Drendel & Jansons Law Group News
We have a great group of attorneys and staff at Drendel and Jansons Law Group, and we like to boast about them a little bit. We hope you will join us in our appreciation of them and celebrate the good news with us.
The Drendel & Jansons Law Group joined the Batavia Chamber of Commerce in 1994 and was recognized and honored as a 25-Year Member of the Chamber of Commerce. Kevin G. Drendel and Roman J. Seckel have served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, a total of nearly twelve (12) years of service. Roman Seckel served during his tenure as President of the Board.
The Drendel & Jansons Law Group was honored by Administer Justice with the True Justice Award for 2019. The True Justice award is given each year to a recipient who “demonstrates a heart for the weightier matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. The recipient must model true faithfulness through humble service, whatever the task; true mercy through caring for those in need; and true justice through love for all those with whom they serve.” The award was given this year to the Drendel & Jansons firm, not just one individual. Most, if not all, of our attorneys have taken on cases referred by Administer Justice at one time or another in the past.
Kevin G. Drendel attended the 2019 Restore Gospel Justice Conference in Elgin, IL and spoke on America's Aging Population. The Conference was hosted and run by the Gospel Justice Initiative, a national faith-based, legal aid organization that has established almost 90 local legal aid clinics around the United States and one in Honduras. Kevin is member of the Gospel Justice Initiative Board of Directors. He is also an Advisory Board member of Administer Justice locally, and the supervisor of the Aurora clinics.
Mark D. Brent was recently appointed to fill a vacated term on the Kane County Board of Managers, and he was sworn in with the rest of the Board members at the KCBA Annual Meeting in June. Mark becomes the fourth current member of the Drendel and Jansons Law Group to serve on KCBA Board of Managers, and seventh member of the Firm, past and present, to do so. The Kane County Bar Association is the oldest bar association in the State, dating back to the days when Abraham Lincoln rode the court circuits on a horse.
Roman Seckel has ended his term as Chair of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. During his year at the helm of the Chamber of Commerce, the impressive growth in membership has continued, ending at about 450 members, with growth projected to reach 500 members by year end. The Chamber also added a monthly morning networking event and an another referral group during Roman's tenure. Roman will remain on the board as he was appointed to a three-year term as a member, from August 2018 to July 2021.
Lawrence W. Lobb became a director of the St. Charles Education Foundation in July, 2018. The St. Charles Education Foundation supports St. Charles School District No. 303 by encouraging, promoting and facilitating educational excellence through community awareness, involvement and philanthropy. The Foundation was formed in 1992 by citizens who identified a need to fund teacher projects that exceeded the District 303 budget. For 23 years, the Foundation has provided grants in excess of $1.3 million for additional programs to support excellence in education.
Carolyn Jansons was appointed by Elburn Village President, Jeff Walter, to fill a vacancy on the Village of Elburn Planning Commission. Carolyn’s appointment was approved by the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees and she was sworn in on Monday, June 18, 2018 during the Village of Elburn Board Meeting. Carolyn also sang her swan song as the Kane County Bar Association President at the Annual Meeting in June, turning the reigns over to incoming President, Alice Sackett, and assuming the role of immediate past-President.
Lawrence (Larry) Lobb received the Kane County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award for 2018. He becomes the latest in our office to be recognized for giving back to the community by representing people pro bono (for free) who can't afford the legal services they need. The Kane County Bar Foundation is the tax exempt, charitable arm of the Kane County Bar Association.
Roman Seckel spoke at the annual Family Law Seminar November 16, 2017, the largest seminar the Kane County Bar Association puts on every year. Roman's topic was Standing for Non-Parents in Guardianship and Allocation of Parental Responsibility. Roman spoke on the same topic ten years ago, but recent changes in the statutes have changed the rights of non-parents, like grandparents and other family members, in regard to gaining custody of children.
Roman Seckel became the Chair of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. Roman became a Board member in 2015 as Kevin Drendel went off the Board. The Firm has been represented on the Chamber Board promoting and advocating for local business for over nine (9) years, and Roman's tenure will extend that time period to the decade mark and beyond. The Firm is proud of its representation of local businesses and the business community.
Larry Lobb transitions to the immediate past President of the Kane County Bar Association, and Carolyn Jansons transitions into the President position. This is the only time in the history of the KCBA that an attorney in one firm has taken over as President from another attorney in the same firm. The KCBA is also the oldest bar association in the State, going back to the days when Abraham Lincoln rode the circuit on horseback.
