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2017

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 1, 2017: Woman settles lawsuit after deputy kills son
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Chicago Lawyer, March 2017 Issue: Conscientious Representation for the Catastrophically Injured

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Chicago Reader, February 13, 2017: After an officer in an unmarked car seriously injures a cyclist, police blame the victim.
As Kruger went to her first-floor window, she heard a short burst of police sirens, then silence again, followed by a young woman crying, “Help, someone please help me.” On the west side of Racine she saw 19-year-old Annie Zidek lying on the pavement, surrounded by four or five Chicago police officers.

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Columbia Chronicle, February 13, 2017: Hazing is criminal assault, not tradition.
Student athletes learn plenty of life lessons including the value of hard work, the power of determination and the strength of tradition. However, in the recent case of hazing at Lake Zurich High School in Illinois, tradition went too far.

According to a Feb. 2 Chicago Tribune article, two alleged victims have now filed a federal lawsuit against School District 95 arising from actions by the Lake Zurich High School football team. The lawsuit alleges that members of the football team committed sexual assaults and acts of degradation in the locker rooms and showers under the guise of “hazing” during the Fall 2016 football season, while coaches and administrators ignored the abuse.

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Oak Forest PATCH, February 10, 2017: Teen Killed in Garage Was Sex Trafficking Victim, Family Says.
Gina Arquilla DeBoni, an attorney for the family of murder victim Desiree Robinson, said in court this week that her firm will investigate the role Backpage.com played in the death and potentially file a civil suit, according to a report from the Daily Southtown. DeBoni said Robinson was advertised as a paid escort on the site before she was killed by 32-year-old Antonio Rosales of Chicago in a garage in the 16200 block of South Hamlin Avenue on Dec. 24.

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USA Today High School Sports, February 8, 2017: The investigation into Lake Zurich’s football hazing case cost more than $50,000 in November alone.
Make no mistake: The damage of a graphic hazing scandal to the Lake Zurich football program is more than reputational. It’s taking a major chunk out of the budget for the school’s athletic department, too.

As reported by the Daily Herald from suburban Chicago, the law firm which was hired to investigate the allegations of hazing billed more than $50,o00 to the district related strictly to its work on the hazing case in the month of November. The investigation was not concluded by Nov. 31, so it is almost a fait accompli that the total cost for the investigation will rise, and likely by a significant amount.

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Pioneer Press – Lake Zurich Courier, February 8, 2017: Amid hazing fallout, Lake Zurich turns to new protocols, key hirings.
Two members of the 2016 Lake Zurich football team who say they were victims of hazing filed a federal lawsuit last week against Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 and various coaches and administrators.

Chicago attorney Antonio Romanucci, who is representing the players, said that the hazing included sexual assault and other degrading acts and resulted from a culture that dated back to 1997 and also reached the cross country and wrestling teams at some point during the last 20 years.

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The Chadron Record, February 7, 2017: Parents hope lawsuit helps others
Fatima Larios “was a wonderful, beautiful daughter… with a big heart,” says her mother, Lissette Larios Roohbakhsh.

Her dad, Nelson Larios, recalls a “happy kid” who was “competitive by nature.” She learned to swim before she could walk, and while gifted in many athletic endeavors, she fell in love with softball early in life.

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CBS News Chicago, February 7, 2017: Slain Teen’s Mom Seeks Answers About Alleged Sex Trafficking.
The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten and strangled by a man she met on Backpage.com, after having run away from home, has set her sights on the website.

Desiree Robinson’s mother, Yvonne Ambrose, was at the Markham Courthouse on Tuesday for the arraignment of 32-year-old Antonio Rosales, charged with murder in Robinson’s death.

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Daily Southtown, February 7, 2017: Family of slain 16-year-old asserts she was victim of sex trafficking, hires lawyer to investigate.
The family of a 16-year-old Chicago girl found dead in a Markham garage on Christmas Eve believes she was a victim of sex trafficking and has hired a lawyer to conduct an investigation into the events leading up to her death.

Gina Arquilla DeBoni, an attorney with Romanucci & Blandin, LLC retained by the family of Desiree Robinson, said Tuesday that her firm’s investigation would target classified site Backpage.com, on which the teen had advertised as a paid escort, and all other responsible parties.

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dnaInfo Chicago, February 7, 2017: Slain South Chicago Teen Was Victim of Sex Trafficking, Attorney Says.
MARKHAM — The 16-year-old girl found murdered in a Markham garage on Christmas Eve was the victim of online sex trafficking, attorneys for the girl’s family said Tuesday.

Desiree Robinson, 16, had been missing for several weeks when her naked body turned up in south suburban Markham on Dec. 24, 2016. The South Chicago teen had been beaten, stabbed and strangled.

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WGN-TV Chicago, February 7, 2017: Family of teen killed by man she met on Backpage.com fights back.
A man accused of killing a teenage girl he met on a controversial website appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Anthony Rosales, 32, is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 16-year-old Desiree Robinson last year.

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Lake County Chronicle, February 7, 2017: Sexual abuse alleged in Lake Zurich hazing lawsuit.
A civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages and “injunctive relief to end hazing rituals” has been filed against the Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, three coaches, two district officials, and unnamed athletic support personnel, on behalf of two students from the 2016 varsity football team and their parents, following a Feb. 1 press conference, which was used to announce its filing that day.

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KCSR Radio, February 6, 2017: Larios Lawsuit Picked Up By Media Around The World.
The federal lawsuit filed in Omaha by the parents of 19-year old Fatima Larios charges the school with failing to protect her from dating violence and failing to take the steps required by the federal Title IX law in such cases. California residents Nelson Larios and Lissette Roohbakhsh are asking for monetary damages to be established by a trial jury.

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BuzzFeed News, February 4, 2017: A 19-Year-Old Killed Herself, And The Family Says Her School Could’ve Saved Her.
Two years ago, when Fatima Larios’s parents learned that their daughter had committed suicide at Chadron State College in Nebraska, they had no idea that school officials had been warned months earlier that her boyfriend might be beating her.

A federal lawsuit filed this week by Larios’s parents against Chadron claims the school violated the gender equity law Title IX in how it handled reports about their 19-year-old daughter’s suspected abuse by her boyfriend. The family originally filed a complaint, obtained by BuzzFeed News, with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which prompted an ongoing federal investigation. But their attorneys are also suing the school in federal court because they worry about how an investigation would be handled by an Office for Civil Rights run by the Trump administration.

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Lake County News-Sun, February 3, 2017: Lake Zurich H.S. should open up on alleged ‘hazing’.
Two alleged victims of the “hazing” and their parents filed suit this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago, contending a tradition of hazing rituals among student athletes has been going on for 20 years and that school officials ignored the abuse. Besides the district, a number of current and former Lake Zurich Bears football coaches are named in the suit, along with Superintendent Kaine Osburn. The filing seeks monetary damages; anti-hazing training for District 95 coaches, teachers and staff; anti-hazing assemblies for students; and a database to track hazing and bullying complaints.

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New York Daily News, February 3, 2017: Parents sue Chadron State College for allegedly ignoring relationship abuse that led to daughter’s suicide.
The parents of a Chadron State College student are suing the Nebraska school for failing to prevent the dating violence they believe led to their daughter’s 2015 suicide.

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Daily Mail, February 3, 2017: Parents of college softball player sue university for failing to ‘respond to reports of sexual violence’ which led to her suicide.
The parents of a college softball player are suing Chadron State College for neglecting to take proper action when their daughter was abused by her boyfriend.
Fatima Larios died by suicide on January 31, 2015 at the age of 19. She ended her life in her abusive boyfriend’s dorm room in Chadron, Nebraska.

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CNN, February 3, 2017: Parents sue Nebraska college over daughter’s suicide
The parents of a softball player at Chadron State College are suing the school, alleging the Nebraska school did nothing to prevent their daughter’s suicide.

Fatima Larios’ parents say in documents filed in US District Court that their daughter, who was found dead in her dorm room in January 2015, was physically and emotionally abused by her boyfriend, a football player, for months before her death.

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CBS Radio – 670 The Score: The Boers Bernstein Show, February 2, 2017: Antonio Romanucci Talks on the Boers Bernstein Show about the Lake Zurich High School Hazing Case.


USA Today High School Sports, February 2, 2017: Lawsuit: Lake Zurich (Ill.) football hazing included forced sex acts, goes back 20 years.
In early November the Lake Zurich (Ill.) football program was plunged into crisis when the majority of its coaching staff was placed on paid administrative leave on the eve of a playoff game. Days later it emerged that the coaches had been suspended — and players forced to sign a strange contract before competing — due to a situation that emerged which was clearly similar in nature to hazing.

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KWWL – NBC News Iowa, February 2, 2017: Lawsuit: High school coaches and administrators allowed players to haze and sexually assault teammates.
It surrounds Lake Zurich High School, and what allegedly happened inside a locker room in October 2016.

The suit, brought on by two of the victims, accuses the district, school officials and coaches of knowing that hazing and bullying was taking place…including forcing teammates to “strip naked and perform oral sex on one another.”

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New York Daily News, February 2, 2017: Football players at Ill. high school were sexually assaulted as part of hazing rituals that went back to 1997: lawsuit.
“The emotional and physical abuse that these current and former student athletes were forced to endure is unspeakable,” Chicago lawyer Antonio Romanucci said in a press release. “These inappropriate acts were clearly done without an understanding by the students of the long-term effects and ramifications that would ensue.”

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CBS News Chicago, February 2, 2017: Baffoe: Normalization Of Sports Over Dehumanization Brings Lake Zurich Scandal.
Remember toward the end of last year when Major League Baseball got rid of rookie hazing? How it was such an affront to the sanctimony of the locker room and travel practices that the players’ union stuck out its chest and … didn’t even contest the proposal?

If you’re decent and logical, you understood then how the move was a no-brainer. Besides hazing being stupid beyond remote rational argument, the big win of the hazing ban means players can no longer dress up like women. Yes, this puts a kink in the odd repressed psychosexual issues of so many adult male athletes, but the trade-off is that they can no longer send a message that femininity is inferiority.

