Article

New Year, New Goals

January 07, 2015

Read the professional and personal goals we have set for ourselves below. 

 

DAVID BERZON · GARY BLACKMAN· DAVID BLUM· JAMES BRUSSLAN· JAMIE BURNS· ROBERT CONNOLLY·KEVIN CORRIGAN · LAUREN CRANE · ANDREA CREWS · HOWARD DAKOFF · PETER DONATI · MARC FINEMAN· LAURA FRIEDEL · JONATHAN FRIEDLAND · JEFFREY FRIEDMAN · ADAM GARBER · CHRISTOPHER HEINTSKILL· ANGELA HICKEY · JASON HIRSH · JEFFERY HOFFENBERG · EMILY HOYT · TAL IZRAELI · TOM JAROS · MARC JOSEPH· KENNETH KNEUBUHLER · STUART KOHN · BRIAN KOZMINSKI · MICHAEL KYLE · SHELLY LEONIDA · ELIOT LEVY· CHRISTINA LUTZ · JASON NEUMARK · LINSEY NEYT · PATRICIA O'CONNOR · SUN PAE · SCOTT REYNOLDS· ROBERT ROMANOFF · KEITH ROSS · PAMELA SANDBORG · BLAKE SCHULMAN · JENNIFER O'REILLY SCHUMANN· BRYAN SCHWARTZ · WILLIAM SCHWARTZ · MELISSA SCHWARTZ · RUSSELL SHAPIRO · PAUL SIMONS · DAVID SOLOMON · MICHAEL ST. PETER · ABRAHAM TRIEGER · MICHAEL TUCHMAN · ELIZABETH VANDESTEEG · MARK VAUGHAN · SHERI WARSH MARY WASIK · MITCHELL WEINSTEIN · STEVEN WEISS · ROBERT WERTHEIMER · LAUREN WOLVEN · MARC ZASLAVSKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID BERZON

I want to assist more clients in the role as “outside general counsel,” helping them to manage their overall legal affairs from a business perspective.

I am going to get healthy. This includes losing weight and working to improve the health of my ailing knees, neck and lower back, so that I can get back to playing the sports that I love.   

 

GARY BLACKMAN

I plan to expand my work advising midsize law firms on risk management.

I am going to dedicate this year to working on a children's book I am writing.

 

DAVID BLUM

I would like to argue a novel tax case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

I would like to complete three triathlons in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMES BRUSSLAN

I want to teach more LP clients and others the value that addressing environmental issues directly and strategically can add to the bottom line.

I plan to teach my three-year-old son to ski, bicycle, ice skate and catch a baseball.

 

JAMIE BURNS

I am going to begin developing my skills in different areas of practice, including bankruptcy and employment law.

I'm going to find the time to actually read a book!

 

ROBERT CONNOLLY

I plan to continue to gain exposure and seek credentialing opportunities in the area of M&A and growth equity/recapitalization transactions. I also want to continue to develop my practice representing enterprise SaaS and “bootstrapped” tech companies, and expand my representation of real estate developer/sponsor/syndicator clients.

 

  
  
  
 

 

KEVIN CORRIGAN

I plan to sit as a member of a College of DuPage Advisory Committee that focuses on the development of a facilities management curriculum for an associate degree in facilities management. The long term goal is to have students move on to a four year bachelor degree program in Facilities Management, and eventually a master degree. There are currently no degree programs available in the Chicago area.

I will try to become more disciplined with my work meeting schedule.

 

LAUREN CRANE

I would like to expand my employment law and counseling knowledge base through a variety of resources, including seminars, legal updates, and networking opportunities, to more efficiently and effectively service clients.

I plan to find more time to cook healthy and “whole” meals for my husband and children.   

 

ANDREA CREWS

My goal is to utilize the LP website and programming to invite our clients to tell their stories.

I plan to get scuba certified this year.

 

  
  
  
 

 

HOWARD DAKOFF

I plan to spend more time with individual board members of our Homeowners Association clients to introduce them to LP partners who can assist them with their personal and/or legal needs for their business.

Without question, I want to increase the percentage of time in which I “live in the moment” when spending time with family and friends.

 

PETER DONATI

My goal is to transition more clients to alternative fee arrangements as a way to better align our services with their business goals.

I want to double the number of followers of our blog, The Employment Lawyers.

 

MARC FINEMAN

My goal is to conduct complimentary IP Assurance Assessments for five clients or prospective clients. I also plan to educate an even broader audience on what an IP Assurance Assessment is, and the value it can provide.

I plan to be there when my parents celebrate their 50-year anniversary.

 

 

  
  
  
 

 

LAURA FRIEDEL

My goal is to conduct “Employment Wellness Checks” for current and prospective clients.