We are proud to say that our attorneys and staff are as thoughtful and exceptional in their own, private lives as they are in their professional lives as advocates for other people. Roman Seckel and his family were named Knights of Columbus Family of the Year for 2016-2017 by the St. Charles Council #12497 of the Knights of Columbus. Roman is not just a leader in the local Bar Association and in his profession, he is a leader in his home and community. Congratulations Roman, Ann and the kids too!
Edward J. Boula joined the St. Charles Rotary, following in the Drendel & Jansons Law Group tradition of community involvement. The St. Charles Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization providing charitable services and funding to local charities with the goal of fostering generosity and peace. Rotary is known for supporting youth programs, career development, educational opportunities and international youth exchange programs.
Carolyn Jansons participated in the American Bar Association Leadership Institute with more 330 lawyers representing various legal organizations around the country. The annual conference took place in Chicago, IL and was sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the ABA Division for Bar Services as part of the association’s long-standing goal of fostering partnerships with state and local bars and related organizations. Collaborating ABA entities included the Communications and Media Relations Division.
The Drendel & Jansons Law Group attorneys, staff and their children came out en masse to bowl at the Administer Justice Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at St. Charles Bowl. No one is expected to leave their day jobs for a career in bowling after this event, but we had a ton of fun, and Administer Justice raised a generous amount of money to support the provision of legal services to the poor, needy and underprivileged in our communities. A good time was truly had by all.
Roman Seckel will be moderating the Kane County Bar Association (KCBA) seminar on Legal Ethics at the Eaglebrook Country Club on March 9, 2017. Topics include Cyber-Liability and Protecting Confidential Information in Your Firm, Legal Tech Security, and Ethical Obligations for Protection of Confidential Information and Storage of Client Information, a Look at the Rules of Professional Conduct. Roman is a frequent moderator and speaker at KCBA seminars on a variety of topics.
Kevin G. Drendel has accepted a nomination and appointment to the Executive Board of Directors of Administer Justice. The term is for three years and begins immediately. Administer Justice is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt, legal aid organization. Since its creation in 2000, Administer Justice has served over 47,000 clients who could not otherwise afford legal help. Administer Justice serves clients who have financial need with preliminary advice, document assistance and pro bono representation.
Kevin G. Drendel was recently appointed to the KCBA Judicial Evaluation Committee. The KCBA (Kane County Bar Association), is the local bar association for Kane County and surrounding area, having a membership that includes attorneys in all of the counties surrounding Kane County, including Cook County. The Judicial Evaluation Committee was established by the KCBA in 1995. Gilbert X. Drendel, Jr. was the first chairman, drafted the original procedural rules for the Committee and served on the Committee until 2005.
June was a big month. Kevin Drendel and Roman Seckel were present at the Illinois State Bar Association conference at the Rosemont Westin to receive the ISBA John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award in the small firm category. The Pro Bono Service Award can be credited to a team effort and team commitment to the professional obligation to give back to the community using the legal skills and knowledge that we have developed. We subscribe to the encouragement in the Rules of Professional Conduct that guides attorneys in the practice of law to give back to the community by providing pro bono (free) legal services to people who truly can't afford them.
June also was the beginning of Larry Lobb's term as President of the Kane County Bar Association with Carolyn Jansons serving as his right hand woman (1st Vice President). In fact, Carolyn Jansons introduced Larry Lobb as the KCBA President in a very touching tribute to their friendship and professional relationship. It was a special night with Gilbert Drendel getting a plaque for 55 years of legal service, and Kevin Drendel and Mark Brent receiving plaques for the reaching 25 year milestone. All of the attorneys, some of the staff and many family were also present to enjoy the evening.
Roman Seckel and Ed Boula were not to be left out. Roman is now serving as the general legal counsel to the Kane County Bar Foundation. Larry Lobb becomes a board member of the Bar Foundation as KCBA President. Roman also becomes Chairman of the KCBA Ethics Committee. Ed Boula takes over as Chair of the KCBA Local Government Law Committee, while Larry Lobb assumes the head of the Membership Committee also in his capacity as the KCBA President. It was a big night for the Drendel & Jansons Law Group.
Mark D. Brent spoke at the National Business Institute seminar held on June 23, 2016. The seminar, which was advertised as Family Law from A to Z, for attorneys and paralegals and covered the global changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that have taken place over the last two years.
Larry Lobb spoke to attorneys at the annual Kane County Bar Association Family Law Seminar last week on the topic of bankruptcy, addressing the Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy. The Family Law Seminar is usually the largest seminar put on by the KCBA, which is a leader in the State on providing legal education seminars for attorneys in the State, and Larry joins the many attorneys in the Firm who have presented at this seminar.
