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Winston & Strawn welcomes prominent federal tax controversy attorneys, Daniel Dumezich and Gary Colton, to Chicago office

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from Winston & Strawn LLP:

Winston & Strawn LLP announced last week that veteran federal tax attorneys, Daniel A. Dumezich and Gary S. Colton, Jr., have joined the firm’s Chicago office as partners.

For more than two decades, Dumezich has represented numerous individuals and companies, including international financial institutions and public accounting firms, in complex tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and various state taxing authorities. He will head Winston & Strawn’s highly-regarded Federal Tax Controversy Practice. Colton is likewise experienced in all aspects of tax controversy work, ranging from IRS examinations through administrative appeals and litigation. Both join the firm from Mayer Brown.
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Biz Buzz, Fall 2010

>> CROWN POINT

NICU coming to local hospital this fall

A neonatal intensive care unit is scheduled to open in the fall at Saint Anthony Medical Center, 1201 South Main Street.

The 12-bed unit, slated to open in November, will be housed in the hospital’s maternity department, called the Birth Place. Staff will include neonatalogists and specially trained nurses.

“This is something we have wanted for years,” said Carol Schuster, vice president of patient services. “With our number of annual deliveries now up to around 1,600, we are able to justify the need and better serve our parents and their babies.”
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Michael Tolbert

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Of all professionals, lawyers may have the worst public image: We’ve all heard lawyer jokes, and they are never flattering. Gary native Michael Tolbert, a partner at the law firm of Hoeppner, Wagner and Evans, is determined to prove the longstanding stereotype wrong, whether he’s working with clients and colleagues or volunteering to better his hometown.

“At a really young age, I felt a need to serve people,” says Tolbert, who graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2000. “I didn’t even think of the money. I was more concerned with where I could make the biggest impact. The practice of law seemed to be the best fit to me.”

Although just 35, Tolbert has already been practicing for 10 years, mostly focusing on civil, bad faith insurance and employment-related litigation. But he’s been doing more than just representing Northwest Indiana clients at his Merrillville-based firm during that time—he’s dedicated much of his time to ensuring lawyers keep their knowledge base up-to-date and adhere to strict professional ethics.

“As lawyers,” Tolbert says, “we often forget that we’re in the business of serving people.” While president of the Porter County chapter of the American Inns of Court, a national organization dedicated to changing the general public’s perception of lawyers, he helped make sure area attorneys lead by example. “If we can talk about making sure we treat a client fairly, making sure we are cordial and professional with each other, then slowly and surely the perception of lawyers will change.”
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Sharon Stanzione

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Sharon Stanzione grew up in Crown Point, Indiana and says that she always thought she would either become an actress or a lawyer in life, so she decided to combine the two and become a trial lawyer. “I get to use some of my thespian skills in my law work, during opening arguments and closing arguments,” says Stanzione.

Today she is a partner and shareholder with Johnson & Bell, Ltd., with offices in Chicago and Merrillville, Indiana and is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Illinois.

Stanzione attended Purdue University and majored in English and philosophy, graduating in 1993. She obtained her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1996. She was brought by her firm to the Northwest Indiana location to open a medical law branch in the region. “I concentrate my practice in civil trial and appellate litigation. I have dedicated my entire legal career to representing the medical community including hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers, doing so exclusively for the past 14 years. I was brought in to spearhead Johnson & Bell’s medical malpractice and health care law section in Indiana. Since then, the office has grown exponentially,” says Stanzione.

Her work has helped to establish law in the state of Indiana. She says, “I have successfully tried many difficult cases, and have argued on appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court, resulting in published opinions that have helped shape Indiana health care law. Just recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in my client’s favor on a case of first impression in Indiana. This case has been published and has created favorable law for health care providers by protecting them from liability for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.” Read the rest of this entry »


Capital Campaign receives another boost

Front row, from left: Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP members Kevin Keough, Robert Dignam, William Satterlee III and Joseph Jaskowiak. Back row, from left: Robert Corbin, Saint Anthony vice president-general counsel; and David Ruskowski, Saint Anthony president.

Front row, from left: Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP members Kevin Keough, Robert Dignam, William Satterlee III and Joseph Jaskowiak. Back row, from left: Robert Corbin, Saint Anthony vice president-general counsel; and David Ruskowski, Saint Anthony president.

