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Peter Rasmussen '82


Peter Rasmussen recently retired from Bloomberg Law and is enjoying his time serving on two non-profit boards, taking parts in community theater, and reveling in the role of grandpa to a future Illini.

Thomas Bearrows '82


Having completed a 26-year stint as the General Counsel for the University of Illinois System, the longest serving senior executive officer in the University's history, Thomas Bearrows is retiring on December 31, 2023.

James D. Jordan '82


Munsch Hardt Shareholder James D. "Jim" Jordan has been named to the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment categories. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, trade secrets, warranties, covenants not to compete and complex litigation of all sorts.

James Rinck '82


The State Bar of Michigan is bestowing one of its highest honors, the John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, to James R. Rinck for exceptional dedication to the legal profession and commitment to ensuring justice for all. The award will be presented September 21.

Linzey Jones '82


On November 8, 2022, Linzey Jones was retained by the voters in Cook County for his third 6-year term as a circuit court judge. Judge Jones presides in the Bridgeview, IL, courthouse known as District 5.

James Jordan '82


James "Jim" Jordan was named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jordan works in Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. 

Lowell Yoder '82

Lowell Yoder is the lead author of The Archaic Subpart F Services Rules: Ill-Fitting and Disruptive for Modern Services Businesses, 100 Taxes 39-100 (May 2022).

William Henning '82

William Henning has been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Work Group on Blockchain Matters. The work group will develop a master plan for the expansion of the blockchain industry in Texas and recommend policies and state investments in connection with blockchain technology. Henning is an Executive Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a Master of Laws from the University of Illinois . 

N. Peter Rasmussen '82

N. Peter Rasmussen announced his retirement from his position as senior legal analyst with Bloomberg Law. Peter is a recognized expert and frequent author and speaker on federal securities and corporate law. His work has been cited by SEC Commissioners, in agency rulemaking and in Congressional hearings.

Peter lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife Peggy, where he will spend retirement as a battlefield guide. The Rasmussens have three children. Peter may be reached at

Karen Suhre '82

Karen Suhre recently moved from Dallas, Texas to Kansas City, Missouri, and has been admitted to practice in Missouri in addition to Texas. She continues her solo practice in employee benefits and executive compensation matters, and has once again been recognized in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

Susan McGrath '82

Susan McGrath was elected on November 3, 2020 and sworn in on December 1, 2020 as the Champaign County Circuit Clerk, the first Democratic candidate ever elected to that position.

James D. Jordan '82

James D. Jordan has been named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a shareholder at Munsch Hardt in Texas.

Matthew Ryan '82

Matthew J. Ryan III, of Springfield, passed away May 27, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Karen Suhre '82

Karen K. Suhre '82 was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel at its annual dinner in Nashville in September. She also currently serves as co-chair of the Employee Benefit Plans Group of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

N. Peter Rasmussen '82

Peter is a senior legal editor with Bloomberg BNA and Bloomberg Law. He has authored several books and articles on federal securities law, and is a frequent contributor to BNA's Corporate Transactions Blog. He will moderate the federal securities regulators panel at the annual meeting of the American Association of Corporate Counsel. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife Peggy, who recently retired from her position as a director of international IT for AbbVie.

Gerald Cassioppi '82

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