Ed Boula jumped right in to the fray by agreeing to present at the Kane County Bar Association Legal Ethics Seminar that took place March 22, 2016. Of course, it helped that Roman Seckel was the Moderator of the Seminar. Ed presented on changes to the Illinois Supreme Court Model Rules and case law updates on the application of those rules. Roman also presented on the topic of Representing Ideas, Issues & Ethical Obligations in Non-Attorney Roles.
We close out the year on a sad note. We said goodbye to Tyler Stevenson, who is leaving us after moving back to his home town. While we will miss him and the fine work he did for us and our clients, I am sure his wife and children appreciate that he chose them over us. Tyler will go back to the bank where he started before earning his law degree and will act as a loan officer and part time legal counsel. Tyler did an exceptional job for us, but our loss is the bank's gain. We know the future is bright for Tyler.
On a more positive note, Tyler reintroduced us to a law school classmate, Edward J. Boula, III. Ed has an enviable resume. After meeting with Ed again back in August, we offered him the position Tyler has vacated, and Ed accepted and joined us the last week of the year. Welcome aboard Ed!
We welcome Thomas John Seckel into the world. He was born at 2:03 am on November 18, 2015, weighing in at 6lbs, 6oz and is 19 inches long. The report from our inside correspondent and father of the baby is that mom and he are doing great! Roman will take some welcome time off to celebrate the new birth. This a great precursor to the Holiday Season that is almost upon us.
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized Mark Brent as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in his area. According to the AIFLA, they recognize the attorneys who have excelled, as noted by clients and peers. The aim is to recognize the attorneys who are most likely to have satisfied clients. Mark has had a great year with many honors, and he continues to excel as time goes on.
Kevin G. Drendel has agreed to take over as the supervising attorney at the Administer Justice Aurora Legal Aid Clinic. Administer Justice is a faith-based, nonprofit legal aid clinic with headquarters in Elgin, IL began by attorney Bruce Strom. They serve the western suburbs of Chicago and provide legal aid clinics at various locations throughout the suburbs for indigent people who cannot afford legal services, among other things.
Roman J. Seckel has been named one of the Best 12 Under 40 by the Kane County Chronicle. Roman was recognized for his leadership in the local Bar Association and community, his professional achievements and the way he carries himself when dealing with clients and as a member of the local community. Roman has accomplished many things in the first ten years of his career and we believe the best is yet to come. Recent months have been dominated with news about Roman!
Roman J. Seckel became a member of the Board of Directors of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce at the same time that Kevin G. Drendel ended his second full term as a Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board member. Roman steps in with a completely revamped membership fee structure as the Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and evolve.
Roman J. Seckel has been named one of the top Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. The top 10 award is the National Academy’s most prestigious honor. “The very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law.”
Roman Seckel has also joined the ranks of “partners” (shareholders) at the Drendel & Jansons Law Group. We are pleased to include him as one of the owners of the Firm where he can continue to flourish as a leader, not only in the Bar Association and in the community, but within the Law Firm as well.
Larry Lobb was sworn in as the Vice President of the Kane County Bar Association, and Carolyn Jansons was sworn in as the Secretary/Treasurer. We cannot recall when two members of one law firm were on the KCBA Board together, let alone as officers. Larry will become President in 2016, and Carolyn will be President in 2017. Until recently, officers and Board members were appointed, but now they are elected. This is also the first time that women outnumber men on the KCBA Board. Other firm members who were President of the Bar Association include Gilbert x. Drendel, Jr., Thomas McCracken, Susan B. Tatnall and Kevin D. Drendel.
Carolyn D. Jansons joins Lawrence W. Lobb on the officer track of the Kane County Bar Association. On April 30th, she was elected to be the Secretary/Treasurer. By virtue of the Bylaws, she will succeed to the First Vice-President position in 2016 and the President position in 2017. Both Carolyn and Larry are previous recipients of the KCBA Outstanding New Lawyer Award.
Larry Lobb began the officer track last year. He becomes the First Vice-President in June of 2015, and he will be the President in 2016. Never in the history of the KCBA have back to back presidents been from the same law firm, and we cannot recall two members of the same firm being on the KCBA Board at the same time. Larry and Carolyn will begin their new roles in June.
