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Quarles & Brady Expands Chicago Office with Four Highly Regarded and Seasoned Litigators

CHICAGO, ILL. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced the addition of attorneys Randall R. Fearnow, Edward D. Rickert, Jeffrey M. Monberg and Mark W. Bina, to the firm’s Chicago office. All joined as partners of the firm.

“We are excited to welcome these outstanding attorneys to our firm whose practices span Illinois and Indiana,” said firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “They represent our ongoing strategy to provide our clients with legal services that few law firms can match, especially in the Health and Life Sciences and the Financial Services sectors.”

“We are delighted to have these four talented attorneys join our practice,” said Health Law Practice Group chair Sarah E. Coyne. “Combining their knowledge of health law with our current team substantially strengthens our efforts to grow the firm’s health law practice and what we can do for our clients.”

“The addition of Randy, Ed, Jeff and Mark strengthens our growing health law, financial services and litigation practices, and broadens our range of services in our Chicago office,” added Chicago office co-managing partner Ted Yi. “They add a great deal of experience that we are thrilled to share with our clients.”

“Quarles offers all of us the opportunity to take our individual practices to a new level, thanks to its strategic focus in the Health & Life Sciences and Financial Services sectors and the depth and breadth of expertise Quarles already has developed in regulatory, transactional and litigation aspects of those sectors,” said Fearnow, speaking for the new lateral partners. “The firm has made a clear commitment to building on the formidable law practices it has already established, and we’re excited to add even more to its client service offerings.”

All four attorneys were previously with the Chicago office Krieg DeVault.

About the Attorneys:

Randall Fearnow joins the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. His experience includes many years representing the interests of health care providers in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He often represents health care providers who have become the focus of state or federal audits or investigations, or when facing qui tam and civil false claims allegations. Fearnow is Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated and a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He earned his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Indianapolis.

Edward Rickert joins the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. As a pharmacist and attorney, Rickert has used his background and experience to represent pharmacies, pharmacists, physicians, long-term care providers and other health care providers in a variety of matters, including professional negligence, licensure, regulatory and business issues. In addition to his representation of health care providers, Rickert has represented drug and medical device manufacturers in both civil and regulatory matters, and insurance companies in a variety of insurance defense and coverage matters, at both the trial and appellate court level. He is co-chair of Legal Task Force/Clinical Labs, Pharmacy and Payer Workgroup, Illinois Office of Health Information Technology and director of governmental affairs for Illinois Council of Health Systems Pharmacists. He earned his law degree, with honors, from Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Jeffrey Monberg joins the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. His practice focuses on representing lenders and other secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings and in state court matters, such as commercial foreclosures, collections, receiverships and lender liability cases. He also is experienced in representing lenders in out-of-court workouts such as forbearance agreements. He currently serves on the board of directors for Hospice of the Calumnet Area, Inc. Monberg received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Mark Bina joins the firm’s Health Law and Litigation Practice Groups. He represents a broad range of clients in litigation and regulatory matters. In his health care practice, Bina represents clients facing governmental investigations and prosecutions, Medicare and Medicaid false claim qui tam actions and payment disputes, license and disciplinary matters, administrative review appeals of governmental agency decisions and general litigation disputes. His practice also includes employment law, appeals, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. In 2013, Bina was given the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He received his law degree from John Marshall Law School and his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from Indiana University.