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Cook County Record, February 2, 2017: Lawsuit alleges systematic hazing, mistreatment of athletes dating back decades at Lake Zurich H.S.
The Chicago firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, filed the 12-count complaint on behalf of two anonymous sets of parents and their children, naming as defendants Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 as well as Chad Beaver, dean of students and a football coach; David Profitt, a gym teacher and head varsity football coach; William Stutzman, a volunteer coach of the freshman and varsity teams; Rolando Vasquez, athletics director; Kaine Osburn, District 95 superintendent; and as many as 10 other football coaches.

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Comcast Sports Net Chicago, February 2, 2017: Lawsuit Filed Following Alleged Lake Zurich High School Football Hazing Scandal.
The lawsuit, filed by lawyers representing the parents of two Lake Zurich students who are victims of the hazing incident, alleges that coaches and school officials allowed “acts of hazing and bullying to occur within the team locker room, including forcing teammates to strip naked and forced un-consensual sexual assault.”

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Chicago Tribune, February 2, 2017: Editorial: Lake Zurich hazing: When adults look the other way.
The reports have been largely redacted. The school inquiries have concluded. Two athletic officials at Lake Zurich High School have resigned, with a third expected to leave at the end of the school year.

But that’s not the end to hazing allegations that arose a few months ago. An attorney for two alleged victims says the hazing involved sexual assault and acts of degradation involving football players. Parents of alleged victims filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the district, claiming school officials knew, or should have known, about locker room rituals that had been going on for years and were dismissed as tradition. Horseplay. Team bonding. Boys will be boys.

 


CLTV, February 1, 2017: Parents file lawsuit in Lake Zurich hazing scandal.
The suit lists Lake Zurich Unit District 95, school officials and football coaches as defendants.

District 95 is accused of allowing the hazing and bullying to occur in the team locker room where minors are supposed to be supervised.

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The New York Post, February 1, 2017: High school football players sexually assaulted teammates: lawsuit.
A lawsuit filed by a pair of Illinois high school students and their parents alleges players on their school’s football, wrestling and cross country teams engaged in myriad acts of physical, mental and sexual abuse as part of hazing rituals condoned by coaches and school officials.

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Yahoo! Finance, February 1, 2017: Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Lake Zurich High School Students for Despicable Acts of Bullying and Hazing.
Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two Lake Zurich High School (LZHS) students who fell victim to the abuses of bullying and hazing taking place on the school’s football team in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The lawsuit was filed against Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, school officials and coaches at LZHS for allowing acts of hazing and bullying to occur within the team locker room, including forcing teammates to strip naked and forced and un-consensual sexual assault.

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ABC 7 News Chicago, February 1, 2017: Hazing Lawsuit Filed Against Lake Zurich High School.
Attorney Antonio Romanucci, who represents the parents of two alleged victims and filed the lawsuit, said at least three people associated with the football program, including the head coach and the athletic director, have been let go after the allegations surfaced.

Romanucci said football and school officials claimed they were unaware of any hazing.
The lawsuit alleges that hazing of athletes goes back at least two decades and is considered a rite of passage at the school.

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Deadspin, February 1, 2017: Lawsuit: High School Coaches, Administrators Allowed Players To Urinate On, Sexually Assault Teammates.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday morning alleges that coaches and officials at Lake Zurich High School in northern Illinois allowed “acts of hazing and bullying to occur within the team locker room, including forcing teammates to strip naked and forced un-consensual sexual assault.”

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Antonio Romanucci on behalf of two anonymous Lake Zurich students and their parents, alleges that wrestling, cross country, and football coaches at the high school engaged in, encouraged, and permitted physical, mental, and sexual abuse in the form of bullying over the past 20 years. Per NBC Chicago, the District 95 superintendent Kaine Osburn wrote the following in a letter to parents a week ago:

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Lincoln Journal Star, February 1, 2017: Mother sues Chadron State following daughter’s death.
A California woman on Tuesday sued Chadron State College in U.S. District Court, saying school officials failed to prevent dating violence that led to her daughter’s suicide in 2015.

In the suit filed in federal court in Omaha, Lissette Larios Roohbakhsh said her daughter, Fatima Lissette Larios, was regularly beaten and emotionally abused by her then-boyfriend over a three-month period before her death. Fatima Larios played for Chadron’s softball team.

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NBC 5 Chicago, February 1, 2017: Lawsuit Filed After Alleged Hazing Scandal Involving Suburban High School Football Team.
A lawsuit has been filed against a suburban school district Wednesday following a high school football hazing scandal that sent shockwaves through the community.

The suit reveals for the first time details on what is alleged to have happened inside a Lake Zurich High School locker room last October, sparking investigations from the district, law enforcement and other agencies.

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PR Newswire, February 1, 2017: Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Lake Zurich High School Students for Despicable Acts of Bullying and Hazing.
The bullying discussed in the lawsuit of both students was part of longstanding and prevalent hazing rituals and traditions of the Lake Zurich football team extending as far back as 1997, and known to coaches long-before the dates of the Plaintiffs’ assaults. These egregious events were taking place, for instance, after the team’s Thursday night “pasta dinners,” where upon the conclusion of the dinner, members of the team would proceed to the locker room and engage in the tradition of “roasts.” Information and belief indicate that the social pressure and bullying became so severe and intense that even unwilling participants were forced to take part in acts that were assaultive, illegal, and often sexual in nature.

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CBS News Chicago, February 1, 2017: Lawsuit Filed Against Lake Zurich High School After Abusive Hazing.
CHICAGO (CBS) – The parents of two Lake Zurich High School football players filed Wednesday a lawsuit against the school district and the team’s coaches for allegations of abusive hazing in the locker room and showers.

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WGN-TV Chicago, February 1, 2017: Parents file lawsuit in Lake Zurich hazing scandal.
The suit lists Lake Zurich Unit District 95, school officials and football coaches as defendants.

District 95 is accused of allowing the hazing and bullying to occur in the team locker room where minors are supposed to be supervised.

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Chicago Tribune, February 1, 2017: Lawsuit: Lake Zurich High hazing included forced sex acts.
Antonio Romanucci, a Chicago attorney representing two former members of the 2016 football team, said the hazing goes back at least 20 years and remained hidden because of ” ‘Lord of the Flies’-type tactics” that kept participants and victims quiet.

“They were brutally mocked, teased, humiliated, embarrassed and emotionally harmed, all in the name of team bonding,” Romanucci said at a Wednesday news conference.

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Daily Herald, February 1, 2017: Lawsuit: Lake Zurich sports hazing goes back nearly two decades.
Incidents of hazing among members of Lake Zurich High School athletic teams go back nearly two decades with knowledge of coaches and other officials, according to a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two football players and their parents.

The players, listed as Doe Children A and B in documents, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago against Lake Zurich Unit District 95, Superintendent Kaine Osburn, former football head coach and physical education teacher David Proffitt and other defendants.

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Fra Noi, January 2017 Issue: Justinian Society of Lawyers – Eminent Bar Association Hosts Glittering Installation

This fall, the Justinian Society of Lawyers held its annual Installation and Awards dinner before a crowd of more than 300 attendees at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Officers, including President Frank A. Somarrio, Partner at Romanucci & Blandin, were sworn in for 2016-2017, and the 2016 Justinian Award of Excellence was presented to Antonio M. Romanucci, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin. Read full story here


Athletic Business, January 13, 2017: HS Coaches, AD Resign Amid Hazing Allegations

Head football coach David Proffitt of Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School added his letter of resignation to those of athletic director Rolando Vazquez and assistant coach Chad Beaver shortly after the first two resignations were accepted by district board members at a meeting on Thursday.
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Lake Zurich PATCH, January 13, 2017: Lake Zurich AD, Football Coach, Assistant Resign After Hazing Scandal

A hazing incident amongst football players in the locker room at Lake Zurich High School last fall has now lead to the resignation of the school’s athletic director, head football coach and coaching assistant.
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Chicago Tribune, January 12, 2017: Lake Zurich athletic director, head football coach, assistant resign after hazing scandal

The resignations of athletic director Rolando Vazquez and assistant coach Chad Beaver, who also serves as student dean, were formally accepted by the District 95 school board at a special meeting Thursday evening.
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Daily Herald, January 12, 2017: Lake Zurich football coach denies wrongdoing as he, AD, assistant resign after hazing scandal

Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board members Thursday night approved the resignation of athletics boss Rolando Vazquez effective June 30. As part of a package of other personnel actions, the board also accepted the resignation of high school dean Chad Beaver, who was an assistant football coach, effective Jan. 20.
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Illinois Bar Journal, January 2017: Admissibility of Social Media Evidence in Illinois

Is social media evidence admissible in Illinois? The short answer is yes, if the proper requirements are met. However, there’s some uncertainty about what the proper requirements are in Illinois. This article looks at the law governing the admissibility of social media evidence and how to lay proper foundation in Illinois. Read the full story here.


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 9, 2017: In the Courts – Antonio M. Romanucci reappointed as Vice Chair to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee.

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Daily Herald, January 3, 2017: Antonio Romanucci appointed as vice-chairperson of Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee.
The Illinois Supreme Court reappointed personal injury attorney Antonio M. Romanucci as vice chairperson to its rules committee, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Founding principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC, Romanucci has served on the state’s rules committee since December 2011. Along with 15 committee members, he is responsible for analyzing and recommending new Supreme Court rules or modifications to existing rules which govern all proceedings in trial court.

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2016

Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2016: Lake Zurich locker room ‘tradition’ took dark turn, report shows.
“The parents of (redacted) are not going to consent to have their child interviewed and would prefer to ‘move on,'” Mark Frey, the school’s resource officer, wrote to department officials three weeks after the alleged incident.

Police and prosecutors announced earlier this month that they were closing the case without charges. No victim had come forward, they said, and they could find no evidence any law had been violated, pointing out that the state’s anti-hazing statute requires “bodily harm” to be inflicted.

