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Quinn Johnston Gains 5 Partners in Peoria from Husch Blackwell

Peoria, Ill. —The law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo today announced the addition of five partners to its Peoria, Illinois, office. With the arrival of these five attorneys effective March 17, the firm will comprise 26 attorneys total in its Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, offices.  All five attorneys join Quinn Johnston from Husch Blackwell, which will cease operations in Peoria.  The attorneys joining the firm are Stephen M. Buck, Kenneth R. Eathington, Tyler D. Petersen, Jeffrey A. Ryva and Kimberly A. Sarff.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to expand our firm by adding this group of very well-respected attorneys,” said Quinn Johnston Managing Partner John Kamin.   “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.”

“We share in our Peoria partners’ excitement for this new opportunity,” said Husch Blackwell Chairman Maurice Watson.  “We have enjoyed working with our talented Peoria lawyers and staff, and we wish them all well in their new endeavors.  Although our Peoria location no longer served our firm’s strategic objectives, Husch Blackwell continues to pursue growth by adding new talent with industry-specific expertise in other markets.”


About the attorneys:

Stephen M. Buck represents clients in state and federal courts and in private arbitrations in matters involving business, commercial and construction litigation, including cases arising from shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts, warranties, fiduciary duties, fraud, loan foreclosures and employment matters.   He also regularly represents municipal and administrative agencies in litigation and arbitration matters involving labor, employment and employee benefit claims.

Kenneth R. Eathington routinely advises clients on real estate matters, corporate, estate and business planning, bankruptcy-related issues, and environmental law.  Additionally, he assists clients in acquiring or divesting businesses and locations by negotiating contractual terms, performing due diligence and advising on entity formation.  Kenny also advises financial institutions on lending issues and loan documentation.

Tyler D. Petersen represents businesses in all phases of their operations including the purchase, sale and merger of businesses and business assets; issuance of and investment in securities; entity selection and formation; contract drafting and negotiation; and counseling on daily operational and governance issues.  Tyler’s practice also includes working with individuals in the areas of estate planning and administration.

Jeffrey A. Ryva represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, extending from will and trust disputes and business, financial services, employee benefit and bankruptcy cases to domestic relations work for individuals. He has an extensive appellate practice and has successfully handled dozens of appeals in federal and state reviewing courts.

Kimberly A. Sarff counsels management and human resources personnel on labor and employment conflicts and disputes, including discrimination and harassment claims, reductions in force, leave and discharge issues.   She also provides training for supervisors in handling and avoiding sexual harassment related issues, and assists businesses and employers in preparing employment handbooks and implementing policies.


About Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo:

With offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo provides a wide breadth of transactional, defense and litigation services for individual and corporate clients. The firm offers experienced counsel with particular emphasis in the areas of medical malpractice defense, business law, commercial litigation, healthcare law, products liability, workers’ compensation, and employment matters.   For more information, visit

About Husch Blackwell LLP:

Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused, full-service litigation and business law firm with locations in 15 U.S. cities and in London. The firm represents national and global leaders in major industries including energy and natural resources; financial services; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Quinn Johnston Managing Partner John Kamin,

(309) 674-1133 or


Husch Blackwell Senior Communications Manager Susan Seilnacht,

(816) 983-8783 or

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