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Alschuler, Simantz & Hem Attorneys

Phone: (630) 892.7021  |  Fax:(630) 892.7158


Donald J. SimantzDonald J. Simantz

Along with Ronald Hem, Don is a founding member of Alschuler, Simantz & Hem, LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of family law, representation of creditors, and real estate. Prior to admission to the Illinois Bar in 1975, Don was a 1970 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a major in finance. In 1975, he received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School, with honors, and was named to the Order of John Marshall.

Don has practiced his entire career in Kane and surrounding counties. He is also admitted to practice in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. Don is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association.

Don has served as a Director of Provena Hospitals and of Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provena Mercy Medical Center.

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Ronald M. HemRonald M. Hem

Ron, Along with Donald Simantz, is a founding member of Alschuler, Simantz & Hem, LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and commercial and residential real estate. Ron grew up in Oswego, Illinois, and attended Western Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 1971. In 1975, he received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School and was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois.

Ron’s community activities include serving as a Member of the Aurora University Board of Trustees (currently as Chairman), and on the Board of Directors of Rush-Copley Hospital and Rush-Copley Medical Center (formerly as Chairman of both Boards). He has been a member of the Aurora Noon Rotary Club for over 30 years and served as its President from 1991 to 1992. In June of 2008, Ron was awarded the Community Service Award by the Kane County Bar Association in recognition of his service to the community.

Ron is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association, and served as Chairman of the Probate Practice Committee from 1985 to 1986. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gary-Wheaton Bank of Fox Valley prior to its acquisition by First Chicago Corp. Ron is also a member and Past President (1980-1981) of the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council. He has spoken on estate planning topics at Kane County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminars and has authored a series of articles on estate planning matters, published by The Beacon News and the Naperville Sun. Ron was selected as one of the “Leading Illinois Attorneys” in the area of Trusts and Estate Planning, and has been named in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.

 

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Daniel A. ReedDaniel A. Reed

Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, with honors, from Southern Illinois University, in 1980, and his law degree, from the University of Illinois, in 1983. Since then, he has practiced in Aurora, Illinois, primarily representing closely held businesses and their owners. In 1993, he and William C. Schanlaber formed Schanlaber & Reed, A Professional Corporation. Upon Bill Schanlaber’s retirement in 2001, Dan joined Alschuler, Simantz & Hem, LLC as a Member.

Dan’s representation of businesses covers the panoply of issues with which closely held businesses deal, from start-up to sale or dissolution. Dan handles such diverse matters as contracts of every nature, employment law matters, buying, selling, or leasing real estate, financing transactions, buy/sell agreements, retirement plan matters, buying and selling businesses, and the tax analysis that accompanies most transactions. He represents individuals primarily in the areas of estate planning and real estate, and the related tax issues.

Dan is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and the Kane County Bar Association. He is past general counsel for the Kane County Bar Association, and has been a speaker on business, tax, and estate planning topics at many of their Continuing Legal Education Seminars.

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James C. JamesJames C. James, III

Jim concentrates his practice in civil litigation. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1983. Born in 1958 in Aurora, Jim has been a life-long resident of Kane County, presently residing in Geneva with his wife, Michele, and two children.

Jim serves as a court-appointed arbitrator for the Kane County Mandatory Arbitration System where he is chair-qualified. He also serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for children whose parents are involved in matrimonial disputes involving custody and visitation. Jim also serves as a pro bono attorney for the CASA program in Kane County.

Jim serves as a Board member and Past President of the Aurora Exchange Club and also as a Board member and Past President of Friends of Child Advocacy. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Creditor Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley's Council of Professional Advisors. Jim has also been a contributor to The Beacon News and the Naperville Sun on legal topics relevant to both individuals and businesses.

Jim’s civil litigation practice includes family law, creditors’ rights, personal injury, commercial disputes, estate litigation, condemnation and appellate practice.

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Gretta E BieberGretta E. Bieber

Gretta concentrates her practice in the areas of business transactions and planning, estate planning, probate and estate administration, and residential and commercial real estate transactions. She represents small to medium sized companies and their owners in a wide range of business related matters, including start-up of new business, buying and selling businesses, drafting and negotiating contracts, and succession and tax planning. Gretta also counsels not-for-profit corporations and other charitable organizations.

Gretta has practiced law in Aurora, Illinois since 1988. She was formerly associated with the law firms of Drendel, Schanlaber, Horwitz, Tatnall & McCracken and Schanlaber & Reed.

Gretta received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University in 1974 and her law degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1987. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association.

Gretta currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Princeton National Bancorp, Inc., of Princeton, Illinois, and the Board of Directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Citizens First National Bank. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Aurora. She has formerly served as a director of Farmers State Bank of Somonauk, FSB Bancorp., Inc., Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, The Association for Individual Development, and as a trustee for Fox Township and the Newark Fire Protection District.

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Abigail M. ChiesaAbigail M. Chiesa

Abigail concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, residential and commercial real estate, and business transactions and planning. In 1993, Abigail received her law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and was admitted to the Maryland Bar. She is also admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the District of Columbia. For her undergraduate degree, Abigail attended southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where she graduated magna cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

Abigail’s prior service includes four years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps stationed in Germany and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She also served as a legal advisor in Bosnia with the First Infantry Division, earning the NATO Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

Abigail is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, Fox Valley Estate Planning Council, and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley's Council of Professional Advisors.

Abigail’s community activities include serving as a member of Rush-Copley Medical Center Board of Governors and as a member of the Aurora Noon Rotary Club. She has also served as a pro bono attorney and was awarded the DuPage Bar Legal Assistance Foundation Pro Bono Award in 2007.

Abigail is a published author with The DuPage County Bar Association Brief, has taught business law courses at the University of Maryland’s European Division. Abigail has been named in the Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine in the area of Estate Planning and Probate.

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