June 16, 2015

Much Shelist recently announced several promotions and new practice group chairs.  The firm also re-elected Chairman David T. Brown, Steven L. DeGraff, Managing Partner Mitchell S. Roth, Steven Schwartz and Glenn D. Taxman to the Management Committee, responsible for firm governance and strategic planning.  The committee members will serve a year-long term that began June 1, 2015. 

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, elevated from principal to equity principal, serves as chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. Halpern helps employers make important decisions about their employees in a way that is designed to minimize risk. Halpern also provides guidance on virtually every employment-based decision employers face, providing clear and direct guidance that promotes legal compliance, while remaining cognizant of practical workplace realities. Halpern earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Katherine Bonk Lewis, elevated from associate to principal, advises clients on legal and business issues related to corporate transactions. Lewis represents buyers and target businesses in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases and sales, and contributions. She also counsels clients on formation and corporate governance, as well as commercial agreement negotiations. Lewis received a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law (magna cum laude) and a B.A. from Miami University (magna cum laude). 

Ned Milenkovich was named co-chair of the Health Care Law practice group. Milenkovich helps medical device, drug & pharmacy businesses meet federal and state regulators’ demands, strengthen their positions in a highly competitive marketplace, and resolve a broad range of commercial disputes. Also a licensed pharmacist, Milenkovich has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters. He earned a J.D. (cum laude) from The John Marshall Law School, a Pharm.D., with honors, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio State University.

Robert K. Neiman was named co-chair of the Health Care Law practice group. Neiman focuses his practice on health care regulatory counseling and litigation, employment-related counseling and litigation, and commercial litigation, including insurance coverage matters and other business disputes. His clients include long-term care facilities, assisted-living facilities, supportive-living facilities, home health care agencies, ambulatory surgical centers and sleep centers, as well as individual physicians and other businesses. Neiman earned a J.D. from the Washington University – St. Louis School of Law and a B.S.J. from the University of Illinois. 

Jeffrey M. Schwartz was named chair of the Creditors’ Rights, Insolvency & Business Bankruptcy practice group. Schwartz represents secured and unsecured creditors in out-of-court restructurings and business reorganizations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also represents buyers and sellers of financially distressed companies and distressed debt, and advises creditors’ committees, indenture trustees, and other parties involved in bankruptcy-related matters. Schwartz earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law (magna cum laude) and a B.A. from the University of Illinois.