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Emmet A. Fairfield 
Springfield, Illinois
phone (217) 544-8491 (ext. 249)
fax 217-544-9609
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A Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP lawyer since 1984, Mr. Fairfield concentrates his practice primarily in the representation of banks and other creditors. He advises financial institutions on loan documentation and issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code and other statutes which affect lenders. He also has an extensive creditors rights practice involving matters in the United States Bankruptcy Court, lien enforcement and commercial collections in Illinois State Courts and distressed loan workouts.

Mr. Fairfield lectures frequently on bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosures and loan work-out topics at continuing legal education programs. Prior to joining Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP in 1984, he served as a law clerk for Justice James T. Londrigan and Benjamin K. Miller of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District.

He is a life-long resident of Central Illinois and currently resides with his wife, Susan, in Chatham, Illinois.

Areas of Practice:
Banking and Finance Law
Business and Commercial Law
Litigation and Appeals
Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1981
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 1981

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1978
B.S. (Finance)
Honors: With Highest Honors

Representative Cases:
First Nat. Bank of Springfield v. Malpractice Research, Inc., 173 Ill.2d 524, 684 N.E.2d 1335 (1997)
Beard Implement Co., Inc. v. Krusa, 208 Ill. App. 3d 953, 567 N.E.2d 345 (4th Dist. 1991)
Wilder Binding v. Oak Park Trust and Sav. Bank, 135 Ill.2d 121, 552 N.E.2d 783 (1990)
Buske Lines, Inc. v. Thermo King Michigan, Inc., 960 F. Supp. 170 (C.D. Ill. 1997)
Representative Clients:
United Community Bank, Chatham, Illinois
Warren Boynton State Bank, New Berlin, Illinois
US Bank, N.A., Springfield, Illinois
Town & Country Bank, Springfield, Illinois
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Illinois State Bar Association LawEd Program speaker "Bankruptcy Basics from the Experts-Discharge and Dischargeability", Oct. 2010

The New Bankruptcy Law - Consumer Section - One Year Later, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2006

Consumer Bankruptcy, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2005

Collection Law in Illinois, Lorman Business Service, 1997 - Present

Illinois Foreclosure Law, N.B.I., 1992 - 1993

Problem Loans in Illinois, N.B.I., 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Chatham Presbyterian Church, 2000 - 2005

Dana Thomas House Foundation, 1994 - 1995
Board Member

Springfield YMCA, 1998 - 2004
President of Board (2000-2002) and Board Member

Past Employment Positions:
Appellate Court of Illinois (Hon. Ben K. Miller), Law Clerk, 1982 - 1984

Appellate Court of Illinois (Hon. James T. Londrigan), Law Clerk, 1981 - 1982

Springfield Office •
205 S. 5th Street
Suite 700
Springfield, IL 62701
Toll Free: 888.763.9594
Phone: 217.280.4271
Fax: 217.544.9609

Chicago Office •
20 S. Clark Street
Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60603
Toll Free: 888.763.9594
Phone: 217.280.4271
Fax: 217.544.9609

Representative Clients

Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP, provides legal counsel and representation for businesses, government entities, and individuals in Springfield, Illinois, and downstate Illinois communities such as Decatur, Mt. Vernon, Peoria, Rockford, Champaign, Bloomington, Quincy, Effingham, Urbana, Danville, Galesburg, Kankakee, Carbondale, and Carlinville, Illinois.