Elizabeth T. Arcot

Elizabeth T. Arcot

Peoria, Illinois
Associate
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
elizabetharcot@ksswf.com

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Elizabeth T. Arcot is a Partner/Shareholder with Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. She is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.

A native of Peoria, Elizabeth is a 2004 graduate of Richwoods High School. Following high school, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. She has additional study in law through Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. During law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Corporation Law and authored an article in the area of international intellectual property law.

Elizabeth focuses her practice in trust and estate law, financial planning, real estate, corporate planning and landlord tenant law.  Elizabeth also regularly litigates matters in Court.

Elizabeth is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.  She and her husband reside in Dunlap.
 

 

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 2011

Education:

University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011
Doctor of Jurisprudence

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, 2008
Bachelor of Science
Major: Psychology
Honors: Dean’s List, National Psychology Honor Society

Published Work:

Apocalypse Soon: How the Implementation of Web Services Changes the Game for Extraterritoriality, 36 J. Corp. L. 239 (2011)

Robert C. Gates

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Robert C. Gates

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
robertgates@ksswf.com

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The law firm of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick P.C. announced on May 1, 2014 that Robert C. Gates rejoined the law firm and elected Gates as a shareholder and partner of the firm.

Prior to returning to Kavanagh, Bob Gates served as the General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources at the Federal Companies a transportation, moving, storage and warehousing company.  In that capacity, Bob was responsible for all legal and corporate affairs and led the human resources department. 

Bob first joined Kavanagh and served from 2008 -2011, returning in 2014.  He concentrates his practice in general corporate and business matters (including not-for-profit institutions) commercial transactions; labor and employment; estate planning and administration; local government law; and taxation. 

Before joining Kavanagh in 2008, Mr. Gates represented the City of Chicago as an Assistant Corporation Counsel.  Bob represented the City in civil litigation matters, focusing on tax and revenue litigation.  He also advised City departments on legal and policy issues involving constitutional law and various corporate, municipal powers. 

In the community, Mr. Gates has held numerous leadership positions with the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Peoria Business Alliance.  Previously, he served as a member of the American Red Cross Heartland Heroes Dinner Award Committee; Peoria Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors; Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign Committee; the East Seals Tribute Dinner Committee; and the WD Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award Committee.

Bob earned a bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University (Ohio).  He is a cum laude graduate of the John Marshall Law School, having graduated in the top 5% of his class and was a member of the John Marshall Law Review.  He is married to Peoria native, Lisa (Frank) Gates. 

Founded in 1883, Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. is a full-service law firm with experienced attorneys practicing in all areas of law and serving clients throughout Illinois.  Our attorneys are members of the Peoria Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  The firm’s attorneys have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Court, the U.S. Tax Court, and state circuit, appellate and supreme courts. Our firm also appears before many administrative and quasi-judicial bodies, and also engages in arbitration and mediation of disputes and claims.

 

James L. Hafele

James L. Hafele

Peoria, Illinois
Of Counsel
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
jameshafele@ksswf.com

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Jim has been affiliated with the Kavanagh firm since 2004, providing sole representation to most of his clients as well as collaborating on various cases. Jim’s 47 years of experience affords expert counsel to the rest of our attorneys on numerous matters.

Born and raised in Peoria, Jim graduated from Woodruff High School in 1954. He served the next four years in the United States Navy Submarine Service, including a tour of duty in the Pacific. Following his military service, Jim graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1962 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Illinois College Of Law in 1964.

In 1965, Jim opened his first law office in Peoria. In the decades to follow, he was a leading partner in several firms, including Hafele & McDade. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois courts, as well as area Federal and Appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jim has served as Secretary of the Peoria County Bar Association and President of the Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Haute, a Peoria-based nonprofit group dedicated to developing entrepreneurship in African nations. Haute was founded by Ben Hafele, Jim’s son and a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

Jim lives off Koerner Road near the City of Peoria, where he enjoys family time with two grandsons. A past member of the Peoria Ski Club, Jim frequents the Colorado mountains each winter.

Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Family Law
Plaintiff's Injury Cases
Criminal Defense
Construction Law and Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1964
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court, 1966

Education:

University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
LL.B.
Honors: With Honors
Law Journal: University of Illinois Law Forum, 1962 - 1964


University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA
B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Major:  Political Science


Professional Associations and Memberships:

Peoria County Bar Association, 1965 - Present
Secretary, 1983-1986


Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present

 

Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court, 1988 - Present
President, 1993-1994


Past Employment Positions:

United States Navy, 1954 - 1958

 

Champaign County, Illinois, Assistant State's Attorney, 1964 - Present


Tazewell County, Illinois, Assistant State's Attorney, 1964 - 1965

 

Several Peoria Firms, Leading Partner, 1967 - 2006

Phillip B. Lenzini

Phillip B. Lenzini

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
plenzini@aol.com

Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Philosophy and Math from Southern Illinois University in 1972. He received his Juris Doctor in the charter class of Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1976. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to attending law school, Phil served with the United States Army. He is a decorated Viet Nam veteran and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Air Combat Medal, among others. Phil joined Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. as an Associate in 1976 and became a Member of the Firm in 1982. He represents, as General Counsel, over 150 public libraries throughout the State of Illinois and six of the ten regional Library Systems. In addition, he assists other types of local governments, including cities, school districts, and park districts. He is an experienced appellate advocate and practices before the Industrial Commission in Worker's Compensation matters. Phil is also a published author on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Phil is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, serving the state in the local governmental law committee and lobbying members of the State Legislature on areas of interest for his clients.  Additionally, Phil is an active member of the Peoria County Bar Association, having just won the 2015 Public Servant Award for his years of service to Illinois Libraries, Municipalities, School, Park, Police and Fire Districts.  He has served for over thirteen years in the Assembly of Delegates of the ISBA and has served on dozens of committees, section councils and task forces during his tenure.

Phil is also active in a number of community organizations and is a regular presenter to numerous Illinois State Library Institutes, the Illinois Library Association's Annual State conventions, the Illinois Association of Park Districts State Convention and Annual Legal Symposia, and to dozens of continuing education programs for various library systems.

Areas of Practice:

65% Local Government - Cities, Villages, Public Libraries
10% Appellate
10% School District Special Education
15% Worker's Compensation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1976
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Education:

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, 1976
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1972
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major:  Philosophy and Mathematics


Published Works:

"Legal Ethics and the Public Official", Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 79, p. 24, 1991

Trustee Facts File, Ill. State Library, Ch. 17 Illinois

Public Libraries and the Law, Ill. Library Assn., 2d Edition, 1997

Representative Clients:

Alpha Park Public Library
Dunlap Public Library District
Fond Du Lac District Library
Alliance Library System, Prairie Area & Metro Library System.
Lewis & Clark, Shawnee and Rolling Prairie Library Systems

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Presenter, Illinois State Library, Small Public Library Management Institute, 1995 - 2004

Presenter, Institute for Library Studies 1996, 2004, Illinois State Library,

Presenter, Statewide Videoconferences 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, Illinois State Library,

Presenter, State Convention, 1991-1992, 1994-1997, 1999-2004, Illinois Library Association

Presenter, Alliance Library System

Presenter, Northern Illinois Library System

Presenter, Rolling Prairie Library System

Presenter, Shawnee Library System

Presenter, Illinois Library Association Forum of Library Districts

Presenter, Lincoln Trail Libraries System Continuing Education Program

Presenter, River Bend Library System Continuing Education Program

Presenter, Lewis & Clark Library System Continuing Education Program

 

Honors and Awards:

Bronze Star with "V" Device, Viet Nam, 1969

Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Viet Nam, 1969

Purple Heart, 1969

Southern Illinois University School of Law Alumni Assn. - Alumnus of the Year, 1989

Southern Illinois University School of Law - Alumni Achievement Award, 1993


Professional Associations and Memberships:

Appellate Lawyers Association, 1982 - Present
Member

Illinois State Bar Association, 1976 - Present
Member, past Delegate to Assembly

Peoria Youth Services Network Panel, 1985 - 2000

Peoria County Bar Association, 1976 - Present
Member

Court Counseling Program, Incorporated, 1976 - 1987

Southern Illinois School of Law Alumni Association, 1989 - 1993

Harrison Youth Center, 1989 - 1995


Past Employment Positions:

Illinois White House Conference, Delegate, 1990

U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, 1967 - 1970


Pro Bono Activities:

