(Pictured from L-R: Ryan Nolan, Daniel Nolan, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Lauren Jiggetts)[/caption]

Congratulations to Nolan Law Group’s, Daniel Nolan, who chaired the 20th Annual Brain Injury Association of Illinois Golf Outing and Dinner held in July at the Glen Club in Glenview, IL. Dan is also a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. Along with Brain Injury Association of Illinois Board Member and former Chicago Bear, Hunter Hillenmeyer, these two managed to pull off an amazing and very successful event. (They are also both Vanderbilt grads!) NLG’s Ryan Nolan (currently at Vanderbilt) also generously served on the golf committee. A big thank-you to NBC5 reporter and anchor, Lauren Jiggetts, again joining BIAIL as the Honorary Host of the event. Lauren is a member of the newly-formed BIAIL Professional Advisory Board and has been a wonderful supporter of the brain injury community. Joining the golfers on the links was former Chicago Bear and member of the ’85 Champion Super Bowl Team, Mike Richardson. The proceeds from this event fund the programs and services of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. Nolan Law Group has been a long-time supporter of the mission and goals of BIAIL. Serving our clients well also means making sure our clients are served well in every arena – including supporting an organization like BIAIL who is dedicated to enhancing their lives. In addition to information and resources, BIAIL’s programs include prevention, advocacy, education, and research. We are also very proud of NLG attorney, Thomas P. Routh, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors for this organization. Tom has been active in BIAIL for many years and most recently was a guest speaker at the 2013 annual educational conference. He, along with Jonathan Costa, M.D., Ph.D, discussed clinical and legal perspectives on late effects of traumatic brain injury looking at issues such as dementia, depression and progressive personality changes that may not be addressed until 15-20 years post injury. Their presentation was one of the highlights of the conference.

Also some exciting news released this week on Abbott Laboratories and the Defense Department agreeing to a multiyear collaboration to develop portable blood tests to assist in evaluation of acquired brain injuries. It is a $19.5 million contract to assist in identifying certain proteins, or biomarkers, that are released into the blood stream following a brain injury. We will be following the progress of this project which will do so much to allow a quicker and more accurate diagnosis for athletes, military personnel, and anyone who sustains an injury to the brain. Early detection and intervention can make a big difference in rehabilitation and recovery.

For more information or questions, please contact me at You may contact the Brain Injury Association of Illinois at 1-800-699-64431-800-699-6443 or visit their website at

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