Crowder & Scoggins, Ltd.

Crowder & Scoggins, Ltd. is the first law firm to be incorporated in the State of Illinois, and the largest in Monroe County, Illinois.

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Firm Overview

The firm has earned the reputation for providing quality legal service to individuals and companies in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Floyd Crowder opened the first office located in Columbia, Illinois in 1963. Over the years, the firm has grown from a sole practitioner to its current size of eight attorneys. The attorneys are divided into three practice groups, each headed by one of the senior members of the firm, and each concentrating in particular areas of law.

One group handles the general practice of law, and concentrates in transactional, real estate, business, corporate, estate planning, estate settlements, estate and trust litigation and condemnation litigation.

Another group also handles general matters, but concentrates on personal injury, workers' compensation, tort litigation, municipal law and criminal law.

The third group focuses on family law, municipal law, criminal law and other miscellaneous matters.

Each attorney handles trial and appellate litigation involving his or her area of concentration.

Despite the division of concentration, Crowder & Scoggins, Ltd. pursues a "team" approach to the practice of law. At the end of each day, all attorneys gather for a meeting at which each attorney has the opportunity to discuss unusual or complex issues relating to a pending matter with the other attorneys. This practice utilizes the various expertise of each attorney in the firm and brings the other lawyers up to date on new or pending matters. This tradition facilitates the handling of cases and saves costs for clients.

Crowder & Scoggins, Ltd. takes a professional approach to all client matters. Each lawyer does his or her utmost to live up to the trust that clients place in the lawyers of the firm, and as a result, most clients are repeat clients or new clients who have been referred by existing or former clients.
Main Office

Main Office
121 West Legion Avenue
Columbia  IL  62236

Phone
  • (618) 281-7111
Divorce
Our Family Law practice runs the gamut of family law matters.
We are experienced in pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, legal separation, domestic violence orders of protections, and paternity matters. Every day we deal with issues such as complex property division, child support, child custody and visitation, and spousal maintenance. We have handled everything from the simplest uncontested divorce to divorces involving millions of dollars and child custody issues. We regularly appear in court in Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph and Madison counties in Southern Illinois.

We understand the emotionally-charged nature of domestic relations cases, and we are sensitive to our clients' needs. The preferred result is a quick and fair settlement so that both parties can move on with their lives and put the pain of the split behind them. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, either because of the complexity of the issues or the stubbornness of a party to the divorce. When litigation is necessary, we represent our clients aggressively and professionally, drawing upon decades of experience.

We are also available to prepare prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, which are proactive ways to lessen the likelihood of an expensive and stressful divorce.

We pride ourselves on being available to answer questions and promptly returning phone calls and e-mail messages. We also take seriously our obligation to keep our clients informed about their cases.

Crowder & Scoggins, Ltd. stands ready to help with any family law needs you may have.

Floyd E. Crowder

Practice Areas
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation
-Commercial Banking
-Business Law
-Commercial and Estate Litigation
-Corporate Law
-Estate Planning
-Estate Settlements
-Municipal Law

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (1957)
-Missouri (1957)
-United States Court of Military Appeals (1959)
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois (1960)
-United States Supreme Court (1968)
-United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (1976)

Education
-University of Illinois, Washington University, St. Louis, MO., B.A., 1955
-Washington University, St. Louis, MO., J.D., 1957

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association (President, 1981-1982)
-Monroe County Bar Association (President, 1976-1977)
-Illinois State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Fellow)
-Washington University-St. Louis Law School National Council

Philanthropic Activities
-President, Sophia & Elmer Oerter Charitable Foundation
-President, Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation
-Founder and Managing Trustee, Crowder Family Foundation

Previous Experience
-United States Air Force, Judge Advocate, First Lieutenant (1957-1960)
-Former City Attorney for the Cities of Columbia, Waterloo and Villages of Valmeyer and Maeystown, Illinois
-States Attorney, Monroe County, Illinois (1964-1968, 1976)
-Special Assistant Attorney General of Illinois (1969-1983)
Education
  • Washington University
    Juris Doctorate

Mark C. Scoggins

Practice Areas
-Personal Injury Law
-Workers Compensation Law
-Criminal Law
-Employment Law
-Civil Rights Law
-Labor Law
-Municipal Law
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Missouri (1977); Illinois (1978)
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois (1978)
-United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar (2001).