Director and Vice Chairman (2005) Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2004), Children's Home Assn
Member, Board of Directors, Peoria South, Inc.,, 1994 - 1995
Member, Board of Directors, Youth Service Network of Peoria... Co-Convenor 1999-2000, 1994 - 2001
Member, Peoria Youth Service Network Panel... President 1999-2000, 1985 - 2000

William C. Loeffel

William C. Loeffel

Peoria, Illinois
Of Counsel
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
williamloeffel@ksswf.com

Bill became affiliated with the Kavanagh firm in the summer of 2013, providing sole representation to his clients and collaborating with other attorneys in the firm. His main area of expertise is in criminal and civil trial litigation and appellate practice in state and federal court. He currently has a contract as an Assistant Peoria County Public Defender for felony cases. Bill is one of the most active trial attorneys in central Illinois, having tried 15 homicide cases and 200 other criminal and civil cases to date. He actively participates in federal litigation on a private basis, as well as Federal criminal and pro bono civil rights appointments.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Bill earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University in 1986. After beginning service with the United States Army in 1975, Bill has continued his military career and currently serves as a senior field artillery officer in the Illinois Army National Guard. He is a ground combat veteran, and five active duty deployments have included Iraq and the Balkans. Bill was recently awarded the Legion of Merit by then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

Bill’s past practices have included a partnership at Williams, Williams & Loeffel, P.C. in East Peoria, and prosecution work for the State’s Attorney’s offices in the Illinois counties of Fulton, Peoria, and Marion. He is currently a resident of Peoria County.

 

Areas of Practice:
Criminal and DUI defense
Civil litigation
Civil rights
Appeals
Expungements

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1986. Missouri, 1988.
Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, 1988.
Central District of Illinois, 1994.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006.
United States Supreme Court, 2012.

Memberships:
Illinois Public Defender Association
Board of Directors, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Past Commander, American Legion Post #16
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1984
Ancient Order of St. Barbara
United States Field Artillery Association
United States Armor and Cavalry Association

Brian D. Mooty

Brian D. Mooty

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
brianmooty@ksswf.com

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Brian Mooty is a member of the law firm of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White and Frederick P.C.

Brian was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1986. He concentrates his practice in real estate law and represents both buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. Brian also assists many clients with commercial real estate issues including sales and acquisitions, leasing, property tax assessments and exemptions, development, subdivisions, zoning, environmental problems and status of title and title insurance. Brian's real estate practice also includes public housing and the development of mixed finance affordable housing and local government law. Brian's firm is an agent of the Attorneys Title Guarantee Fund and he has personally acted as title agent on numerous transactions and has issued many real estate title commitments and title policies as a title agent. He has an extensive practice assisting landlords with leasing and evictions. Brian also represents condominium and homeowners associations.

Current/Past Affiliations or Offices Held:

Brian serves on the Methodist Hospital Board and was on the executive committee of the Neighborhood House for years.

Brian has been active in the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of the Chamber's Community Leadership School and Political Action School, Brian served as a Chamber Ambassador, as a member of the Chamber's Government committee. Brian was also a member of the Peoria Jaycees for several years including serving as the chapter's Management Vice President. Brian has also been a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Peoria and his family is a member of Illinois Wildlife Prairie State Park and Lakeview Museum.

Areas of Practice:

50% Real Estate
30% Local Government
20% Business Law
Litigation Percentage:
20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989

Education:

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, 1986
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Notes and Comments Editor, Southern Illinois University Law Review

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1983
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Major:  Political Science

Published Works:

  • Easements and Licences Residential, in Real Estate, IICLE, Chapter 18, 2003
  • The Illinois Responsible Property Transfer Act, In Environmental Law for Transactional Attorneys, IICLE, Chapter 8, 2001

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Annual Real estate Institute, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2004
  • National Business Institute, June 21, 2016, "Legal Descriptions, Transactional and Ethical Issues in Real Estate Transactions.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

Ann R. Pieper

Ann R. Pieper

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
annpieper@ksswf.com

Ann R. Pieper is a Shareholder and Partner at Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White and Frederick P.C.

