“I am a litigation attorney who works with clients to cost-effectively solve problems.”
Tim has assisted clients in the areas of contract and shareholder disputes, trust litigation, injunctive relief, business torts, real estate and commercial leases, construction-related claims, disputes regarding insurance coverage, and the exercise of creditors’ rights through workout scenarios, foreclosure, and replevin proceedings.
He has also assisted employers with litigation involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), federal wage and hour claims, interpretation of employment contracts, civil rights administrative proceedings, unemployment claims, and investigations of alleged workplace misconduct.
In addition, a significant portion of Tim’s practice is devoted to advising clients on restrictive covenants and post-employment obligations, noncompete and non-solicitation issues, and the protection of trade secrets and proprietary business information. To that end, he regularly assists a large, multinational financial services firm with disputes involving departing brokers both in a presuit capacity, as well as in associated arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Tim has further assisted multiple municipal entities and defended employers against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.
- Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, 2008
- Washington University in St. Louis, Olin School of Business, 2003
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Labor and Employment Law Section Council, Secretary, 2022
- The Abraham Lincoln American Inns of Court
- Illinois, 2008
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2009
- Peoria Magazine, Leading Lawyers, 2023
- Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2022
- Illinois Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2015-2021
- Illinois Leading Lawyers, "Emerging Lawyers," 2015-2021
- Peoria Magazine, "40 Leaders Under Forty," 2014
Represented a financial services firm in multiple arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against former employees, successfully obtaining awards on loans provided to the employees by the firm.Edit
Represented a lending institution in a Qui Tam Whistleblower Action and obtained a Rule 12(b) dismissal of a Qui Tam action against seventeen banks sued in a federal district court in the Northern District of Texas. Over 60 attorneys appeared in the case and all defendants entered into a Joint Defense Agreement. Our representing attorney was one of five attorneys selected to speak at the full-day dismissal hearing. The matter was dismissed with prejudice in its entirety.Edit
Represented a business and real estate purchaser in an action seeking specific performance. While summary judgment for specific performance is rarely granted, we obtained such relief on behalf of our client and successfully defended the judgment on appeal.Edit
Successfully foreclosed on a $20MM housing development of a multi-building apartment complex for a New York-based lender, preserving deficiency and obtaining full recovery of legal fees.Edit
Successfully represented a financial institution and obtained dismissal with prejudice and award of attorneys' fees against customer who alleged negligence and fraud by allowing a rogue employee to cash checks and convert over $1MM of the customer's funds.Edit
Successfully defended the non-filing spouse of a business owner who was sued for the recovery of approximately $1.8MM in assets under equitable theories and state and federal fraudulent transfer law involving property she owned pursuant to long-standing estate plan. The matter settled for 10% of the face amount of the claims.Edit
Obtained a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a bank client of all claims brought by four plaintiffs who filed a multimillion-dollar securities lawsuit against the bank arising from their purchase of $7MM unsubordinated debentures.Edit
Argued a victorious summary judgment motion on behalf of our client concerning a rezoning classification, which paved the way for our client to construct and operate a multi-million dollar grain-handling facility.Edit
Represented post-frame construction company in a nine-day trial involving shareholders who attempted to sell in excess of $100MM in stock to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) despite challenges to block the transaction and claims of minority shareholder oppression. Our client achieved a full victory on all issues as outlined in a 39-page Memorandum of Opinion and Judgment.Edit
Successfully mediated an Age Discrimination in Employment Act case filed in the Southern District of Illinois Federal Court on behalf of our client. Plaintiff’s original demand to the EEOC was $1MM. The case resolved at mediation against all defendants for less than 10% of that amount with our client paying nothing.Edit
Lead trial counsel for a community bank for a scheduled multiple-day jury trial in Stark County. The opponent had commenced litigation in Stark County, Henry County, Peoria County, and the Appellate Court. The matter was resolved during the final pretrial conference with the judge, approximately 20 minutes before we were to begin selecting a jury from the 50 plus Stark County residents present in the courtroom.Edit
Successfully represented a public university in an interest arbitration against the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) with respect to a multi-year collective bargaining agreement.Edit
- Morton Chamber of Commerce, "New Marijuana Laws and Their Impact on the Workplace," November, 13, 2019, Morton, IL.
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra, “Preventing Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment,” October 28, 2019, Peoria, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, HR Update—'Hot Topics' & Recent Employment Trends/Developments, "Politics or Policy" and "Documentation—What, When, How & Why," June 2, 2015, Springfield, IL.
- Peoria County Bar Association, Employment Law and Workers Compensation Seminar, "Discrimination/Retaliation Law Update," January 24, 2015, Peoria, IL.
- National Business Institute, "Human Resources Law: What You Need to Know Now," September 17, 2014, East Peoria, IL.
- Sterling Education Services, Inc., "Employment Law Beyond the Basics," June 5, 2014, Champaign, IL.
- Chicago Bar Association, Provisional Remedies Seminar, "Preliminary Injunctions," October 30, 2013, Chicago, IL.
Tim is extremely active in the community. He serves on the Allocation Committee of the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, an employee-funded, donor-advised trust that has donated over $5 million to local charitable organizations since its inception in 1986. He is also currently serving a two year term as Board Chair for the Central Illinois Region of the American Red Cross which covers seventeen counties that are home to nearly a million people. Tim is also a trustee for the Morton Community Foundation, a committee member for the Easter Seals Black and Blue Ball, and he is a member of the Morton Rotary, in addition to coaching a variety of youth sports.
Tim also served for several years as a co-chair of the Legal Services Division for the Campaign Cabinet of the Heart of Illinois United Way and was selected as a Real Men Wear Pink Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. He previously served terms on the board of directors for Family Core and the Community Workshop & Training Center (CWTC), was the chairperson for the Morton Business District Development and Redevelopment Commission, served on the Morton Micro Grant Review Committee, was a member of the Young Leaders Board at Illinois Cancer Care, was a mock trial judge for Bradley University, co-chaired the Peoria County Bar Association’s Project Santa program, donated time to the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and served as a mentor through the Illinois Supreme Court’s Mentoring Program.