Charleston, Illinois Lawyers

J. Steven Ayres
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Robinson, IL Lawyer with 12 years experience
(618) 544-8661 P.O. Box 250
216 S. Cross Street
Robinson, IL 62454
Appeals, Business, Collections and Construction
University of Illinois College of Law
Daniel C Jackson
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 17 years experience
(217) 383-0140 501 W. University Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Illinois College of Law
Frank H Byers II
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Decatur, IL Lawyer with 42 years experience
(217) 875-3301 160 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62523
Divorce, Personal Injury, Probate and Workers' Comp
University of Illinois College of Law
Frank H Byers, II, has practiced law in Macon County Illinois since 1977. Frank started practice with his father in the firm Byers & Byers. The firm later became known as Byers, Byers & Greenleaf. After his father retired, Frank was a partner in the law firm Fuller, Hopp, McCarthy, Quigg & Byers before he began practicing law in the firm Frank H. Byers, II, Ltd., in 1995. Frank H. Byers, II, Ltd., is a full service litigation firm appearing in state and federal courts in Illinois. The firm represents both individuals and businesses in litigation in...
Nrupa Patel
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Decatur, IL Attorney
(217) 429-4296 202 S. Franklin St., 2nd Floor
Decatur, IL 62523
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Nrupa Patel joined the BRE Law team as a partner in June of 2017. Nrupa is an experienced litigator, having served as a Macon County prosecutor for four years. During her time there, she handled a variety of matters, including: felonies, traffic cases, domestic batteries, and juvenile delinquencies.

Utilizing and leveraging her previous experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system, Nrupa primarily practices criminal defense and family law at BRE Law. Nrupa is multilingual, giving her the unique ability to assist clients in Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati.

Nrupa is a native of the Chicago suburbs. After graduating from high school, she...
Julie C. King
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CHAMPAIGN, IL Attorney with 19 years experience
(217) 239-3519 301 N. Neil, Suite 400
CHAMPAIGN, IL 61820
Business, Estate Planning, IP and Trademarks
University of Illinois College of Law
I’m a solo practice attorney in Champaign, Illinois. I focus exclusively on estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), business formation and transactions, and intellectual property (trademark, copyright, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements).

I have 20 years of experience in working with clients, from individuals to large businesses, to help them with life stage planning, business planning, intellectual property protection, dispute resolution, and other legal matters. My “proactive planning” approach to my practice means that I works with clients to carefully develop plans of action to help achieve their personal and business goals as smoothly as possible and avoid common problems as...
Joseph Murphy
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 32 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W Church St
Champaign, IL 61820
Business, Communications and IP
American University
Joseph D. Murphy is currently the president of Meyer Capel. Following law school and a two-year clerkship with a federal district court judge, Mr. Murphy began his practice with a Wall Street law firm, gaining substantial experience in trademark licensing and intellectual property litigation. Subsequently, he moved to a Washington, D.C.-based firm, where his practice concentrated in franchise litigation and counseling. Since returning to Champaign-Urbana in 1994 to join Meyer Capel, he has focused his practice on a combination of intellectual property (including franchise licensing) and telecommunications.
Shayla L. Maatuka
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 14 years experience
(217) 337-0700 303 South Mattis Avenue
Suite 201
Champaign, IL 61821
Free ConsultationCivil Rights, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Shayla Louise Maatuka transitioned her private practice into the partnership of Dodd & Maatuka. She currently serves as managing partner for the firm. She combines her expertise as an entrepreneur - successfully establishing four businesses - with the practice of law, concentrating on civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, as well as business litigation. Her passion for the community helps others achieve their goals through entrepreneurship. She currently sits on the boards of Visit Champaign County and Mettler Studios, Inc. and formerly sat on the boards of the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, the Executive Club of...
William A Peithmann
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Mahomet, IL Attorney with 41 years experience
(217) 586-6102 409 E. Main St., PO Box 80
Mahomet, IL 61853
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Monica Hawkins
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Decatur, IL Lawyer with 21 years experience
(217) 422-2540 202 S Franklin Street
Suite 2
Decatur, IL 62523
Criminal Defense, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Patrick T. Fitzgerald
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 30 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Patrick Fitzgerald begin his legal career with Meyer Capel in 1987 as a law clerk. Now, as a shareholder with the firm, he concentrates in real estate. Mr. Fitzgerald is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law where he earned a spot on the Dean's List. In 1986, he received a bachelor of arts in economics, also from the University of Illinois. Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Champaign County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Further, he is actively involved with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Champaign...
Jeffrey M. Davis
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 23 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
EXPERIENCE Mr. Davis’ experience ranges from helping clients with all issues surrounding their start-up venture to assisting clients with the purchase or sale of multi-million dollar businesses. Mr. Davis concentrates his legal practice in the following areas: •representing corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in connection with the legal matters these entities may face, including initial incorporation/organization, corporate governance issues, drafting and review of contracts and leases, licensing issues, securities issuances and debt financing transactions •representing clients with the sale or purchase of a business, including due diligence matters and the negotiation and documentation of the transaction •representing clients, both lenders and borrowers, in debt...
Mr. Jeffrey Hays
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 26 years experience
411 W. University
Champaign, IL 61820
Business, Immigration and Real Estate
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Richard T. West
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 50 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Appeals, Business, Health Care and IP
University of Illinois College of Law
Richard T. West has been practicing law for over forty-one years. He has been a shareholder of Meyer Capel for over half of his career, having practiced in other firms in the community prior to joining Meyer Capel in 1991 as a shareholder. Throughout much of his career, his focus has been in the areas of complex litigation involving, for example, intellectual property, construction, banking, products liability, contract disputes and corporate and fiduciary obligations, as well as business representation, construction law, and health care law. In recent years, he has begun to shift his focus from an active litigation practice...
Todd J. Black
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 33 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Estate Planning
The John Marshall Law School
As a former senior tax consultant for a former Big Eight accounting firm, and as a business school graduate, Todd Black is uniquely qualified to advise clients on legal matters pertaining to estate planning and administration and corporate/business planning. A practicing attorney in Champaign-Urbana since 1987, Mr. Black joined Meyer Capel in 1993. Mr. Black received a bachelor of science in finance from the University of Illinois in 1983. He attended the University of Illinois on a full athletic scholarship and served as co-captain of the U of I's varsity tennis team. He was the recipient of numerous undergraduate honors, including...
David B. Sholem
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 41 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University
David B. Sholem joined Meyer Capel in 1978 and was named as a shareholder of the firm in 1982. He graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Sholem attended the University of Illinois College of Law and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1978. Mr. Sholem’s professional affiliations include Champaign County (Illinois) Bar Association (former President), Illinois State Bar Association (Real Estate Section) and American Bar Association. David Sholem has represented a number of real estate developers and...
Bruce Baber
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Paris, IL Lawyer with 39 years experience
(217) 463-3225 216 E Wood St
Paris, IL 61944
Agricultural, Criminal Defense, Probate and Real Estate
The University of Chicago Law School
General practice solo law firm, with emphasis on criminal & DUI law, family law, real estate, and wills, estates & trusts.
Matt C. Deering
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 23 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business, Communications, IP and Real Estate
Large corporations and small companies alike need sound legal advice from attorneys who understand the demands and dynamics of the business environment. Clients of Meyer Capel will find these skills in Matt C. Deering. A native of Champaign-Urbana and a graduate of Champaign Central High School, Mr. Deering holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Kentucky and a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University. He joined the firm in 1994 as a law clerk and became a full-time associate in 1996 and a shareholder on January 1, 2003. In addition to handling general corporate and business law concerns,...
Harold N. Adams
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 23 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
For most people, the purchase of a home is the largest single investment they will ever make, and naturally, they're nervous about it. They want someone trustworthy to lean on, someone knowledgeable to handle the paperwork, someone well-versed in legal matters to represent them at the closing. They want someone like Harold Adams. With his dual background in finance and law, Harold brings a unique combination of skills to the table. In addition to a solid foundation in residential and commercial real estate transactions, Harold is well-grounded in general business matters, including the foundation of new corporations and partnerships and the...
Steven A. Amjad
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 18 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
Saint Louis University
Steven A. Amjad brings extensive experience in many aspects of legal practice to the clients of Meyer Capel. Over the last several years he has practiced litigation including complicated commercial litigation, personal injury, toxic tort defense and criminal defense.
James M. Mullady
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 28 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Family
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
As a former teacher and school administrator, Jim Mullady brings a unique perspective to the practice of law at Meyer Capel. Mr. Mullady is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, which he attended on a fellowship. In addition to coursework at IU, his legal education included a year at the University of Illinois as a visiting scholar. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Mullady taught social studies in the central Illinois communities of Arcola and Fisher, and served as principal of the National Academy of Arts High School in Champaign for four years. Mr. Mullady was an...