Roman Seckel not only moderated the Kane County Bar Association seminar on Legal Ethics, he also spoke on the topic of Handling Clients with Divergent Interests. Attorney are required by Supreme Court Rule to obtain a minimum number of hours of continuing legal education and, as a part of that requirement, a minimum number of hours of legal ethics. Roman has been a dedicated contributor to the continuing legal education programs of the KCBA for many years.
Mark D. Brent became a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The recognition exemplifies Mark's commitment to professionalism and dedication to the best ideals of the profession of law according to the National Association. Nominations are made by other attorneys. The nominees are vetted through a stringent review process. The attorneys chosen for membership “are considered truly elite” according to the National Association website.
We are very proud to announce that Mark D. Brent was nominated for the second year in a row by Prairie State Legal Services for the Kane County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award and is the recipient of the KCBF Pro Bono Attorney of the year award for 2015. The Award is earned primarily for his commitment to Prairie State Legal Services, providing family law services to people who cannot afford them. Mark has maintained a commitment to take on at least one pro bono case every month for the past four years and counting.
Kevin G. Drendel has been named one of Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 by The American Lawyer in connection with The National Law Journal and will be featured in the 2014 edition of Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers. The top rating is the result of his Martindale-Hubbel AV rating from other attorneys and peers.
Lawrence W. Lobb presented on April 30, 2014, on the topic of Ethical Considerations at the National Business Institute seminar on Title Law in Illinois held in Naperville. The seminar was intended for attorneys, title/abstract practitioners, real estate professionals, paralegals and bankers.
Larry was also elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Kane County Bar Association. That means he will be the First Vice-President in 2015, and he will become the President of the KCBA in 2016.
Carolyn D. Jansons has been named a top 100 Family Lawyer in Illinois by the American Society of Legal Advocates by her peers. Becoming a member of the American Society of Legal Advocates is a distinction shared with only 1.5% of licensed attorneys nationwide. Carolyn has practiced family law her entire career, and she has become a leader in the local Family Law bar, including time as the chair of the Kane County Bar Association Family Law Committee.
Roman J. Seckel has had his fourth article published in the Illinois Bar Journal. Roman's first article that was published in the Illinois Bar Journal earned him the Lincoln Writing Award in 2007. Roman practices family law, general litigation, municipal law and handles miscellaneous other matters when he is not writing. Access to all of the Roman Seckel's published in the Illinois Law Journal is here: http://www.isba.org/ibj/authors/seckelromanj
Roman J. Seckel succeeds to the Chairmanship of the Kane County Bar Association Local Government Law Committee. Roman has served on a number of committees in his time, and Roman is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars.
Carolyn Jansons and Lawrence Lobb were sworn in at the Kane County Bar Association Annual Dinner and will continue as a Directors of the Board. Carolyn and Larry may be the only two people in the same firm to serve on the board at the same time.
Kevin G. Drendel has been named one of Chicago's Top Lawyers of 2013 by the National Law Journal. This distinction is earned by achieving a high peer review and client review rating that is compiled anonymously.
Kevin G. Drendel has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the Client Distinction Award. The Client Distinction Award is given to those attorneys whose clients have given them a cumulative rating of 4.4-5.0 on a 5 point scale in Communications Ability, Responsiveness, Quality of Service and Value for Money. Kevin has received a client rating of 4.9. Less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.
We are pleased to announce that Tyler Stevenson received the official announcement that he passed the Illinois State Bar Exam and will be sworn in to the Illinois State Bar in November. Tyler joined the Drendel & Jansons Law Group full time in September after two years of working as a clerk for us during law school.
Tyler was born in Mendota, IL in 1979. He served four years in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Sergeant as a team leader in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. As a Ranger, Tyler led his team on two combat deployments to Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002.
Following his military service, Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University in 2006 with a BS in Finance and Multinational Business. While at Florida State, he was awarded the Mark and Nancy Hillis Scholarship for academic performance in the Department of Finance and the E. Ray Solomon Scholarship for academic performance in the College of Business. Tyler was also a collegiate cyclist, racing for F.S.U. Cycling during both mountain biking and road racing seasons in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. Prior to attending law school, Tyler was employed by Castle Bank in DeKalb, IL for two and a half years. During his time there, he worked as a commercial credit analyst and Bank Secrecy Act analyst.
Tyler graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude in May of 2012. While at Northern Illinois University, he was selected to compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He was active in N.I.U.'s Public Interest Law Society. During law school, Tyler interned with the Kane County State's Attorney's Office in addition to working as a law clerk with the Drendel & Jansons Law Group. He will be sworn in and receive his law license on November 1st. Tyler is exceptionally bright and hardworking, and we are pleased that he has become part of our firm.
