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Gordon W. Gates

Managing Partner
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Phone: (217) 522-9010
Fax: (217) 522-9020

1231 S 8th St
Springfield, Illinois 62703

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Practice Areas

Gordon has extensive experience and has enjoyed considerable success in representing local, regional and national businesses, and their owners, in all manner of commercial transactions and disputes.  His work also involves representing individuals and businesses in real estate transactions and litigation. Those matters include zoning and land use, boundary disputes, nuisances, construction contracts and defaults, and commercial leases.

Gordon has assisted clients in the creation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies (LLC) and partnerships.  He has developed expertise in drafting and litigating non-competition agreements.  Gordon also represents both debtors and creditors in bankruptcies involving business debt.

In addition to his commercial and real estate practice, Gordon represents clients in the probate of estates and guardianships, will contests, trust disputes and the drafting of wills and trusts.

Representative Cases
  • Kleczek v Jorgeson, 333 Ill.App.3d 141 (4th Dist. 2002)
  • Universal Guar. Life. Ins Co v Coughlin, 481 F.3d 458 (7th Cir. 2007)
  • In Re Fortin, 2006 WL 2375473 (Bktcy, C.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Baron v Chehab, 2006 WL 1314149 (Bktcy, C.D. Ill. 2006)
  • God, Family & Country, LLC v Mancrest Manufacturing, Inc., 2009 WL 484964 (C.D. Ill. 2009)
  • Estate of Enoch v Waggoner, 2015 Ill. App.WL 140552-U (5th Dist. 2015)
Representative Business Clients
  • Midwest Cellular, Inc.
  • The Gold Center
  • Legacy Commercial Property
  • Sangamo Construction
  • The Wardrobe
  • Hoosier Tire Midwest
  • KVB Electric
  • Terry Brown Excavating
  • Ryan Development
  • Joyner Construction
  • Orlandini Farms
  • Ace Sign Co.
  • Melotte Morse Leonatti & Parker
  • Arizona Tile
  • CW3M Environmental
  • Midwest Insulation
  • Illinois National Bank
  • Dimond Bros. Insurance
  • Hurst, Wright & Hafel, CPA
Past Employment Positions

Londrigan, Potter & Randle, Associate, 1986 - 1997.


J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, De Kalb, Illinois, 1986
Honors: Cum Laude

B..A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1983
Major: Business/Economics

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Minnesota, 2008
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Sangamon County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery
1999 - 2000