Lawyers and staff alike at Hurley Stanners & Matsko LLC work hard at serving our clients. We do like to play now and then and have a tendency to visit a haunted house, celebrate the holidays together over good food and wine and even have been known to visit a baseball game from time to time. We become like a family together and therefore we share the news of those that make the firm work.

The Hurley Stanners & Matsko law firm was asked in 2009 to author a chapter on Illinois law for an international publication titled, “Doing Business in North America.” The book was published in October 2011 and is revised yearly by Aspen Publishers and we are proud of it and the contributions of the contributing authors.

Joanne F. Hurley has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Top Woman Attorney in Illinois by Thompson Reuters, a national publisher, recognizing her as one of the top attorneys in Illinois for 2013 , 2014 and 2015.  No more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected as a Super Lawyer in any year. Joanne was included in the 2013 Super Lawyer Business Edition (Illinois) in February, 2013 and a detailed on-line version of the listing is available at She will also be featured in the October, 2013 issue of Chicago Magazine. Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters initiative, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice areas.

New Attorney
David M. Barkan is a May 2013 Chicago-Kent College of Law Graduate. David attended The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a B.S. in Finance, in 2010.  He served as an intern with Hurley Stanners in the winter of 2013. He has participated in various closings, including the sale of a business’s assets and a 1.9 Million Dollar loan refinance. David’s experience at Hurley Stanners & Matsko LLC has exposed him to many aspects of transactional law. David plans to focus on Business and Real Estate Law as an Associate at Hurley Stanners & Matsko LLC.

Mentored Internship Program
Jon Puskar is currently enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he is set to begin his final year. Prior to law school, Jon graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. At Loyola, Jon has tailored his coursework to focus on business and tax law. Like many law schools, Loyola offers a Tax Certificate to students who have excelled in a specialized curriculum geared towards the major tax areas prevalent in the practice of business law. Jon is set to receive Loyola’s Tax Certificate upon his graduation in May 2015. Recently, Jon was elevated from a Junior Member to an Executive Editor of Volume 46 of the Loyola Law Journal. Jon is a member of Loyola’s Moot Court Team. In March 2014, Jon competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition in Chicago, Illinois and, in November 2014, Jon will compete in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago, Illinois. At Loyola’s 2014 Intraschool Moot Court Competition, Jon was recognized as the third-best oralist. Jon also earned the highest grade in Loyola’s Advocacy class during the Fall 2013 semester. Additionally, Jon has worked as a teacher’s assistant for first-year law students taking Torts and Criminal Law, which has allowed him to obtain a more in depth knowledge of these areas of law.

Michael H. Sinise worked as an Intern this Spring, 2014. He graduated from Indiana University and currently attends Chicago-Kent College of Law as a second year Law student. Michael served as a Financial Analyst with a large Real Estate company prior to law school and co-wrote the article “The U.S. Government’s Foreign Account Reporting Requirements,” HSL Blog, April 2014.

Alex C. Webb earned his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School in May of 2013.  Alex also attended Saint Louis University, graduating with a B.S. on Business Administration with a concentration in Economics in 2010.  Alex’s experience as an Intern in the Hurley Stanners Mentored Internship Program includes assisting clients in forming various business entities, as well as drafting various transactional documents for commercial real estate deals and intellectual property matters.  While in law school, Alex was a member of the Law & Business Society and served as Vice President for the Vanderbilt International Arbitration Association in 2012. Alex successfully completed the Illinois Bar Exam and will serve as an Intern with a focus on Business law. Alex has recently been hired as an Attorney by the Army Civil Corp. of Engineers.

Speaking Engagements
Joanne F. Hurley participated in a 2012 webinar with Paul Klein on legal issues for visual artists. Paul is an art consultant and educator and works with visual artists on business and artistic issues as a part of a 12 week webinar program, Klein Artist Works. In 2013, Joanne spoke to a group of students at Chicago’s North Grand High School’s Afterschool Program, “Leading for Change.” As only Joanne can do, she had met six members of this group at a local cleaners seeking donations for a Washington Leadership Conference and the next thing we knew she was volunteering to talk to the whole group.