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I have practiced law since 1979 always concentrating in Litigation.  In recent years I limit my practicew to Legal Malpractice, excessive attorney fee claims and civil litigation.


I have tried numerous jury trials to completion, I have three published opinions from the Illinois Supreme Court and dozens of written opinions from Illinois Appellate Courts


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Contact info

Gauthier and Gooch

209 S Main St
Wauconda, IL, 60084-1827

Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 100%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197905/11/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure with conditions
    issued in IL, 1995


    Censure with conditions means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State places conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a reocurrence of the wrongful act. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    Thomas’s comment: “Truly an unfortunate event which made me a much better and more attentive attorney. Some 18 years later, I still remember well what can happen from not communicating well and I am a far better person because of it (8-13-2013)”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
clients choice awardAvvo2015
rated "excellent"Avvo2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
CommendationBarrington Countryside Fire Protection District2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGauthier and Gooch2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tri-G vrs Burke Bosselman et al2.3 Million Dollar Verdict
Hoch v SchmidtRuling in favor of client
Miller v Harris, Verchota, et alRuling in favor of client after favorabkle Judgnment at trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
JezebelMotion to Dismiss2011
Illinois Supreme CourtTri-G v Burke Bosselman2007
Illinois Supreme CourtPerlstein v. Wolk2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Loyola UniversityHistoryMA - Masters1975
Loyola UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Township Officials of Illinois Highway Commisioners conferenceSeperation of powers in government2011
Oral ArgummenttTri-G Burke Bosselman and Weaver2006
Oral ArgumentPerlstein v. WolkN/A