Chicago, IL — August 14, 2023
In a bid to foster meaningful connections and introduce the legal community to a unique philanthropic endeavor, URB Chicago successfully hosted an exclusive networking event aboard the luxurious Adeline’s Sea Moose yacht. The gathering brought together some of Chicago’s most prestigious law firms, including Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells, Larry Byrne from Pedersen & Houpt, and ArentFox Schiff partner William Ziegelmueller, to unveil the ambitious plans to support the Eddie Beard House, a charitable initiative that serves veterans experiencing homelessness in Chicago.
As the sun set on the glittering waters of Lake Michigan, URB Chicago’s partnership event with the city’s top law firms aboard Adeline’s Sea Moose showcased the legal sector’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and philanthropy. The event not only connected legal minds but also paved the way for a brighter future through the Eddie Beard House’s philanthropic endeavors.
Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells: Navigating Legal Waters with Expertise
In the realm of law, where intricacies abound, Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells reigns as an undeniable powerhouse. Their expertise shines brightly in domains ranging from the art of navigating commercial and residential evictions to the meticulous collection of past-due Homeowners’ Association (“HOA”) fees. Adept in landlord-tenant litigation, the firm’s seasoned attorneys expertly handle the nuances of mechanics’ liens, while orchestrating the orchestration of intricate real estate transactions. Boasting a collective experience of over eight decades, these legal virtuosos showcase their mastery of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (“RLTO”) and the intricate web of Illinois landlord-tenant laws. Their proven prowess cements their reputation as the quintessential go-to resource, adeptly steering through the complexities of the legal seas within the expansive realm of real estate.
Pedersen & Houpt partner Larry Byrne: Where Financial Expertise Fuels Legal Triumph
Amid the legal luminaries at Pedersen & Houpt, Larry Byrne emerges as a standout embodiment of financial mastery and legal prowess. Formerly a trader and manager at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Larry’s journey from arbitrage involving complex financial products to legal advocate has enriched his role in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. His innovative spirit paved the way for one of the first successful verdicts from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in an Auction Rate Securities (ARS) case, underscoring his ability to navigate intricate financial challenges. Larry’s commitment to Chicago’s business landscape is evident in his successful representation of real estate companies, lenders in foreclosure battles, and businesses facing shareholder disputes. Moreover, his multifaceted approach extends to family law, where his financial insight aids clients in asset division and uncovering hidden resources. Larry’s legacy as a bridge between finance and law is a testament to Pedersen & Houpt’s dedication to excellence and dynamic legal solutions.
ArentFox Schiff partner William Ziegelmueller: Champion of Justice and Integrity
The event’s focus on legal prowess extended to individual champions of justice. Bill, renowned for his profound courtroom expertise, showcased his extensive experience in federal district and appellate courts. With an impressive portfolio encompassing civil and criminal cases, Bill is the go-to attorney for corporations and individuals facing allegations of wrongdoing, including fraud, tax evasion, and antitrust violations. His involvement in defending clients against regulatory agencies such as the SEC, IRS, and FDA highlights his multifaceted approach to legal challenges.
Additionally, Bill’s dedication to assisting health care providers in navigating government audits and investigations solidifies his reputation as a trusted legal ally in the health care sector. His involvement in matters related to government purchasing rules, anti-dumping duties, and pharmaceutical marketing underscores his wide-ranging expertise.
Eddie Beard Veterans House: Rekindling Hope Amidst Challenges
At the heart of compassionate outreach, the Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans Housing Program, affectionately known as Vet House, illuminates a path of transformation for veterans who have endured the harsh realities of homelessness. Designed to embrace those who have sought solace in the streets, emergency shelters, and places unfit for habitation, as well as those rejoining society from institutions, Vet House emerges as a sanctuary of hope. Its dedicated focus extends to veterans battling multifaceted challenges, from mental health issues, substance dependencies, and HIV/AIDS, to physical disabilities, developmental hindrances, and the enduring impact of PTSD. An unwavering commitment to veterans with a history of chronic homelessness and justice involvement is the cornerstone of Vet House’s mission.
Operated on the premise of inclusivity and compassion, Vet House employs a low-barrier admissions policy, casting aside preconditions related to income or sobriety. This ethos opens doors for 33 homeless male veterans simultaneously, supporting an average of 110 veterans yearly. Central to its approach is a strength-based, person-centered case management strategy, which acknowledges the unique strengths and aspirations of each participant. The overarching objective of Vet House is to intricately evaluate the housing and employment needs of every individual, propelling them toward rapid transitions into permanent housing and long-term stability.
As the Vet House beacon guides veterans from the shadows of adversity to the shores of renewed hope, it stands as a testament to the power of compassion, determination, and community.