Larry L. LeFevre handles adversary matters for the firm including civil litigation (trials), appellate practice, divorce and custody cases, contract disputes, criminal and traffic matters, DUI, mortgage foreclosures, real estate partitions and bank law.
Mr. LeFevre is a diplomat of the Court Practice Institute. He has also attended the Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association Trial Techniques seminar and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advanced Trial Advocacy course.
LeFevre was admitted to the Bar in April 1974. He received his Juris Doctrate degree, with Honors, from John Marshall Law School. While in school, Mr. LeFevre participated in Moot Court competition, an honors program. He is a member of the Effingham County Bar Association. Larry has practiced with The Law Group since September 1976.
During his career, Mr. LeFevre has developed a successful appellate practice. Several of his cases have resulted in published Appellate Court decisions.
LeFevre has successfully argued in the Illinois Supreme Court the case of Newton Tractor Sales, Inc. vs. Kubota Tractor Corp., 233 Ill.2d 46, 906 N.E.2d 520, 329 Ill.Dec. 322 (2009). The Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Law Group, Ltd.’s client and reversed the trial court and the appellate court finding that Illinois recognizes promissory estoppel as an affirmative cause of action.
Mr. LeFevre was successful in both the trial court and the appellate court in the case of Wabash Independent Oil Co. vs. King & Wills Insurance Agency, 248 Ill.App.3d 719, 618 N.E.2d 1214, 18 Ill.Dec. 664 (5th Dist. 1993). In the Wabash case, LeFevre’s client recovered insurance premiums paid to an agent of King & Wills who had misappropriated the premiums and never caused the insurance policy to be issued.
In LeFevre Zeman Oldfield & Schwarm Law Group, Ltd. vs. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 302 Ill.App.3d 1059, 706 N.E.2d 130, 235 Ill.Dec. 870 (5th Dist. 1999), LeFevre obtained a reversal of a trial court decision and ultimately obtained a settlement with Wal-Mart in favor of The Law Group for Wal-Mart’s failure to honor an attorney’s lien.
In Boettcher vs. Fournie Farms, Inc., 243 Ill.App.3d 940, 612 N.E.2d 969, 184 Ill.Dec. 993 (5th Dist. 1993), LeFevre obtained the reversal of a trial court judgment entered against his client. The appellate court granted a new trial when LeFevre discovered that Boettcher had made an inconsistent statement to his insurance company relative to the subject matter of the trial. Upon reversal and retrial of the case, LeFevre’s client, Fournie Farms, Inc., was successful in defeating the claim of Boettcher.
LeFevre was also successful at both the trial and appellate levels in Hargan vs. Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc., 311 Ill.App.3d 1029, 725 N.E.2d 807, 244 Ill.Dec. 334 (5th Dist. 2000), a case in which the Plaintiff claimed that a corporation was liable for the alienation of affections of one of its employees. The appellate court ruled in favor of LeFevre’s client when it held that, as a matter of law, no such cause of action existed.
LeFevre has also had success in criminal appeals. A favorable ruling by the trial court on a motion to suppress filed by LeFevre was affirmed by the appellate court in People v. Nash, 278 Ill.App.3d 157, 662 N.E.2d 552, 214 Ill.Dec. 986 (5th Dist. 1996). The end result of the court’s affirmation was the dismissal of the charges filed against LeFevre’s client.
Larry L. LeFevre was born July 14, 1947, in Mendota, Illinois. He graduated from Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois, in June 1965, and received his undergraduate degree in political science from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, in June 1969. Larry served with the United States Army Active Duty, July 1970, through January 1972, when he received an honorable discharge. Mr. LeFevre and his wife, Barbara, reside in Vandalia, Illinois. Their daughter, Lauran, is a resident of Chicago.
Larry is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois. LeFevre is a member of the following organizations: Fayette County Bar Association (Past President), Illinois State Bar Association, Appellate Lawyer’s Association of Illinois, Illinois Bar Association sections on Civil Practice and Procedure, Criminal Justice, Family Law, Tort Law, commercial Banking and Bankruptcy, and Insurance Law.
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