Keith E. Emmons
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 45 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Health Care
Loyola University Chicago
With his accumulated knowledge of Health Care Law and Litigation Services, Keith Emmons offers a unique perspective on the legal issues important to the professional clients of Meyer Capel. Mr. Emmons has been recognized as both an Illinois Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer in the Health Care Law field. His practice includes the general representation of health care providers and their professional practices, general litigation, and alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") as a mediator and arbitrator. His areas of interest include health care provider employment agreements, health care transactions, health care regulatory compliance, government investigation defense, hospital medical staff and...
Jenny H. Park
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 18 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Jenny Park always knew what she wanted from a career. She wanted to help people. But it was not until a few years after earning her undergraduate degree that she decided the field of law would offer her the best opportunities to do just that. When Jenny first entered the University of Illinois as an undergrad, it was with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. In 1993, she graduated from the U of I with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Then, she took some time off from school to reassess her career goals. While working as a paralegal during...
John Wozniak
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Urbana, IL Lawyer with 22 years experience
(217) 367-1647 108 East Anthony Drive, Suite A
Urbana, IL 61802
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Lorna K. Geiler
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 33 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Employment
University of Illinois College of Law
Lorna Geiler brings Meyer Capel the benefits of a distinguished academic career. A 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and a 1983 cum laude graduate of Illinois State University, she joined the firm in 1988. Ms. Geiler is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American, Illinois State and Champaign County Bar Associations. She is also involved in the employment and labor law section of the Illinois State Bar Association and was listed in Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans in 1992. Lorna has represented employers before the Illinois...
John H. Elder
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 47 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Planning and Estate John H. Elder brings a special degree of experience to the clients of Meyer Capel. John works with his clients to deal with the tax issues of estate planning, but has always realized that this is only one component of the planning process. It is very important that an attorney work with the family members to learn about the needs and personalities of the various individuals and to develop a plan that meets the family goals and objectives. Some of the greatest qualities of an estate planning attorney are compassion, trust, and communication skills and it is only...
Dennis K. Muncy
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 52 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Communications
University of Illinois College of Law
Dennis K. Muncy is recognized nationally as an expert in the field of telecommunications law and regulation. During the course of his legal career, he has handled litigation in 38 states and the District of Columbia and has testified before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission concerning telecommunications issues. In addition to representing telecommunications clients in regulatory and other matters, Dennis has negotiated numerous sales, acquisitions and mergers of telecommunication properties. He has delivered numerous speeches and provided instruction on telecommunications issues to both clients and other counsel. Dennis joined Meyer Capel as a law clerk in 1965 and became an...
Rebecca E.P. Wade
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 21 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Illinois College of Law
Rebecca concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, estate administration, probate, wills, trusts and trust administration. She counsels clients on a variety of estate planning, estate administration and trust administration issues and has significant experience in drafting both basic and complex estate plans that include wills, revocable trusts (or "living trusts"), irrevocable life insurance trusts, living wills, advanced directives, powers of attorney for health care and powers of attorney for property. In addition to preparing basic estate plans and counseling clients regarding a broad array of issues such as the importance of choosing an appropriate guardian for...
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 7 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Forrest Heyman joined the firm as a summer associate in 2011 and became an associate attorney following his admission to the Illinois Bar in 2012. His areas of practice include business planning, corporate transactions, real estate, and estate planning and administration. Forrest is a locally-raised attorney with an international perspective. Hailing from Paxton, Illinois, Forrest attended Butler University from 2005 to 2008, where he earned a bachelor of science in economics, with honors. Following a semester in Hong Kong, Forrest was named Sigma Nu National Man of the Year and joined The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, where he...
John Hensley
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 37 years experience
(217) 531-2180 One E. Main Street
Suite 204
Champaign, IL 61820
DUI & DWI, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Marjorie A. Harris
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 36 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Michigan Law School
With a focus on estate planning and administration, Marjorie A. Harris works closely with individuals and families who are seeking ways to provide financial security for today and protect their assets for the next generation. In addition to advising clients on trust and estates and tax planning matters, Marjorie's practice also includes the establishment and representation of nonprofit and charitable organizations, and charitable gift planning. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Marjorie earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in applied mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She went on to earn...
