The Accipiter Award was first presented in 1997 as a way to honor members of the Fenwick community who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. “Accipiter” is a Latin word meaning “hawk.” The award was named in honor of Fr. Joseph Hren, O.P., longtime teacher of Latin at Fenwick High School. Fr. Hren often was known among students as The Hawk for his devotion to detail and accuracy and his love for Latin, the language of the Law.
The 2018 Accipiter Award Luncheon will take place on May 18, 2018, at the University Club of Chicago.
2018 Accipiter Award Winner
John C. Sciaccotta '80
Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa
John C. Sciaccotta is a 1980 graduate and Co-Founder and Past President of the Fenwick Bar Association, which is currently celebrating its 30th year. John focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, arbitration and business counseling matters, with a special emphasis on complex civil trial matters brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He is also an Arbitrator and Lawyer Neutral who adjudicates various claims and disputes in arbitration. John’s clients include public and privately held businesses from a variety of industries, lenders, employers, executives and individuals. John is active in, and currently holds and has held many leadership positions with, numerous professional, charitable and community organizations. He currently serves on the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers and is a Co-Founder & Vice-Chair of the CBA’s Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Disputes Committee. John is a past Trustee and current Life Trustee of Fenwick HS.
He resides in Barrington, IL with his spouse, Esther, and is the proud parent of 4 adult children, John, Jr., Michael, Anna & Joseph.
Past Accipiter Award Recipients
Thomas S. Moore '64
Tom Moore is a 1964 graduate who also taught English at Fenwick from 1969 to 1972 while attending Loyola Law School at night. Tom clerked for Federal Judge Frank McGarr, spent four years in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and then entered private practice. Tom has tried over seventy juries to verdict and teaches trial practice at Loyola. Tom served on the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals and now specializes in zoning law at Anderson & Moore.
Tom lives in Lincoln Park with his wife Kathy. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Hon. Thomas M. Durkin ’71
United States District Judge
Thomas M. Durkin became a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois on January 14, 2013, having been nominated by President Barack Obama on May 21, 2012. Judge Durkin received a JD degree with honors from DePaul University College of Law in 1978 and a BS degree in accounting with honors from the University of Illinois in 1975.
Following graduation from DePaul, Judge Durkin served as a law clerk
to the Honorable Stanley J. Roszkowski of the United States District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1978 to 1980. After his
clerkship, Judge Durkin served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago
from 1980 to 1993, where he held positions as First Assistant U.S.
Attorney, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, Chief of the
Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division, and Deputy Chief of the
Special Prosecutions Division. While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he
tried over 50 jury trials.
Before taking the bench, Judge Durkin was a partner in the law rm of
Mayer Brown, LLP from 1993 to 2013, specializing in complex
commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and internal
investigations. He served on the Board of the Legal Assistance Founda
tion from 1999 to 2008. He has been a Fellow in the American College
of Trial Lawyers since 2000. He was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts
in 2015 to the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial
Conference of the United States.
While at Fenwick High School from 1967 to 1971, he ran for Coach
John Polka on the cross country and track teams, winning the Catholic
League Championship in the two-mile run in 1971. Although it was
over 46 years and 30 pounds ago, he remembers his quarter-mile split
times from that race. His best two-mile time was 9:47.
Neil K. Quinn ‘47
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
Neil is, and always has been, a trial lawyer. He has been privileged to practice law since 1958, spending 50 years of his career with the same firm. He has experience in every aspect of civil trials, with an emphasis on defense. He has enthusiastically contributed his time and service to the bar and to his community throughout his career.
