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History

Since it’s founding in 1934, The Society of Trial Lawyers has been an illustrious organization of Illinois’ top trial lawyers. The goals of The Society are to foster and encourage a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among trial lawyers; to maintain the highest ethical standards in the trial of cases; and to promote closer relationships between and among trial lawyers and the judiciary to further their common interests in the jury trial system.

Society of Trial Lawyers -1979

Judge Bill Maddux, Judge John B. Grogan, Judge Vincent E. Bentivenga and John Poust – 1970’s

Past Presidents (1934-2015)

2014 – ’15  • Joseph W. Balesteri

2013 – ’14  • Dan Boho

2012 – ’13  • Daniel M. Kotin

2011 – ’12  •  Scott C. Bentivenga

2010 – ’11  •  Elliot R. Schiff

2009 – ’10  •  Richard J. Hickey

2008 – ’09  •  David R. (Chip) Barry, Jr.

2007 – ’08  •  John J. Walsh III

2006 – ’07  •  Jeffrey M. Goldberg

2005 – ’06  •  Kay L. Schichtel

2004 – ’05  •  Terrence J. Lavin

2003 – ’04  •  Michael J. Morrissey

2002 – ’03  •  Curt N. Rodin

2001 – ’02  •  Alan P. Miller

2000 – ’01  •  John M. Stalmack

1999 – ’00  •  A. Mark Ialongo

1998 – ’99  •  Donald J. O’Meara

1997 – ’98  •  Michael H. Postilion

1996 – ’97  •  Thomas M. Harvick

1995 – ’96  •  Robert M. Burke

1994 – ’95  •  Algimantas Kezelis

1993 – ’94  •  Robert J. Baron

1992 – ’93  •  Michael J. McArdle

1991 – ’92  •  Fredric J. Grossman

1990 – ’91  •  Richard L. Berdelle

1989 – ’90  •  John G. Langhenry, Jr.

1988 – ’89  •  Jerome N. Groark

1987 – ’88  •  William V. Johnson

1986 – ’87  •  Sam L. Miller

1985 – ’86  •  Maurice J. Garvey

1984 – ’85  •  Richard G. French

1983 – ’84  •  Frederick W. Allen

1982 – ’83  •  Donald J. Duffy

1981 – ’82  •  Patrick J. Navin

1980 – ’81  •  Lawrence L. Kotin

1979 – ’80  •  Richard C. Valentine

1978 – ’79  •  Neil K. Quinn

1977 – ’78  •  Perry L. Fuller

1976 – ’77  •  William D. Maddux

1975 – ’76  •  Kendall A. Crooks

1974 – ’75  •  Thomas F. Bridgeman

1973 – ’74  •  John C. Healy

1972 – ’73  •  James P. Reedy

1971 – ’72  •  John R. Caffrey

1970 – ’71  •  Cornelius J. Harrington

1969 – ’70  •  John G. Poust

1968 – ’69  •  William H. Schrader

1967 – ’68  •  Michel A. Coccia

1966  •  William P. Nolan

1965 •  Joseph W. Griffin

1964 •  Donald J. O’Brien

1963 •  Walter W. Ross

1962 •  Floyd Stuppi

1961 •  Stephen A. Milwid

1960 •  Donald L. Thompson

1959 •  E. Douglas Schwantes

1958 •  Paul H. Heineke

1957 •  Gerard E. Grashorn

1956 •  Fred J. O’Connor

1955 •  John M. Moelmann

1954 •  Charles M. Rush

1953 •  Harlan L. Hackbert

1952 •  Gordon R. Close

1951 •  Edwin R. Eckersall

1950 •  Erwin Wright

1949 •  Drennan J. Slater

1948 •  Erwin W. Roemer

1947 •  Otto M. Hamen

1946 •  Vincent O’Brien

1945 •  Hendrik Folonie

1944 •  David Jacker

1943 •  Eugene P. Kealy

1942 •  M. L. Bluhm

1941 •  Abe R. Peterson

1940 •  Edward W. Rawlins

1939 •  John W. Freels

1938 •  Joseph H. Hinshaw

1937 •  Charles E. Green

1936 •  John W. Costello

1935 •  William A. Morrow

1934 •  C. C. Cunningham

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