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Richard Harden '83


Richard R. Harden, a partner at Thomas Mamer, LLP, has been reappointed to the Illinois Supreme Rules Committee for another 3-year term. He was first appointed in 2021.

Paul Lisnek '83


The Luminary Award, recognizing philanthropic and volunteer leadership on behalf of Porchlight and music theater in Chicago, will be presented to Paul Lisnek on September 8 in Chicago.

Paul Lisnek '83


The City Council of the City of Chicago passed a resolution naming June 19, 2023, as "Paul Lisnek Day" in the city of Chicago. The honor recognizes Paul's long work covering law, politics, and entertainment on television and radio, as well as his extensive philanthropic work for a variety of causes and entities, including the University of Illinois College of Law.

Richard Harden '83


Richard R. Harden has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers. This honor comes from one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Richard R. Harden has been practicing with Thomas Mamer, LLP since 1986 and is a partner of the firm.

Michael Melbinger '83

Michael Melbinger retired from Winston & Strawn and the practice of law after 38 years (24 of them as chair of the practice group), as of January 31, 2021.

Paul Lisnek '83

Paul Lisnek has written his 15th book and second work of fiction. “Assume Treason” was published in January 2021 and is the next in his Matt Barlow series. The first book called “Assume Guilt,” was published in 2019. Paul is the political analyst for WGN-TV in Chicago where he anchors “WGN-TV Political Report seen on WGN-TV Sunday Mornings at 9am. He sponsors the annual Paul M. Lisnek Award in Trial Communication and Ethics at the College of Law.

David Whitaker '83

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that the firm was ranked in the USA Legal 2019 edition of Chambers FinTech. In addition, David Whitaker, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice received Band 2 ranking in the Legal: Data Protection & Cyber Security category.

Paul Lisnek '83

Paul Lisnek released his first fiction work, Assume Guilt: A Matt Barlow Mystery. This new release can be found on

John Boyle '83

John F. Boyle is National Fraud Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance. John is with Meachum, Boyle & Trafman, 225 West Washington Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606.

Steve Gerse '83

Steve Gerse is the founder and President of Himalayan Joy Home, a home for abandoned baby girls in northern India. Steve recently retired from Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he had been Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs.

Bill Jung '83

Bill Jung was nominated for a federal judgeship in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, giving him the rare distinction of being nominated for the bench by the three most recent presidents. Jung’s nomination by President Donald Trump follows the expiration of his 2016 nomination by President Barack Obama to fill the seat left vacant by U.S. District Judge Anne Conway. Jung was also nominated in 2008 by President George W. Bush, but his nomination was returned just before Obama took office.

Dan Slack '83

Dan Slack has been named to the Board of Directors of The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.