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Litigation Attorney

Elgin, IL
March 03, 2019

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Elgin, IL 60123-2511

Home Phone 847-***-****


Attorney with 35 years experience, including 5 years with Fortune 50 company. Chicago native and 41 year resident of Elgin, Illinois. Married 41 years with four children, age 39 to 29. Active in youth basketball programs for 24 years. Born 1950. EDUCATION

1982 J.D. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Evenings. Top 10% of class, Book Award, Research Assistant for tenured professor, Law Review. 1976 M.A. (ABT) Education, Illinois Teaching Certification, Northern Illinois University 1972 B.A. History, Knox College, Galesburg, IL


2011- pres. Konewko and Associates

Senior associate, general practice, creditors rights, 2005-2011 Franks, Gerkin & McKenna

Associate in general practice firm located in Marengo, IL. Litigation, Creditor representation in Bankruptcy, banking and compliance matters, foreclosure, creditors rights, Mechanic liens, easements.

1999 - 2004 Mullally & Zarski, LLC.

Partner in general practice firm concentrating in litigation, trial work and transactional matters for business and personal clients for small independent firm. Worked as outside contract attorney for American General Finance (Evansville, IN) for 28 months, on-site review of litigation and credit compliance issues. Company has 29 billion in assets, review occurred at several of their branches in Indiana and Illinois, as well as Tennessee, Texas and Ohio. Reviews included review of compliance issues for credit and insurance products, as American General is a subsidiary of AIG Insurance (NY) .

1997- l998. Roeser and Vucha, P.C.

Attorney in general practice firm, concentrating in litigation, trial work and transactional matters for business and personal clients for small independent firm. 1992-1996 Senior Attorney, Sears Roebuck and Co., Inc. Civil Litigation

Transitioned more than 100 active cases from closed units into Home Office portfolio, including matters from HOMART spin-off and acquisition of American National Bank in Phoenix, AZ prefatory to formation of Sears National Bank in 1996.

Assumed responsibility for all real estate litigation, directed field counsel and advised business client on exposures and risks, in order to clear way for Sears’s

$8.0 billion expansion program.

Managed portfolio of 450 active product liability and premises liability cases, assisting outside counsel with discovery and coverage issues; audited outside counsel files and appeared in several jurisdictions as representative of the Company. Cases ranged from average slip-and-fall matters to catastrophic accidents with lawn implements. Cases were nation-wide in coverage. Credit, Collection and Compliance Matters

Assumed managerial responsibility to implement business policy objectives by consolidating case load of three attorneys (185 suits and claims) as well as managed class action suits pending across the nation, resulting in a uniform approach and philosophy in litigation matters and efficiency in resolutions favorable to the company.

Actively participated and managed several initiatives to streamline debt collection procedures while COMPLYING with state and federal compliance guidelines, and preventing additional class action matters.

Successfully managed several class actions credit cases in Alabama, Texas and Georgia and Ohio from initial pleadings to final resolution, avoiding liability in the

$50.0 million demands.

Initiated a bankruptcy recovery program with an emphasis on credit card misuse and fraud, including the development of a network of attorneys and standard pleading forms to present Sears position before the various bankruptcy jurisdictions.

Conducted seminars and training sessions for Sears Loss Prevention Managers and outside personnel and field counsel, improving compliance posture in field units while enhancing collection revenue.

Reviewed UCC and second mortgage documents in nationwide audit of policy and procedures applicable to secured lending practices. 1991-1992 Staff Attorney, Manufacturers Hanover Bank, Chicago, IL Branch. Managed non-standard loan portfolio and distressed assets. Spearheaded asset recovery initiative in Midwest area in Bankruptcy Challenge Program, trial counsel in several contested discharge trials in a three state area. 1988-1991 Staff Attorney, The LOGS Group, Shapiro and Kreisman, Deerfield, IL Nationwide representation of secured lenders, title examination and contested foreclosure matters. Appeared in contested matters in 14 states and several federal jurisdictions. National portfolio of cases in excess of 7500, retained responsibility for all contested manner as co-counsel with field partner. 1987-1988 Staff Attorney, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Westmont, IL 1983-1987 Guerard and Drenk, Wheaton, IL, associate attorney. PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:

Illinois Supreme Court

Court of Appeals- 7th Circuit

- District Courts in Northern and Central Illinois, Western and Eastern Wisconsin and Southern Indiana. Member of Trial Bar. No. Dist. Illinois REFERENCES UPON REQUEST

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