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Belleville, IL, Oct. 2, 2008. Patrick B. Mathis, a shareholder with Belleville, Illinois-based Mathis, Marifian, & Richter,  was recently named to Illinois Super Lawyers magazine’s list of top lawyers for 2008. Mathis, who is among only 5 percent of Illinois lawyers to achieve this honor, was recognized in the tax litigation category for the fourth consecutive year.

Mathis, who helped form MMR in 1984, has nearly 30 years’ experience in business law, banking, estate planning and taxation. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service in the areas of audits, appeals and Tax Court litigation. He has written several definitive articles on various aspects of each of these practice areas and has conducted numerous seminars and educational programs for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Super Lawyers, which is published in each state and reaches more than 13 million readers, is made up of a list of exceptional attorneys from more than 70 areas of practice. Candidates are chosen through professional nominations and through a rigorous research method that evaluates each lawyer on 12 specific areas. Mathis was among some of the top attorneys in the state to receive the highest point totals in these categories and be named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list.