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(June 28, 2022)  Oak Brook, Illinois law firm DeBlasio Law Group is pleased to announce that attorney Ninnette Gregory has joined its legal team.   Ninnette Gregory brings over 25 years of legal experience to DeBlasio Law Group, with broad experience in the prosecution and defense of civil and business litigation matters.   “Our firm’s legal team has never been stronger,” stated Antonio DeBlasio, the firm’s founder.  “Ninnette’s unique and extensive background will benefit the firm’s clients immediately,” added DeBlasio.
Ninnette began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk to (the Late) Judge Albert Green in the Chancery Division of the
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There is no doubt that Aretha Franklin possessed enormous talent as a singer. She earned 18 Grammy awards, sold over 75 million records, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was the first women ever inducted into the Rock N’ Roll hall of fame, is listed as Rolling Stone Magazine’s 9th greatest artist of all time, and won a Pulitzer Prize… posthumously. Unfortunately, her success in life did not translate into a successful plan for her death
 
After Aretha died, much to the surprise of her friends and family, not one but two wills dated from 2010 were found in
Continue Reading Aretha Franklin Leaves Multiple Wills, Including a Handwritten Will Found Under a Sofa Cushion

(May 31, 2022)  Attorney Antonio DeBlasio obtained an emergency temporary restraining order and mandatory injunctive relief from the DuPage County Chancery Court on behalf of his client, a regional trucking company responsible for 24 semi-trucks.   Our client needed the emergency injunctive relief to prevent the commercial landlord defendant from blocking access to its leased business office and adjacent truck parking facilities, which our client had a legal right to possess and use pursuant to a five-year written lease. Despite our client’s legitimate lease rights, the landlord defendant demanded that our client vacate its leased business office by May 31, 2022
Continue Reading DuPage County Court Grants Emergency TRO and Mandatory Injunctive Relief to Our Client Against Commercial Landlord.

As a worker in Illinois, you probably trust that your employer will pay you the appropriate amount of money in exchange for your work. However, if you’ve recently experienced an issue with employee wages, you may be wondering: what happens when an Illinois employer fails to pay?

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) is in place to protect workers from numerous wage-related issues. Read on to learn more about this law and how DeBlasio & Gower LLC can help you recover your employee wages and/or bonus compensation.
What Is the IWPCA?
The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
Continue Reading Illinois Final Pay Laws – How the IWPCA Protects Illinois Workers

Oak Brook attorney Antonio DeBlasio recently obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of his client against a former employer that failed to pay him over $18,000 in commissions that he had earned as a major account executive.  The case settled for substantially more than the disputed commission amount, including attorneys’ fees, after the client was forced to sue his former employer.  Not a good decision by the defending employer.
Forced to litigate the case in court, our client asserted claims against the employer for breach of contract and a violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, 820 ILCS
Continue Reading Antonio DeBlasio Obtains Substantial Settlement For Client In Unpaid Commission Dispute.

In the recent case of case of Bramlett v. Vandersand, 2020 IL App (5th), the plaintiff was mowing grass at his mother-in-law’s residence when she asked him to check on a malfunctioning light switch located outside the house. The plaintiff agreed and asked Dorothy to turn off the power connected to the light switch from inside the house. The decedent was battling advanced cancer and allegedly shaken by difficult news received earlier in the day which resulted in her forgetting to turn off the power. This resulted in the plaintiff enduring an electrical shock, falling from his ladder and sustaining
Continue Reading Appeal’s Court Ruling on Dead-Man’s Act

Yes, jury trials are happening in Cook County at the Daley Center, despite the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic, which is now headed into its second full year.  Last week, a Cook County jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of our client in a rare probate case involving ownership of real estate, multiple financial accounts and other property. The jury awarded our client assets valued at over $1.5 million.
“The Court and its staff did an excellent job of making the jury process run smoothly and safely,” said attorney David Gower, who represented our client in the jury trial during
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Illinois law requires that the seller of residential real estate fill out a disclosure report and give it to the buyer that form identifies whether the seller is aware of material defects in the home. What is a material defect? Find out in this video from Illinois attorneys DeBlasio & Gower, LLC.