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Pioneer Press – Lake Zurich Courier, December 21, 2016: Year in review 2016: Economic activity, school hazing allegations in Lake Zurich.
A new superintendent took the helm at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, where high school football players agreed to undergo anti-hazing education and coaches were placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of hazing allegations.

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Lake County Chronicle, December 7, 2016: Lake Zurich hazing incident investigation continues.
A hazing incident involving the Lake Zurich High School varsity football team is still being investigated by the district’s Board of Education and the village’s Public Safety Department, and winding its course to a private defense attorney’s office gathering information in advance of a civil lawsuit on behalf of a victimized student athlete. The district’s response has been assailed as mishandled by parents and residents, leaving many questions.

The issues revolve around “egregious,” and “inappropriate activity by members of the football team in the locker room,” according to a document sent to the players and their parents, following a Nov. 3 team dinner. The team was to play Fenwick in the IHSA Class 7A playoffs Nov. 5, when a staff member alerted the school’s board of the incident.

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Lake County News-Sun, November 21, 2016: Rutter: Lake Zurich truth comes with whole number plus six zeroes.
They will be reminded of that number every time they meet Arlington Heights attorney Antonio Romanucci, who represented Maine West students in their soccer hazing lawsuit for four years. He’s now representing one Luke Zurich student in what appears to be a similar social inferno.

Romanucci issued a press release on Nov. 16 about “widespread, egregious” misconduct by some Lake Zurich football team members covering months. Fair warning.

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Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2016: Lake Zurich High School parents, district members lash out at board over hazing allegations.

At the first Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 board meeting since hazing allegations emerged involving members of the high school football team, parents and district residents accused administrators of mishandling the incident.

The same day, an attorney with Chicago-based personal injury law firm Romanucci and Blandin announced he will represent a student athlete he said was hazed inside the Lake Zurich High School locker room on Nov. 3, days before the team lost a playoff game to Fenwick High School 20-14.

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Daily Herald, November 17, 2016: Attorney retained by possible victim in Lake Zurich High hazing case.

An attorney who handled a lawsuit in the Maine West High School soccer team hazing case has been retained by the family of a student-athlete alleged to have been hazed in a similar way by Lake Zurich High School football players.


Daily Herald, November 17, 2016: Lake Zurich superintendent: Football probe will lead to ‘safe and secure culture’.

Potential changes prompted by an ongoing investigation of Lake Zurich High School’s football team will be long-term and create a “safe and secure culture,” Lake Zurich Unit District 95 Superintendent Kaine Osburn says.

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FOX 32 Chicago, November 16, 2016: Suburban HS holds first public meeting regarding serious hazing incident

“This is your fault. If you would have been more transparent from the very beginning and not allow reporters to start coming and writing articles, if you would have been up front with parents, you could have avoided the bad reputation the entire high school has now, and all their athletic programs now have,” said one mother who spoke at the board meeting.

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Palm Beach Post, November 10, 2016: Mother wants answers after photo of police officer posing with her son’s dead body surfaces online

A mother is reeling after a disturbing photo surfaced online that appears to show a Missouri police officer smiling and giving a thumbs-up over the body of her dead son.

The man has been identified as 28-year-old Omar Rahman. Now his mother, Kim Staton, wants answers after KMOV in St. Louis, which acquired the photograph, showed it to her.

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KMOV – St. Louis, November 10, 2016: North Co. Co-op police comment on photo of deceased man with officer.

Days after News 4 told you about a photo depicting a North County Cooperative police officer and a dead body, the department is providing comment about the officer’s conduct.

For the first time, the Chief Tim Swope is detailing an on-the-record explanation for the officer’s actions, although investigations into the matter are not yet complete.

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WBEZ Radio, November 9, 2016: Antonio Romanucci shares Concern over World Series Video with WBEZ

A Chicago Cubs fan was knocked unconscious when celebrating the World Series win. The video of the incident went viral. Attorney for the victim, Antonio Romanucci points out how the video brings suspicion as bystanders were shouting “worldstar”, eluding to a popular video website, which means the video may have been planned in an interview with WBEZ.


Washington Post, November 8, 2016: Mother blasts photo of officer smiling, giving thumbs-up next to her son’s dead body.

The photograph, published last week by a television station, immediately drew a firestorm of criticisms on social media.

“As a momma, this breaks my heart. I cannot imagine seeing this from the people that are PAID to protect and serve,” one Facebook user wrote.

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American Bar Association Journal, November 7, 2016: Judge blocks federal rule that would ban arbitration in nursing home disputes.

The implementation of a new rule prohibiting federal funds for nursing homes that enter binding arbitration agreements with residents has been blocked by a U.S. district court judge, who found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did not have authority to enact the mandate without statutory authority.

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CBS News – Crimesider, November 7, 2016: Mom demands answers after cop seen posing with son’s body in photo.

A mother is demanding answers after a photo surfaced appearing to show an officer posing, and giving a thumbs up, while holding the arm of her dead son, reports CBS affiliate KMOV.

On Aug. 8, 2016, Kim Staton’s son, 28-year-old Omar Rahman, was found dead from an accidental drug overdose in a home in Pine Lawn, Missouri. The North County Police Cooperative responded and weeks later KMOV obtained a photo appearing to depict the scene of Rahman’s death.

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Huffington Post, November 7, 2016: Family Wants Answers After Photo Appears To Show Cop Posing Happily With Dead Body.

Kim Staton expected police officers to behave with dignity and respect when they were called to her son’s side in August.

Instead, a Missouri TV station obtained a photo that appears to show one of the responding officers flashing a smile and giving a thumbs-up sign to a forensic camera while posing with the lifeless body of 28-year-old Omar Rahman.

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Vibe, November 6, 2016: Photo Surfaces of St. Louis Cop Giving a Thumbs Up Next To Dead Man’s Body.

The mother in St. Louis man is demanding answers after a photo surfaced of a police officer posing for a photo with her son’s dead body.

In the image, obtained by St. Louis station KMOV, the North St. Louis officer is seen smiling while giving the thumbs up sign next to the corpse of 28-year-old Omar Rahman.

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CBS News – Cleveland 19, November 6, 2016: Cubs fan assaulted after Game 7 says he wants to see an arrest

It was the punch that made thousands gasp around the world – an ugly surfacing of deep seeded feelings of disappointment and anger after the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Chicago Cubs.

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WVON Radio, November 4, 2016: Chicago’s Red Light Camera Scheme Challenged 

Attorney Antonio Romanucci talks to host Perri Small on WVON-1690AM radio about the two red light camera cases Romanucci & Blandin, along with Myron Cherry & Associates, have filed against the City, challenging the validity of the red light camera violations and the validity of the ordinance passed to give the City a “do-over”.


PR Web, November 3, 2016: Suit Brought by Myron Cherry & Associates Seeking Refund of Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Speed and Red Light Camera Tickets in Chicago Granted Class Action Status.

According to a prior court ruling, the speed and red light camera tickets at issue are void due to the City’s failure to follow mandatory notice provisions and unlawfully accelerating liability.

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KMOV – St. Louis, November 3, 2016: Questions arise after photo of deceased man with officer surfaces.

A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after News 4 showed her a photo that appears to depict the scene of her son’s death.

Her attorney calls the photo: “hideous.”

For months, Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager has been digging into serious questions raised by the picture, questions about an officer’s conduct and the handling of evidence.

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PR Web, November 2, 2016: Myron Cherry & Associates Files Suit Challenging Chicago Ordinance That Attempts to Revive Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Traffic Camera Tickets Previously Ruled Void.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the ordinance shortly after a Judge ruled in court documents that hundreds of millions of dollars in past speed and red light camera tickets are void and invalid due to the City’s failure to follow mandatory notice provisions and unlawful acceleration of liability determinations.

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Trial – American Association for Justice, October 2016: Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Disturbed

For Trial Magazine’s October issue cover story, Antonio Romanucci authored the piece, “Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Disturbed”. The article highlights how millions of Americans suffer from mental illness, and their interactions with insufficiently trained police officers can be fatal.

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WVON Radio, October 21, 2016:What have we learned on the second anniversary of the shooting and death of Laquan McDonald?

Police misconduct attorney Antonio Romanucci joined host Perri Small on WVON-1690AM radio on the second anniversary of the shooting of Laquan McDonald to discuss why it is so important that we continue to discuss his tragic death and the implications around it.


Thrillist – Chicago, October 11, 2016: Why Deep Dish can’t be considered Pizza in a Court of Law.

The debate of “Which is better, Chicago-style or New York-style pizza?” will probably never properly be settled, at least not before mankind’s mutually assured destruction. There is a huge group of people — mostly from New York — that claim that deep dish is objectively bad, and that the East Coast thin crust pizza style is inherently superior. And one of their favorite arguments to trot out every time this debate comes up, is the same claim that “deep dish isn’t pizza.”

Read full article here


WGN Radio, September 27, 2016: Should stop and frisk be used in Chicago to combat crime?

Lead attorney on the federal class action stop and frisk lawsuit, Antonio Romanucci talks to WGN Radio about how Donald J. Trump’s perspective on stop and frisk tactics are wrong. Before you stop and frisk someone you need reasonable articulable suspicion – plain and simple. Furthermore, Romanucci addresses how stop and frisk has decreased significantly in New York City and the murder rate has stayed the same or even dropped. Unarguable facts that affirm why stop and frisk is not the answer in Chicago for combatting crime.


ABC 7 Chicago, September 8, 2016: CPD Commander Glenn Evans Claims he was Framed.
CHICAGO (WLS) — A former Chicago police commatelnder, acquitted of shoving a gun in a suspect’s mouth, is claiming he was framed. Former Commander Glenn Evans spoke publicly for the first time about his case Thursday.
Evans said his reputation has been dragged through the mud and he wants redemption. That’s why he spoke publicly for the first time about some of the allegations of brutality filed against him.. Read full story here


Trial – American Association for Justice, September 8, 2016: NCAA Settles First TBI Wrongful Death Case
This year the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agreed to pay $1.2 million to the parents of a college athlete who died from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), marking the first time the NCAA has settled such a case with individual plaintiffs. The student-athlete’s parents sued the association for negligence leading to their son’s death in a case that drew national attention in the wake of increased awareness about the danger of TBIs to athletes of all ages. Antonio Romanucci, who represents victims of TBIs, called the settlement “extremely significant” in his interview with Trial.

