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Randy Reese - Illinois Lawyer

Randall K. Reese

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Randy received a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from Illinois State University in 1971. He graduated second in his class from Washington University School of Law in 1974 and upon graduating was elected to the National Honor Society Order of the Coif.

Randy was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and Federal Court system in 1974. Since Randy initiated his practice, he has specialized in the area of civil trial work and has tried hundreds of injury cases before a jury or arbitration panel. Randy has received, during the course of his litigation career, record setting and/or large verdicts in Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, Whiteside, Stephenson and other Northern Illinois and Wisconsin counties.

Randy is a member of Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and American Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on various boards and in positions of leadership for numerous local not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Gary Reese - Personal Injury, Workers Comp, Criminal Defense Attorney

Gary S. Reese

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After graduating from Auburn High School in Rockford in 1965, Gary joined the Army in April 1966 and by October 1966 was stationed in Vietnam serving as a Crew Chief on a helicopter. He served in Vietnam for over a year and after three years was honorably discharged from the Army. Upon his discharge he worked in construction and in local factories before joining the Rockford Police Department. 

Gary served on the Rockford Police department for ten years and left to continue his education. He attended Thomas Cooley Law School and graduated in January 1986. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and in Federal Court. His background gives him a unique perspective in the area of criminal defense. His practice is focused in the area of personal injury, workers' compensation, and criminal defense.

Bernard Reese - Illinois Attorney

Bernard P. Reese, Jr.

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Bernard is the patriarch of Reese & Reese. He was raised in Rockford where he attended both grade school and high school. His father, Bernard P. Reese Sr., owned a small appliance store downtown, which eventually became the Reese Sewing Center on Auburn Street.

Bernard Jr. served as a bombardier for the Army Air Force in World War II. After the war he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois. He then attended and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a doctor of law degree.

In 1955 Bernard was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, and soon after was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He taught on the staff at the University of Illinois, as well as the staff of Rockford College. He is a member of the Rockford Lions Club and President of International Reapers Foundation, Inc.


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William Gottfred - Illinois Lawyer

William E. Gottfred

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Bill is a lifelong resident of Rockford. He obtained his B.A. degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1979 with a double major in business and history. Bill graduated from the Oklahoma City University College of Law in 1982 where he served as staff editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi and admitted to the State Bar of Illinois and United States Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has served on numerous boards of corporations and associations. His practice includes the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, estate planning, corporate work, and real estate.

Education

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1982
  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Law Review: Oklahoma City University Law Review, Staff Editor
  • Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1979

Jason Lawrence - Personal Injury, Auto Accident, Wills, Probate Estate, Real Estate, Social Security Lawyer

Jason A. Lawrence

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Jason is a lifelong resident of Rockford, Illinois and a graduate of Jefferson High School. He graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois in 1993, and then graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law with honors, in 1996. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of both the Winnebago County and State of Illinois Bar Associations. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a certified arbitrator and mediator for the 17th Judicial Circuit, and an appointed draft board member of the Selective Service System.

Jason concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, automobile accident liability, wills, probate estates, real estate transactions, and Social Security Disability.

Todd Reese - Illinois Lawyer

Todd S. Reese

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Todd is a lifelong resident of Rockford. He obtained his A.S. degree from Rock Valley Community College in 1990 and his B.A. degree from Florida Bible College in Kissimmee, Florida in 1994. Todd attended Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland from 1995 to 1997. He then worked as a Corrections Officer for the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department from 1997-2002. Todd graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law with honors in 2005 and is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Todd is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Todd is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a certified Arbitrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit, and has been appointed to serve as a member of the Local Board in Illinois for the Selective Service System.

Chris Reese - Illinois Attorney

Chris M. Reese

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Christopher was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Illinois in November 2005 and the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois in June 2006. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 2005. During his law school career, Christopher was selected as a member of The National Order of Barristers. He was a National Finalist and Regional Champion in the American Bar Association's 2005 Representation in Mediation Competition and a National Finalist in the American Bar Association's 2004-2005 Negotiation Competition.

Christopher earned his Master of Arts in the Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1999 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Bible College in 1994; and is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He also attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, now known as Texas A&M University School of Law.

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