In 1995, Tom Scannell left a corporate litigation law firm to build a law practice designed to help families and entrepreneurs. Tom firmly believed then and more so now that all of us are entitled to the same quality legal representation that the big corporations receive downtown. Excellent and affordable legal representation for all became his mantra. With lifelong roots in the Southside of Chicago, Tom began his practice diligently advocating for the legal needs of families, friends and neighbors. Through word of mouth the practice quickly grew to where Scannell & Associates now assists clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
As the practice grew, Julie Lawler joined the Firm to better serve our clients. Julie is a caring and talented attorney with 25 years of experience in real estate, probate and estate planning. Julie prides herself in giving prompt and personal attention to each client. She understands how important a particular matter is to every person she represents. Our Clients rightfully expect a high level of service from us and Julie delivers.
In 2013 we were pleased to add attorney Tim Kelly as an additional valuable resource for our clients. Tim brings expertise in the area of employment law and complex commercial litigation. During Tim’s 30 year legal career, he has represented and battled against major corporations at the Trial, Appellate and Supreme Court levels. With Scannell & Associates Tim has already taken on a powerful union that is wrongfully attempting to take advantage of their own retired workers! Tim has also collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for our entrepreneur clients. Tim understands the importance of fighting for families and entrepreneurs.
Embassie Susberry joined our firm in 2015, as a recent graduate of the prestigious University of Chicago. She brings much energy and enthusiasm to the Firm. Embassie is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association and past Vice-President of the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program Advisory Board. She enjoys creative writing and in her spare time she writes novels and Christmas plays (which she directs every year). She also volunteers her time teaching and organizing activities for children at her Church. Embassie will be serving our clients in the area of litigation, estate planning, criminal and real estate.
Bill Leslie is one of the latest additions to our firm. Bill joins us after a distinguished 29 year career as a civil law trial attorney with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, 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 Bars for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. Bill concentrates his practice in Complex Civil Litigation, including Family Law, child support and divorce, employment discrimination, commercial and business litigation, and probate as well as real estate transactions and estate plans.
Dan Witous is our newest attorney and joins our firm after having practiced for 18 years with the firm of George J. Witous, P.C. Dan brings expertise with his practice in estate planning, including probate and trust administration, real estate law and litigation. Dan is also 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 also enjoys being part of his parish community where he is an active member of the Men's Club.
Scannell & Associates is fully staffed to meet our clients' legal needs. Mary Whiteford, our Office Manager is the glue that keeps it all together. With an extensive career working as a title examiner for a major title insurance company, Mary also brings a wealth of real estate knowledge to our clients. We are also supported by the invaluable work of our Back Office Manager Matt Scannell, our Marketing Director, Amanda Walsh and our Litigation Manager Kathy O'Rourke.
We encourage our clients to reach out to us for all their legal needs. Through our vast legal experiences, (81 years of practice between us) we have developed working relationships with some of the top lawyers in the State of Illinois. Our partners specialize
in a wide range of legal areas including, catastrophic personal injury, criminal, malpractice, workers compensation, divorce, bankruptcy and class action litigation. If we do not handle a particular type of case we know the best lawyers that do.
Our responsibility to our clients goes beyond offering sound legal advice. We serve as counselors to our clients providing practical guidance that is invaluable. Whether we are helping our clients purchase their first home or litigating against a fortune five hundred corporation, each can expect to receive excellent and affordable legal representation at Scannell & Associates. We want to be your lawyer for all your legal needs.
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