Tyler Petersen is all business, and we mean that quite literally. Tyler’s practice always begins and ends with assisting businesses of any size with a variety of their legal needs.
Deciding on a career as a business lawyer was an easy decision for Tyler. His father was a prominent corporate attorney in Peoria for many years, so growing up, Tyler always planned to carry on the family tradition. Arriving in law school, he soon realized that his favorite courses were in taxation. “I studied under a professor who had a way of breaking down the tax code into understandable concepts and goals. Once those are mastered, the details just follow.”
After he finished his law degree from the University of Illinois magna cum laude, Tyler returned to his hometown in Central Illinois to start employment with another law firm, and worked a year alongside of his father before his father passed away. Tyler cites that year with his father as one a great influence on him, not only in learning the legal needs of businesses, but also in dealing professionally with people.
The majority of Tyler’s legal work is now comprised of general counsel for local corporations. He helps large and small corporations with their formation, their day-to-day administration, their need for tax guidance, their agreements and their mergers or acquisitions. The remainder of his time he devotes to estate planning for individuals, issuance of and investment in securities, contract drafting and review, and counseling on daily operational and governance issues.
When asked to name the most enjoyable aspect of his legal work, Tyler is quick to answer, “Closing the big deal. I get a great deal of satisfaction in helping a client achieve a goal, where that client has invested a great amount of his or her own sweat equity and financial assets into a plan. Making that plan happen for the client really drives me.” Some of the transactions he is most proud of include:
- Representing a manufacturing company in its $40 million asset sale to a Nasdaq-listed strategic buyer.
- Counseling founding shareholders of a manufacturing company in reacquisition of stock that was previously sold to a private equity firm and then the subsequent sale to a strategic buyer.
- Counseling a local development company in conducting private placement of securities to fund acquisition, and representing the company in its subsequent asset purchase.
- Representing a bank-holding company in $30 million private placement of stock.
- J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1999
- Honors: magna cum laude
- B.S., Finance, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1996
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
InterBusiness Issues, “40 Leaders Under Forty,” 2011
Illinois Leading Lawyers List, 2017
- Co-author, “Formation of Illinois Corporations,” Illinois Business Law Series, supplement, 2005, 2008
- Guest Instructor, “Smart Retirement Strategies,” Bradley University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, October 2005, October 2006 and April 2008
- “Estate Planning Seminar,” Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, September 2011, September 2012, September 2013
- “Basics of Estate Planning,” Morton Community Foundation, July 2011
- Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, Board of Directors (2010-present)
- Morton Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2010-present), Treasurer/Secretary (2012)
- Morton Community Foundation, Board of Trustees (2010-present)
- Country Club of Peoria, Board of Governors (2013-present)
- Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador (2003-2005)
- Peoria County Bar Association, Board of Directors, President of Young Lawyers Committee (2006-2007)
- Morton Rotary Club (2006-present)
News & Events
2015 Business & Tax Seminar
Quinn Johnston will be hosting a Business & Tax Seminar on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Join Quinn Johnston attorneys for this complimentary seminar featuring critical updates and information on issues affecting business owners, CPAs and attorneys, general counsel and in-house counsel.
2014 Annual Business and Tax Seminar
Registration for the 2014 Annual Business and Tax Seminar is open until November 14, 2014. There is no fee for attending the event. Participants will benefit from five presentations regarding current developments and new trends in the area of business and tax law. Participants may earn up to 3.5 credits in Business Law, and CLE accreditation is pending.
Quinn Johnston Gains 5 Partners in Peoria from Husch Blackwell
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