Jen began her legal career at RFBN as a law clerk in 2007 and accepted a full time position immediately after law school. Jen’s practice includes real estate transactions; business transactions; general corporate and commercial legal representation; banking and financial services; trust and estate administration services; and estate planning.
Paul concentrates his practice in medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability and automobile injury cases. Prior to joining RFBN in 1997, Paul practiced in the areas of product liability, structural work act, premises liability, personal injury and insurance coverage litigation at Worker & Power and at Kiesler & Berman.
Paul was born and raised in the Chicago area. He and his son, Griffin, live in Tinley Park.
Ed concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation. Much of his litigation practice involves legal issues concerning banking and real estate at the trial and appellate levels. He joined the firm in 1974 immediately after law school. In 1990, Ed became a director of Republic Bank of Chicago and continues to devote substantial time to banking and related legal areas.
Ed’s parents, who were born in Vienna, are Holocaust survivors. Ed was born on August 13, 1949 in Shanghai, China. Ed and his parents emigrated to the United States in 1951 and have made their home in Chicago ever since. Ed and his wife currently live on the North Shore and have a son and daughter.
Tim is the President and Managing Partner of Ruff, Freud, Breems & Nelson Ltd. He began his legal career at RFBN as a law clerk in 1982 and accepted a full time position after law school in 1985. Tim’s practice includes banking and financial services; general corporate and commercial matters; real estate transactions; business transactions; title insurance claims defense; commercial litigation; estate planning; and trust and estate administration services.
Tim was born and raised in the Chicago area. In high school, he met Eva and married her a month after graduating from college. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born on Tim’s last day of law school classes. Tim is delighted to be practicing law with his daughter, Jennifer, and count her as a colleague at RFBN. Tim and Eva also have a son, Tim, Jr. After forming a successful real estate business, Tim, Jr. decided to follow in his father and sister’s footsteps and is currently studying the law at the University of Chicago Law School. Tim, Sr. and Eva live in Palos Heights.
Scott concentrates his practice in civil litigation in state and federal trial courts, with a majority of his time devoted to medical malpractice defense. He also represents litigants in commercial lawsuits and appeals. He joined RFBN in 1997, after spending the previous 16 years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Scott was Chief of the Felony Trial Division from 1990 to 1996, where he supervised all felony prosecutions in the nation’s second-largest county, and over 300 ASAs.
J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1981
B.A., North Park College, Psychology Sociology-Anthropology, 1978
Lane Technical High School, 1974
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Moot Court Board, Loyola University School of Law
National Merit Scholar Finalist
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, John Marshall Law School
An active trial attorney since 1981, Scott has tried over 100 cases to jury verdicts. He has also tried hundreds of non-jury trials and contested hearings. In addition to his trial work, he has represented clients in appeals before the Illinois Appellate and Illinois Supreme Courts.
Scott’s work as a prosecutor included cases which have been featured on ABC’s “20/20,” and A&E’s “American Justice.” He has appeared on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” and WLS, WGN, WBBM and WBEZ radio. Samples of his trial work have been included in Alfred Julien’s “Opening Statements” (West Group), and Gillis’ “Illinois Trials: Law and Strategy” (Butterworth). His grand jury investigation of the Linares case is discussed in “In Our Defense” by Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman. The successful prosecution of David Biro is featured in the book “My Name is Cain” by Gera-Lind Kolarik.
Scott has presented lectures to the National College of District Attorneys, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Justice School, Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, the University of Illinois Chicago, the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Chicago Police Academy, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Northwestern University School of Law, and the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. He served for several years as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases.
Scott was born October 22, 1956. A life-long resident of the city of Chicago, he resides with his wife, their son, and two daughters, in the Edison Park neighborhood on the northwest side. In his spare time he coaches youth ice hockey and baseball teams.
Steve joined the firm immediately after graduation from law school. As the head of RFBN’s Health Care Practice Group, Steve’s practice includes the areas of hospital/medical staff relations, medical staff bylaws and compliance matters, capital finance, business enterprise and patient care issues. He counsels hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and senior housing organizations on tax issues, negotiation of provider contracts, major equipment purchases, software licensing agreements, acquisition of medical practices, affiliation agreements and construction contracts. He routinely advises physicians and hospital clients in managed care matters.
Steve also provides advice and counsel to several orders of men and women religious of the Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic sponsored secondary schools, and Protestant Churches. His representation includes assistance in the formation and operation of tax-exempt organizations, governance issues, real estate taxation issues, and construction contract matters.
Steve served as outside general counsel to the Columbus-Cabrini Medical Center, a 600-bed teaching hospital in Chicago, from 1971 to 1995, until the hospital merged into Catholic Health Partners. During that 25-year period, he addressed and resolved almost every legal issue encountered by the MedicalCenter.
Steve has advised clients in such diverse areas as hospital/medical staff relations, drafting of medical staff bylaws, compliance with the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, health care capital finance, health care business enterprise, Stark II, fraud and abuse and patient care issues. He has also advised and counseled hospitals, nursing homes and senior housing organizations in tax law issues such as organization and qualification of providers, formation of health
systems and securing exemption of properties from real estate taxation. His experience includes advising clients on hospital based and non-hospital based provider contracts, major medical equipment purchases, computer hardware and software contracts, acquisition of physician medical practices, affiliation agreements and construction contracts.
He also assists persons in the formation and operation of business entities including partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. He also advises clients on matters involving the lease, sale and purchase of real estate, estate planning, and guardianships.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s College (Indiana) and has served in that capacity since 2003. Co-Chairman of the Board since 2013.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation (f/k/a Columbus-Cabrini Medical Center Foundation) commencing in 1995 and served as its chairman from 2006-2010.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brother Rice High School, Inc and has served in that capacity since 2013.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Westcourt Corporation and has served in that capacity since 2006. Chairman of the Board since 2011.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of theNational Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Inc and has served in that capacity since 2013.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Codogno Center, Inc., and has served in that capacity since 2013.
Steve is a Chicago native who was raised on the city’s south side. He currently resides with his wife and two daughters in Elmhurst, Illinois.