Dinsmore Adds 2 Partners in Chicago

January 20, 2015News Releases
Dinsmore & Shohl continues to expand the Chicago office, welcoming two partners, Robert J. Heyne and Ralph J. Kooy, to the firm’s Litigation Department. Their addition closes out a year of rapid growth that brought 11 attorneys to Dinsmore’s Chicago location.

Robert J. Heyne comes to Dinsmore from Tressler LLP, where he focused his practice on commercial and construction litigation, representing general contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Heyne also represents fidelity carriers in the investigation and litigation of claims. He is a frequent speaker, giving lectures for the American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, as well as the Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Real Estate Seminar, the National Bond Claims Association, IADC Mid-Winter Trial Practice Seminar and Eastern Bond Claims Review. Heyne earned his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and his B.B. from Western Illinois University.

Ralph J. Kooy also made the move from Tressler LLP. Kooy’s practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation and construction litigation, while also handling fidelity insurance and general coverage litigation cases. Kooy recently served as program chairman of the DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable and is a member of the steering committee of the Fidelity and Surety Law Section of the DRI. He has authored a number of papers and is an editor of the ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Journal. Kooy earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

“Bringing Bob and Ralph on board rounds out a year that emphasizes our commitment to making intelligent hires to expand the breadth and depth of our practice. Both are experienced litigators who deepen our bench of trial attorneys. 2014 has been a banner year for this office, and I look forward to continued success in 2015,” said Robert “Bobby” Lucas, Chicago Office Managing Partner.

Dinsmore acquired the Chicago office in the Peck Shaffer & Williams merger in March. Since the spring, 11 attorneys have joined that location. The office recently moved to a larger space in the Franklin Center at 227 W. Monroe to accommodate the current and future growth.