Recognition and Appointments
DRI™ Service Award
Named in Best Lawyers® for 25 years Laureate of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers
DePaul University, Bachelor of Laws 1958
University of Illinois, B.A. 1951
State of Illinois
U. S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Past president, International Association of Defense Counsel
Past president, Society of Trial Lawyers
Past member, Review Board of the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Com-mission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Member, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, 2001 to present
Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar President, 2009-2010
Member, 2001 to 2011
Member, Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments, 1983-1986
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1951-1958
Antonio M. Romanucci
Antonio Romanucci is a founding partner, principal and trial lawyer in the Chicago-based tort litigation law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, which has successfully recovered over $250 million dollars on behalf of victims. Antonio concentrates his practice in wrongful death and personal injury which includes police misconduct, aviation, and the representation of victims of sexual abuse. He has been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer for 10 straight years in Illinois, a Leading Lawyer since 2004, and has a perfect Martindale Hubble AV rating and an AVVO rating of 10/10 along with being named a “Best Lawyer” for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report. He has worked tirelessly in the community having served as president of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, Knapp Burn Foundation, Justinian Society of Lawyers and the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. He serves on the Boards of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice and America’s public interest law firm, Public Justice. He is past Chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle and Premises Litigation Group, Secretary of the Brain Injury Litigation Group and the founding Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group. He is a frequent lecturer and moderator across the country on the topics of litigation and jury selection. Antonio has been involved in many cases that are newsworthy and changed policies and procedures across corporate America, such as the Maine West High School sexual abuse scandal, the Jenni Rivera plane crash outside of Monterrey, Mexico, the metal baseball bat litigation and numerous other police misconduct cases, product safety recalls and catastrophic injuries across the country.
He is especially proud of founding the Children’s Endowment Fund, the charitable arm of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, whose sole mission is to grant dollars to underprivileged or disabled children regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. Since inception, the CEF has granted in excess of $65,000 and has made a profound impact on the children it serves by saving lives because of early interventional medical care that otherwise would not have been received.
Antonio is a prolific fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and for numerous state and federal officials.
He graduated from Fenwick High School in 1978, University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1982 and the John Marshall Law School in 1985. He has run multiple Chicago Marathons and participated in numerous half marathons across the country as well as many duathlons and is a competitively ranked “A” club racquetball player.
Antonio is the proud parent of Elizabeth, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, and John who is currently a junior at Indiana University.
Terrence M. Johnson ‘70
Terry Johnson has been representing union men and women who have been catastrophically injured from exposure to asbestos since 1983.
During the summer of 1983, Terry met Ed Krull, a Chicago Asbestos Worker who had been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma. Terry met Ed through Ed's son, Tom, when Terry was volunteering as a boxing referee for the Chicago Park District. Tom was one of the boxing coordinators for the Park District. Less than six months later, Terry filed a lawsuit on Ed's behalf in Federal District Court in Chicago. Because of Ed's failing health, Terry also requested - - and received - -an accelerated trial date. With a trial team of Ron Motley, Tom Hart and Terry Johnson, jury selection began in April of 1985. Minutes before opening statements were to begin at trial, the asbestos manufacturers met the family's settlement demands and settled the first asbestos workers case brought to trial in Federal Court in Chicago.
Shortly thereafter, the leadership of the Chicago Asbestos Workers asked Terry if he would co-ordinate a medical screening for their membership. For successive weekends from February to April 1986, Terry guided over 600 Chicago Asbestos Workers and their spouses through a screening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The screening detected early-stage cancer in some members, while a significant number of Local 17 members over the age of 50 were diagnosed with asbestos-related lung disease. Many of the members' wives were also shown to have asbestos-related lung disease just from exposure to asbestos dust in washing their husband's work clothes over the years.
Terry was later asked to represent members of various building trade unions who similarly suffered from asbestos disease: Pipefitters, Boilermakers, Sheetmetal Workers, and Electricians to name a few. He would also come to represent Chicago school teachers and even a prominent Chicago architect who contracted mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos in schools. As his asbestos practice continued to grow, Terry teamed up with other trial counsel to create a core group of experienced trial lawyers who would assist in bringing mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis cases to verdict or settlement.
Hon. John E. Morrissey ’60
Charles W. Mulaney, Jr ’67
Hon. Daniel J. Kelley ’71
Thomas M. Mengler ’71
Kevin P. Durkin ’73
Gov. Patrick J. Quinn ’67
William J. Martin ’54
Timothy J. Rooney ’75
Michael J. Hayes, Sr.
Thomas H. Morsch ’49
Robert J. Cooney, Jr. ’70
John J. Gearen, Jr. ’61
James P. Carey ’61
Hon. James H. Alesia ’53*
Hon. Louis B. Garippo ’48*
Bernard M. Judge ’57
Please contact Director of Alumni Relations Programming Cameron Watkins for membership information at email@example.com or by phone at 708-386-0127 x162.