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Belleville, IL, APRIL 19, 2012. Bradley W. Small, shareholder of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MMR), and chairman of the Illinois State Bar Section Council for Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy, recently met with state legislators to discuss numerous proposed bills that could affect the Illinois business community. The Section Council represents banks, creditors and businesses by providing practical information, monitoring fields of interest and anticipating problems for the profession through the practice and review of proposed new legislation and amendments to existing legislation.

Each year, the Section Council reviews hundreds of bills, many of them related to foreclosures and collections. For example, one such bill would require banks to fix up foreclosed properties despite not being the property owner. Another would limit what a consumer pays in small claims court, which would potentially impact an attorney’s willingness to take the case.

Small commented, “It is the mission of the Section Council to review proposed bills and advise legislators of any possible negative consequences of those bills. While on the surface these bills appear to make sense and are consumer friendly, we often find in the review process that a bill in fact would cost consumers and businesses more in the end. We bring these issues to light when meeting with legislators so that an open and thought-provoking discussion of the bill can take place before it becomes law.”

Bradley W. Small, a lifelong Washington County, Illinois, resident, is a shareholder with the law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Small is rated AV Preeminent by his attorney peers, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Small practices primarily in Nashville and Belleville, Illinois, with a focus in the fields of banking, commercial litigation and formation, collections, bankruptcy, estate planning and real estate law. MMR maintains additional offices in Edwardsville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, and offers a full range of legal services.

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization, the Association’s primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more effectively and efficiently by providing time and money-saving services. The Section Council on Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy promotes professional excellence in the areas of commercial law and practice, banking law and practice, and bankruptcy law and practice by providing a forum for the interchange of information, experience and available materials relative to commercial, banking and bankruptcy law.

Established in 1984, 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. MMR’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