I am going to complete 20,000 pushups in 2015.

 

JONATHAN FRIEDLAND

I plan to locate food-related investment opportunities in 2015, as we have two clients who invest in this space. This is in keeping with our client service commitment that extends well beyond simply providing sound legal advice.  

I am going to complete the third generation prototype of the quantum computer I have been working on in my basement laboratory during my free time over the past 4 years.

 

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

I plan to increase our new retail leasing activity by obtaining more retail leases from existing clients. I would also like to land at least one new client with a retail leasing focus. I will also connect with existing client contacts and develop new retail leasing contacts at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas.

My goal is to free up paralegal time to handle more substantive legal work or otherwise divert title/survey work to group attorneys.

 

  
  
  
 

 

ADAM GARBER

My goal is to secure one public speaking engagement to share stories of my experience in estate planning.

I plan to expand my involvement in the Anti- Defamation League.

 

CHRISTOPHER HEINTSKILL

My goal is to provide one free in-house educational seminar to an existing client, focusing on litigation risk prevention.

I plan to scuba dive for the first time since 2007.

 

ANGELA HICKEY

I plan to use my business experience and work with the Board of Advisors to the dean of the College of Business & Public Administration of Governors State University to make an impactful contribution.

In 2015, I will conduct a college roadshow with my daughter Nora.

 

  
  
  
 

 

JASON HIRSH

I will learn more about the mechanics of commercial real estate transactions.

My goal is to run 350 miles this year.

 

JEFFERY HOFFENBERG

My goal is to create at least one opportunity to connect LP's network in the Western suburbs.

 

EMILY HOYT

In 2015, I plan to participate with the firm's commitment to our charitable organization, Chicago Community Kitchens (CCK).

I want to run a 5k every quarter.

 

  
  
  
 

 

TAL IZRAELI

My goal is to attend two trade shows or seminars with clients in order to gain a better understanding of each client’s business and competitive environment. 

I plan to attend a graduation lunch for the Chicago Community Kitchens program of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

 

TOM JAROS

I plan to involve more LP attorneys and other professionals in client matters in order to ensure the highest level of client service, and provide the broadest range of expertise.

I plan to go on a Spring Break trip with my wife and daughters, and help my son find the perfect college for him.

 

MARC JOSEPH

I am going to organize a roadshow of client properties that I helped lease, acquire, or in which I was otherwise involved in some capacity.

I plan to maintain my rigorous exercise routine.

 

  
  
  
 

 

KENNETH KNEUBUHLER

In 2015, I will continue to monitor the changes in the Affordable Care Act and anticipate the impact it will have on our clients.

 

STUART KOHN

I would like to find more ways to introduce my clients and centers of influence to all of the other services LP has to offer.

I am looking forward to becoming an empty-nester this Fall, and taking the opportunity to travel more.

 

BRIAN KOZMINSKI

I plan to participate with the firm's commitment to our charitable organization, Chicago Community Kitchens (CCK).

 

  
  
  
 

 

MICHAEL KYLE

I plan to familiarize myself with international patent laws and procedures.

I would like to learn to speak German in 2015.

 

SHELLY LEONIDA

My goal is to better utilize technology in our recruiting efforts, including enhancing our career page on the website.

I plan to improve my overall fitness and find a balanced routine that I can maintain.

 

ELIOT LEVY

My goal is to improve the client experience and internal efficiencies by delivering extranet access to 14-24 clients by year-end.

I plan to improve my fitness and eat healthier. This includes consistently going to the health club at least three times per week, and losing 10-15 pounds.

 

  
  
  
 

 

CHRISTINA LUTZ

I am going to be attending a CLE course on probate litigation in 2015.

I plan to begin mother/child yoga classes with my toddler.

 

JASON NEUMARK

In 2015, I will be looking to expand LP's network of clients who work in the multifamily space.

I would like to travel to South America.

 

LINSEY NEYT

I’d like to meet at least three new people involved in commercial redevelopment, especially with a focus on sustainability and green initiatives. 

I’d like to improve my golf game and play at least six times over the season. 

 

  
  
  
 

 

PATRICIA O'CONNOR

My goal is to train additional attorneys relating to condominium law with the expansion of the LP community association group.

 

SUN PAE

I would like to develop more opportunities to serve clients in the areas where I can draw from my past work experience in the coating/plastic/adhesive industry and information technology/software industry.

My dream is to go back to the 4CM Mexico mission trip with my family this summer to replicate the blessings from the summer of 2013.

 

ROBERT ROMANOFF

My goal in 2015 is to focus on building certain areas of the firm by hiring exceptionally qualified people in these positions.

I want to take my daughters to their first concert.

 

  
  
  
 

 

KEITH ROSS

My goal is to offer and roll out new client extranets for five clients.

