Jeffrey L. Soltermann

Jeffrey L. Soltermann

Partner since 1996
Associate since 1994
Location:
Jacksonville, Illinois
Phone:
217-408-0686
Fax:
217-245-2832
Email:

Jeffrey L. Soltermann graduated from Millikin University (summa cum laude, B.A. in History, 1991) and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1994). While in law school, he was a founding member and notes editor of the Elder Law Journal, a publication devoted to the exploration of issues affecting the elderly. He also authored an article published in the Journal's Fall 1993 issue examining the topic of Medicaid estate planning.

Prior to graduation from law school, Mr. Soltermann was an intern for the Honorable Judge Richard Mills, the presiding Federal District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois (Springfield Division), and he clerked for the Springfield, Illinois law firm of Sorling, Northrup. Hanna, Cullen and Cochran. He joined Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti & Beard as an associate upon graduation from law school, and he became a partner in the firm in October, 1996. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, and he has been admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, which includes the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for that district.

Mr. Soltermann's practice reflects the diversity of a full service, general practice firm. He concentrates in real estate (including title insurance), business and tax planning, estate planning and probate, consumer bankruptcy, creditor rights in bankruptcy, and family law (primarily adoptions and guardianships).

Mr. Soltermann is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois.  He has also been active in the Morgan County Bar Association, serving as Secretary (2000-2001), Vice President (2001-2002), and President (2002-2003).

Mr. Soltermann is also active in the Jacksonville community.  He is an active member of First Christian Church of Jacksonville, serving on its Personnel Committee (Chair, 2004-2008), Land and Building Committee (2004-present), and the Board of Deacons (Chair, 2004-2008).  He is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Pathway Services Unlimited, an organization devoted to creating opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and other physical and mental challenges, and a member of the Western Region Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate (Including Title Insurance)
  • Business and Tax Planning
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy
  • Family Law (Including Adoptions and Guardianships)

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of Illinois, 1996

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor magna cum laude - 1994
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Journal: Elder Law Journal, Founding Member and Notes Editor
  • Millikin University
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1991
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Medicaid and the Middle Class: Should the Government Pay for Everyone's Long-Term Health Care?, Elder Law Journal, Fall, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of the Central Federal Districts of Illinois, Member
  • Bar Association of the Southern Federal Districts of Illinois, Member
  • Morgan County Bar Association, Secretary, 2000 - 2001
  • Morgan County Bar Association, Vice President, 2001 - 2002
  • Morgan County Bar Association, President, 2002 - 2003

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Judge Richard Mills, U.S. District Court Judge, Central District of Illinois (Springfield Division), Intern, 1992
  • Sorling, Northrup. Hanna, Cullen and Cochran in Springfield, Illinois, Clerk, 1993

Pro Bono Activities

  • First Christian Church of Jacksonville, Member
  • First Christian Church of Jacksonville, Personnel Committee, Chair, 2004 - 2008
  • First Christian Church of Jacksonville, Land and Building Committee, 2004 - 2010
  • First Christian Church of Jacksonville, Board of Deacons, Chair, 2004 - 2008
  • Jacksonville Rotary Club, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Pathway Services Unlimited, Board of Directors, Member
  • Western Region Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois, Member, 2009 - 2010

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

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Phone: 217-408-0686
Fax: 217-245-2832
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