Mark D. Brent joined the Aurora Kiwanis Club. Mark is a former member of the Aurora Kiwanis Club from 1997 to 2005, including time served as president in 2001 and as Lieutenant Governor of the Illinois/Eastern Iowa District.
G. Tyler Stevenson joined the Drendel & Jansons Law Group after graduating from the Northern Illinois College of Law in May and taking the Illinois Bar Exam in July;
Larry Lobb ran the Fox Valley Marathon in 4:08 and one week later completed a 50 mile ultra-marathon near Ann Arbor, MI;
Kevin Drendel joined Mark Brent as a member of the Council of Professional Advisers for the Community Foundation of Fox Valley.
Mark D. Brent's book, Divorce Proceedings in Illinois: What You Need to Know, has been published. Mark was sought out by the publisher and was contracted to write an introductory book for people who want to know about the divorce process. The book is available online at Amazon.com, the Thomson Reuters Westlaw Store and will be available soon in book stores.
Kevin G. Drendel was appointed to another three year term on the Batavia chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Carolyn D. Jansons has been elected to a three year term on the Kane County Bar Association Board of Managers. Larry Lobb has been elected to a two year term on the KCBA Board of Managers. This could be the first time in the history of the KCBA that two members of the same firm were elected to the Board of Managers.
Kevin G. Drendel is the recipient of the 2012 Commitment to Community Award from the North Aurora Mother's Club. Read it in the Daily Herald.
Kevin Drendel spoke on estate planning at a seminar for the Northern Illinois University Foundation on Wednesday, April 26th from 10:30 – 12:00 noon at NIU Hoffman Estates located at 5555 Trillium Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60192.
Lawrence W. Lobb joined the Drendel & Jansons Law Group. Larry brings experience with him as in house counsel for GM and private practice experience as well. Larry focuses on Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Estate Planning and other areas.
Roman J. Seckel was nominated by Administer Justice and named the Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month by Illinois Legal Aid Online for the time he has devoted to people who needed legal services but couldn't afford them. The recognition includes acknowledgment of the work he has done through Administer Justice and Prairie State Legal Services.
Kevin G. Drendel was nominated and became the President Elect of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
Roman J. Seckel was been selected as the Kane County Bar Association's Outstanding New Lawyer for 2010.
Roman J. Seckel wrote an article chosen to be published in the Illinois Bar Journal called Legal Separations: A Primer.
Roman J. Seckel joined the Knights of Columbus – St. Charles Council 12497 – continuing the Law Firm commitment to community and following in the footsteps of the attorneys who have gone before him.
Carolyn D. Jansons was appointed as the chair of the Family Law Committee of the Kane County Bar Association for 2010-2011.
Mark D. Brent was retained by Thomson Reuters to write a chapter in the book Inside the Minds: Strategies for Illinois Family Law.
Kevin G. Drendel was appointed as the Secretary of IL- NATOA – the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Telecommunication Officials & Advisors.
Kevin G. Drendel presented valuable information relating to Public Records and Open Meetings in light of the Attorney General's changes to the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act and her campaign for more open and transparent government.
Drendel & Jansons Law Group merged with the Law Offices of Mark D. Brent, P.C. adding a valuable family law resource to our clients. Mark is an experienced litigator with a wide range of legal talents, but focuses on providing much needed assistance to families who are in transition not only as a family law attorney, but as Guardian Ad Litem for children.
Kevin G. Drendel spoke a seminar on What You Need to Know about Public Records and Open Meetings on February 2, 2010 in Naperville, IL. The seminar was held at the University of Illinois Business & Industry Services located at 1100 East Warrenville Road.
Kevin G. Drendel began a 3-year term on the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Drendel & Drendel PC adopted a new name, Drendel & Jansons Law Group, and moved to 111 Flinn Street, Batavia, IL after 15 years in the prior location.
Kevin G. Drendel began another term as the Chair of the Kane County Bar Association Local Government Law Committee.
Attorney Kevin G. Drendel moderated the Local Government Law Seminar. At the same seminar, Attorney Carolyn D. Jansons made a presentation on municipal voting requirements and Attorney Roman J. Seckel spoke on the topic of conflict of office. Kevin Drendel also became a member of the North Aurora Lions Club.
Attorney Kevin G. Drendel began a term as the Chair of the Local Government Law Committee of the Kane County Bar Association.
Attorney Roman J. Seckel spoke at the Kane County Bar Association Professional Responsibility seminar regarding Selling Law Practices and Lawyers in Transition.