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   43Thomas E. HowardPeoria(309) 699-4691thoward@hallrustomfritz.comthoward@hallrustomfritz.comHall Rustom & Fritz LLCwww.centralillinoislawyers.comwww.centralillinoislawyers.comBanking & Financial Institutions LawBankruptcy & Workout Law: CommercialCreditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
Thomas E. Howardthoward@hallrustomfritz.com
Hall Rustom & Fritz LLChttp://www.centralillinoislawyers.com
316 SW Washington St Ste 1A
Peoria IL 61602
Ph.(309) 699-4691 Fx.(309) 699-4693
Recommended by peers in:
Banking & Financial Institutions Law
Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial
Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
County:  Peoria
Practice Description:  
Mr. Howard concentrates his practice in assisting financial institutions maximize their returns from special assets through transactional documentation and litigation in state and bankruptcy court.

He has successfully resolved numerous multi-million dollar non-performing loans for many community banks. Mr. Howard also is developing a regulatory practice advising the incipient marijuana industry. He frequently publishes articles on the evolution of the often contradictory regulatory framework for state and federal marijuana laws. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, he published a book on the history of the marijuana laws. He has lectured and presented on the conflicts of law marijuana businesses face in their operations.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Howard has developed several websites and various software applications. He is expanding his practice area into corporate immigration by developing software to streamline and optimize the work visa application process and to assist in visa management. Before beginning his career with Howard & Howard, Mr. Howard worked as an associate with another law firm where he gained experience in creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, consumer collections, mechanic’s liens and mortgage foreclosure.

Mr. Howard received his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2002 and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2008. After completing law school he earned his Series 7 & 66 securities licenses and briefly worked as a stock broker.

Mr. Howard is admitted to practice in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, plus the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois. He is a member of the American, Illinois State and Peoria County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Mental Health Law, Judicial Evaluations outside of Cook County, and Commercial Collections, Banking and Bankruptcy.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 2009
Wisconsin, 2008
U.S. District Court
   Southern District of Illinois, 2014
   Northern District of Illinois, 2011
   Central Distrct of Illinois, 2009
   Eastern District of Illinois, 2009


Year of Birth:  1980

Law School:  Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2008

Undergraduate School:  Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., history, political science, 2002

Employment History:  
Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, associate attorney, 2011-present
Stunari, founder, 2013-present
Shady House Publishing Company, founder and consultant, 2006-2011
Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, associate, 2009-2010
New England Financial, financial service representative, 2009
Meister Media, contributing editor, 2008-2009
Waddell & Reed, financial advisor, 2008
Jung-Chul, English instructor, 2004-2005


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
   Standing Committee on Mental Health Law
Peoria County Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Illinois Leading Lawyers "Emerging Lawyer," 2015-2017
Illinois Rising Stars, 2015-2017


Firm Description:  
More than one third of Howard & Howard's lawyers had business careers before choosing to become lawyers, which means we have more lawyers with first-hand business experience than other firms our size. In fact, we operate our firm as a business. That perspective is valuable to our clients: coming from business makes working for business second nature to us.

We focus on providing value and core legal specialties to our clients that are crucial to modern business success. In turn, our growth and client attraction has come from our reputation for creativity, practicality and providing solutions in a cost-conscious environment. We are innovative in the fee arrangements and flexible billing structures we offer. We understand the relationship between fees and objectives, measuring our success by how much we improve a client's bottom line.


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