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About me

As a partner at Schierer & Ritchie, I am a caring and zealous advocate. I share the value system of my partner and am committed to forming personal and caring relationships with my clients, advocating aggressively and zealously for my clients, and honing my legal skills through continued and regular professional training and education to better serve my clients.

Because the consequences can be so long lasting and drastic, when you have been accused of a crime, you don't need a good attorney. You need a great attorney.

More than anything else, I believe a great attorney views and gets to know her client as a person. She learns her client's life story and gains an understanding of the background that led to her client's current circumstance. As a person accused of a crime, you deserve to know that your representative understands you as an individual. I make sure this happens. I speak with you frequently, I make sure you understand each step of the process, and I respond to all of your inquiries in a timely fashion. And, I work hard to make sure that the prosecutor and the judge know you not just as a person accused of a crime, but as a person with a history, a family, and a life that really matters.

While our American theme is "innocent until proven guilty," it often seems this phrase should be the other way around. Make no mistake, when you have been accused of a crime, the cards are stacked against you. Because of this, you need an attorney who really knows how to aggressively represent you. I have spent more time litigating in a courtroom than most attorneys. I enjoy the advocacy of courtroom litigation. Most importantly, I listen intently to what you have to say. With me as your attorney, you will never feel there is a great argument that should have been made but wasn't. I am also an excellent collaborator. Sometimes what you need as a person who has been accused of a crime is simply the assurance that you are getting the best deal possible given your situation. I work well with all parties to make sure you are not getting a raw deal. If there is room for negotiation out there, I will find it and fit you in.

Finally, like Attorney Schierer, I work hard to fine tune my legal knowledge and my legal skills. With me as your attorney you can be assured I will be updated on the law and trained in the most recent courtroom techniques. As your attorney, I owe you the duty of competency. I strive to provide you with excellency.

Before all this began, I earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Thereafter I went on full scholarship and earned a J.D. summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University. Since then, I have been honored to join the bars of the States of Illinois, Missouri and California. As a result, I am uniquely qualified to practice in all state courts in these states and in several federal courts throughout the states.

I work in both the trial and the appellate venues of practice. I have worked on numerous misdemeanor and felony cases and have even had the pleasure of successfully arguing a criminal defense case before the Illinois Supreme Court at the age of 28.

When not working or volunteering in the community, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, exploring local cuisine, hiking the wilderness, and reading a great book.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Pamela Jane Deavours

    Ms. Ritchie was opposing counsel on several of my cases that went to trial. Her preparation for trial was extraordinary and it was clear to me that she truly cared about the results she was seeking for her clients. She is smart and strategic in the handling of her cases, and is extremely articulate in her presentation. I highly endorse Ms. Ritchie, she is an excellent attorney and is well respected by the bench.


    Pamela Deavours Juvenile law Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Brian E. Blackham

    Tiffany is a skilled advocate, a consummate professional, and a class act. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a rigorous week long trial workshop, where I was able to witness first hand the purpose, poise, and polish in Tiffany's handling of the most difficult courtroom scenarios that an attorney might encounter. I wholeheartedly endorse Tiffany for family law, criminal law, and personal injury matters in the Central Illinois area where she practices.


    Brian Blackham Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Schierer & Ritchie, LLC

1009 Illini Drive
Second Floor
East Peoria, IL, 61611


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200405/11/2016
MOInactive voluntarily200301/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Graduate of the Family Law Trial Advocacy InstituteAmerican Bar Association2013
Not Guilty on Murder TrialPeoria County Jury2013
Downtown Litigation TeamThe Dependency Legal Group2011
attorney for pilot high exposure trial teamDependency Legal Group2010
Dean's Club ScholarshipSouthern Illinois UniversityN/A
CALI Excellence Award, Advanced Appellate AdvocacyCALIN/A
CALI Excellence Award, Legal Research and Writing IICALIN/A
Legal Research and WritingCALI Excellence AwardN/A
Published ArticleSIU Law JournalN/A
Best CasenoteSIU Law JournalN/A
Dean's Club ScholarshipSouthern Illinois UniversityN/A
Top Oralist at ABA National Moot Court CompetitionAmerican Bar AssociationN/A
Summa Cum LaudeSouthern Illinois UniversityN/A
Dean's Club ScholarshipSouthern Illinois UniversityN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner AttorneySchierer & Ritchie, LLC2012 - Present
Minor's attorneyThe Dependency Legal Group of San Diego2010 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorMidstate College2006 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderTazewell County Public Defender2005 - 2009
Managing PartnerSchierer & Ritchie, LLC2005 - 2010
Associate AttorneySandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard2003 - 2005
Summer AssociateSandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard2002 - 2003
Legal InternSouthern Illinois University Office of the General Counsel2001 - 2003
Constitutional Law FellowSouthern Illinois University2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women's Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Cook County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
National Association of Children's CounselMember2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Peoria County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Tazewell County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. DigginsDefense Verdict
People v. WadeSettled with much improved plea offer right before trial was to commence
R. v D.Order of Protection against my client dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy InstituteFamily Law2013
Juvenile rights trainingEducational Rights of MinorsN/A
Illinois Supreme CourtIllinois Supreme Court ArgumentN/A