• Peer selected as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of: Criminal Defense Law: Felonies and Misdemeanors; and Criminal Defense Law: DUI.

Todd Goebel graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois College of Business with a degree in Finance in 1998. In 2001 he graduated cum laude from the SIU School of Law.

During all three years of law school, Mr. Goebel worked as a law clerk, first in the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office and later at the State’s Attorney’s Office. While in law school, Mr. Goebel was a member of the Southern Illinois American Inns of Court. He was on the Law Journal. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He also received the CALI Award on three occasions.

While many attorneys tend to practice in only one or two areas, Mr. Goebel has skills and expertise in diverse practice areas. He is adept at trials in both civil and criminal cases. He has tried cases in state and federal court, and he has represented clients in numerous administrative law venues. He has taught seminars to drug and alcohol counselors on the Secretary of State Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearing process and he has been a guest speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars.

He was hired as an associate by Gates, Wise & Schlosser, P.C., in 2001. He became a partner in 2008, and the firm was renamed Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel.

Mr. Goebel and his wife have four children. Previously, Mr. Goebel served his country as a Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard. Currently, Mr. Goebel is a former elected School Board Member for the Rochester School District. He has also provided legal services to several non-profit organizations, including the Kidzeum of Health and Science and the Rochester Junior Football League.

Representative Cases

  • People v. Reynolds, 2016 IL App (4th) 150572, 55 N.E.3d 729
  • Southerland v. Bedwell, No. 15-3117, 2016 WL 3004618 (C.D. Ill. May 24, 2016)
  • People v. Gott, 346 Ill.App.3d 236, 803 N.E.2d 900 (2004)
  • Gruchow v. White, 375 Ill.App.3d 480, 874 N.E.2d 921 (2007)

Information regarding the selection of Leading Lawyers may be found here.


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois - J.D. - 2001

    Honors: Cum Laude

  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois - B.S. - 1998

    High Honors Major: Finance

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Sangamon County Bar Association


  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


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