Read full story here.


Fra Noi, August 9, 2016: Justinians to honor 2 at installation.
Prominent attorney Antonio M. Romanucci and esteemed television reporter Vince Gerasole will share the spotlight when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 15 at the Palmer House Hilton.. Read full story here.


American Bar Association Journal, August 2016 Issue: Fines against unsafe nursing homes are considered a slap on the wrist
Mary Mims has 32 years of experience working as a registered nurse, including time spent managing nursing home staffs. None of that could save the life of her mentally ill daughter, Letasha, who at the age of 36 died after an almost two-year stay at the Chicago nursing home Alden Wentworth.

Mims felt she could trust Alden Wentworth. After all, she once worked for its parent company, Alden Management Services, as an administrator overseeing various facilities, including the home where she placed her daughter.
Read full article here


Chicago Lawyer Magazine, August 2016 Issue: Personal-injury law: Trends and challenges.
Antonio Romanucci was interviewed for Chicago Law Magazine, read his full interview here.


WVON Radio, July 15, 2016: Summer Safety
Romanucci & Blandin Principals and Partners, Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin joined host Perri Small on WVON-1690AM radio to discuss the importance of summer safety. Warmer weather usually means more time outdoors at the park, playing sports, jumping on trampolines and engaging in other fun activities that can unfortunately often lead to injuries. Romanucci and Blandin shared their prevention tips as well as advice for what to do should an injury occur.


Chicago Sun-Times, July 12, 2016: Judge: City must turn over records in off-duty cop shooting.
LaPorta family lawyer Tony Romanucci said he learned that Kelly had been involved in the 2014 shooting — in which Kelly fired 11 shots at a man who threatened him with a knife — only when Kelly gave a deposition in another lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she suffered a miscarriage in 2013 after Kelly jolted her with a Taser when she tried to stop her van from being towed.. Read full story here.


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 8, 2016: $925K settlement in aorta-tear lawsuit.
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and one of its doctors has agreed to a $925,000 settlement with the wife of one of their patients who died from an aortic dissection.

The settlement was reached on June 22, but it was announced by Romanucci & Blandin LLC, who represented the plaintiff Barbara Mini, on Wednesday. The settlement still has to be approved by the judge in the case, Cook County Circuit Judge Lorna E. Propes.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2016: Judge threatens city of Chicago over failure to turn over documents.
The city appears to have failed to turn over the information regarding a shooting by Kelly in two other federal lawsuits involving the officer. Attorney Antonio Romanucci — who represents a man who was shot inside Kelly’s home in 2010 — said that while the city did provide mental health evaluations regarding Kelly’s fitness for duty, it did not turn over any records involving the 2014 shooting, although he believes that they should have been provided.

Romanucci said he learned about the 2014 shooting last week and intends to address it in court.

“I’m exasperated,” said Romanucci, who declined to discuss the mental health documents because they are under a protective order. “It makes a world of difference. Now I don’t know if I have all the records that I’m entitled to. I can’t get to the truth if I don’t have all the records.” Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2016: City Hall often fights to keep files secret in police abuse suits

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration routinely fights turning over information in federal civil rights lawsuits against Chicago police officers, often leaving a judge to step in and order the city to disclose potential evidence, a Tribune investigation has found.

Although typically not the type of issue that draws attention outside legal circles, the city’s handling of these lawsuits speaks to the police accountability issues that have intensified in recent months and have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Whether by bureaucratic negligence or stonewalling by city agencies, the Law Department places the interests of the Police Department and its officers above the public good, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers and even some former city attorneys. Read full story here.


Telemundo Chicago, May 23, 2016: El mortal precio de las persecuciones policiacas.
Maria Carrión Adame, de 37 años se dirigía al Cerrito del Tepeyac en Desplains, para visitar a la Virgen de Guadalupe, pero nunca llegó, pues falleció en un accidente que se dió en Chicago. Read full story here.


Fra Noi, May 13, 2016: Justinian fund aids kids’ causes.

The Justinian Society of Lawyers donated $4,000 each to Bear Necessities and Pro Bono Network at its 14th annual Children’s Endowment Fund dinner.
Created by the Justinians during the presidency of Antonio M. Romanucci to assist disabled and disadvantaged children, the fund has made donations to causes such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Illinois Eye Institute, and Ronald McDonald House. Read full story here.


NBC 5 Chicago, May 5, 2016: Chicago-Area Police Pursuits Kill, Injure Scores of Innocent Bystanders.

An NBC5 Investigation reveals that in the majority of cases, it’s an innocent bystander who is getting killed or injured, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $94 million in settlements and judgments. The number of killed and injured is now on the rise. Read full story here.


Elmhurst Patch, April 28, 2016: Elmhurst Attorney Helps Raise Funds for Disadvantaged Children in the Community.

On Thursday, March 17, the Justinian Society of Lawyers held its 14th annual Children’s Endowment Fund (CEF) dinner at Quartino Ristorante in Chicago. Over 60 supporters were in attendance as the 2016 CEF recipients, Bear Necessities and Pro Bono Network, each received a noteworthy check for $4,000. Since the founding of the Justinian Society in 1921, it has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the U.S. Read full story here.


Patch, April 26, 2016: Victim of Lake View Fire Sues Building Owner.

Beau Zanca, of Schaumburg, filed the complaint against Pierre Meunier, who owns the building at 3431 N. Janssen Avenue that went ablaze on Friday, April 15.

The lawsuit states Zanca, who was a guest at the residence when the fire took place, has sustained permanent injuries. Read full story here


Elmhurst Doings, April 21, 2016: Elmhurst attorney named a 2016 Super Lawyer.

Frank A. Sommario always knew he wanted to be an attorney. But it was an unforeseen twist of fate that inspired him to become a worker’s compensation attorney, a career in which he has excelled. Sommario’s passion for his profession representing workers in job-related injuries has led to him being named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine.

“I had a fractured ankle when I came out of law school in 2000 so, from a personal perspective I understand what someone who gets injured has to deal with,” said the Elmhurst resident, who’s a native of Melrose Park. Read full story here


ISBA – Illinois Lawyer NOW, April 8, 2016: Elmhurst Attorney helps raise funds for disadvantaged children in the community.

The Justinian Society of Lawyers held its 14th annual Children’s Endowment Fund (CEF) dinner at Quartino Ristorante in Chicago. Over 60 supporters were in attendance as the 2016 CEF recipients, Bear Necessities and Pro Bono Network, each received a noteworthy check for $4,000. Since the founding of the Justinian Society in 1921, it has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the U.S.

The mission of the CEF is to assist disabled or disadvantaged children in our community. Since starting the CEF in 2002 during his term as President, Romanucci & Blandin Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci and the Justinian members have raised critical funds for a wide range of recipients including: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Illinois Eye Institute, and Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland. Read full story here.


Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2016: Bhavani Raveendran Joins Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.

We welcome the addition of Bhavani on our team and look forward to her making an immediate contribution,” said Antonio Romanucci, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin. “We look forward to Bhavani’s uncompromising dedication and her unwavering belief in helping those who have endured injustices.” Read full story here.


Chicago Tribune – Park Ridge, March 30, 2016: Park Ridge’s Michael Holden Named a 2016 Illinois Rising Star.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Stephan D. Blandin, of Park Ridge, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Blandin joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor. 2016 marks the 12th consecutive year that Blandin has been selected to this list.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine,” said Blandin. “Having five attorneys from our firm on this year’s lists proves that a firm of our size can produce big results and have huge talent. I am extremely proud of our Romanucci & Blandin team and their accomplishments.” Read full story here.


Chicago Tribune – Elmhurst, March 30, 2016: Elmhurst’s Frank Sommario Named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Frank A. Sommario, of Elmhurst, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the first time Sommario has been selected to the Super Lawyer list following six consecutive years on the Illinois Rising Star list. Sommario joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.

“Being recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer is a true honor,” said Sommario. “I am humbled to be part of this exceptional group of attorneys who have an unwavering dedication to making a difference in people’s lives.” Read full story here


Chicago Tribune – Park Ridge, March 30, 2016: Park Ridge’s Stephan D. Blandin Named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Stephan D. Blandin, of Park Ridge, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Blandin joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor. 2016 marks the 12th consecutive year that Blandin has been selected to this list.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine,” said Blandin. “Having five attorneys from our firm on this year’s lists proves that a firm of our size can produce big results and have huge talent. I am extremely proud of our Romanucci & Blandin team and their accomplishments.” Read full story here


Chicago Tribune – Lincolnwood, March 30, 2016: Lincolnwood Attorney Martin Gould Named a 2016 Illinois Rising Star.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Martin D. Gould of Lincolnwood, has been named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the first year Gould has been selected to this impressive list of talented individuals. He joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a 2016 Illinois Rising Star,” said Gould. “Having strong role models at Romanucci & Blandin has played a significant role in helping me get to where I am today. I am proud to be part of a team whose passion and dedication to its clients is unwavering.” Read full story here.


Chicago Tribune, March 30, 2016: Chicago’s Antonio Romanucci Named to 2016 ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ List in Illinois.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Antonio M. Romanucci of Chicago has been named to the prestigious ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ list in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2016. This is the 10th consecutive year Romanucci has been recognized as a ‘Top 100’ and the 12th consecutive year that he has been selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Romanucci joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.

