Elizabeth T. Arcot

Elizabeth T. Arcot

Peoria, Illinois
Partner
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 practices in trust and estate law, financial planning, real estate, and corporate planning.  She specializes in landlord/tenant law, estate/trust litigation, and residential/commercial real estate. Elizabeth regularly litigates matters in court.

Elizabeth is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Association.   She currently serves as co-chair of Prairie State Legal Services' Campaign Committee and is a trustee on the board of the Peoria Historical Society. She resides in Peoria with her husband and son.
 

 

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.

 

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

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

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