation.

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