“I am grateful and proud to be a part of this year’s ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ list,” said Mr. Romanucci. “Victims of police brutality, medical malpractice and other forms of personal injury need our help today more than ever. It is an honor to serve these clients who inspire us to give our very best and being recognized by Super Lawyers validates the critical work my colleagues and I do every day.” Read full story here


Post-Tribune, March 21, 2016: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Principal and Partner, Stephan D. Blandin Reappointed to Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

The State of Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed personal injury attorney, Stephan D. Blandin, to another one year-commitment on the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) hearing board, effective March 1, 2016. Founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Mr. Blandin has served on the ARDC’s hearing board for five years. He is one of more than 75 hearing board members who will make recommendations in disciplinary matters of lawyers in Illinois throughout the next year. Read full story here.


ISBA – Illinois Lawyer NOW, January 20, 2016: Debra Thomas joins Romanucci & Blandin, LLC as Attorney and CLE Manager.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly announces the hiring of Debra L. Thomas as attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) manager. Ms. Thomas is a third-generation lawyer with years of legal experience in the fields of criminal defense and civil litigation. Read full story here.


Illinois Lawyer Now, January 20, 2016: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Vincent Arrigo to Associate Attorney.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Vincent Arrigo to associate attorney. Prior to this recent appointment, Arrigo served as law clerk for the firm and contributed to cases concerning personal injury, medical negligence and product liability. Read full story here


ABC 7 Chicago, January 8, 2016: Hoverboard Catches Fire in Fox River Grove Home Crews are cleaning up after a hoverboard caught fire in a home in suburban Fox River Grove.

Officials say the hoverboard was in the living room of the home, located in the 500-block of Essex, when it caught fire around 4:45 a.m. Friday. The family said they awoke to a popping sound and the smell of smoke. Read the full story here

2015


Attorney at Law Magazine, December, 2015: Breaking the Blue Shield. At no other time in Chicago’s history have we seen anything of the sort of turmoil that has rankled the Chicago Police Department. The office of the Mayor, the Cook County State’s Attorney, the Independent Police Review Authority are all under intense scrutiny – even the aldermen who run their wards like fiefdoms showed their true authority as to who runs the city asking few, if any questions, in support of a hasty $5 million settlement in the Laquan McDonald shooting from October 2014. Read the full story here


South Side Weekly, November 10, 2015: The Quiet Rise of Stop and Frisk. Chicago’s police stops dwarf New York’s; reformers work to curb the practice. On the evening of October 9, 2014, Darnell Smith stepped out of his grandmother’s home in West Englewood to wait for a food delivery that he had ordered for her. After a few minutes, the delivery car appeared and the driver got out of the car. Suddenly, another unmarked car pulled up alongside the curb. A man jumped out of the second car, lunged at Smith, and—without saying a word—immediately began rummaging through his pockets. Whatever the man found, he threw onto the grass beside them, as Smith struggled to break free from his grip. The delivery driver who witnessed the entire incident believed that Smith was getting robbed. But the man searching Smith’s pockets was a plainclothes police officer. “He just walked up and started doing it,” Smith recalls. “He said it was a narcotics investigation.” Read the full story here


Chicago Sun-Times, December 12, 2015: Other questionable police shootings claimed lives, cost city millions.

When City Hall finally released the dashcam video showing Laquan McDonald being shot to death by Officer Jason Van Dyke, it touched off a political tsunami.

Beyond the widespread public outrage, it has prompted a murder charge against the cop, the firing of police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a rare apology and promise of reform from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a wide-ranging Justice Department investigation. Read Full Story Here.


CBS Chicago, December 11, 2015: Detainee In Fox Lake Police Beating Video Says He Was Pressured To Sign Settlement With Village.

The detainee roughed up in a Fox Lake Police Department surveillance video from December 2014 tells CBS 2 he was pressured into signing a $4,000 settlement with the village.

The 2 Investigators got a tip earlier this year the then-police chief allegedly mishandled numerous problems in his department. CBS 2 requested video that was finally released Friday to media. It shows suspect Jeff Grzonka, 36, being manhandled in a cell by three members of the Fox Lake Police department. Read Full Story Here.


The Herald Bulletin, November 29, 2015: Teen’s family seeks answers for death in back of squad car ANDERSON – Several years ago, Jace Zook brought home an abandoned stereo.
The teenager managed to get the stereo back into working order before showing off his handiwork to his grandfather, Charles Finster, who had let him borrow tools for the repairs. Read the full story here


Chicago Sun-Times, November 24, 2015: Troubling history of Chicago cop who shot teen to death.

The Justinian Society of Lawyers donated $4,000 each to Bear Necessities and Pro Bono Network at its 14th annual Children’s Endowment Fund dinner.
Created by the Justinians during the presidency of Antonio M. Romanucci to assist disabled and disadvantaged children, the fund has made donations to causes such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Illinois Eye Institute, and Ronald McDonald House. Read Full Story Here.


Fra Noi, September 22, 2015: Top legal group taps Romanucci. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has appointed personal injury attorney, Antonio M. Romanucci, as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation group, effective July 12, 2015. Mr. Romanucci also serves as Chair-Elect of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and was elected to a three year term as one of AAJ’s PAC Trustees this year. Founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Mr. Romanucci has been an active member of AAJ for nearly 20 and has served leadership positions since July 2007… Read the full story here


Fusion Media Network, September 1, 2015: Lawyers are finding rewarding work in police brutality cases, and also money About two and a half years ago, Chicago attorney Antonio Romanucci took note of a pattern in the news: national media outlets seemed to be covering more cases of alleged police misconduct. It was 2013, and the cases were as shocking as they are today. A Miami teenager was killed by a Taser after police found him tagging an abandoned McDonald’s building. … Read the full story here


Chicagoist, August 28, 2015: Chicago’s High-Speed Police Chases Have Been Killing Innocent Civilians.
On Monday evening, 66-year-old Willie Owens was changing his truck’s battery near his South Side home when a driver fleeing police ran a red light and slammed into the car that hit him.
Owens died and four other innocent bystanders were injured in the crash, caused by a suspect in a high-speed police chase. Before the crash, Paul Forbes, 26, had just been pulled over by police for a traffic violation but he sped off when police officers approached, police told the Tribune. Read full story here.


NY Times, August 7, 2015: Chicago Police OK Independent Stop-And-Frisk Evaluations. Under the agreement, former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys will provide public reports twice a year on Chicago police investigatory stops and pat downs, looking at whether the city is meeting its legal requirements. It goes into effect immediately.. Read the full story here


FOX News, August 7, 2015: Chicago police OK independent stop-and-frisk evaluations. The Chicago Police Department will allow independent evaluations of its stop-and-frisk procedures and increased public disclosure of the practice under an agreement announced Friday with the American Civil Liberties Union.. Read full story here


USA Today, August 7, 2015: Chicago police and ACLU agree to stop-and-frisk safeguards. Under the agreement, police will track all street stops and protective pat-downs — not just those that don’t result in an arrest, as they have in the past. In addition, the city and ACLU have agreed to name an independent consultant, former U.S. magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue public reports twice a year that detail how the department conducts street stops and recommend policy changes.. Read full story here


LA Times, August 7, 2015: Chicago Police OK Independent Stop-And-Frisk Evaluations.“It’s not going to be a change in the actual way that we stop people, it’s going to be a change in the way that we record the stop,” Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a Friday news conference. And he suggested that the evaluations will bear out his belief that the stops have been constitutional.. Read the fully story here


SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2015: Chicago Police OK Independent Stop-And-Frisk Evaluations. Under the agreement, former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys will provide public reports twice a year on Chicago police investigatory stops and pat downs, looking at whether the city is meeting its legal requirements. It goes into effect immediately..Read full story here


The Seattle Times, August 7, 2015: Chicago Police OK Independent Stop-And-Frisk Evaluations. The agreement that calls for increased public disclosure and more officer training follows a scathing March 2015 report from the ACLU of Illinois that found Chicago officers disproportionately targeted blacks and other racial minorities in hundreds of thousands of stop, question and frisk encounters.. Read full story here


The National Law Journal, August 17, 2015: Plaintiffs Bar Goes After Police Brutality Cases. Police brutality litigation is becoming a hot practice area for plaintiffs lawyers, who are lured by big verdicts and settle
ments and by the increased availability of videos depicting confrontations with officers. Read full story here


KTBS TV, July 30, 2015: Federal civil rights lawsuit alleges Shreveport police illegally arrested, sodomized suspect. Desmond Lewis was walking to a relative’s house June 12, 2014, after picking up the prescription medication he needed to treat his diagnosed mental illness. What happened next, his lawyers say, clearly violated his civil rights: an illegal arrest and a police beating so bad it required medical attention.. Read full story here


Shreveport Times, July 31, 2015: Shreveport police officers slapped with lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, officers had been in the area searching for a burglary suspect, according to the federal lawsuit. Two officers, identified only by their last names, approached Lewis in a patrol car and demanded he approach them.. Read full story here


ArkLaTex, KTAL News, July 31, 2015: SPD faces lawsuit. A man sues the department, claiming four officers abused him so badly he had to be rushed to the hospital.. Read the full story and see video here


ABC 7 Chicago, July 23, 2015: Mother of toddler fatally struck during alleged chase sues Chicago police. The mother of Dillan Harris is suing 20 police officers, the City of Chicago and the man charged in her son’s death. The 13-month-old boy was in his stroller when he was struck and killed by a car fleeing from police.. Read the full story here


Attorney at Law Magazine 2015 Attorney of the Month Antonio Romanucci. “My interest in becoming an attorney never wavered after I made my decision,” Romanucci said. “My focus was the only thing that changed.” Read the full story here


Chicago Tribune, February 15, 2015: Inmate killed in Cook County Jail should never have been locked up there. Read the full story and see what happened to Tony Purnell here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 5, 2015: Importance of conveying mental health injuries, PTSD to juries. Read the full article by Antonio Romanucci here


FOX News, August 7, 2015: Chicago police OK independent stop-and-frisk evaluations. The Chicago Police Department will allow independent evaluations of its stop-and-frisk procedures and increased public disclosure of the practice under an agreement announced Friday with the American Civil Liberties Union.. Read full story here