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the Saint Anthony Medical Center:

Members of the Merrillville-Valparaiso law firm of Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP donated $5,000 on September 14 to the Saint Anthony Medical Center Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has funded construction of a new complex to house St. Clare Health Clinic and the Prenatal Assistance Program. The campaign, which has a goal of raising $4.5 million, which includes matching funds from a private donor, began in 2008 and will end December 31. It so far has raised some $3.2 million.


Judge and lawyers share their professions with students

Attorney Kevin Marshall questions "prospective jurors" in an eighth-grade classroom at Hanover School in Cedar Lake during his Law Day visit. Marshall and paralegal Jack Walter, background, conducted a mock jury selection to show the students how a jury is selected for trial. (Photograph by The Times.)

Attorney Kevin Marshall questions “prospective jurors” in an eighth-grade classroom at Hanover School in Cedar Lake during his Law Day visit. Marshall and paralegal Jack Walter, background, conducted a mock jury selection to show the students how a jury is selected for trial. (Photograph by The Times.)

For just one day this spring, eighth-graders at Hanover Central Middle School traded their classroom for a courtroom.

To celebrate Law Day, the Young Lawyers Section of the Lake County Bar Association brought the law directly into the classrooms by sponsoring visits by lawyers. The topic of this year’s program was “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.”

Participating lawyers were asked to lecture and facilitate a discussion on legal issues created by recent technological advances and conduct a group activity simulating a city/town council discussion of a proposed ordinance.
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Liquor law changes coming Friday

Katie Francis, of Merrillville, center, a server at Northwoods in St. John, checks the ID of Pam Tschida, left, of Valparaiso, before serving alcohol Friday. The restaurant recently started carding all customers, though a pending state law requiring universal ID checks applies only to carryout-liquor sales. (Photograph by The Times.)

Katie Francis, of Merrillville, center, a server at Northwoods in St. John, checks the ID of Pam Tschida, left, of Valparaiso, before serving alcohol Friday. The restaurant recently started carding all customers, though a pending state law requiring universal ID checks applies only to carryout-liquor sales. (Photograph by The Times.)

A change to Indiana alcohol laws that will take effect Thursday is confusing the people who are supposed to be following the new rules.

Some restaurateurs, including Northwoods owner Jeff Fryzel, are getting employees into the habit of checking the identification of all customers, even the regulars at the St. John restaurant.

“Regular customers, even though we know who they are, we know their age . . . we still have to card them,” he said.
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US Steel accused of illegally selling energy

The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has filed a lawsuit accusing the United States Steel Corp. of illegally selling electricity and natural gas to fellow steel maker ArcelorMittal.

The sales occurred from November 2003 through the fall of 2007, though NIPSCO said in its suit it did not learn about the transactions until June 2007.

NIPSCO said it submitted its claims to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Oct. 1, 2007, seeking the necessary liability determination. The commission issued its findings on May 11 and NIPSCO responded with its suit.
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The politics of trash

Lake County political insider Michael Pannos entertained energy developer Earl H. Powers last summer at Pannos' vacation home, top photo, on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind. Powers was joined by Pannos during a meeting at the nearby farmhouse, above, of Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub. (Photograph by Gregg Gearhart/The Times.)

Lake County political insider Michael Pannos entertained energy developer Earl H. Powers last summer at Pannos' vacation home, top photo, on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind. Powers was joined by Pannos during a meeting at the nearby farmhouse, above, of Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub. (Photograph by Gregg Gearhart/The Times.)

Enmeshed in the process of bringing a trash-to-ethanol facility to Lake County is a tangled web of political and business connections linking what some describe as a political rainmaker, top county government officials and a multistate law firm.

The law firm, which was the longtime legal counsel of the winning private bidder set to build and operate the plant, also represented the county waste management board when it approved the contract to build what is to be a privately run by publicly owned facility.

Political proponents of the proposed biorefinery hail the plan as a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to landfilling Lake County’s trash.
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Law school conference to examine subprime mortgage crisis

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The Valparaiso University School of Law will host a March 26 conference delving into the causes and consequences of the subprime mortgage crisis.

“Anatomy of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Empirical Studies of Loan Document Data – a Symposium” will feature presentations by nine scholars who will discuss their original empirical papers exploring the terms and characteristics of subprime mortgages, which helped touch off worldwide economic turmoil in 2007.

Created with support from the Ford Foundation, the papers will offer unprecedented loan-level details of mortgage terms and borrower characteristics compiled from actual loan files.
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