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Edward James Blake Jr.

Edward James Blake Jr.

Practice areas:

Family, Probate, Estates and Trusts, Divorce

About Me

EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR. was born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1952.  He has been engaged in the private practice of law for more than 35 years.

Education: St. Louis University (B.S.B.A., 1975); Southern Illinois University (M.B.A., 1977); St. Louis University (J.D., 1978); Washington University (LL.M., in Taxation, 1982).
Member: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; St. Clair County, Illinois State (Member: Section on Estate Planning, 1987 – 1988; Federal Taxation, 1988 – 1989; Business Advice & Financial Planning, 1995-1996) and American Bar Association. Madison County Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, American Agricultural Law Association, Illinois State Trial Lawyers Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois.    Illinois State Bar Association Section Member:  (1) Trusts & Estates; (2) Family Law; (3) Agricultural Law; and (4) Civil Practice & Procedure.


Auto Accident, Bankruptcy, Business, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Protection, Criminal Defense, DUI and DWI, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Employment, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty, Family, Foreclosure, Immigration Law, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Civil Lawsuits, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Real Estate, Securities, Sex Crimes, DCFS, Sexual Harassment, Tax, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Traffic Tickets, Unemployment, White Collar Crime, Workman’s Compensation, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Family: 40%
    36 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    36 years
  3. Estates and Trusts: 20%
    36 years
  4. Divorce: 10%
    36 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Mark M. Silvermintz

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    Nathan Links Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Blake Behme Law Group, P.C.

521 West Main Street Suite 100
Belleville, IL, 62220

Blake Edward J Jr

521 West Main Street Suite 100
Belleville, IL, 62220




ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197808/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Senior CounselCollege of Master Advocates and Barristers2015
100 Family Lawyers in the State of IllinoisAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top One Percent AttorneyNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Million Dollar Advocate ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
AV Preeminent Rated LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent Rated LawyerMartindale-Hubble2013
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2013
AV Preeminent Rated LawyerMartindale-Hubble2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBlake Behme Law Group, P.C.2014 - Present
Managing PartnerBlake & Allen, P.C.2004 - 2011
AttorneyEdward J. Blake, Jr. P.C.1983 - 2004
Managing PartnerBlake Law Group, P.C.1983 - 2014
Assistant States AttorneySt. Clair County Courthouse1981 - 1981
AttorneyPope & Driemeyer n/k/a Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.1978 - 1981
Law ClerkListeman, Bandy & Hamilton1977 - 1978
Law ClerkKassly Bone Becker & Carlson1976 - 1976
Law ClerkCadagin, Cain & Tognarelli1976 - 1976
Third Round Draft ChoiceBaltimore Orioles1970 - 1974


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationsSenior Lawyers2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationFamily Law2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationReal Property, Trusts and Estate Law2014 - Present
Madison County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - 2012
Brehm Preparatory School Board of TrusteesBoard Member2011 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationAgricultural Law2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationTrusts & Estates2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationFamily Law2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationCivil Practice and Procedure2009 - Present
Collinsville High SchoolAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Althoff Catholic High SchoolAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Gibault Catholic High SchoolAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of AmericaAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
American Red CrossAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Ronald McDonald House CharitiesAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Edwardsville High SchoolAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Metro East Lutheran High SchoolAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Edwardsville Chamber of CommerceAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
United Way of Greater St. LouisAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Girl Scouts of Southern IllinoisAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
YMCAAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
Susan G. KomenAnnual Charitable Contribution2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember1982 - 1990
Belleville Public School District #118School Board Member1979 - 1980
St. Clair County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
$9,000,000.00 Estate Administration SettlementAfter contested proceedings involving numerous parties and law firms in Illinois and Missouri the surviving spouse ended up with an estate in excess of $9,000,000.00
Wife Receives in excess of $3,000,000.00 in Divorce CaseBy proceeding with the matter through trial, the wife ended up with a substantially better result that had been offered by the husband
Settlement in Excess of $500,000.00Resulted in a generous settlement with our client but preserved the assets of the husband and his successful businesses.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1982
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Southern Illinois UniversityN/AM.B.A.1977
Saint Louis UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Saint Louis UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1975

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
ISBA CLE ProgramTaxation in Divorce Cases1989