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Belleville, IL, November 16, 2012. Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R) today announced Natalie Lorenz has joined the law firm as an associate. Lorenz effectively started the position on Nov. 1, the same day she was sworn in by Judge Lloyd Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court at a ceremony held at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Ill.

Lorenz graduated in May 2012 from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale School of Law. She was valedictorian of her class of 115 students and received numerous accolades, including membership on the SIU School of Law Dean’s List [all semesters], the SIU Law Journal Board of Editors, eight CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for highest-class grades, and the Lowell H. Jacobson Scholarship for academic performance and public service.

Pat Mathis, shareholder of MMR, commented, “We are fortunate to have Ms. Lorenz join our professional team. She is highly skilled, ambitious and dedicated to her work. We expect she will do quite well as an attorney and as a representative for her clients and our firm.”

Lorenz intends to focus her legal practice in the areas of business law, estate planning and taxation.