John Bramfeld
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 41 years experience
(217) 239-1920 915 W. Springfield
Champaign, IL 61820
Collections, Consumer, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 50 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Ward F. McDonald brings a wealth of experience in real estate, banking and commercial law to the clients of Meyer Capel. His background includes 13 years as CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., a title insurer with multi-state operations, and 25 years as an attorney in private practice. Over the course of his career, Ward has handled numerous transactions in the $1-100 million range for commercial and residential real estate developments, including sales, acquisitions, refinancing and consolidations. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Land Economics from the University of Illinois as well as his Juris...
Colleen C.M. Ramais
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 9 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Criminal Defense
University of Illinois College of Law
Colleen C. M. Ramais joins Meyer Capel’s litigation team as a full-time associate after serving a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Justice Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court. Colleen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law with her juris doctorate in 2010. As a law student, she was named to the Dean's List for all six law school semesters and was awarded the Celia M. Howard Fellowship for graduate study from the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women. She is a ten-time recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for...
Brooke A. Didier Starks
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 16 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Illinois College of Law
Brooke A. Didier Starks is an estate planning lawyer concentrating her wills, trusts and probate practice in east-central Illinois. She enjoys counseling a wide variety of clients on all matters related to estate planning and estate administration. Brooke welcomes the opportunity to assist clients who are providing for their children, whether it is counseling them through the decision of whom to appoint as guardian for a minor child, establishing a trust for a special-needs child, or planning for college education. She especially enjoys working with farm families to preserve the family business and pass it on to...
Francis J. Jahn
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 52 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Since joining the firm in 1970, Francis J. (Jerry) Jahn has been responsible for building and expanding the business practice of Meyer Capel. He served as President of the firm from January 1999 until December 2010. A 1967 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Jerry was winner of the Frederick M. Green Moot Court Competition and the Horner Cup and Waterman Prize for Excellence in Moot Court Competition as a law student. He was also recipient of the Harno Scholarship. Jerry is a member of the Illinois State and Champaign County Bar Associations. He served on CCBA's board of...
Catherine H. Barbercheck
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Champaign, IL Lawyer with 40 years experience
(217) 352-3634 1508 W. Park Avenue
P. O. Box 1127
Champaign, IL 61824-1127
Estate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Lewis University College of Law
Randall H. Green
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 13 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Business, Real Estate and Tax
Marquette University
Randy Green is a shareholder in Meyer Capel’s Business and Real Estate Practice Groups. His unique experience allows him to serve not only as legal counsel, but as a trusted business advisor to his clients. Experience Mr. Green has represented both public and private companies ranging from top U.S. financial institutions to single-member LLCs in a variety of transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity investments, financing, entity formation, franchising, and leasing. He has also helped organizational and individual clients sell, purchase and lease various types of real estate across the U.S. Before he began his legal career, Mr....
Anna M. Benjamin
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 11 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Family
University of Illinois College of Law
A former law clerk for Meyer Capel, Anna M. Benjamin joins the firm's roster of full-time associates with an impressive record of legal activities and accomplishments. Awarded her juris doctorate with honors (cum laude) by the University of Illinois in 2008, Anna distinguished herself with numerous honors throughout her law school experience. A Lincoln Scholar recipient from 2005-2008, she was twice named to the Dean's List (2006 and 2007) and served as a teaching assistant for the College of Law's "Introduction to United States Law" course in fall 2006. In addition, Anna earned "Distinction of Honors in Legal Writing and Analysis"...
Rochelle A. Funderburg
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Champaign, IL Attorney with 38 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Administrative, Employment and Workers' Comp
University of Illinois College of Law
Rochelle A. Funderburg brings extensive knowledge of labor and employment issues and wide-ranging litigation experience to the practice of law at Meyer Capel. A former assistant city attorney and practicing lawyer for more than 30 years, Ms. Funderburg has handled a variety of cases – from inception through trial and appeal, representing insurance carriers, employers, employees, and various local governmental bodies. Ms. Funderburg received her bachelor of science and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois, where she also earned the Charles E. Merriam Scholarship. Following completion of her formal legal studies in 1981, Ms. Funderburg joined Coles County, Illinois-based...
Rex L Brown
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Decatur, IL Attorney
(217) 423-3411 234 S Franklin Street
Decatur, IL 62523
Probate

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