Education
-Tulsa University, J.D., 1977
-Southern Illinois University, B.S., 1974

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association (Secretary, 1985-1987)
-Monroe County Bar Association (President, 1982-1983)
-Illinois State Bar Association; American Bar Association
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
-American Association for Justice
-Illinois Fifth District Character and Fitness Committee

Philanthropic Activities
-Columbia Optimist Club Member/Charter President
-Okaw Valley Council Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board
-Maple Grove Civic Association Director
Education
  • Tulsa University
    Juris Doctorate

Mark S. Rohr

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Criminal Law
-Municipal Law
-General Litigation
-Creditor's Rights
-Appellate Practice
-Business
-Estate Planning
-Estate Settlements
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (1981)
-United States District Court, Central District of Illinois (1982)
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois (1983)
-United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1989)

Education
-Saint Louis University, J.D., cum laude, 1981
-Blackburn College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1978

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Monroe County Bar Association (President, 1986-1987)
-Illinois State Bar Association

Honors
-Saint Louis University Law Journal, Senior Staff Associate (1979-1981)
Education
  • Saint Louis University
    Juris Doctorate

Clay B. ST. Clair

Practice Areas
-Personal Injury Law
-Workers Compensation Law
-Criminal Law
-Employment Law
-Civil Rights Law
-Labor Law
-Municipal Law
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (2000)
-Missouri (2001)
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois (2000)
-United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2001)
-United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (2004)

Education
-Washington University, J.D., 2000
-Truman State University, B.S. magna cum laude, 1997

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Monroe County Bar Association (Secretary 2002-2004; Treasurer 2004-2006; Vice President 2006-2008; President 2008-2010)
-Illinois State Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-American Association For Justice
-The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
-Xylomania, Inc. Board of Directors 2004-2009
-Columbia Optimist Club 2002-present

Honors
-Washington University School of Law Scholar in Law
-Washington University School of Law Dean's List
Education
  • Washington University
    Juris Doctorate

Anthony P. Gilbreth

Practice Areas
-Personal Injury Law
-Workers Compensation Law
-Criminal Law
-Employment Law
-Civil Rights Law
-Labor Law
-Real Estate Law
-Municipal Law
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (2006)
-Missouri (2007)
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois (2007)

Education
-Saint Louis University, J.D. magna cum laude 2006
-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. cum laude, 2003

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Monroe County Bar Association (Secretary/Treasurer 2006-2010, President 2010-2012)
-Illinois State Bar Association

Honors
-Order of the Woolsack
-Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor (2005-2006)
-Saint Louis University School of Law Academic Excellence Award (Property)
Education
  • Saint Louis University
    Juris Doctorate

Natalie Sager Steppig

Practice Areas
-Domestic Relations
-Personal Injury
-Municipal
-Workers Compensation
-Real Estate
-Employment
-Civil Rights

Biography
-Women Law Student's Association
-Student Bar Association
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Career Service's Student Advisory Board
-Legal Writing Teacher's Assistant

Admitted
-2011, Illinois; 2012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Law School
-St. Louis University, J.D., concentration in civil litigation skills, 2011

College
-Eastern Illinois University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2008

Member
-Monroe County; St. Clair County and Illinois Bar Associations
Education
  • St. Louis University
    Juris Doctorate

Kathie Blackman Dudley

Practice Areas
-Estate Planning
-Estate Settlement
-Guardianships

States Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (1996)
-Missouri (1974)
-Colorado (1971)

Education
-Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL, J.D., 1971
-University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, B.A., 1967

Memberships
-Illinois State Bar Association
-Missouri Bar Association
-Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
-Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Monroe County Bar Association

Past Activities
-Presenter, MO & KS 2011 Trust and Financial Services Conference
-Speaker, St. Louis Estate Planning Council (2006)
-Board of Trustees, Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO (1986-2003)
-President, MO Association of Probate & Associate Circuit Judges (1986-1987)

Previous Experience
-Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., Tax & Estate Planning Dept. (2003-2012)
-Hartweg & Turner, Bloomington, IL (2001-2003)
-Corporate Law, State Farm Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL (1995-2000)
-Sole Practice, Elsberry, MO (1991-1994)
-Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Probate and Associate Divisions, Lincoln County, MO (1978-1990)
-Sole Practice, Elsberry, MO (1974-1978), including City Attorney, Elsberry, MO
-Denver Anti-Crime Council, Denver, CO (1973)
-Denver District Attorney's Office, Denver, CO (1971-1973)

Awards and Honors
-Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) Designation, National Association of Estate Planning Councils (2008-present)
2005 Missouri Super Lawyer, Elder Law Category
-MO Dept. of Conservation, Outstanding Public Service Award (1990)
-Troy Optimist Club Law Enforcement Award, Troy, MO (1986)
Education
  • Northwestern University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Andrea Crowder Khoury

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Collections
-General Civil Litigation
-Juvenile Law
-Guardian ad Litem
-Mediation
-Trial Litigation
-Appellate Litigation

States & Courts Licensed to Practice Law
-Illinois (1998)
-Southern District of Illinois (1999)

Education
-Washington University, J.D., 1998
-Saint Louis University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1994

Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Monroe County Bar Association (Vice-President, 2004-2006; President, 2006-2008)
-Illinois State Bar Association
Education
  • Washington University
    Juris Doctorate
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