Our Story


In 1995, Tom Scannell left a corporate litigation law firm to build a law practice designed to help families and entrepreneurs.  Tom firmly believed then, and more so now, that all of us are entitled to the same quality legal representation that the big corporations receive downtown. Excellent and affordable legal representation for all became his mantra.  With lifelong roots in the Southside of Chicago, Tom began his practice diligently advocating for the legal needs of families, friends and neighbors.  Through word of mouth the practice quickly grew to where Scannell & Associates now assists  clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. 


In 2013, we were pleased to add attorney Tim Kelly as an additional valuable resource for our clients.  Tim brings expertise in the area of employment law and complex commercial litigation.  During Tim’s legal career, he has represented and battled against major corporations at the Trial, Appellate and Supreme Court levels.  With Scannell & Associates Tim has already taken on a powerful union that was wrongfully attempting to take advantage of their own retired workers!   Tim has also collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for our entrepreneur clients.  Tim understands the importance of fighting for families and entrepreneurs.


Embassie Susberry joined our firm in 2015, as a then recent graduate of the prestigious University of Chicago. She brings much energy and enthusiasm to the Firm serving her clients in the areas of litigation, real estate, estate planning and probate. Embassie is currently an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and past Vice-President of the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program Advisory Board. She enjoys creative writing and in her spare time writes novels and Christmas plays (which she directs every year). She also volunteers her time teaching and organizing activities for children at her Church.


​Bill Leslie joined us after a distinguished career as a civil law trial attorney with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where he supervised the Chicago Metro Unit. Bill is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, and the Federal Trial Bars for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. Bill concentrates his practice in Family Law, including child support and divorce, employment discrimination, administrative hearings, commercial and business litigation, and probate as well as real estate transactions, estate plans and landlord tenant issues.


Dan Witous joined our firm after having practiced for 18 years at his father’s law office, George J. Witous, P.C.  Dan brings expertise with his practice in estate planning, including probate and trust administration, real estate law and litigation.  Dan is also an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and currently serves as treasurer of a private charitable foundation which preoccupies much of his free time.  Dan also enjoys being part of his parish community where he is an active member of the Men’s Club. 


Mike Golden recently joined us after a 27-year career with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where Mike served as the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Supervisor of the Public Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit and Supervisor of the South Suburban Gangs and Complex Homicide Unit. In these positions, Mike collaborated with local and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for a wide range of crimes in our community. In 2016, Mike received the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award from the Chicago Crime Commission.

Mike brings to his clients valued trial experience, having prepared and tried countless bench trials and over 75 jury trials. Since joining S&A, Mike has focused his practice on criminal and complex civil litigation matters as well as estate planning, probate and real estate closings.

We are excited that Mike has joined us. The combination of our practices creates new opportunities to better serve our clients. The services that Mike provides complement Scannell & Associates’ long history of successfully representing numerous clients in a wide variety of sophisticated legal matters.