KYLE J. EMKES

Kyle’s practice areas include simple to complex estate planning, farm and business succession planning: including wills, trusts and Special Needs Planning and the establishment of Special Needs Trusts and administration. Representation of buyers and sellers of in real estate transactions including as well as sports law, agricultural law, and drainage law. He also handles Business Law, including LLC, S-Corp incorporations and partnerships. Probate, and
small estate administration. Consumer Finance Law including Bankruptcy Representation of Debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 and Bankruptcy Adversarial Litigation, collection defense, and collection prosecution.

Kyle earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois where he fulfilled his lifelong goal of competing for the Orange & Blue in both Cross County and Track & Field.  After three years as an intern for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Kyle spent two years at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and returned to the

University of Illinois for his third year when he was offered the opportunity to return to the University of Illinois athletic department where he worked in the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics compliance office, while also serving as an extern with the University of Illinois Office of University Counsel.

These unique experiences coupled with his dedication, work ethic and his competitive spirit are values his clients benefit from when working with Kyle. He joined the Illinois bar in 2010. He is active in several organizations, including the serving on the Champaign Chamber of Commerce Board, Thrivent Community Action Team Board, Sports Lawyers Association, Champaign County Bar Association, and Illinois Bar Association. Kyle remains thrilled to be an visiting instructor at his alma mater, the University of Illinois teaching Legal Aspects of Sport and has expanded his role also serving as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois Springfield lecturing on the subject of Sports Law.

Past Positions and Education

  • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL, J.D.: 2008
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, B.S.: 2005
  • Major: Leisure Studies and Sports Management
  • Bar Admissions, Illinois: 2010
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois: 2010
  • U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intern: 2007 – 2009
  • Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2017-present
  • U of I Office of University Counsel, Extern: 2007 – 2008
  • Visiting Instructor of Legal Aspects of Sport, University of Illinois: 2011 – present
  • Instructor of Introduction to Sports Law, University of Illinois Springfield Campus: 2016 – present

Attorney Practice Areas

Estate Planning
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Establishment of Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable)
  • