KGG, LLC has been honored and privileged to have been the legal home for many of the area’s most respected attorneys, including Jim Grumley, Bob Gorbold, Mike Hansen, Emma Vosicky, Harry Chiles, and Mark Rigazio. These pillars of the legal community are now enjoying a well-deserved retirement, have taken on other challenges out of state, or have moved on to other pursuits. Although no longer actively involved in practice at KGG, LCC, the individuals listed below provided a strong foundation for the attorneys who have stepped into their shoes, and we honor their service with us, whether their tenure here was long or short.
JAMES D. GRUMLEY
KGG, LLC and its predecessors were blessed to have Jim as an integral part of the firm for Jim’s entire long and illustrious legal career, serving as an attorney with for firm for more than 40 years. He stepped back his practice late in 2018 and declared full retirement at the beginning of 2021. Jim is an important component of the KGG history and we miss him dearly, but are happy to report that he is enjoying his retirement.
Born and raised in Joliet, Jim graduated from Joliet Catholic High School, obtained his bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame, earned his juris doctor from Loyola–Chicago, then returned to his hometown to begin practicing law in Joliet. He began as a novice attorney for the firm in 1976 when the firm was located in the Rialto building, but quickly advanced to partnership status around 1983.
Jim concentrated his civil practice in medical malpractice defense and other insurance defense and general civil litigation. He was recognized year after year as a Leading Lawyer in the area of medical negligence defense.
If Jim represented you on a medical malpractice case, please contact Scott Hardek for assistance with your legal matters. For insurance defense cases, please contact Lisa Holloway. For all other civil litigation, please contact Bryan Kopman.
ROBERT R. GORBOLD
Bob focused his practice on medical malpractice and also served as managing partner at KGG for several years. Bob started out with the Appellate Defenders Office, but joined KGG’s predecessor firm as a young attorney and spend almost all of his career here. Recognized and respected as an exceptionally masterful medical malpractice defense attorney, Bob was often specially requested by physicians in Will County, Cook County, and LaSalle Counties. Although he had no medical degree, he had learned so much about the practice of medicine from his clients, that we sometimes jokingly referred to him as Dr. Bob.
In 2011, Bob was recognized for his outstanding trial skills by being welcomed into the elite honorary trial lawyer association as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2018, he was elevated to a Senior Fellow. Bob loves the outdoors and snow skiing and has always cherished his family. In 2022, Bob fully retired from the practice of law and now looks forward to traveling more with his wife and spending time with his grown children and young grandkids. Although KGG will miss him, we wish him the best and hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.
MICHAEL W. HANSEN
Mike Hansen had a broad practice encompassing corporate law, real estate, land use, and estate planning. He spent his entire career practicing locally in Joliet, either as part of a law firm, as in-house counsel, or as his own firm. He was known as one of Joliet’s premier land use attorneys.
Throughout his years of service to the Joliet legal community, Mike served on numerous boards and committees. He was instrumental in founding The Empress Casino in Joliet, and was actively involved in local charities and civic organizations.
In 2017, Mike brought his established practice to KGG with the goal of turning over his long-time clients to trusted attorneys so that he could retire. After several more years of easing into retirement, he made a more serious cut back in early 2022, and is now finally fully retired and enjoying more time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
If Mike previously represented you, and you are currently in need of legal assistance related to land use, real estate, or estate planning, please contact Tom Osterberger or Nate Washburn. For assistance related to corporate matters, please contact Paul Richards.
EMMA J. VOSICKY
While at KGG, Ms. Vosicky focused her practice on commercial litigation of all sorts in both state and federal courts. She tried numerous contract cases, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, and foreclosures.
Outside of litigation, she advised clients regarding leases, contracts, and employment matters, and drafted promissory notes, leases, contracts, and mortgages.
Following her passion to protect civil rights and provide community support for transgender and non-binary individuals, she accepted a position as the Executive Director of GenderNexus in Indiana in 2020.
HARRY RAY CHILES, JR.
Harry focused his practice on subrogation cases for insurance companies for over 30 years, trying hundreds of cases throughout all of Illinois. He managed his own law firm in Naperville from 1985 until joining KGG in 2019. Like Mr. Hansen, he wanted a qualified firm to be able to take over his practice as he neared retirement. He called on his trusted friend and former associate at his firm, Lisa Holloway, now at KGG. KGG has a long history of representing insurance companies in both defense cases for their insureds and in subrogation cases. It was a perfect fit. Harry brought his trusted assistant to KGG, who has settled in nicely and helped make a seamless transition of Harry’s practice to KGG. Harry is committed to full retirement in 2022, and KGG has successfully taken over his state-wide subrogation practice.
If Harry has assisted you with subrogation services in the past, please now contact Lisa Holloway to assist you.
Mark focused his practice on representing Plaintiffs in cases involving negligence, workers compensation claims, products liability issues, Nursing Home Care Act violations, and other serious injury cases.
Over the course of his 40+ years of legal practice, Mark secured several multi-million dollar settlements, bench verdicts, and jury verdicts in his clients’ favor. Mark is looking forward to slowing down and winding down his practice, but has found that he is not quite ready to retire completely. He will continue to practice on his own. KGG wishes him the best and thanks him for this time with KGG.