Ann regularly advises clients on policies and procedures to reduce litigation exposure, advises clients on concerns prior to adverse action, and litigates on behalf of her clients in court and at the administrative agency level. Ann's approach to law is practical and realistic as she aspires to identify her clients' problems and find workable and long term solutions.

Ann specializes her practice in municipal law, employer's side labor and employment concerns including union and non-union negotiations, school law, and family law (with a focus on the collaborative process and mediation).  

As a certified mediator, trained in Collaborative Law processes, Ann takes a practical, solution based approach to her litigation, negotiations, and family law cases.  Ann is commonly appointed in the Tenth Judicial Circuit to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem, investigating and reporting on the best interests of the child to the Court.      

Ann and her family reside in Morton, Illinois.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal law
Labor and Employment (including Contract negotiations, review and policy)
School Law
Special Education Law
Family Law, with a preference for Collaborative or Mediated approaches
Corporate Law

Bar Admissions & Certifications:

  • State of Illinois Courts, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2009
  • Illinois State Teaching Certificate, Secondary Education, Type 9, 2004
  • Mediation Certification, 2013
  • Collaborative Law Certification, 2016 

Education:

  • JD - Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 2008.
  • Secondary Education Certification post Master's level coursework - Roosevelt University, 2004.
  • M.A., Master of Arts, International Relations and Policy, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1998.
  • B.A., Political Science & International Relations, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1995.

Speaking Engagements & Publications:

  • Overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Springfield Illinois, National Business Institute Seminar, February 5, 2016

  • Specifics of Maintaining and Handling Student Records, Springfield, Illinois, National Business Institute Seminar, February 5, 2016

  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Relocation under the IMDMA as Revised, Peoria, Illinois, Public Interest Law Initiative and Prairie State Legal Services Seminar on Family Law Basics, February 15, 2016

  • Independent Contractor, or Not?  The Dangers Inherent in Misclassifying Your Employees, Peoria, Illinois, Peoria Chamber of Commerce Seminar for Business Owners, March 1, 2016.

  • "The Public Duty Rule Ends in Illinois,"  Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Newsletter.  March 2016.

Associations and Community: 

Peoria County Bar Association, Tazewell County Bar Association, National Council of School Attorneys, International Association of Collaborative Law Professionals, Peoria Downtown Rotary.  

John Sahn (Retired)

John Sahn

Peoria, Illinois
Of Counsel (Retired)
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
johnsahn@ksswf.com

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John G. Sahn has retired as “of counsel” to the Peoria law firm of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C.  Following service as Chief of the Civil Division in the Office of the Peoria County State’s Attorney, John was engaged in the general practice of law for ten years in the firm of Leiter, Sahn, Brady & Assoc.  In 1988, he became Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CILCORP, Inc., an NYSE-listed company and parent of Central Illinois Light Company.  Following a transfer of ownership of CILCORP in 2000, John served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the John C. Proctor Endowment.  

John has remained active in leadership of numerous not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations in the Peoria area.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of the following: Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce; Community Foundation of Central Illinois; Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Human Service Center; Methodist Medical Center Foundation; American Red Cross (Central Illinois Chapter); Neighborhood House Association; Western Avenue Greenway; Kiwanis Club of Peoria and Keep Peoria Beautiful.  He has also served on the board of Methodist Health Services Corporation, Proctor Healthcare Corporation and previously served on the board, and as Vice President, of the Forest Park Foundation.  He has been a member of the Peoria Fire & Police Commission and the Peoria Race Relations Commission, and, for several years, taught Bradley University’s MBA course on the Legal and Social Environment of Business.

Born in Chicago, John is married to the former Linda Gates of Peoria and they have four children and five grandchildren.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago.  He served in the U. S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

John currently serves as the Chairman of the Peoria Chapter of SCORE.  SCORE is a nation-wide, nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Gary E. Schmidt

Gary E. Schmidt

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
garyschmidt@ksswf.com

Gary received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Denison University in 1974 and his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1977. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Gary joined Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. as an Associate in 1978. In 1982, he became Of Counsel to the Firm to accept the position of President and Trust Officer of a local bank. He rejoined the Firm full time in 1993 and became a Member of the Firm in 1995. Gary is a Board Member of the Central Illinois Estate Planning Council. His practice is focused on estate planning and administration, real estate, taxation and business organizations.

