Heyl Royster

Practice Groups:

Business Organizations & Transactions

Commercial Real Estate

Estate, Wealth and Succession Planning

Not-for-Profit Organizations

Real Estate

Residential Real Estate and Title Services

Trusts and Probate

Office Locations:

Peoria (Downtown), IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D. (1977)
  • Denison University, Economics – History, B.A. (1974)

Year Joined Firm

2022

 

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Gary Schmidt (Attorney at Law)

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Focusing on estate planning and administration, real estate, taxation, and business organizations, Gary Schmidt brings experience and a responsive, thorough response to your legal needs.

Gary began his legal career at Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. as an Associate in 1978. In 1982, he became part-time Of Counsel with the Firm, accepting the role of President & Trust Officer of a local bank. He returned full-time to Kavanagh Scully in 1994, becoming a Member of the Firm in 1995. In August 2022, Kavanagh Scully merged with Heyl Royster bringing additional expertise and focus on business matters, local government, and transactional areas.

A Peoria native, Gary is an East Peoria Community High School graduate. He and his wife, Trina, reside in Peoria Heights. Gary is a member of the East Peoria Rotary Club, and the Central Illinois Estate Planning Council.

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • American Cancer Society
  • Central Illinois Estate Planning Council
  • Children’s Home Association of Illinois (Director, 1989-1998; Chairman, 1997-1998)
  • City of Peoria Sister City Commission (Friends of Clonmel, Past Secretary)
  • Lakeview Museum Foundation, 1998-2005 (Chairman, 2005)
  • East Peoria Rotary Club