Atlanta Daily World, July 23, 2015: Mother of Slain Infant Files Civil Suit. Shatrelle McComb filed a civil suit against Watkins and the CPD alleging that willful and wanton conduct, negligence and infliction of emotional distress, which resulted in death of her infant son by the police department and Watkins, according to a press release.. Read the full story here


CBS Chicago, July 23, 2015: Police ignored ordered to halt chase. Family Blames Police For Toddler’s Death In High-Speed Chase..Read full story here


Chicagoist, July 23, 2015: Family Blames Police For Toddler’s Death In High-Speed Chase. Police are being blamed for the death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris, who was killed earlier this month when a suspect in a high-speed chase careened into his stroller as his family waited at a bus stop, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2015: Mother sues city, police officers and driver in death of 13-month-old. McComb was on her way to the beach with her three children two weeks ago when a man fleeing Chicago police after allegedly killing a rapper affiliated with Chief Keef fatally struck her youngest child as he sat in a stroller near a Woodlawn bus stop.. Read full story here


Dillon Harris lawsuit news conference. Click here to watch the news conference featuring Antonio Romanucci


Cook County Record, July 23, 2015: Mother of Dillan Harris brings wrongful death action, alleges police should have cut short chase ending in son’s death. Shatrelle McComb, of Chicago, through her attorneys Martin D. Gould and Antonio M. Romanucci, of the firm of Romanucci & Blandin, of Chicago, filed the wrongful death complaint over the July 11 death in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 23.. Read full story here


Houston Chronicle, July 23, 2015: Chicago police sued for high-speed chase that killed baby. A woman whose 13-month-old son was struck and killed as he sat in his stroller at a bus stop during a high-speed police chase this month in Chicago is suing the city, saying officers ignored orders by their superiors to stop the pursuit.. Read full story here


Law Firm Newswire, July 23, 2015: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Shatrell McComb and Her Deceased 13-Month-Old Son Against City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins. The claim also alleges negligence by Watkins, whose careless actions and improper handling of his motor vehicle lead to the striking and ultimate death of Harris in his stroller on a public sidewalk, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the City of Chicago and its Officers who recklessly disregarded the high probability of their actions directly affecting the plaintiff and bystanders on the public sidewalks.. Read full story here


NBC Chicago, July 23, 2015: Suit: Police Ignored Orders to Stop Chase That Led to Crash That Killed 13-Month-Old Boy. Police say Watkins was driving a vehicle that matched the description of one that fled the scene of a fatal shooting in the 7700 block of South Kingston Avenue in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. After the shooting, police say the vehicle crashed into a group of people at the intersection of 63rd and Ellis, striking the toddler, who was with his mother.. Read full story here


Police Magazine, July 23, 2015: Video: Chicago Police Sued Over High-Speed Pursuit. Watch the video here


Redeye Chicago, July 23, 2015: Mother sues city, police officers and driver in death of 13-month-old. Antoine Watkins led police on a 3 1/2-mile chase, running four red lights and driving at speeds up to 70 mph in an area of 63rd Street with a speed limit of 30 mph, prosecutors have said. Watkins was fleeing police after the fatal shooting of Marvin Carr, 22, a Chicago rapper known as Capo.. Read the full story


Seattle Times, July 23, 2015: Chicago police sued for high-speed chase that killed baby. “My son was innocent and he should not have died,” Shatrell McComb said during a Thursday morning news conference about the lawsuit in which several unidentified Chicago police officers are defendants, as is the city of Chicago. The lawsuit also names Antoine Watkins, the man officers were chasing and who is charged with first-degree murder in young Dillan Harris’ death.. Read full story here


Times Herald, July 23, 2015: Chicago police sued for high-speed chase that killed baby. Antonio Romanucci, attorney for Shatrell McComb, speaks at a news conference Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Chicago, where McComb said she is suing the city of Chicago. McComb’s 13-month-old son was struck and killed as he sat in his stroller at a bus stop during a high-speed police chase this month. Romanucci says he has direct evidence that the officers were told to.. Read full story here


WGNtv, July 23, 2015: 20 Chicago officers sued over 13-month-old’s death in police chase. Dillan Harris was in his stroller at 63rd and Ellis two weeks ago when police say shooting suspect Antoine Watkins tried to outrun several police cruisers, jumped a curb, and hit Dillan.. Read the full story here


ABC News Philadelphia, July 23, 2015: Mother of toddler fatally struck during alleged chase sues Chicago police. The mother of 13-month-old Dillan Harris, who was sitting in his stroller when he was struck and killed by a car on the South Side, is suing 20 police officers, the City of Chicago and the man charged in her son’s death.. Read the full story here


Law Firm Newswire, July 29, 2015: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient. Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 14, 2015: Cameras, cops and caregivers: Can technology ensure accountability? Many argue that constant passive surveillance violates the civil liberties of police and citizens alike and that such loss of liberty outweighs the benefits of reduced police violence.. Read full article here


ABC 7 Chicago, May 27, 2015: Lawsuit accuses New Trier HS of neglect after cheerleaders injured. A lawsuit accuses staff at New Trier High School in Winnetka of neglect after four cheerleaders were injured in separate incidents.. Read full story here


Buffalo Grove Patch, May 27, 2015: North Shore High School Sued For Overlooking Former Cheerleader’s Concussion. A former New Trier High School cheerleader and her parents are suing the school district and athletic staff, among others, claiming proper medical personnel had not been contacted after she suffered a concussion during a practice in 2012.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, May 27, 2015: Lawsuit: New Trier trainer failed to seek medical help for injured cheerleader. Amanda Schoerke was in 11th grade and a member of the varsity cheerleading team when she fell on her head while performing a flying stunt known as a “full down” at practice on Sept. 24, 2012, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.. Read full story here


Chicago-Kent Law Review, Volume 90, Number 2, 2015: The Conflicts Between Forum-Selection Clauses and State Consumer Protection Laws: Why Illinois Got It Right in Jane Doe v. Match.com. Read Marty Gould’s full dissertation here


WGN, April 21, 2015: Chicago, CPD face lawsuit over ‘stop and frisk’. A federal class action lawsuit is being filed against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department alleging that “stop and frisk” tactics are unconstitutional.. Read full story here


The Chicago Crusader, April 25, 2015: Suit filed to stop ‘Stop & Frisk’ policy. Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci announces a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stops and frisks of city residents by police.. Read full story here


Defending Dissent, April 23, 2015: Chicago Lawsuit Challenges ‘Unconstitutional’ Cop Stops by Steve Wishnia, Police Blotter. Six black men from Chicago are suing the city and its police, alleging that their civil rights were violated by being stopped repeatedly when they hadn’t committed a crime. The class-action suit, filed in federal court April 20, seeks both monetary damages and a court order to change Chicago police practices. The defendants are the city, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and 14 unnamed police officers. Four of the six plaintiffs live on the city’s South Side and the other two on the West Side, which are predominantly black neighborhoods.. Read full story here


Daily Herald, March 25, 2015: Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC and Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File a Class Action Lawsuit against the City of Chicago for Violating Due Process in Automated Speed and Traffic Law Enforcement Violations. Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC and Romanucci & Blandin, LLC have filed a suit on behalf of three individual plaintiffs and a class of similarly affected individuals against the City of Chicago for its illegal practice of issuing notices for alleged automated speed and traffic law enforcement violations. The complaint sites a failure to properly specify the make of the vehicle and, more significantly, that the City has ignored its own requirement to send a second notice to alleged offenders before determining liability. As a direct result, according to the lawsuit, the City has collected fines and penalties from Plaintiffs and class members to which it was not entitled.. Read full story here


Legal Broadcast Network, April 29, 2015: Lawsuit Challenges Chicago PD’s Stop and Frisk Policy; Attorney Martin Gould Explains. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago alleges that the city’s police department is violating the law with its stop and frisk policy. The attorney for the plaintiffs, Martin Gould, will seek class action status for the lawsuit. He explains the litigation in this report.. Read the report here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 26, 2015: Lawyers can help fight modern-day slavery. Chicago attorneys who have lent their pro bono services to the institute include Michael O’Malley, Stephan D. Blandin of Romanucci & Blandin LLC; Renato T. Mariotti, an assistant U.S attorney.. Read full story here


Glenview Patch, April 17, 2015: Attorney Gina Arquilla DeBoni of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Named to National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 List. “I am truly humbled by this recognition as it reflects my passion for the work that I love,” says Ms. DeBoni. “Our firm is dedicated to the on-going fight for justice for victims of all forms of personal injury. I feel privileged to work with my clients and the talented Romanucci & Blandin team every day..” Read full story here


Daily Herald, March 12, 2015: Ronald McDonald House Charities receives $50,000 pledge from Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association. Frank A. Sommario, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, and past president of WCLA, spearheaded the organization’s decision to donate to the children’s charity. With WCLA’s support, Ronald McDonald House can continue to provide a home away from home for families of children receiving complex medical treatment at a designated local children’s hospital.. Read full story here


WUIS, May 1, 2015: Studies Show Limited Impact Of Settlement Sizes On Health Care. Two recent studies indicate that capping the size of settlements awarded in medical malpractice cases may have far less impact on health care than previously thought.. Read full story here


Times Union, April 9, 2015: SkyZone Injury Sheds Light on Trampoline Park Safety by Claire Hughes. After he took his second leap off a trampoline into a pit filled with 12,000 foam cubes Saturday, Christien Brown’s leg snapped.. Read full story here

2014


Romanucci & Blandin responds on behalf of abuse victims to District 207’s deal with Coach Divo

By Antonio M. Romanucci


The Injured Employee’s Guide to Recovery Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

By Antonio M. Romanucci


Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2014:

Man sues police commander accused of sticking gun in his mouth.A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court against Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who prosecutors allege stuck his gun in a suspect’s mouth, held a Taser to his groin and threatened to kill him after a foot chase on the South Side in January 2013. In August, Evans was relieved of his police powers and charged with official misconduct and aggravated battery in connection with the incident.

Read the full story here.


