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Belleville, Illinois, Dec. 8, 2009. Deeply rooted in the community and in the clients they serve — that’s the philosophy that guided Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MMR), during its inception 25 years ago. That mission still holds true today and has enabled the law firm to achieve tremendous success and recognition as one of Southern Illinois’ most respected practices. As the firm this year celebrates its silver anniversary, it notes the differentiating characteristics that set MMR apart from other firms in the area, and the factors that continue to shape its future.

“We certainly didn’t get where we are today by accident,” states shareholder Patrick Mathis. “The founding shareholders set out to provide businesses and individuals with a better choice in legal representation. We wanted to offer broad experience and a diverse mix of practice areas, all with a regional focus. I’m proud to say that we’ve accomplished that goal.”

MMR represents clients both large and small, and in varying industries from publicly traded corporations to global product manufacturers, financial institutions, medical care providers, retail, automobile dealerships and more. The firm offers a diverse range of legal services, including business law, taxation, estate planning, banking law, employee benefits, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, civil litigation, employment law and real estate law. MMR’s strategy is based on individualized service and understanding its clients’ business needs, how their organizations are structured and relevant industry trends that may affect their operations.

Beyond its day-to-day operations, MMR prides itself on community involvement and charitable support that directly benefits individuals in the Southern Illinois region. During the past eight years, MMR has awarded thousands of dollars in law scholarships to Belleville high school seniors who are interested in legal careers. The firm is also a regular supporter of Art on the Square, which happens right on the doorstep of MMR’s headquarters in downtown Belleville. MMR’s commitment to the local arts scene is evident throughout its offices, which display paintings, sculptures, glassware and other works of art showcasing the talents of local artists. Its latest contribution is a gift to the city that sits directly in front of its building in downtown Belleville — a sculpture titled “Duet” by Dale Rogers.

Mathis added, “Our community support is as much of who we are as the law we practice. Each one of us at the firm truly believes in giving back to help the communities in which we live, work and play continue to thrive.”

MMR’s attorneys operate from its offices in downtown Belleville, Nashville, Ill., and Clayton, Mo. The firm has grown steadily throughout the years and currently employs 43 people consisting of attorneys, paralegals and office support. MMR’s co-founders include Patrick Mathis, George Marifian and Kevin Richter.