Support Staff

Beth Reynolds, Firm Administrator
Beth Reynolds
Firm Administrator

One of the keys to success for The Law Group is qualified, effective and efficient firm administration. Beth Reynolds has filled this role since December, 1987. Beth came to the firm in June, 1977, after her graduation from Patricia Stevens College in St. Louis, Missouri. She supervises all administrative matters for the firm, including management reports, personnel, timekeeping, permanent client history data, billing, supplies, payroll, and accounting.

A graduate from Farina LaGrove High School, Beth and her husband, Paul, live in St. Peter. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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Cody Doty, I.E.P., Title Assistant, Assistant Firm Administrator
Cody A. Doty I.E.P.
Title Assistant,
Assistant Firm Administrator

Cody joined The Law Group in April of 2015. She brings over 15 years of banking, accounting and real estate experience to the firm. Cody is an Illinois Escrow Professional. She assist with real estate matters including the preparation of contracts, deeds, leases and loan documentation. She also conducts title searches and prepares title insurance commitments and policies.  Cody also assists the Firm Administrator with monthly billing statements, account reconciliations and other accounting procedures.

Cody graduated from Beecher City Jr/Sr High School then attended Sparks Business College where she obtained a certificate in Accounting. She and her husband, Nathan, have two children, Kaleb and Kylie.

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Kristen Reeder I.T.P., Title Assistant
Kristen Reeder I.T.P.
Title Assistant

Kristen began to work at The Law Group in April of 2017. Kristen prepares title commitments and policies for real estate transactions. She also performs title searches and handles real estate closings out of the Vandalia office, including deed and document preparation.  Kristen also handles title research and easement preparation for Fayette Water Company.

Kristen is a graduate of Brownstown High School. Kristen and her family reside in Hillsboro.

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Misty Magnusson
Title Assistant

Misty joined The Law Group in April of 2020. Misty assists the attorneys of The Law Group with real estate transactions including deed preparation, title searches, title insurance commitments and policies. She also conducts real estate closings out of the Effingham office.

Misty is a graduate of Danville High School and holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. She and her family currently reside in Toledo.

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Linda Shurtz, Legal Assistant
Linda Shurtz
Legal Assistant

 

Linda Shurtz has been employed by the firm since July, 1994. Linda is responsible for maintaining the corporate records for The Law Group’s corporate clientele. Linda prepares corporate documents, such as articles of incorporation, annual meeting minutes, employment contracts, leases, warranty deeds, and stock certificates. Linda also prepares documentation filed with the Secretary of State and Internal Revenue Service.

Linda graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1972. She currently resides in Vandalia with her husband, Shelby. They have two sons and six grandchildren.

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Mary Shellabarger, Legal Assistant
Mary Shellabarger
Legal Assistant

Mary Shellabarger joined The Law Group in August of 1999. Mary prepares documents relating to litigation, including pleadings, motions and notices. Mary is involved in debt restructures and liquidations, and prepares schedules and documents relating to these matters. She is responsible for preparing real estate documents such as deeds and contracts.

Mary is a Ramsey High School graduate, and holds an Associates Degree in Legal Secretary from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois. Mary resides in Vandalia.

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Kyra Willenborg
Legal Assistant

Kyra Willenborg joined The Law Group in May of 2001. Kyra prepares motions, jury instructions, and settlement brochures for personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Ms. Willenborg is also responsible for preparation of marital dissolution and child custody documents such as petitions, marital settlement agreements, judgments and orders of protection. Kyra is the staff member in charge of collections for the firm.

Kyra was born in Vandalia and raised in St. Elmo, having graduated from St. Elmo High School in 1991. After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Agricultural Business from Lakeland College, Ms. Willenborg graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in General Agriculture Information. Kyra currently resides in rural Vandalia with her husband, Brian, and their son, Brock.

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Randi King, Legal Assistant
Randi King
Legal Assistant

 

Randi joined The Law Group in September, 2017. Randi is responsible for preparing estate planning documents such as wills, codicils and trusts. Randi also prepares corporate documents such as articles of incorporation, annual meeting minutes, leases, warranty deeds, and stock certificates.

Randi resides in Vandalia with her husband Trent and their three sons Caleb, Aaron and Brantley.

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Erin Fearday, Legal Assistant
Erin Fearday
Legal Assistant

Erin joined the Law Group in April of 2019. Erin is responsible for preparing estate planning documents such as wills, codicils, trusts and power of attorney. Erin also prepares contracts and related documents, and files documents relating to probate including petitions, notices and inventories.

Erin resides in Neoga with her husband Jacob and their three children.

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Cassidy Oberlink
Legal Secretary

Cassidy Oberlink joined The Law Group in June of 2020. Cassidy prepares marital dissolution and child custody documents such as, petitions, marital settlement agreements, parenting plans, judgements and orders. Cassidy also helps prepare documents for collection cases.

Cassidy is a graduate from Altamont High School, and she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Business from Kaskaskia College. In May of 2020 Cassidy graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with her Bachelor’s in Agriculture Business with a focus of Farm and Ranch Management. Cassidy resides in Brownstown with her husband, Brock.

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Brenda Will
Legal Secretary

Brenda joined The Law Group in August of 2020. Brenda is responsible for preparing estate planning documents such as wills, codicils, trusts and power of attorney. Brenda also prepares contracts and related documents, and files documents relating to probate including petitions, notices and inventories.

Brenda and her husband Frank reside in Sigel. They have two daughters, Shelby (Will) Montgomery and Kaitlyn.

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Keri Kistler
Receptionist

Keri joined The Law Group in December of 2020.  She is the firm’s receptionist for the Vandalia office.

Keri is a graduate of Vandalia High School.

Keri lives in Vandalia with her husband, Kurt, and two sons, Dalton and Kaden.

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Ashley Blankenship
Firm File Coordinator

Ashley started at The Law Group in March of 2014. In addition to performing receptionist and administrative tasks for The Law Group, Ashley assists in the preparation of deeds and other legal documents related to real estate transactions and estate work.

Ashley is a graduate of Ramsey High School and currently resides in Ramsey.

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Andrew Myers
Senior File Clerk

Andrew joined the Law Group in November, 2019,  Andrew is the Senior File Clerk for the Vandalia office. His duties include filing papers and documents, managing client files, and maintaining the firm’s filing systems. Andrew assists the attorneys with various tasks as required.
 
Andrew is a student at Vandalia Community High School and a member of the Vandal soccer team. He is a founding member of the local YMCA’s Leaders Club, and works at the YMCA as a soccer referee. He plans on attending college after graduation.

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Abby Hartke
File Clerk

Abby joined the Law Group in October of 2020 as the Effingham office file clerk.  She is tasked with maintaining the firm’s filing systems and assisting the attorneys and staff of the Law Group as required.

 
Abby is a graduate of Effingham High School and is currently studying Graphic Design at Lake Land Community College in Mattoon. She plans to continue her education at Eastern Illinois University next fall, and go into advertising.

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Zada Reynolds
File Clerk

Zada Reynolds is a student at South Central High School.  She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the Torch and Laurel Society, and was awarded the 2019 Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence and is on high honors.   She is a Varsity setter for the Lady Cougars Volleyball team and a member of Air Assault Volleyball Club, LLC.   She attends Kinmundy Christian Church.

Zada plans to attend University of Illinois Champaign/ Urbana or the US Air Force Academy to pursue a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering or Orthopedic Sports Medicine.  She would like to obtain a job making prosthetics for wounded veterans.  Being raised an “Army Brat”, the Wounded Warrior Project is very close to her heart and she would enjoy working with this organization.