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Small of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. to Chair Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association

Belleville, IL, June 1, 2011. The law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), today announced that Brad Small, shareholder, was recently reappointed to and named chair of the Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

The mission of the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section Council is to promote professional excellence in the areas of commercial law, banking law and bankruptcy law; to provide practical information, monitor fields of interest and anticipate problems for the profession; and to promote excellence in practice through presentation of continuing legal education programs in areas of current interest to the profession.

Small, a longtime member of the ISBA and contributor to the Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section Council, focuses his practice on estate planning, banking law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, real estate law and wills and trusts. Small has 33 years of experience in handling matters for financial institutions, commercial enterprises and individuals. He has represented clients in cases involving breach of contracts, collections, foreclosures, real estate transfers, corporate formations and drafting of wills and trusts.

He is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney, which is the highest certification awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and only given to a small percentage of all lawyers nationally. Martindale-Hubbell is an independent rating service of lawyers throughout the United States. Small has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by his peers, a distinction given to less than 5 percent of Illinois lawyers. Since joining MM&R in 2004, he has expanded the firm's banking and finance capabilities.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., has emerged as one of the most trusted and respected law firms in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas. Headquartered in Belleville, Ill., the firm also has offices in Clayton, Mo. and Nashville, Ill. MM&R's principals and associates possess knowledge and experience in practice areas that include business law, taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, banking law, bankruptcy, and commercial and tort litigation. For more information, please visit

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