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David S. Ruskin and Julianne M. Dailey Represent Illinois Craft Cannabis Association in Lawsuit Against the State of Illinois10/15/2020

The Illinois Craft Cannabis Association ("ICCA") filed suit against the State of Illinois and Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday, October 12 to compel the defendants to issue overdue licenses and provide injunctive relief to the cannabis craft grower, infuser and transporter applicants that were expecting licenses to be issued on July 1, under the law, but are now racking…

HMB Congratulates FingerprintJS on Closing Funding Round10/15/2020

HMB congratulates FingerprintJS and its founders, Dan Pinto and Valentin Vasilyev, on closing a $4M financing round. The company, a new kind of toolkit offering a browser fingerprinting service, is based on an open-source project that already has 5 million downloads and 8,000 websites using the service. “We have a unique opportunity to disrupt the fraud technology market by enabling our…

HMB Legal Counsel’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Practice Reaches New Heights10/14/2020

Over the past twelve months, HMB Legal Counsel (“HMB”) helped navigate a smooth landing for distressed aircraft manufacturer Thrush Aircraft, Inc. (“Debtor”), culminating in a successful sale of substantially all its assets and the subsequent confirmation of a joint plan of liquidation in August 2020. In September 2019, HMB was appointed as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors…

HMB Congratulates AM Money on Recent Financing Round10/08/2020

HMB congratulates AM Money, also known as Chicago Student Loans, and CEO & Founder Daniel Rogers, on closing a financing round. AM Money fights to give low-income students across the city, state and country every opportunity to graduate from college, find quality employment and build wealth. Google for Startups is one of AM Money's many supporters and has provided additional funding through…

Marla M. Izbicky Elected as Director of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois10/07/2020

In a unanimous vote, Marla was elected as the newest Director of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois for the 2020-2021 executive leadership year. The WBAI, one of the oldest and largest bar associations in the state of Illinois, was first established in 1914 and was founded to promote the interests and welfare of women lawyers and also to aid…

Marilyn A. Wethekam Discusses Commerce Clauses in “Quill Still Good Law for Due Process Analysis, Hecht Says” by Tax Notes State10/06/2020

Download the full article by Tax Notes State here. The U.S. Supreme Court will continue to look to the analysis in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota for due process clause purposes, according to Multistate Tax Commission Uniformity Counsel Helen Hecht. The topic came up during a September 15 webinar hosted by the Federation of Tax Administrators. FTA Deputy Director Verenda…

Congratulations to HMB Attorneys Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists10/05/2020

2021 Illinois Super Lawyers John W. Guzzardo Richard M. Horwood Fred O. Marcus Marilyn A. Wethekam Jeffrey A. Zaluda 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Karl E. Analo Matthew R. Barrett Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process…

Marla M. Izbicky Joins HMB’s Litigation and Technology Practices10/02/2020

10/2/20 Chicago, IL HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, litigation, trusts and estates, real estate, state and local taxes and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy and creditor's rights, announced that Marla M. Izbicky joined the firm’s growing Litigation and Technology Practices. Marla is a member of HMB’s Litigation group and concentrates her practice on commercial…

HMB Congratulates AeroPay on Closing Seed Round10/01/2020

HMB congratulates AeroPay, a Chicago-based alternative payments platform, and CEO & Founder Daniel Muller, on closing a seed round to accelerate its growth led by Continental Investors. The AeroPay platform eliminates traditional payment processing burdens and enables seamless bank-to-bank digital payments between businesses and their customers. The platform is built to work in any environment, both in-person or online. With…

Chris T. Lutz Elevated to State and Local Tax Practice Chair09/14/2020

Chicago, IL September 10, 2020 HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services announced Chris T. Lutz as the Practice Chair for the State and Local Tax Group. As a practice group leader, Chris will oversee coaching, planning, economic oversight, positioning and recruitment for his group. Practice group leadership transitions are part of HMB's planning and leadership strategy, designed…

Richard M. Horwood, Rick S. Rein and Jeffrey A. Zaluda Named to Best Lawyers in America 2021 List09/08/2020

Richard M. Horwood, Rick S. Rein and Jeffrey A. Zaluda were named to Best Lawyers in America 2021. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.…

State and Local Tax Illinois Practitioner Series09/01/2020

In the Illinois Practitioner Series, HMB's SALT team discusses various topics covering Illinois Procedures, Corporate Income Tax, Retailers' Occupation Tax (Sales Tax) and Use Tax and Local Taxes. Download the full booklet here. Questions? Reach out to the state and local tax team here.  …

Chris T. Lutz Published in “5 State & Local Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2020” by Law36009/01/2020

