Elizabeth T. Arcot

Elizabeth T. Arcot

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

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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


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
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324

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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.


Gary E. Schmidt

Gary E. Schmidt

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

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


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


Sigma Chi
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