RedEye Chicago, September 10, 2014: Chicago police commander sued for allegedly putting gun in man’s mouth. A lawyer for a man who alleges a Chicago police commander shoved a gun into his mouth ripped Superintendent Garry McCarthy for taking no action against the commander even after DNA evidence months ago appeared to corroborate the incident.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, November 21, 2014: Filling factory jobs through temporary-staffing agencies the new normal. Read up on Alejandra Cancino’s full article here


Chicago Tribune, September 10, 2014: Chicago police commander sued for allegedly putting gun in man’s mouth. A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Rickey Williams comes about two weeks after the commander, Glenn Evans, was criminally charged for allegedly putting the barrel of his service weapon “deep down” Williams’ throat, holding a Taser against his groin and threatening to kill him.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 18, 2014: All on the same page. Romanucci & Blandin leader (Gina DeBoni) finds daily meetings ensure anyone can help any client.. Read full article here


CBS Chicago, September 29, 2014: 2 Investigators: Family Questions Investigation Into Near-Fatal Shooting With Cop’s Gun. A police officer’s gun puts a bullet in a friend’s head.  The officer claims it was an attempted suicide and that his friend shot himself. The victim’s family says that’s not true. 2 Investigator Dave reports. Michael LaPorta, called “Mikey” by his family, is a gun-shot victim and needs 24-hour care. He has had nine surgeries and is paralyzed on the right side.. Read full story here 


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 6, 2014: City resolves cop shooting case for $4.5M.  The city of Chicago has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the family of a man killed by police after being shot 18 times.

The settlement was approved by the city council on Wednesday and will be entered into Cook County Circuit Court today for approval by Circuit Judge Lorna E. Propes.. Read full story here


Chicago, February 5, 2014: Settlement Reached in Shooting Death of Freddy Wilson by CPD Antonio Romanucci, the attorney for family members of Freddy Latrice Wilson, today lauded a Chicago City Council vote to approve a $4.5 million settlement in the 2007 shooting death of Wilson by Chicago police officers.. Read full story here


Entrepreneur Podcast Network, October 29, 2014: Antonio Romanucci addresses Police Misconduct with The Entrepreneur Podcast Network. Antonio Romanucci, founding principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, joins the Entrepreneur Podcast Network to discuss this issue: Listen to the interview here


The Center for Public Integrity, November 17, 2014: Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites. Center probe finds disparities in reported registered nurse staff levels that are especially pronounced for blacks, Latinos. The memory of the suffering Letasha Mims endured at the Alden Wentworth nursing home on Chicago’s South Side still makes her mother Mary weep. In less than two years she developed a decubitus ulcer on her buttock. She lost close to 60 pounds. Her feet developed gangrene and her legs contracted upward toward her torso. A majority-black facility, Alden Wentworth in 2012 listed registered nurse staffing levels on a government website that were among the lowest 17 percent of more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide.. Read full story here


The North Shore Weekend, Simon Murray: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, this Attorney has found success. Read the full article here


Antonio Romanucci participates in First Annual Sports Law Symposium Hosted by the Northwestern University School of Law October 24, 2014  Read the full story here


Police Misconduct Radio Clip on Inspiration 1390AM On February 10th, Romanucci & Blandin Principal and Partner, Antonio Romanucci spoke on Inspiration 1390AM Radio, discussing the hot topic of police misconduct in Chicago and throughout the country. Antonio spoke to listeners about police officers using excessive force, recent examples of police brutality and how citizens can protect themselves. Click here to listen to Antonio’s interview.


Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ-FM), September 19, 2014 – Antonio Romanucci, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC spoke with Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ-FM) regarding the recent civil lawsuit filed on behalf of sexual abuse victims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet. Listen here


Daily Herald, September 10, 2014: Police official accused of threatening man sued.  A man whose accusation of brutality prompted the suspension of a Chicago Police Department commander has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the official and the city of Chicago. Rickey Williams contends former Glenn Evans used unreasonable and excessive force during a January 2013 arrest following and malicious prosecution.. Read full story here  


Chicago Tribune Glenview, December 26, 2014: Glenview personal injury attorney, Gina DeBoni named Illinois Rising Star. DeBoni’s empathy for her clients, along with her dedication and passion to bringing justice to victims she said “can’t get it for themselves” has earned her a spot as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and as one of the Top Women Lawyers in Illinois, published in Chicago Magazine.. Read full story here


Chicagoist, September 10, 2014: Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Officer Accused Of Misconduct. A man who accused a high-ranking Chicago Police officer with shoving a gun down his throat filed a lawsuit against the officer. Lawyers for Rickey Williams filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against Lt. Glenn Evans, who had his police powers revoked and was charged with misconduct and battery last month by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.. Read full story here


The Business Journals, September 9, 2014: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Rickey Williams Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Dept. Commander Glenn Evans Attorneys for private citizen, Rickey Williams today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Commander Glenn Evans for the use of unreasonable and excessive force.. Read full story here


Chicago Sun-Times, July 14, 2014:

Girls’ families file wrongful-death lawsuits against DCFS.
The families of two deceased girls have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the state’s child-welfare agency alleging officials missed obvious warning signs that the children had been placed with other relatives in abusive households..

Read full story here


more from 2014…
Chicago Law Bulletin, May 28, 2014:

Frank A. Sommario becoming 2ns Vice President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.View the photo here


Chicago Law Bulletin, May 14, 2014: Bruno R. Marasso meets Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride View the photo here



Orlando Sentinel, May 31, 2014: Jury awards $2.3 million to family of man shot to death by Marion County deputy.A federal jury on Friday awarded $2.3 million to the parents of a Summerfield man shot to death by a Marion County deputy sheriff. Dashcam video shows Deputy Lauren Miley firing at 21-year-old Joshua Salvato as he backed away from her on a road in Summerfield about 10:45 p.m. on July 5, 2012.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2014: Romanucci Obtains $2.3M Verdict in Florida Death Lawsuit. A Chicago law firm has won a $2.3 million verdict in a Florida wrongful-death case. The jury in Ocala, Fla, federal court found last week that two Marion County sheriff deputies used excessive force against 21-year-old Joshua Salvato…Read full story here


2013

Chicago Lawyer, November, 2013:

A Civic Mind. Romanucci: A rainmaker for community causes.
Romanucci said he had a talent for breaking down complex issues, but one profound obstacle needed to be overcome-public speaking.He had to take an acting class in high school to get him past the hurdle. At UW-Madison, Romanucci majored in psychology,which he said also helped him ultimately be more effective in the courtroom..

Read full story here


February 26, 2013: State Representative Marty Moylan Introduces Bill to Combat School Hazing. Read the bill here


BloombergBusiness, June 19, 2013: Sodomy Hazing Leaves 13-Year-Old Victim Outcast in Colorado Town. High-school hazing and bullying used to involve name-calling, towel-snapping and stuffing boys into lockers. Now, boys sexually abusing other boys is part of the ritual. More than 40 high school boys were sodomized with foreign objects by their teammates in over a dozen alleged incidents reported in the past year, compared with about three incidents a decade ago, according to a Bloomberg review of court documents and news accounts.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Bulletin, February, 21: 2013: Window washer gets $2.5M for fall. A hospital agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who suffered injuries after falling from a roof while washing windows.. Read full story here


ABC 7 News, May 14, 2013: Former Concordia baseball player, Anthony Collaro, and former coach, Spiro Lempesis, go public about sex acts. Anthony Collaro graduated from Concordia University of Chicago in 2011. His senior year on the baseball diamond was a good one, with all-conference recognition.. Read full story here


Catalyst Chicago, July 22, 2013: Why charters game a stronger parent voice. Read up on Jahwoundee Mason’s article here


Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2013: Raw video: Anita Alvarez discusses hazing charges at Maine West. See the video footage here


Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2013: Ex-Maine West coach charged in hazing scandal. A former Maine West High School soccer coach at the center of hazing allegations was aware of the physical abuse taking place before and during practices over a nearly four-month period last year, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said today in announcing multiple misdemeanor charges against him.. Read full story here


Chicago Lawyer Magazine, July, 2013: Legal Prep Progress Report, Legal Prep Featured in Chicago Lawyer July 2013 Issue. Read the fully article here


2012


Major TV and Radio news reports about the lawsuits that Romanucci & Blandin filed against staff and former coaches at Maine West High School in Des Plaines for allowing vicious acts of hazing to occur at the school. Watch now using these links: Ch. 2 (CBS): http://cbsloc.al/SqOhHR Ch. 5 (NBC): http://bit.ly/V6Z7ju Ch. 7 (ABC): http://bit.ly/RBYhA3 Ch. 9 (WGN): http://bit.ly/UczQph Ch. 32 (FOX): http://bit.ly/Zg7lhn CLTV: http://bit.ly/RBYpzy Univision: http://bit.ly/Uc0zCI WBBM Radio: http://cbsloc.al/SKcl5f WBEZ Radio: http://bit.ly/WmehnD


Public Justice Righting Wrongs, 2012: Public Justice joins lawsuit as co-counsel against Maine West High School for hazing rituals. We have just joined an Illinois case involving a 14-year-old boy who, upon earning a spot on the Maine West High School boys’varsity soccer team, endured a heinous hazing ritual that involved him being tackled to the ground, held there, and beaten and repeatedly sodomized with fingers, sticks and other foreign objects.The team’s coaches were not only aware of the hazing; they allegedly ordered and watched it happen.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 30, 2012: Families join hazing lawsuit against suburban district. Three families joined a lawsuit this week accusing a suburban school district of allowing hazing on sports teams that involved physical and sexual assaults.. Read the full story here


American Association of Justice, July, 2012: Ralph Nader’s open letter was read at the American Association of Justice annual convention. This letter is a very accurate description of trial lawyers and what we do.. Read the letter here


Chicago Lawyer, July, 2012: Antonio Romanucci, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, co-hosted a reception honoring Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti who was in Chicago for the NATO Summit. View the photo here


