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"Madness’ gifts go to help schools, health care workers

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An interview with Patrick McMahon, managing partner of Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O'Connor, LLC in Arlington Heights.

Q: Describe your business:

A: DKMO is a law firm located in downtown Arlington Heights since 1987. We represent clients in various types of business and personal legal matters, including corporate transactions, estate planning, real estate transactions, probate and trust administration, health care matters, and elder law.

Q: What are you changing to help the COVID-19 battle?

A: We're learning to adapt our practice to ensure the safety of our clients, employees, and the community at large. Our attorneys have started conducting curbside estate planning signings and are now offering digital closings for residential real estate transactions. While DKMO is considered an essential business and is fortunate enough to remain open at this time, most of our employees are working remotely out of caution.

Q: What is your business doing to help the community through this difficult time?

A: Every year, DKMO does a March Madness competition for our realtor referral sources to thank them for their partnership. Since the tournament was canceled, we were left with over $3,000 in gift card prizes that we didn't want to go to waste. We are donating Amazon gift cards to District 25 to help families struggling financially purchase important supplies. We are donating the Starbucks and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group gift cards to the hardworking staff at Northwest Community Hospital. We recently learned that NCH is starting a "Positivity Pool" asking health care workers to submit positive messages to support one another. Each day, a few of them are randomly selected to receive one of our gift cards.

Q: How long do you expect to be doing this?

A: We will continue looking for ways to support our schools and health care professionals for the duration of this crisis. We encourage other businesses to donate any gift cards they may have to Northwest Community. There is no shortage of health care workers who deserve our appreciation.

Q: How has this helped your company, both in terms of business and company morale?

A: Sharing the kind words we have received in response to the gift card donations has helped keep employee morale up. It's something nice for us all to share in even when we're not together and has kept us focused on what matters most during this difficult time.

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