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

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 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 

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.