Attorneys Of Southwestern Illinois

Robert Bassett, Partner, Williams Venker & Sanders, Belleville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Robert Bassett was an undergraduate at Murray State University in Kentucky when he called his uncle and asked him what he should do after graduation.     His uncle taught at the University of San Francisco School of Law and told him that law school provided interesting insight into the human condition.    “My…

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Christopher W. Byron, Founding Partner, Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, Edwardsville

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC handles business law, business litigation and personal injury. Founding partner Chris Byron’s primary focus is on litigation, corporate formation and real estate.     “We represent local business entities, providing a broad range of legal advice from formation, employment issues, litigation, transactional work and real estate,” he…

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Philip Lading, Shareholder, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Philip Lading enjoys the intellectual challenge of the law. He loves getting a complicated issue and figuring out how to resolve the situation.     “I get a sense of personal satisfaction knowing that at the end of the day I’ve helped people navigate their way through a complicated system,” he said.    He…

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Stephen C. Mudge, Partner, Reed, Armstrong, Mudge & Morrissey PC, Edwardsville

By RITA DUCKWORTH    For more than 85 years Reed, Armstrong, Mudge & Morrissey PC has enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the defense of civil litigation. Third-generation attorney Stephen C. Mudge has contributed to that reputation for more than 35 years.    The Mudge family’s history of practicing law began with Mudge’s grandfather in 1902. He served…

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Patrick Mathis, Shareholder Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Belleville

    When he was young, Pat Mathis would go on house calls with his dad and he thought that he would follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a doctor. He has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Saint Louis University.    “It wasn’t where my heart was,” he said. “I wasn’t that interested in science.”…

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Thomas E. Berry Jr., Principal, St. Louis Office, Jackson Lewis PC

By RITA DUCKWORTH    As an attorney specializing in labor and employment law for Jackson Lewis P.C., Thomas E. Berry Jr. says his biggest challenge is keeping abreast of laws that are constantly evolving.     The area of focus has expanded well beyond Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from…

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Kendra Wolters, Associate, Heyl Royster, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Kendra Wolters credits her grandfather for her early interest in law. He worked for a printing press operation and left to work for the union, where he oversaw contract negotiations and worked with attorneys.     “I loved talking with him about his job,” she said.    When she started college, she didn’t know…

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Jennifer Martin, Partner, HeplerBroom LLC, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Jennifer Martin comes from a long line of attorneys. Her grandfather and father were partners in a small Centralia law firm. It was only natural that she would follow in their footsteps.    “For a little while I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “It was the only other thing I thought…

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