Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Billy Garmisa and Blooma Stark Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers


Aronberg Goldgehn members Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, William J. Garmisa and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded by peers to only 5 percent of Illinois attorneys.

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About Aronberg Goldgehn’s Super Lawyers

Christopher J. Bannon is Co-Managing Member of Aronberg Goldgehn. He focuses his practice on helping clients resolve commercial disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration and other 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 to his insurance related practice, Chris has represented business entities in a variety of matters. 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. Chris joined Aronberg Goldgehn in October 1989 and became Co-Managing Member in 2009.

Jay A. Frank is a senior matrimonial attorney with more than 40 years of experience representing 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. Jay joined Aronberg Goldgehn in August 1999. He is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group of the 1,500 best family law attorneys in the United States.

William Garmisa is a seasoned general business counsel to individual entrepreneurs, closely held corporations and mid-sized companies. He has a wealth of experience in the formation of business enterprises, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; mergers and acquisitions; and succession planning. Incidental to his general business practice, Bill has provided counsel and advice regarding debt and equity financing, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, shareholder agreements, real estate acquisitions and developments, real estate leasing, software licensing, equipment purchasing and leasing, and a broad range of other commercial activities. Billy joined Aronberg Goldgehn in 1970, became a partner in 1976 and served as the Managing Member from 1993 through 2008.

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. In addition to her law degree, Blooma holds a degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University where she graduated summa cum laude. An experienced speaker on the subjects of estate and trust administration, estate planning, elder law and Medicaid planning, asset protection planning and other estate planning topics, she has been invited to present before many organizations. Blooma joined Aronberg Goldgehn in August 2001.

About Aronberg Goldgehn
Aronberg Goldgehn is a premier full-service business law and litigation firm with offices in the AMA Plaza in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The firm represents clients ranging from entrepreneurial individuals and middle market businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Continuing its 120-year presence in the Chicago legal landscape, Aronberg Goldgehn assists and counsels clients in a broad range of complex business transactions and commercial litigation matters, and offers a full suite of personal legal services. The firm maintains a focus on the representation of bank clients, and features a national insurance coverage practice, as well. Aronberg Goldgehn's personal services include tax, estate planning, and family law. The firm's global reach is enhanced by its role as a founding member of Legal Netlink Alliance,, a network of 120 mid-sized law firms in 50 U.S. cities and 40 countries.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to

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