Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC Attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi Becomes DuPage County Bar Association President

Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC Attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi Becomes DuPage County Bar Association President

DuPage County Lawyer Gerald A. Cassioppi Installed as President During June 9 DuPage County Bar Association Event

Chicago attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi

"DuPage County Attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi joins a long list of past DCBA presidents, dating back more than 100 years."

The law firm of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC congratulates attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi on his installation as the president of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Cassioppi officially took on the leadership role during the DCBA’s Presidents’ Ball and Installation Dinner June 9 at the Drake in Oak Brook. Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC attorney Stacey A. McCullough was also installed as the DCBA’s second vice president during the event.

DuPage County Attorney Gerald A. Cassioppi joins a long list of past DCBA presidents, dating back more than 100 years. The president heads the DCBA’s Board of Directors, which leads the DCBA in its mission to provide education and networking opportunities for attorneys in DuPage County. Cassioppi was elected as the DCBA’s third vice president in 2014. He has been on a track of ascending leadership on the board, culminating with his one-year term as president for 2017-18.

Cassioppi provides businesses with legal counsel on various topics, such as commercial contracts, executive compensation, employee contracts and real estate. He has worked with businesses ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Cassioppi is currently the chairman of the DuPage County Ethics Commission and has served as general counsel to the DCBA and as a member of the Naperville District 203 School Board and Naperville Transportation Advisory Board. The DCBA named him its 2012 Lawyer of the Year. Cassioppi received his juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a certified public accountant.

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DuPage County Law Firm Announces Addition of New Associate Attorney Kristy K. Singler

DuPage County Law Firm Announces Addition of New Associate Attorney Kristy K. Singler

The Lisle, Illinois law office of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC welcomes Kristy K. Singler as the newest Associate Attorney.

DuPage County Attorney Kristy K. Singler

"We welcome Attorney Kristy Singler to our practice, and we know she will bring continued to success to the firm. We are happy to have her as a new Associate," says Friedland"

The DuPage County law firm of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC is proud to welcome Attorney Kristy K. Singler to its staff. As an Associate Attorney focusing on legal services in insurance litigation and coverage, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation, Mrs. Singler offers dedication and compassion when serving clients throughout the Northern Illinois area.

Attorney Kristy K. Singler attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she received her J.D., and she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Singler was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1999.

DuPage County lawyer Kristy K. Singler has received honorable accolades such as numerous “Rising Star” nominations from Chicago Magazine. She earned this accolade for four consecutive years, from 2008 to 2011. Mrs. Singler was a member of the Chicago Inns of Court and maintains active memberships with local and state bar associations. Mrs. Singler was previously a partner at a Hinshaw Culbertson LLC.

In response to Mrs. Singler’s new position at the firm, Managing Partner Jennifer L. Friedland stated, “We welcome Attorney Kristy Singler to our practice, and we know she will bring continued to success to the firm. We are happy to have her as a new Associate.”

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RUFADAA: What is It... Why We Should Be Concerned About Its Affect on Estate and Financial Planning

RUFADAA: What is It... Why We Should Be Concerned About Its Affect on Estate and Financial Planning

Author: Neil Goltermann

Our burgeoning online lives augers of a new world in matters of estate and financial planning, as well as the management of these assets by fiduciaries. Examples of digital assets include software; stored information on hard drives, backup drives, CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, or on the “cloud”; online presences on websites, blogs, social media, e mail, bank, brokerage and financial accounts, iTunes, music files, video games, shopping and travel accounts, and even bitcoins.

One cannot function in today’s world without a password or two, or perhaps 25. What happens to the Facebook and Google accounts of a deceased person? How are Facebook and Google, and other Internet providers notified when an account holder has died? How does the family of a loved one collect the deceased’s photos and digital music, or gain access to on-line bank accounts and records?

RUFADAA is the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. RUFADAA defines a “Digital Asset” as “an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest. The term does not include an underlying asset or liability unless the asset or liability is itself an electronic record.” See, RUFADAA, Section 2(10).

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DuPage Business Litigation Attorney Jim Harkness Utilizes Effective Trial Skills in Control Solutions, LLC v. ELECSYS

DuPage Business Litigation Attorney Jim Harkness Utilizes Effective Trial Skills in Control Solutions v. ELECSYS

Jim Harkness of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC dissects complicated sequence of communications for substantial impeachment value while representing the defendant in the case Control Solutions v. ELECSYS.

Few cases presented to a jury involve a battle of the forms under the Uniform Commercial Code – and pre-trial emails – as complicated as Control Solutions v. ELECSYS, 2014 IL App (2d) 120251 (2nd Dist. 2014). The appellate decision recites six pages of communications and counter-communications. Seasoned DuPage business litigation trial attorney Jim Harkness of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC, representing the defense, knew he had his work cut out for him when the plaintiff asked the jury to award $3.3 million in damages against his client arising out of a dispute over a cancelled military supply contract.

In business litigation cases like these, clear presentation of the relevant contractual communications to the jury is absolutely essential.  Absent a clear presentation of the evidence, the jury would be presented with a complicated contract interpretation under the Uniform Commercial Code.  The jury needed to know which emails and documents formed the basis for the disputed contract interpretation and which ones did not. The jury also needed to know which discussions were contractual, and which discussions showed evidence of authentic settlement negotiations, if any.  How the jury saw this would make a multi-million dollar difference in the result of the case.

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