Janet E. Boyle of Arlington Heights handled murder, rape and other cases at the Cook County Public Defender's office before going into private practice.
Handling such cases convinced her she was heading in the right direction.
"Being a part of the Public Defender's office just sold me," said Boyle, 63. "I was part of the criminal justice system and it was truly a mind-opening experience."
She has since partnered with another lawyer to open their own law firm called Boyle Feinberg PC, headed by Boyle and Joy Feinberg. Since 1984, they have focused on family law, including divorce, custody, and other domestic cases. Boyle has also worked on the divorce case of former congressman Joe Walsh.
Now the six-lawyer firm is planning to expand to eight to 10 lawyers by next year. The expansion, in some ways, shows how women have evolved in the law profession. It also shows just how prevalent domestic cases have become in the court system.
While such cases have become more open, they have been joined by gay marriages and divorces, father's rights and others that were previously unheard of before, she said.
"All of these types of cases were hidden before," Boyle said. "Divorce, domestic abuse and other cases have been coming out of the dark and into the light. Domestic violence is all out in the open now. These cases have all become part of the mainstream, compared to nearly 40 years ago when I started."
Culver's ala Ph.D.
Katie Bulgrin is the owner of Culver's in Downers Grove and can be seen flipping burgers and serving frozen custard. It may be one of the last places you would expect someone to be with a business degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. in thermal energy harvesting from the University of California in Los Angeles. Two years ago, Bulgrin moved from Madison, Wisconsin, where she and her mother ran a Culver's. Besides Downers Grove, she opened a second restaurant near Old Orchard Mall in Skokie in January.
Taken by storm
Interior designer Amy Storm of Designstorms will host a grand opening of her new Storm-Inspired Showroom at 530 Pennsylvania Ave. in Glen Ellyn on March 8-11. The showroom will feature furniture, lighting, rugs and art that can be custom ordered as well as one-of-a-kind accents that can be purchased to go.
• Deerfield attorney, Leslee Cohen, was named to the prestigious 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 Overall list.
• Thomas Marvinac is the new executive vice president and chief credit officer for Inland Bank and Trust in Oak Brook.
• Executive Chef Sunil Kumar oversees the culinary experience at Marigold Maison restaurants in Phoenix and Lincolnshire.
• Sales associates Laura Reilly, Elizabeth Bryant, Liz Anderson, Dan Timm, Judy Stark and Anne Hardy were honored with the Centurion Producer award for their 2016 sales production at Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler in Libertyville.
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