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

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