Tom Scannell is the founding partner of Scannell & Associates, where he concentrates his practice primarily in civil litigation, probate, real estate matters including closings, short sales, and Home Protection Services, as well as estate planning, and counseling entrepreneurs.
Tom earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1987, his B.S. from Illinois State University in 1983, and is a 1979 graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep.
Tom is the past President of the Southwest Bar Association and Administrative Law Judge for the State of Illinois. He is active in his Southside community having served as a longtime youth coach and the past President of the St. John Fisher Athletic Board and Treasurer for the Evergreen Park Athletic Association. He currently chairs the FisherFest committee for his Parish and serves on the Board of Directors of Lexington College. Tom is an active member of the Southwest Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, Beverly Area Planning Association and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association.
Tom, his wife Carole, and their five children reside in Evergreen Park.
Email: Tom Scannell
Julie Lawler concentrates her practice in probate, estate planning, and all real estate closings and short sales.
Julie earned her law degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1988, her B.A. in Anthropology and Government from Lawrence University in 1985, and is a 1981 graduate of Mother McAuley High School.
Julie has served as a member of the Minority and Women’s Participation Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is the past President of Catholic Charities’ Adoptive Parents’ Guild. She serves as a member of the St. Alexander School Council and has served as a Trustee of the Palos Heights’ Library Board for the past 7 years.
Julie, her husband, Chris, and their two children reside in Palos Heights.
Email: Julie Lawler
Tim Kelly concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, insurance disputes, property damage, personal injury, employment discrimination, disability claims, commercial complex collection cases, and mediation and settlement. He has experience representing clients as both an appellate and trial lawyer for more than 30 years. Combining his considerable knowledge of substantive law and courtroom procedures with his oral advocacy and written communication skills, he obtains outstanding results for clients in state and federal courts.
Tim earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1983, his B.A. degree in Political Science from Augustana College in 1979, and is a 1975 graduate of Main South High School in Park Ridge.
Tim is an active member of the Illinois Bar Association and also works with Moderating Family Development Activities. He is currently completing his Masters and Health Law degree at DePaul University. He briefed and argued West v. Gibson, 527 U.S. 212 in 1999 in the United States Supreme Court. He also briefed, argued and prevailed Podvinec v. Popov, 168 Ill.2d 130 in 1995 and briefed Thurmond v. Monroe, 159 Ill.2d 240 in 1994 both in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Tim, his wife Stephanie, and their five children reside in the western suburbs. In his spare time Tim is an avid sailor and a devoted reader.
Email: Tim Kelly
Embassie Susberry concentrates her practice in civil litigation, probate, estate planning, criminal and all real estate transactions and short sales.
Embassie earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2012, her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, and is a graduate of Whitney Young High School. Here at Scannell & Associates, Embassie helps to better serve our clients in all civil litigation, probate and real estate matters.
Embassie resides in Chicago and enjoys creative writing. In 2012 she won second place in the Westbow Press Women of Faith Writing Contest. She also volunteers her time teaching and organizing activities for children at her Church.
Email: Embassie Susberry
Bill Leslie concentrates his practice in Family law, including child support and divorce, complex civil litigation, probate, real estate transactions, including short sales, and estate plans.
Bill earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1985, his B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1982, and is a graduate of Quigley South High School.
Bill recently left the Illinois Attorney General’s office after a distinguished 29 year career, where he supervised the Chicago Metro Unit. Bill is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, and the Federal Trial Bar, among others.
Being active in the Southside community Bill served as a Director of the West Beverly Civic Association, Vice-President of St. John Fisher School's Athletic Board, an Executive Director of Children's Charities of Chicago, and is a long time coach of youth sports.
Bill, his wife Marianne and their four children reside in Chicago.
Email: Bill Leslie
Dan Witous concentrates his practice in the areas of probate, estate planning, real estate transactions and short sales, and litigation.
Dan earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in 1991, his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School.
Dan is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and currently serves as treasurer of a private charitable foundation which preoccupies much of his free time.
Dan, his wife Karen and their two children reside in the Southwest suburbs.
Email: Dan Witous
Jeffrey D. Schmidt is a veteran attorney with more than 19 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in all types of corporate and contractual transactions, including the acquisition and disposition of businesses, the formation and management of LLCs and other entities, vendor agreements, employment agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, supply agreements and many other sophisticated matters.
Mr. Schmidt received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Boston College, Carroll Graduate School of Management. He was named a 2009 Illinois Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Schmidt is active in his church and volunteers with GoodCity. He mentors GAP Community Center, a non-profit corporation that provides services to at-risk children and disadvantaged adults.
Mr. Schmidt and his daughter live in Hyde Park.
Email: Jeff Schmidt
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