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Edward F. Sutkowski, Esq. - Shareholder
Ed is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (BA 1961) and of the University of Illinois, College of Law at Champaign-Urbana (LLB 1963). He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law (Taxation/Employee Benefits/ERISA) at the University of Illinois, College of Law (1996-2007), argued a Federal gift and estate tax case before the United States Supreme Court and presented income, gift, estate, ERISA, and business law cases before the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, various Federal District Courts, the United States Tax Court, the State of Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois 3rd District Court of Appeals and various Illinois Circuit Courts.

He testified before the Oversight Committee of the House Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives as to the "Tax Problems of the Small Businessman," served as an Editor of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Federal Tax Section Newsletter, Contributing Editor of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Substantive Law Advisory Board, Tax Law and The Compleat Lawyer. Ed served as the Committee Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Taxation and a member of its Business & Advice & Financial Planning Section Council.

Ed has authored more than 40 articles in his area of emphasis and lectured before more than 60 groups located in Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He served as a Board member of RLI Corp. (NYSE; RLI) (1975-2009), its outside general counsel (1975-2002) and a member of its Executive Resources and Investment and Finance Committees. Ed was a member of Lloyds of London and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the private equity firm, Pfingsten Partners LLC, headquartered in Chicago, with offices in ChangAn, China, New Delhi, India and Chennai, India. See

Ed hosted a WTVP PBS series, Interesting People, a half-hour conversation with ordinary individuals who achieved extraordinary measures of success in the arts, business, communications, education, science and sports. See on Programming then Interesting People.



Charles A. LeFebvre, Esq., Of Counsel
Chuck is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (BS 1992 in mathematics with highest distinction), was designated as an Edmund J. James Scholar (1989-1990), which recognizes extraordinary academic achievements while participating in special curricular activities and was a member of its Dean’s List. He received his JD Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif from the University of Illinois, College of Law (1998), was a member of its Law Review and was recognized as a Harno Fellow. Chuck attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the Cannon Financial Institute at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning at the University of Miami, School of Law in Orlando, Florida.

He served as a summer associate with Sutkowski Law Office Ltd. (1997), clerked for Justices Robert J. Steigmann and Frederick S. Green (1998-2000), was a partner and associate attorney (2001-2007) in the Champaign, Illinois law firm, Thomas, Mamer, Haughey, LLP., and was an Executive Vice President (2007-2014) and the Chief Trust and Wealth Management Officer for First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc., First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, N.A. (approximately $1 billion in assets under management), and First Mid Insurance Group. He supervised its trust department which provides trust administration, estate planning, estate administration, farm management, investment management, and brokerage services. Chuck served as general in-house counsel to the First Mid-Illinois CEO, its executive team and various management committees.




Donna M. Claus - Paralegal with the firm since June 1991



Loretta L. Gavin - Paralegal with the firm since September 1991



Darcy J. Riddle - Internal Accountant, with the firm since September 1995



Kristin D. Smith - Receptionist/Family office website administrator, with the firm since September 2001

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