Trib Local, April 11, 2012: Park Ridge Resident Receives “Trial Lawyer Excellence Award”. Stephan D. Blandin, of Park Ridge, a founding principal and partner in the Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, received a “Trial Lawyer Excellence Award” from Law Bulletin Publishing Company for the highest reported verdict in an Illinois chiropractic malpractice case for the year 2011.. Read full story here


WBEZ, October, 2012: Eyeing the House, Pelosi makes fundraising swing through Chicago. The former Speaker of the House is scheduled to attend a small fundraising event with 20 to 30 big donors at a downtown Chicago restaurant Friday night, said Tony Romanucci, a Chicago personal injury lawyer and long-time Democratic fundraiser who is hosting both events.. Read full story here


2011


Fra Noi, 2011: Len Amari profiles leading personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci in Fra Noi magazine.. Click here for full story


Illinois Appellate Court, June 14, 2011: Illinois Appellate Court Ruling means Hospitals must Release Data about Incidents of MRSA Infections. A recent Illinois Appellate Court opinion, which reversed the decision of a lower court, will make it easier for all hospital patients who acquire MRSA to obtain medical records for the purpose of pursuing legal action.. Read full story here


Chicago Sun Times, October 21, 2011: House Speaker Pelosi Praises Romanucci. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi singled out leading Chicago injury attorney Antonio Romanucci today for his tireless efforts to help elect Democratic Congressional candidates.. Read full story here


American Bar Association Journal, March 1, 2011: Lawyers Giving Back. Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, in Chicago reads to children he helps through the Justinian Children’s Endowment Fund, a foundation he formed in 2002 to assist disabled and disadvantaged young people..Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2011: Students learn legal ropes in Moot Court. Stephan Blandin participates in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Law and Leadership Institute, which provides young students from diverse backgrounds a view of life as a lawyer.. Read fully story here


JCCIA Journal, January, 2011: Antonio Romanucci to Become President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2011: Antonio Romanucci Speaks out against Metal Bats. Now it’s time for the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District to take action. Let’s hope they take a nod from Little Leagues and do the right thing and ban metal bats. The lives and futures of our children are at stake.. Read full story here


Tendenze, 2011: Antonio Romanucci was Featured in a Story about Romanucci & Blandin in the Italian-Language Business Magazine Tendenze. Nestled in the grainy semidarkness of his office, Antonio Romanucci studies the papers of his latest case, the suspicious death of a fifteen year old girl hit by a car… Read full story here


2010

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 6, 2010:

Sean Burke and Daniel O’Brien Join Romanucci & Blandin as Of Counsel

Read full story here


Chicago Sun Times, December 7, 2010: Antonio Romanucci To Be Sworn in as President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.. Read full story here


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 18, 2010: Girl, 15, Killed in Kenosha County Accident. Authorities say Michelina “Micki” Combs, of Bristol, was walking with a friend on Highway N when she was hit by a car about 9 p.m. Thursday.. Read full story here


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 3, 2010: Crash, Death Leave Questions – Mother’s Grief Turns to Fight for Justice in Daughter’s Death. A mother whose daughter was struck and killed while walking with a friend in June wants more answers-and some kind of charges-after learning a couple in the car had been drinking and have law enforcement connections.. Read full story here


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 3, 2010: Non-Ticketed Driver in Fatal Kenosha County Crash is Sheriff’s Cousin. The victim’s mother and her lawyers in a civil case have raised questions about the investigation of the June 17 crash after no charges were issued to Denise Heckel, a former dispatcher for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies.. Read full story here


Kenosha News, September 8, 2010: Suit Raises Questions in Fatal Crash – District Attorney’s Office to Take Another Look at Case. The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office will take another look at the investigation into a fatal accident after learning the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian is related to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 21, 2010: Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit Against Jesse White Tumbling Team. A Chicago lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former tumbler who suffered a severe spinal cord injury, said the Jesse White Tumbling Team Inc,. made some critical mistakes that contributed to the injury.. Read full story here


Chicago Lawyer, July, 2010: Antonio Romanucci Letter to the Editor, Banning Aluminum Baseball Bats in Youth Leagues. We simply must made our “national pastime” safer for children. Local and state governing bodies have been reactionary in that they onlu pass or consider laws after a young player is hurt or killed.. Read full story here


Kenosha News, June 18, 2010: Teen Stuck on Roadway Dies. The death of a 15-y ear-old Bristol girl who was struck from behind by a vehicle while walking on a Paris highway Thursday night prompted the Sheriff’s Department to issue warnings to pedestrians and bicy clists about being on unlit rural roads after dark.. Read full story here


Fra Noi, May, 2010: Romanucci & Blandin Launches Adopt-A-Veteran Program. A surge in requests to help war veterans who suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan has led Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, to launch Adopt-a-Veteran, a program that will increase the number of vets at Chicago’s Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 30, 2010: Chicago lawyer’s ‘clubhouse’ helps brain-injured veterans. Chicago lawyer Antonio M. Romanucci’s first exposure to traumatic brain injuries came when his best friend died from such an injury as a teenager.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 22, 2010: Firm assists veterans program. Antonio M. Romanucci, of Romanucci & Blandin LLC, spearheaded a fundraising effort to benefit a veterans internship program at the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse.. Read full story here


IllinoisLawyerNow.com, March 23, 2010: Stephan Blandin Appointed to Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board.. Read full story here


Fra Noi, April, 2010: Sommario Elected. Frank A. Sommario, an associate attorney at the Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, was elected and installed treasurer of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association.. Read full story here


Chicago Tribune, March 18, 2010: Wounded veterans heed call for help. Soldiers taking on additional responsibilities in effort to help brain injury center keep afloat.. Read full story here


Illinois State Bar Association, March 18, 2010: Pellegrino joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel. For many years, Pellegrino administered his own general law practice with a primary concentration in personal injury representation. His extensive public service includes a current board position on the Pace Transportation Service Board, and executive director of both the West Central Municipal Conference and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency.. Read full story here


Illinois State Bar Association, March 10, 2010: Law firm helps support fund-raiser for disabled vets “clubhouse”. Antonio Romanucci, a partner in Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, whose law firm concentrates in representing victims with traumatic brain injuries, is the driving force behind the fundraising effort. Romanucci helped found the Clubhouse with Giesler and served as its board president for seven years.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 11, 2010: In the News. Antonio Romanucci is Spearheading Fundraising Effort for Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse to Benefit Veterans.. Read full story here


Chicago Sun Times, February 17, 2010: Antonio Romanucci Among Hosts of March 9 Breakfast Fundraiser for Illinois Representative Bill Foster. WASHINGTON–Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) Rep. Debbie Halverson (D-Ill.) and Democratic House hopeful Dan Seals, running for the open seat in the 10th congressional district, are getting a fund-raising boost Friday with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chief Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in Chicago headlining separate events for them.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 26, 2010: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Reaches $1 million Settlement in Medical Negligence Lawsuit. A $1 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death case against a urologist who allegedly failed to diagnose a man’s bladder cancer in time, according to the lawyer representing the man’s family… Read full story here


2009

Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Consumer Edition, 2009:

Small Firm, Big Results
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC is a personal injury law firm with a mission and a passion for helping the catastrophically injured. Antonio M. Romanucci and Stephan D. Blandin have dedicated their professional and personal lives to aiding accident victims and their families in a search for the restitution they deserve…

Read full story here


WCPT Radio,December 26, 2009: Antonio Romanucci Talks on Ringler Radio about Brain Injuries Stemming from the Use of Aluminum Bats in Baseball Games. Read full story here


WCPT Radio, December 26, 2009: Antonio Romanucci Discusses Caps on Medical Negligence Cases in
Illinois
. Read full story here


Chicago Lawyer Magazine, November 11, 2009: The challenges of starting a firm. Antonio Romanucci radio interview on tort reform. Check out page 4, “Having a Partner,” where Antonio and Stephan talk about the challenges and rewards of running a small law practice.. Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 27, 2009: $22.3 million awarded to parents of boy born with heart problem. A Cook County jury has returned a $22.3 million verdict in favor of the parents of a 10-year-old boy who alleged…Read the full story here


Rainbow PUSH, 2009: Attorneys to Establish Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Clinic at Rainbow Push. THE REV. Jesse Jackson speaks before a group of volunteer attorneys at a Chicago Bar Association breakfast Wednesday to help set up a pro bono volunteer legal clinic at Rainbow PUSH…Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 20, 2009: Romanucci & Blandin settles wrongful death lawsuit for $1,385,000. The family of a man who was killed when a car crashed through the glass doors and windows of a Subway sandwich shop in Chicago…Read full story here


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 27, 2009: Let law students act as role models: lawyer. Stephan D. Blandin was flipping through the pages of his son’s college magazine when he saw the story of a law professor whose students introduce inner-city teenagers to the practice of law… Read full story here


Washington University in St. Louis: Norwood to Receive National Humanitarian Award. Professor Kimberly Norwood has been selected to receive the National Bar Association’s (NBA’S) Humanitarian Award, as well as two other prestigious awards locally… Read full story here


Romanucci & Blandin Community Relations Advisor Julie Papievis Featured on CBN TV AAJ Launches Ad Campaign


2008

NBC 5 Chicago, December 1, 2008:

Family: Accidents Don’t Repeat Themselves

– Stephan Blandin was featured as a resource in a full-fledged news investigation on NBC 5 in Chicago.

Click here to watch video


Crains Chicago Business, November 24, 2008: Crain’s Chicago Business featured Antonio Romanucci in its popular “Info Junkie” column.


Chicago Lawyer, March 13, 2008: Antonio Romanucci Moderates Panel at Chicago Law Bulletin Seminar-Chicago Trial Lawyers Emphasize Best Practices-Over 150 litigators attended the Law Bulletin Seminar Litigation Skills 1-Pre-Trial… Read the full story here


ABC 7 Chicago, 2007: Antonio Romanucci Featured in the John Marshall Law School Annual Report Romanucci & Blandin Community Relations Advisor Julie Papievis is featured on ABC7 in Chicago


Law.com, 2006: Law.com features Romanucci & Blandin in “Small Firms, Big Wins” Press Release Fatal Cicero Fire Update

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