Attorney Profiles

Ronald J. Broida

Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Municipal Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • General Practice
  • Business Transactions
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Chancery Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Contested Trusts and Estates

University: University of Illinois, B.A., 1966

Law School: University of Illinois, J.D., 1969

Admitted: 1969, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and members of Trial Bar; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; Certified Arbitrator, Circuit Court, DuPage County (Chair Qualified); Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, Certified Mediator, Circuit Court, DuPage County

Memberships: DuPage County (Chair, Appellate Law and Practice Committee, 1992-1993; Editor of the Brief, 2000; Director, 2001-2007), Illinois State (Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, 1988-1991) Bar Associations.

Legal Achievements: Author: Lincoln Award Winning Article, the "History of the Development of the Remedy of 'Piercing the Corporate Veil,'" Illinois Bar Journal, April, 1977; "Recent Developments in Practice and Procedure or What Real Estate Lawyers Should Be Aware of Before Going to Court," Illinois State Bar Association Real Property Newsletter, March, 1987. Co-Author: "Tortious Interference With Contract and Prospective Advantage in Illinois," DePaul Law Review, Winter, 1983; "When Can a Divorce Be Appealed?" DuPage County Bar Association Brief, November, 1993; "The Trial Court Always Loses Jurisdiction After a Notice of Appeal is Filed-Not," DuPage County Bar Association Brief, June, 1995; "ADA Update," DuPage County Bar Association Brief, November, 1999; "The Statutory Custodial Claim as a Sword or Shield in a Contested Decedent's Estate," DuPage County Bar Association Brief, May 2007; Author: "Letter Writing for Lawyers," ISBA Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly, Winter 2010; Fire Commissioner, Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District, 1994-1995; Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers; Diamond Fellow Illinois Bar Foundation; DuPage County Pro Bono Attorney Awards. Former Member: Chicago Bar Association; American Bar Association. Former Member and President (1979-1980) of West Suburban Bar Association

Civic Achievements: District Governor 2016-2017, Rotary International District 6450, Inc.; past President, and Chair of Endowment Trustees, Oak Park Temple; Founding member of The Churchill Center; former President of Carriage Way West Homeowners Association, Inc.


Joseph K. Nichele

Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas:

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Real Estate
  • Condominium Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Litigation
  • General Practice
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Chancery Practice
  • Contested Trusts and Estates

University: Purdue University, B.A., 2002

Law School: Valparaiso University, J.D., 2005

Admitted: 2005, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and Trial Bar; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Memberships: Illinois Bar Association; DuPage County Bar Association; Former Member of Will County Bar Association.

Legal Achievements: Associate Editor of Valparaiso University Law Review. Former Judicial Extern to the Honorable Lee Preston, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Former Judicial Extern to the Honorable William Alexa, Porter County, Indiana Superior Court. Certified Guardian Ad Litem in Dupage County, Illinois for custody, adoption and probate. Member of DuPage County Bar Association Brief Editorial Board. Author: Lincoln Award Winning article "The Shield Turned Into a Sword: A Plaintiff's Perspective of Negligent Spoilation of Evidence Claims After Martin v. Keeley & Sons, Inc.," Illinois Bar Journal, September 2016.

Civic Achievements: President, Mary Queen of Heaven Men's Group; Secretary, Elmhurst Rotary Club; Ernest Hemingway Foundation


Emmet C. Fairfield

Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas:

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Real Estate
  • Condominium Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Litigation
  • General Practice
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Chancery Practice
  • Contested Trusts and Estates

University: Augustana College, B.A., 2010

Law School: Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 2013

Admitted: 2013, Illinois; 2013, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Memberships: Illinois Bar Association; DuPage County Bar Association

Legal Achievements: Former judicial law clerk for Hon. Lisa Holder White, Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District.

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