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Levenfeld Pearlstein Adds Six Lateral Attorneys


October 13, 2010

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CHICAGO – Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce the addition of six attorneys to the firm, spanning a number of its key service areas. They include Of Counsel Ken Knuebuehler (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ESOP) and Robert I. Wertheimer (Asset Planning & Preservation), associates Sun Y. Pae (Intellectual Property) and Cato Yang (Intellectual Property), and staff attorneys, Emily Hoyt (Taxation) and James Marco (Banking & Finance).


“While the economy continues to create a challenging business environment, we are fortunate to be in a position of financial stability and believe that this is an excellent time to build for the future,” said Bryan I. Schwartz, Chairman of Levenfeld Pearlstein. “We are excited to add key hires that complement our strategic direction and who will add value to our client engagements.”


Ken Knuebuehler

A member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ESOP Service Groups, Ken has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in a broad range of employee benefits, executive compensation and ESOP matters. He represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including Fortune 500 companies, major insurance and financial service companies, airline and railway companies, real estate investment advisors, charitable organizations, state and local governments, and public pension plans. His practice encompasses the application of ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, tax laws and securities laws to employee benefit plans and executive compensation matters. This includes structuring executive compensation and designing stock options and other equity-based compensation plans, as well as incentive compensation plans, employment and severance agreements, and change-in-control compensation arrangements.


Ken’s experience in ESOP is also substantial regularly advising clients on the design and operation of tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and health, life, disability and other welfare benefit plans. He also frequently advises clients on the employee benefit and compensation aspects of merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions.


Ken earned his B.A. from Ball State University and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.


Robert I. Wertheimer

A member of the firm’s Asset Planning & Preservation Service Group, Robert has more than 39 years of corporate and tax experience with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, corporate counseling and estate planning. Most recently a solo practitioner, he has represented numerous clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction, entertainment, retail, health care, and trade organizations. Robert has served as corporate counsel to privately held businesses, public companies, entrepreneurs, professional service firms, and non-profit organizations.


Robert has been Director of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation since 1998. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Solomon Schecter Day School in North suburban Chicago, and on the President’s Advisory Council of American Friends of Hebrew University, Midwest Chapter.


Robert earned his B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law. He also received an LL.M. from John Marshall Law School.


Sun Y. Pae

A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Service Group, Sun comes to Levenfeld Pearlstein from Reinhart, Boerner, Van Duren, S.C. Sun is a member of the Intellectual Property Service Group where she helps clients establish and protect their intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad. Drawing upon her previous engineering experience, Sun understands the challenges and opportunities inherent in the research and development and design and manufacturing processes. She has lead research and development teams in commercializing technologies and has also worked as a process engineer, focusing on chemical and plastic manufacturing processes. More recently, Sun has assisted clients whose inventions related to climate and appliance controls, filtration components and agricultural composites, with patent prosecution, patent drafting and infringement opinion drafting.


Originally from Seoul, Korea and raised in the United States, Sun is fluent in Korean. She earned her B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology and her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.


Cato Yang

Cato is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Service Group, focusing his practice on patent and trademark-related issues, including the preparation and prosecution of applications, portfolio strategy and management, due diligence, litigation matters related to patents and trade secrets and client counseling. Previously a patent attorney at IP boutique, McCracken & Frank LLP, he has significant experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications and analyzing patentability, validity, and infringement matters in areas of technology that include electrical control circuits and devices, communication systems, optical sensor design and applications, semiconductor design, computer software, mechanical and electromechanical devices, medical devices and procedures, power systems, graphic arts and printing technology, consumer products, and navigation systems.


Cato earned his B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Emily Hoyt

Emily is a member of the firm’s Taxation Service Group where she advises clients on various matters involving state and local, international, corporate and transactional taxation. She has participated in the research and revision of a number of published pieces detailing partners' distributive shares and partnership terminations and has also prepared presentations on the U.S. government's international tax proposals.


Emily earned her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She also holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law.


James Marco

James is member of the firm’s Banking and Finance Service Group, focusing his practice on the representation of lending institutions in complex commercial litigation, specifically in the areas of mortgage foreclosure and guaranty actions. He has also been involved in providing pro bono services for the Cook County Chancery Division Pro Se Advice Desk, where he counseled pro se defendants in mortgage foreclosure actions. Prior to joining Levenfeld Pearlstein, James practiced at Fisher and Shapiro LLC, where he represented lenders in foreclosure actions.


James earned his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.




About Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Recognized in 2009 as one of the nation's most innovative mid-sized law firms by The National Law Journal's "Midsize Hotlist", Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC ( provides unusually good legal counsel and business advice to sophisticated clients in matters involving corporate and securities law, real estate, and litigation. The firm's business-first approach helps clients to proactively address, solve and move past their problems so that they can quickly return to doing what they do best. With nearly 60 attorneys and offices in Chicago and Northbrook, Ill., the firm possesses the resources and depth to manage the most complex matters, while ensuring that the needs of all clients are met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Filed under: Employment & Executive Compensation, Financial Services & Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Tax Planning

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