June 14, 2011

Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist recently elevated three attorneys to principal status and named a new Vice Chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. In addition, David T. Brown (Chair), Steven L. DeGraff, Mitchell S. Roth, Steven Schwartz and Anthony C. Valiulis were re-elected to the firm's Management Committee, which is responsible for firm governance and strategic planning. The Management Committee members will serve for another year-long term that began June 1, 2011. These elections were part of the firm's annual strategic planning process, which took place at the end of the fiscal year.

Jeff J. Astarabadi, elevated from special counsel to principal in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, is based in the firm's Orange County, CA, office and concentrates his practice in civil litigation, representing clients in both the prosecution and defense of complex business and real estate matters. Astarabadi received a J.D. from Chapman University School of Law (magna cum laude) and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine (cum laude).

Martin J. O'Hara, named Vice Chair of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and the defense of professionals in malpractice actions. O'Hara received a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a B.A. from Illinois State University.

Scott J. Smith, elevated from special counsel to principal in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, focuses his practice on construction law, with particular emphasis on design and construction-defect disputes and mechanics liens. Smith received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.

Anne E. Viner, elevated from special counsel to principal in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, represents corporate clients in a broad range of environmental and products liability matters, including federal and state litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and operational issues, and finance. Viner received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. from Denison University.