Kenny Eathington has provided general legal counsel services to business owners, farmers, agribusiness companies, financial institutions and individuals throughout central Illinois since his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1991. Raised on a farm his family has owned for generations in central Illinois, Kenny understands the challenges business owners and individuals face today. As Kenny explains, “Business owners today, regardless of their industries, face many complex business challenges in areas of corporate, real estate, financing, marketing, estate planning and purchases and sales of businesses, to name a few areas. As businesses become larger and more specialized, their legal needs become more complex.”
For over 25 years, Kenny has pursued a comprehensive general law practice involving real estate, corporate, business and estate planning, bankruptcy, commercial, lending and environmental law matters. He represents and counsels business owners, land owners, individuals, family farm corporations and farmers.
Kenny routinely advises financial institutions and investors on multi-million dollar lending and documentation for commercial and agricultural businesses, and represents creditors’ rights arising from insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He assists clients in complex real estate transactions and the acquisition or divestiture of businesses and locations by negotiating contractual terms, performing due diligence, and advising on entity formation and transaction structure.
Many clients rely on Kenny’s counsel regarding day-to-day operations, such as review of corporate documents, leases, purchase agreements, loan documents, marketing agreements and other contracts. He also prepares and reviews individuals’ estate planning documents and provides guidance on estate and trust administration matters.
Other representative experience includes having:
- Represented a regional community bank in numerous loan transactions.
- Represented a national commercial bank in documenting a credit facility to its transportation customer in the amount of $18,000,000.
- Represented a buyer in its acquisition and financing of a manufacturing business in the amount of $15,000,000.
- Represented shareholders of a family owned business in the sale of their ownership interests to management for the amount of $15,400,000.
- Represented a regional commercial bank in a grain elevator failure, its efforts to liquidate its collateral and negotiations with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
- Represented numerous property owners in the sale and purchase of various types of real estate including farms, commercial, residential, office, manufacturing and gravel pits.
- J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1991
- Honors: summa cum laude
- Law Review: University of Illinois Law Review, Associate Editor
- B.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1983
- Honors: with highest honors and Bronze Tablet
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Tax Court
- American Agricultural Law Association
- American Bar Association
- Estate Planning Council of Central Illinois – Board Member
- Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, Inc.
- Illinois State Bar Association – Agricultural Law Section Council
- Peoria Area Association of Realtors
- Peoria County Bar Association – Real Estate Committee, Residential Sales Contract Committee
- Annual presentations at Quinn Johnston Business & Tax Seminar
- “Trusts 101,” NBI Seminar, May 20, 2014
- “Estate Planning,” State of Illinois Employees’ Retirement System
- “Home Inspection Seminar”, Peoria Area Association of Realtors, February 2010
- “Lender Issues Under the Illinois Grain Code & A Farmer’s Rights With Respect to Prepaid Supplies,” Illinois State Bar Association Agricultural Law CLE, February 2009
- “Direct, Deferred & Reverse Exchanges Under IRC Section 1031”, Peoria County Bar Association CLE, January 2008
- “Buying and Selling Farmland Contractual Issues”, Illinois State Bar Association Agricultural Law CLE, February 2008
- Illinois State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section Council Member, Chair (2013-2014), Vice Chair (2012-2013), Secretary (2011-2012)
- University of Illinois College of ACES, Alumni Board Member (2004 – 2016), President (2013-2014), Vice-President (2010-2012)
- Junior Achievement of Central Illinois, Board Member (2009 – 2018)
- Boy Scouts: Friends of Scouting Volunteer
- St. Jude Catholic Church Building Committee
- St. Jude Catholic School Advisory Board
- Knights of Columbus
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent
- Illinois Leading Lawyers List, 2010-2022
- Peoria Area Association of Realtors Affiliate of the Year Award, 2004
- Peoria County Bar Association Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, 2001
News & Events
2019 Business & Tax Seminar
Quinn Johnston will be hosting a Business & Tax Seminar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. 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.
Quinn Johnston’s Entire Partnership Named as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Practice Areas
Leading Lawyers has announced that 18 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. Sixteen of the lawyers were named Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers registered to practice in Illinois and two were named Emerging Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent. Significantly, every firm partner was named a leading lawyer in their designated areas of practice.
Presentations: Quinn Johnston 2017 Business & Tax Seminar
Quinn Johnston attorneys presented their annual Business & Tax Seminar on Thursday, October 19 in East Peoria. Feel free to view or download the presentations from the seminar.
2017 Business & Tax Seminar
Quinn Johnston will be hosting a Business & Tax Seminar on Thursday, October 19, 2017. 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.
Quinn Johnston Attorneys Named as 2016 Leading Lawyers
Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division has announced that 15 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
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
Quinn Johnston extended our firm by adding a group of five very well-respected attorneys. Our clients will benefit from the expansion of expertise available through our firm, and the clients that these new attorneys bring with them will gain greater breadth of local representation.