In this article from Law360 by Maria Koklanaris, Chris T. Lutz tackles questions regarding Wisconsin's state court of appeals to overturn a circuit court ruling that Deere & Co. is entitled to a dividends-received deduction from a Luxembourg affiliate that elected to be treated as a corporation for federal tax purposes. Read the full article by Law360 here. Wisconsin has argued…

HMB Represents Hyde Park Angels in Lead Investment in Chicago-Based Smart Building Startup08/25/2020

Cohesion, a Chicago-based startup which makes a SaaS platform for building managers, announced that it raised $6.5 million in a funding round led by HPA, with participation from Frasers Property Group, investment firm CMT and a host of individual angel investors. HMB represented Hyde Park Angels (HPA) in their lead investment and congratulates HPA on the closing. HPA's people-first approach…

HMB Congratulates Client Red Flag Mania on Partnership with WGU Labs08/21/2020

HMB congratulates client, Red Flag Mania, a game-based investigative experience, and founders Roni Jackson and Kelly Richmond Pope, on their recent partnership with WGU Labs, Inc. ("WGU"). Under the agreement, WGU will make both a service and capital investment in Red Flag Mania, that's innovative e-learning solution combines film, theory and "whodunit" fun to empower learners to use data to…

Alicia A. Handy Named to Best Lawyers 2021 Ones to Watch List08/21/2020

Alicia was named to Best Lawyers 2021 Ones to Watch List. These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Best Lawyers' methodology for determining these awards is through peer-review. Learn more about Alicia here.…

45 Years of HMB08/20/2020

It’s hard to believe that HMB first opened its doors this week, 45 years ago. This milestone celebrates decades of our collective determination to deliver better results to our clients. HMB was founded by Dick Horwood in 1975, focusing on tax matters. “When I started HMB I wanted to create a firm built around a culture of mutual respect and…

Marilyn A. Wethekam Discusses the False Claims Act in “Conversion on False Claims Act Expansion – Does it Make Sense?” with Tax Notes State08/17/2020

In this discussion of the policy considerations of expanding state False Claims Act to taxes, Nikki E. Dobay and Stephanie T. Do interviewed four state and local tax experts who have experience with the ramifications of state false claims acts: Marilyn A. Wethekam, Helen Hecht, uniformity counsel and Brian Hamer, counsel to the Multistate Tax Commission and David Pope, partner…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources07/28/2020

The ongoing issues related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have had and will continue to have a significant impact on individuals, families, businesses and markets. To better address the multifaceted and fluid effects of this pandemic, HMB has formed a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Team. This multi-disciplinary team of attorneys will address key issues related to business and…

HMB Represents Mark-It Express Logistics LLC in Second Acquisition of an Intermodal Company in 202007/22/2020

Mark-It Express Logistics LLC ("Mark-It"), a leading Midwest intermodal trucking and freight brokerage company, acquired Sava Transportation ("Sava"), a Maywood, Illinois-based intermodal freight hauling company. HMB represented Mark-It in the acquisition. (more…)…

Brett M. Winterstein Elevated to Business and Finance Practice Chair07/22/2020

Chicago, IL July 21, 2020 HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services announced Brett M. Winterstein as the Practice Chair for the Business and Finance Group. As a practice group leader, Brett will oversee coaching, planning, economic oversight, positioning and recruitment for his group. Practice group leadership transitions are part of HMB's planning and leadership strategy, designed to…

Rick S. Rein and Karl E. Analo Secure $4.6 Million Victory in Breach of Commercial Guaranty Dispute07/08/2020

HMB litigators Rick S. Rein and Karl E. Analo secured a complete victory in a recent breach of guaranty dispute.  The team obtained summary judgment in their client’s favor on all counts resulting in a total judgment of over $4,600,000 as well as attorneys’ fees. (more…)…

Chris T. Lutz Discusses Top State and Local Tax Case of 2020 with Law36007/06/2020

In "Top State & Local Tax Cases of 2020: Midyear Report" by Law360, Chris T. Lutz discusses Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP v. City of Detroit. The closely watched case went to issues currently at the heart of state taxation, the definition of a service and where the income from that service should be sourced. While falling short of…

Jeffrey A. Zaluda Honored with JCUA’s 2020 Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award07/06/2020

Each year, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs honors an individual with the Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award, recognizing their commitment to JCUA’s mission of fighting racism and poverty in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities. This year on July 20, the award will be presented to Jeff Zaluda for his lifelong dedication to pursuing social justice and a…

Stavros S. Giannoulias and John R. Wiktor Win Trial to Enforce $1M Oral Pledge to Non-Profit Congregation07/01/2020

Stavros S. Giannoulias and John R. Wiktor filed claims on behalf of a non-profit Congregation to enforce two oral pledges made by one of its prominent and beloved members, who died suddenly before fulfilling his pledges. The Congregation filed claims in the probate proceedings in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois asserting that its member made a $1 million…

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