An area native, Gary is a graduate of East Peoria Community High School. He and his wife, Trina, reside in Peoria Heights. Gary is  a member of the East Peoria Rotary Club, serves on the City of Peoria Sister City Commission, and is currently Secretary of the Friends of Clonmel.

Areas of Practice:

Probate & Estate Administration
Real Estate Law
Taxation Law

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1978
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1978

Education:

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1977  J.D.
Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1974  B.A. Major:  Economics - History

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Title Insurance, Lorman, 2004
Wills, OSF Foundation, 1995 - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Rotary, 1992 - Present President
The Children's Home Association of Illinois, 1989 - 1998, Director
The Children's Home Association of Illinois, 1997 - 1998, Chairman
American Cancer Society, 1987 - 1995
Lakeview Museum Foundation, 1998 - 2005
Lakeview Museum Foundation, 2005, Chairman


Past Employment Positions:

The First National Bank of East Peoria, President, 1982 - 1987
Community Bank of Greater Peoria, Sr. Vice President, 1987 - 1994


Fraternities/Sororities:

Sigma Chi
Delta Theta Phi

James W. Springer

James W. Springer

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
jamesspringer@ksswf.com

James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1967. He went on to receive a Masters degree in Anthropology in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology in 1973 both from Yale University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois in 1986. James is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois and United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Before becoming an attorney, James was a Professor of Anthropology for several years; he was an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has taught in the OLLI program at Bradley University. He joined the Kavanagh firm as an Associate in 1988 and became a Member of the Firm in 1995. James has published several articles on the topics of Torts, Civil Procedure, and Worker's Compensation. In addition he has co-authored the supplement to Expert Witnesses in Commercial Litigation for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's practitioner's handbook on Business Litigation.

James is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Association, which awarded him its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Peoria Civic Opera (now Opera Illinois) and the Western Avenue Greenway Project, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

Areas of Practice:

State and Federal Civil Litigation
Worker's Compensation
Employment Law

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1986
U.S. Federal Courts, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, (General Bar), 1986
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1988
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1996                                                                      U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Trial Bar), 2012.

Education:

University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 1986
Juris Doctorate cumlaude

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1973
Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1972
M.Phil., Master of Philosophy

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1967
A.B., Bachelor of Arts cumlaude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma


Published Works:

  • When Home is Not So Sweet:  Suing for Defective Residences.  Illinois Bar Journal, 102:  546-553. 2014.
  • Experts Cannot Testify About the Law -- or Can They?, Illinois Bar Journal, 98: 98-105, 2010
  • Retaliatory Discharge Under Federal Maritime Law, Inter-Business Issues, August 2006, pp. 42-43, 2006
  • Reconciling the Heart Attack Cases II, Illinois State Bar Association Vol.41, No.2, pp. 1-5, Worker's Compensation Law, 2004
  • Expert Testimony in Commercial Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education pp8S-1 - 8S43. Co-author Charles G. Roth, In Business and Commercial Litigation, 2003
  • The Legal Status of Local Public Entities Under Illinois Tort Law, Tort Trends Vol. 37, No.4, pp.3-6, Illinois State Bar Association, 2002
  • Admissibility of Evidence of Other Wrongful Acts in Insurance Litigation, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly 52:530-544, Federal Rules of Evidence, 2002
  • Recent Cases on Retaliatory Discharge, InterBusiness Issues, October 2002 p-28, 2002
  • The Use of Requests for Admission of Fact in Proving a Litigant's Case, What are the Limits? Trial Briefs Vol.46, No.5, pp.3-5, Illinois State Bar Association, 2001
  • American Indians and the Law of Real Property in Colonial New England, The American Journal of Legal History Vol. 30, No. 1, January, 1986
  • Legal Ethics and the Public Official Illinois Bar Journal Vol. 79, No. 1, January, 1991
  • Some Observations on the Legal Status of American Indians and American Indian Tribes, Illinois State Bar Association Vol.31, No.2, pp. 3-7, Human Rights, 2004

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Workers Compensation Law + Practice Seminar, Sterling Education, 2010 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association, 1988 - Present

Karen M. Stumpe

Karen M. Stumpe

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
karenstumpe@ksswf.com

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Karen focuses her practice on the transactional needs of individuals and their families - estate and retirement planning, business planning and succession, trust and estate administration. Additionally, she provides the firm and its clients with up-to-the-minute Federal and State Tax Research and prepares estate and income tax returns for many of the Firm's clients. She is a frequent lecturer on estate and business legal issues.

