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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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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Hannah Pemberton
Legal Secretary

Hannah joined the law group in February of 2020. At the Law Group, Hannah is responsible for preparing estate planning documents, including wills, codicils, trusts, property and healthcare powers of attorney. Hannah also prepares contracts and related documents, and files documents relating to probate, including petitions, notices and inventories.

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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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Donna Thull, Receptionist
Donna Thull
Receptionist

Donna joined The Law Group in December, 2012. She is the firm’s receptionist for the Vandalia office. Donna graduated from Ramsey High School.

She and her husband, Brent, have three children, Ashley, Brooke and Paige. The Thull’s reside in Ramsey, Illinois.

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Brenda Scott
Receptionist

Brenda joined The Law Group in August 2014. Brenda performs administrative tasks, as well as receptionist duties and responsibilities. Ms. Scott also assists with preparation of legal documents to the attorneys in both the Vandalia and Effingham offices. She obtained her Associates Degree as well as her Administrative Assistant Certificate from Lake Land College.

Brenda currently resides in Greenup and has two children, Dylan and Morgan. Her son Dylan recently completed Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA and is a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corp., Morgan is a student at Cumberland Middle School.

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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.

Emma Beckman
File Clerk

Emma joined the Law Group in December of 2019. Emma’s duties as file clerk include filing paperwork, locating files, and maintaining files in the correct order. Also, she assists The Law Group’s attorneys in the Effingham office as required.
 
Emma majors in developmental psychology at Lake Land and aims to become a school counselor.