Giving Back 2016

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When we give back, we help others and ourselves. As a firm, we have been honored to take part in many fulfilling fundraising activities and sponsorships in various communities.


We were proud to sponsor and participate in the 24th Annual Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 125 Golf Outing in Jacksonville. The funds raised at the tournament aids lodge members and their families.

Click here to visit the ILFOP’s website

FOP Lodge Golf Outing


undefinedRoanne and Lee Alhambra at FALA’s 4th Annual Summer Soiree held at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. FALA Chicago connects attorneys, judges, and law students throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond. To find out more about this organization, click on the link below:

June 2016 – First Responders: “We’ve got your back” Workers’ Compensation Rights for First Responders

undefinedOur law firm represents first responders from across the State of Illinois. Attorney Jay Johnson recently represented a west suburban police officer who herniated a disc in his back while lifting his duty bag at home on his way to work. The department fought responsibility for the injury since the officer had not yet arrived at the station when the injury occurred. Mr. Johnson successfully argued that lifting the duty bag was a necessity of the job and therefore should be covered by workers’ compensation. It was a long but worthwhile battle fought on behalf of those who do so much for us, and the case now stands as law.

June 2016 – We are proud to sponsor the Illinois Fraternal Order Police Illinois State Lodge Disaster Response Unit.

undefinedAttorney Jay Johnson (left) pictured with Jerry Lieb, Field Supervisor ILFOP Labor Council, and Chris Southwood, President ILFOP

The Disaster Response Unit (DRU) provides disaster relief assistance response to Illinois FOP members, police officers, and their families during times of disaster. The DRU provides physical support in temporary repair of their homes and recovery of their property, as well as providing communication services to other family members and counseling services as needed.

June 2016 – $2,000 Scholarship award winner Matthew Duquette.

Scholarship AwardWoodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices partner Dexter Evans is pictured with the recipient’s wife, Julia Duquette on his left and Clarissa Myers, President of the DuPage Bar Foundation on his right.

Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices is honored to sponsor the 2016 DuPage County Bar Foundation scholarship, which was awarded to Matthew Duquette on June 10th in Medinah. Mr. Duquette is a law student at The John Marshall Law School. Matthew received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor during his five years of service in the United States Marine Corps and remains a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. We are proud to help Matthew in his quest to become a Marine Corps Judge Advocate, in order to serve military members and their families. Firm partner Casey Woodruff serves on the foundation board, whose goal is to have more DuPage firms fund awards to deserving DuPage area law students. Matthew is currently attending Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, and was unable to attend the installation dinner.

June 2016 – WJ&E sponsored the 7th Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Scramble on June 27th at the Cress Creek Country Club in

The tournament benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Naperville. Funds raised will be used to create fun, safe, constructive after-school environments for children in Naperville and surrounding areas.

April 2016 – WJ&E proudly served as Sapphire Sponsors of the 2016 “Youth Services Bureau’s 40th Anniversary Celebration”

undefinedOur firm is honored to support a Foundation that responds to the needs of children and youth through a variety of programs with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for all children, youth and families.


April 2016 – WJ&E acted as Platinum Sponsors of Team Tiny Feet in the Annual March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes Illinois Chapter has one goal: to help babies in our community start life in the healthiest way possible. Through education and intervention, they help moms-to-be learn how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy.

march for babies

March 2016 – Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices partner, Dexter Evans, is running with the big dogs.

undefinedAs a proud father of 3 (dogs that is), Dexter is honored to have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove. To adopt and save a life or to get involved with this non-profit volunteer-based animal shelter visit:

January 2016 Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices partners, Mario Palermo and Dexter Evans, roll up their sleeves, don hair nets and tie on aprons for their volunteer shift at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva.

food bankWe left with a greater understanding of not only what the food bank does, but how volunteering our time helps our neighbors across 13 Northern Illinois counties by providing meals to those who need it most. If you want to get involved and or donate visit: Pictured left to right, Mario Palermo and Dexter Evans


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