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Timothy A. Gutknecht

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Current Employment Position

  • Principal

Past Positions

  • Briefed and argued the case of Hawes v. Luhr Bros., Inc., in the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Briefed and argued four cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Briefed and argued approximately 30 cases in the appellate courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • Lead counsel in the following cases tried to a jury verdict: Wilde v. Grindel, in the St. Louis County Circuit Court. Melching v. Dashner, in the Circuit Court for Randolph County, IL. Kitchens v. Garcia, in the Circuit Court for St. Clair County, IL. Spectrum Resources, Inc. v. Monroe County 9-1-1 Board, in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, IL. Stumpf v. Vogt, in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, IL. In the Matter of Joedicke, in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, IL. Steibel v. Sutter, in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, IL.
  • Lead counsel in more than 50 cases tried to a bench verdict.

Practice Areas:

  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Settlement
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Appellate Practice


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Juris Doctor - 1993
  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: History & Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1993
  • Missouri, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1996

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Illinois Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Chair of the Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal
  • Member of the ISBA Animal Law Section Council
  • Member of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • Member of the Monroe County Bar Association (President, 1998-1999)
  • Member of the St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Member of the Randolph County Bar Association
  • Member and Program Chair of the Columbia, Illinois, Rotary Club (President, 2009-2011)
  • President and Chairman of the Rotary District 6510 WCS Committee, Belize Children’s Program
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Member Board of Directors of Historic Main Street Columbia Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of Missouri (2002-2008)
  • Assistant Governor for Rotary District 6510 Area 3, Present