• Posted on December 10, 2020


    • University of Illinois, Urbana, College of Law, J.D. with Honors in 1981
    • University of Illinois, College of Commerce and Business Administration, B.S. in Finance with High Honors in 1978

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers


    • Illinois

    Kathleen Richards Ryding joined Huck Bouma, PC in 1999 and is a director with the firm. Kathy is a trial attorney and focuses her practice on business litigation, contested estates, trust litigation and contested guardianships.

    Since joining Huck Bouma, Kathy has engaged in business litigation, as well as estate and trust litigation, including cases involving breaches of fiduciary duties by administrators and trustees, such as failure to timely administer estates and trusts, failure to timely and properly account; conversion of assets and related issues. Kathy also handles contested guardianships involving the elderly, disabled and minors.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Kathy practiced law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chicago where she engaged in business litigation, including breach of contract disputes, covenant not to compete litigation, accounting and legal malpractice claims, partnership disputes and various disputes encountered by business entities.

    Kathy spent seven years at the University of Illinois, Urbana and earned a J.D. with Honors from the College of Law, as well as a B.S. in Finance with High Honors from the College of Commerce and Business Administration. She is a loyal and long-suffering Illini fan who enjoys attending football, basketball and volleyball games with friends and family.

    Kathy resides in Naperville with her husband, Dave Ryding, and they enjoy traveling, exercising, reading and spending time with their two children, Stephanie Ryding Zobac and Greg Ryding, and their extended families.

  • Posted on December 10, 2020


    • Illinois
    • Florida

    Timothy S. Midura, C.P.A., J.D., LL.M., is a Director in the Firm, and is a member of the firm’s estate planning group. He chairs the estate administration and also the contested estates and family conflicts groups. Generally, Tim’s practice is oriented to complex estate and trust planning and administration, including disputed and conflicted matters; modifying irrevocable trusts; charitable gift facilitation; and complementary tax, financial matters, and business matters.

    Tim is licensed as an attorney in both Illinois and Florida. He is also a registered certified public accountant.

    In addition to his Juris Doctor (JD) and CPA credentials, he also has a master’s degree (LL.M.) in taxation. His undergraduate degree double majored in accountancy and finance.

    Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Midura was a member of the tax department of a “big four” public accounting firm.

    Tim has numerous published articles to his credit and speaks frequently on topics of estate planning and administration, modifying irrevocable trusts, charitable gift facilitation, quality case management, and related financial and business matters. He has contributed to or been quoted in, among others, Forbes, Chicago Sun Times, The Journal of Gift Planning, and Illinois CPA Society News. Tim is the author of the Estate Planning Primer: What Everyone Needs to Know About Estate Planning, Everyday Mistakes in Estate Planning, and a series of Estate Planning Memoranda, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Tim also authored the chapter Handling Charitable Bequests and Trusts in IICLE’s Estate Administration book.

    Tim has served on behalf of a number of boards of not-for-profit foundations and corporations, including Christian Ministries Foundation (a community foundation), in Georgia, ALM International (an international health organization), in South Carolina, Soli Deo Gloria (an international sacred music production foundation), in Illinois, Spectrios Institute for Low Vision (a nationally recognized provider of professional assistance to people with low vision and their families), in Illinois, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving (an allied professionals group that advances inter-disciplinary planned giving), and for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Illinois’ premiere continuing legal education provider). He has served on a number of professional committees, including the estate and gift tax planning committee of the Illinois CPA Society and the estate and probate committee of the Chicago Bar Associations.

    Tim has a special interest in charitable endeavors and in facilitating charitable giving through estate planning — that meet family goals. He has demonstrated a special talent in handling complex and conflicted estate and trust matters, including estate and trust arbitration and mediation, and making modifications to
    irrevocable trusts.

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  • Posted on December 9, 2020


    • Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
      Business Administration
    • The John Marshall Law School,
      Chicago, Illinois, 2005,
      Juris Doctor
    Associations & Memberships
    • Member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Du Page County Bar Association
    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of Illinois
    • United Sates District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana

    Eric J. Malnar is a senior Director in the Litigation Department, focusing his practice principally on commercial litigation including foreclosures, workouts and debt restructurings, real estate, and employment practices claims.

    Mr. Malnar represents manufacturers, real estate developers, financial institutions, insurance companies, and entrepreneurs in a broad range of matters including breach of contract, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, breach of fiduciary duty, franchise litigation, real estate litigation and title insurance disputes, regulatory litigation, shareholder disputes, intellectual property, trademark and copyright, consumer fraud, securities litigation, legal malpractice, class action, and trade secrets litigation.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Eric was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

    Commercial Litigation:
    Mr. Malnar has researched, drafted and successfully argued numerous dispositive motions and has conducted numerous depositions in support of dispositive motions. His experience includes drafting briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Appellate Court, and prosecuting high-dollar amount collection matters; in this area, a sample of his experience includes:

    • Breach of contract, first chair trial before Cook County Circuit Court.
    • Favorable settlement obtained in a multi-million dollar equipment finance case spanning claims for fraud, conversion, and breach of contact.
    • Prosecuted a case against a labor union in federal court on behalf of an employer which resulted in a favorable settlement.
    • Favorable settlement in mechanics lien matter covering three Illinois counties and 40 different properties.
    • Favorable settlement in contested matter before the Illinois EPA.

    Bankruptcy Litigation:
    Successfully represented numerous defendants in Adversary Proceedings for avoidance and fraudulent transfer claims.

    • Second chair trial experience in Adversary Proceeding resulting in dismissal of all claims.
    • Successfully argued motions for lifting of automatic stay and objection to dischargeability.
    • Represented retiree committees in multiple, large-scale bankruptcies.

    Intellectual Property:
    Mr. Malnar has successfully prosecuted numerous claims for trademark and copyright violations including:

    • Defending a publisher against trademark violations resulting in dismissal of all claims.
    • Complaint and temporary restraining order in Texas Federal Court for trademark and copyright violations resulting in favorable settlement.

    Employment Law:
    Representation of healthcare providers in claims regarding non-compete agreements and tortious interference.

    Real Estate Litigation / Title Insurance Services:
    Successfully defended homeowners from large claim for fraud and violation of the Illinois Real Estate Disclosure Act.

    • Breach of contract case involving large residential real estate resulting in victory for client including possession, monetary damages and attorneys’ fees.
    • Successfully represented Title Insurance clients for claims ranging from foreclosure, reformation and equitable subrogation.

    Banking and Lending Litigation / Services:
    Represented financial institutions with respect to Loss-Share Agreement and Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) law.

    • Successfully represented the FDIC in FIRREA litigation via statutory special powers.
    • Represented banking clients in all aspects of commercial and residential foreclosure including pre-foreclosure, forbearance, short-sales and workouts.
    • Successfully defended banking clients with respect to commercial and statutory consumer claims.

    Mr. Malnar has served as an advisor to clients in all aspects of their legal needs outside of litigation, including federal, state and in local regulatory procedures. He has served as quasi-in-house counsel in managing clients’ outside counsel for out of state litigation; he has drafted and negotiated various contracts, equipment leases, licensing agreements, loan documents and settlement agreements toward final disposition, and works closely with title insurance partners in real estate closings.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Eric Malnar worked for five years in the computer technology industry. In addition, he spent ten years moonlighting as a Chicago musician. He recorded two full length albums and has performed countless shows throughout the country.