A native of Alton, Illinois, Karen resides in Peoria with her husband, Scott Bell, and their two daughters. She is active in community organizations and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Methodist Health Services Corporation (Methodist Medical Center of Central Illinois), Human Service Center, and Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning
Estate Administration
Real Estate
Business Organizations

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1980

Education:

University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1979
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 1975
B.B., Bachelor of Business
Major:  Accounting

References:

Bradley Barrow
Mary Etrick
Past Employment Positions:
Ernst & Whinney, Tax Staff, 1979 - 1980


Pro Bono Activities:

Prairie State Legal Services
Peoria Women's Club
Heartland Orchestra

Bruce Thiemann

Bruce Thiemann

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
brucethiemann@ksswf.com

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Bruce Thiemann is a member of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. He has practiced law in Peoria since 1978. Bruce joined the firm in 2005 and previously practiced as a sole practitioner. Civil litigation, corporate, real estate, insurance defense, licensing, trust and estate, and municipal cases and clients have all formed Bruce's area of concentration.

A fourth generation Peorian, Bruce is a 1967 graduate of Woodruff High School. Following high school he attended Cornell College and Illinois State University before joining the Army where he served as a Helicopter Door Gunner with the 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam in 1969.

Following service, Bruce attended Illinois Central College, Bradley University, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1975.

Bruce then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, New England School of Law in Boston, and Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C. where he received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1978. He is admitted to practice law in all Illinois State Courts, and is admitted in the United States Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Central and Northern District Federal Courts.

For 7 years, Bruce worked tirelessly to make the Peoria County WWI and WWII veteran's memorial a reality.  As of 2011, Bruce began working to honor the veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq and with the new Peoria County Veteran's Memorial that is well underway.  A champion for Veterans, Bruce has also donated countless hours of his time to assisting in the set up of the 10th Judicial Circuit Veteran's Court.

A resident of East Peoria since 1986, Bruce and his wife, Teri, have two children, Bob and Maggie, and one grandchild.  Bruce has been active in local Veterans' activities including spearheading the WWI and WWII Memorial on the Courthouse Square in Peoria, Illinois. 

Litigation Percentage:

30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1979
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education:

American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1978
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence


Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1975
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Major:  History


Representative Clients:

Midwest Technical Institute
Preckshot Professional Pharmacy
Perley Cable Communications
Mordue Moving and Storage
Bradfield's Computer Supply
Peoria Yellow Checker Cab
Thrift Trucking
Bee-J Amusements
Digital Copy Systems
Frame Material Supply

References:

Commerce Bank
South Side Trust & Savings Bank

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Peoria County Bar Association, 1978 - Present
Member

Illinois State Bar Association, 1978 - Present
Member

Past Employment Positions:

Bruce Thiemann, Attorney, Attorney/Owner, 1991 - 2005

Hafele, Thiemann & Carter, Partner, 1987 - 1991

Bruce Thiemann, Attorney, Attorney/Owner, 1982 - 1987

Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius, Associate, 1978 - 1982


Pro Bono Activities:

Various Veterans' Groups and activities, 1978 - Present

Lucas Young

Lucas Young

Peoria, Illinois
Associate
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324

lucasyoung@ksswf.com

Lucas Young is an associate attorney with Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and in the Central District Federal Courts.

A native of Peoria, Lucas is a graduate of Richwoods High School and Bradley University.  Following College, Lucas went to law school at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts where he honed his skills in litigation and concentrated his studies in Healthcare, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits and Pensions.

Lucas worked  as a Contract Attorney for the Clutch Law Group in Chicago, Illinois where he worked on class action litigation and drafting complex settlements.

Lucas regularly litigates in both Federal and State Court and is honing his practice with respect to employee and public benefits litigation and compliance.

Lucas is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Peoria County Bar Association. Lucas is also an Accredited Attorney for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
 

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 2016, Federal District Court, Central District, 2016

Education:

Suffolk University Law School, 2015
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 2011
Bachelor of Science
Major: Psychology & Sociology