I want to learn five new songs on the guitar. And these will be good ones that I can play start to finish that anyone would listen to and be impressed.

 

 

PAMELA SANDBORG

I would like to review, revise and update all of LP's standard loan document forms.

I have a number of personal goals for 2015, but near the top of my list is to write at least one fiction story of approximately 90,000 words.

 

BLAKE SCHULMAN

My goal is to engage in face-to-face meetings with my clients at least once a month.

I plan to get more actual cardio exercise that does not simply include running to the train on a daily basis.

 

 

  
  
  
 

 

JENNIFER O'REILLY SCHUMANN

I plan to meet more property managers and become more involved in the Community Associations Institute.

I want to take swimming lessons in order to increase my speed and improve my breathing technique so that I can register for and complete a triathlon.

 

BRYAN SCHWARTZ

I plan to develop relationships with more people who want to learn how organizational change can help them scale their company.

I plan to become a yogi in 2015, get my golf handicap back down to 10, and increase my focus on living in the present, rather than the past and the future.

 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ

My goal is to increase the number of hard money lender clients I service in 2015.

I am going to focus on eating more (some) vegetables.

 

  
  
  
 

 

MELISSA SCHWARTZ

My goal is to drive a new technological system to increase efficiency for our clients.

I plan to work towards my CPA in 2015.

 

RUSSELL SHAPIRO

I plan to develop three new accounting firm clients in 2015.

I plan to exercise twice a week in 2015.

 

PAUL SIMONS

I plan to meet with client teams to identify and improve specific process and service areas.

I plan to step up my fitness regime to improve my overall physical fitness.

 

  
  
  
 

 

DAVID SOLOMON

My goal is to become better educated on the merger and acquisition activities involving architectural, engineering and environmental consulting firms.

My goal is to enroll in a triathlon training course and complete three or four triathlons this summer.

 

MICHAEL ST. PETER

I plan to help business owners and investors complete the sale or acquisition of a business.

I plan to increase my involvement with LP's corporate and social responsibility partner, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its Chicago Community Kitchens program.

 

ABRAHAM TRIEGER

I plan to offer to present to one or more of LP's real estate clients and contacts, a session on a substantive legal issue. Specifically, I believe a general overview of the basic AIA construction documents, highlighting particular key provisions, would be of interest to this group.

My goal for 2015 is to meet face-to-face with clients and contacts I have never met in person, and to reconnect with friends I have not recently seen.

 

  
  
  
 

 

MICHAEL TUCHMAN

My goal is to help Michael St. Peter, Steve Weiss, Rob Connolly, Emily Hoyt, David Blum and Marc Zaslavsky achieve their goals any way I can.

 

 

ELIZABETH VANDESTEEG

I plan to provide webinar opportunities to educate clients on numerous bankruptcy related issues relevant to various facets of business.

My goal is to participate in the Susan B. Komen 3-day Walk in August. The walk is three days and 60 miles, raising money for breast cancer research with my mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.

 

MARK VAUGHAN

I plan to get to know our real estate clients on a more personal level by way of one-on-one lunches and coffees each month.

My goal is to teach my four-year-old daughter to ride a bike and two-year-old son to swing a golf club in 2015.

 

  
  
  
 

 

SHERI WARSH

I would like to take on more speaking engagements related to strategic wealth planning in the current tax environment.

My goal is to become an active board member of a charity near and dear to my heart.

 

MARY WASIK

In 2015, I will be looking to find more time to connect with clients and referral sources outside of the time we spend working together on client matters.

I want to plan a summer vacation now, thereby increasingly the likelihood that we will actually go on a summer vacation.

 

MITCHELL WEINSTEIN

In 2015, my goal is to test and roll out extranets to three clients.

I want to increase my participation with the Chicago Green City Market (GCM) and continue work on the GCM Development Board.

 

  
  
  
 

 

STEVEN WEISS

My goal is to meet serial buyers of businesses.

My goal is to start learning how to play guitar, and to unpack those last few boxes from when I moved last year.

 

ROBERT WERTHEIMER

In 2015, I will play golf with two clients I haven't played with before at a course I haven't played before.

I will celebrate my granddaughter's Bat Mitzvah with my family in May.

 

LAUREN WOLVEN

In 2015, I will introduce my existing clients to my new LP partners.

My goal is to run a 5k in under 36 minutes.

 

  
  
  
 

 

MARC ZASLAVSKY

I plan to cross-sell corporate transactional services with non-corporate attorneys and groups at LP in order to bring in new corporate transactional business from a firm client that is not currently using us for that type of work.

My goal is to spend more time with my family by being home for my daughter’s nighttime routine twice a week.

 

 

  

       

 

Everything begins with the right people.

See what else we are up to.