James L. Hafele

James L. Hafele

Peoria, Illinois
Of Counsel
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324

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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


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

University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA
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
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324

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


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

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

Peoria Youth Services Network Panel, 1985 - 2000

Peoria County Bar Association, 1976 - Present

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

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.  On March 21, 2018, Bill was elected the 2nd Vice President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   

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

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.

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

Ann R. Pieper

Ann R. Pieper

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

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 family law (with a focus on the collaborative process, mediation, and full litigation if necessary) and Guardian Ad Litem work (representing the best interests of the child in contested custody litigation to the Court).  She also has expertise in municipal law, employer's side labor and employment concerns including union and non-union negotiations, and school law (particularly special education issues).  

Ann takes a practical, solution based, approach to her litigation, negotiations, and family law cases.    

Areas of Practice:

Litigation, Family Law, Mediation, Municipal law, Employer's side Labor and Employment (including Contract negotiations, review and policy), Special Education 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 


  • 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.  

Bruce Thiemann

Bruce Thiemann

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

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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


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


Commerce Bank
South Side Trust & Savings Bank

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Peoria County Bar Association, 1978 - Present

Illinois State Bar Association, 1978 - Present

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