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.