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ANDREW K.
CARRUTHERS

Partner

acarruthers@heplerbroom.com

618-307-1104

Edwardsville, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Commercial
  • Corporate & Business
  • Creditors & Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • University of Illinois at Springfield, Bachelors of Arts in Political Studies, 2002

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Middle District of Florida

Practice Description


Andrew K. Carruthers is a general practice attorney with a primary emphasis in:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Litigation
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Corporate
  • General Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Municipal and Government Law
  • Banking Law
  • Election Law
  • Political and Campaign Finance Law
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability

He maintains a general business practice, representing clients in matters such as entity formation and structuring (partnerships, LLCs, and corporations), licensing matters, asset purchases, sales agreements, and personal matters. In working with businesses and individuals, he handles estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, probate estates, contested estates, succession planning, probate avoidance, tax avoidance, and powers of attorney. He also handles personal injury and products liability.

Mr. Carruthers is also experienced in a variety of real estate sales, acquisitions, and exchange matters, as well as litigation matters that include condemnation actions, mechanic's lien suits, action to quiet title, boundary line disputes, and breach of contract matters. He has handled numerous property tax appeals for both commercial and residential clients before local county Boards of Review and the Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board. He maintains a license as an Illinois Certified Residential Appraiser, has performed hundreds of residential appraisals, and uses his knowledge of property valuation in his real estate law practice.

He has represented units of local government in the southern and central Illinois regions and has acted as special counsel to a number of other municipalities, boards, and commissions. He also represents lenders and borrowers in transactions involving acquisition financing, lines of credit, term loans, letters of credit, real estate loans, and other commercial financing arrangements, as well as creditor's rights and collection matters.

In addition, Mr. Carruthers specializes in election law and has advised numerous candidates for public office and ballot initiative committees throughout Illinois. He has represented political campaigns in preparing nominating papers, petition objection hearings, campaign finance disclosure, and post-election legal issues.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Florida Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Local Government Law Committee
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer (2015-2018)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2014-2017)

Civic Activities


  • Illinois State Board of Elections, Member, 2015-Present
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, City of Edwardsville (2013-Present)

Community Involvement


  • Boy Scouts of America, Annual Goshen Fundraising Campaign
    • Co-Chairman (2014-2017)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Screening Committee, Third Judicial Circuit (2016-2017)
  • Edwardsville Township Republican Central Committee Chairman (2014-2015)
  • Precinct Committeeman
    • Madison County (2010, 2012, 2014)
    • Williamson County (2004, 2006)
  • Madison County Republican Central Committee Chairman, 2012-2014
  • Collinsville Area Recreation District
    • Board President (2012-2013)
    • Park District Commissioner (2011- 2013)
  • Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce (2014-Present)
  • Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce (2014-Present)
  • The Nature Institute
    • Board of Directors (2009-2012)
    • Treasurer (2012)
  • Village of Maryville
    • Comprehensive Plan Committee (2013)
    • Parks and Recreation Committee (2010-2011)
  • Eagle Scout, 1997

Other Professional Experience


  • Southwestern Illinois College, Adjunct Faculty in Fire Science Program (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College, Adjunct Faculty in Paralegal Program (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2012)
  • Butler Appraisal Services, LLC
    • Certified Residential Appraiser (2006-Present)
    • Associate Residential Appraiser (2003-2006)
  • Illinois Republican Party Finance Coordinator (2002-2003)