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Illinois courts historically have been less than friendly to restrictive covenants, and non-compete agreements in particular. On August 13, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-0358, an amendment to Illinois’ “Freedom to Work Act,” which both codifies existing requirements under Illinois precedent, and imposes new restrictions on when, with whom, and under what circumstances Illinois will enforce non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
In this article, Oak Brook, Illinois attorney Antonio DeBlasio explores some of the key features of the new law.
Effective Date
The law takes effect on January 1, 2022, and will only apply to agreements entered
Continue Reading A Deep Dive: New 2022 Rules for Illinois Covenants Not to Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements.

(August 2021)  Oak Brook based law firm DeBlasio & Gower LLC is pleased to announce that David M. Gower has been named Chairman of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Probate Section.  “David exemplifies professionalism  and leadership, and the DCBA will be well-served with David as Section Chair,” said founding partner Antonio DeBlasio.
Chartered on February 1, 1879, the DuPage County Bar Association is the largest county bar association in Illinois with approximately 2,600 members. From educational seminars to community service programs to social functions, DCBA ranks as the heavyweight in Illinois with a long history of commendations
Continue Reading David M. Gower Named Chairman of DuPage County Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section.

Starting January 1, 2022, employers in Chicago and throughout Illinois will have to deal with significant new hurdles to make sure employment agreements with covenants not to compete or non-solicitation terms are valid and enforceable.
When Does The New Law Go Into Effect?
On August 13, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 672, which amended the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, 820 ILCS 90/1 et seq. (the “Act”).  The amendments impose many new restrictions that significantly change the landscape for restrictive covenants entered into between an employer and employee in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  The amendments apply
Continue Reading Chicago and Illinois Covenants Not to Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements.


Ah, the holidays.  Mini Vans and SUVs recklessly driving in and out of traffic, blazing through red lights, running Indy 500 like race circuits from mall to mall, all in search of just a “few more gifts” for the holidays. The holidays can be stressful enough, but when those stressed out, last minute, texting maniacs get in their vehicles and needlessly endanger the lives of other people (pedestrians, their own passengers or passengers in other cars and trucks), their actions can result in serious property damage, personal injury and even death.
If you or a loved one are injured in
Continue Reading Stressed Out Drivers Cause Dangerous Vehicle Collisions.

Here are 10 life changes that should prompt a review of your estate plan…
1.   Marital Status – Are you recently married, divorced, or remarried?
2.   Size of family – Have you recently welcomed children to your family (born or adopted)?
3.   Guardian – Do you want to change who would be guardian of your minor children?
4.   Beneficiaries – Do you want to change who will receive your property, or how much they will receive?
5.   Person in Charge – Do you want to change who will be in charge of administering your Will (Executor), your Trust (Trustee) or
Continue Reading Life Changes…So Should Your Estate Plan

On August 28, 2020, the Chicago law firm DeBlasio & Gower LLC filed a collective and class action lawsuit on behalf of two former security officers against American Public Defense Inc. and others for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois Minimum Wage Law.
Defendant American Public Defense Inc. (APD) is a security guard company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, that provides security services throughout the Northern District of Illinois.
Plaintiffs allege that APD and others failed to pay overtime wages to its security officers of one and one-half times their regular hourly rate of pay for hours
Continue Reading Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Security Company American Public Defense Inc.

CLAIMS FOR BOY SCOUTS SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS
Victims of sexual abuse have rights.  If you were a victim of sexual abuse involving the Boy Scouts, call our law firm now at (630) 560-1124.  Your confidentiality will be a priority and we will work hard to get you the justice you deserve.  There is a deadline of November 16, 2020 to file your claim.
BOY SCOUTS BANKRUPTCY
The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on February 17, 2020 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  The case is known as In re Boy Scouts
Continue Reading Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Claim Deadline Fast Approaching.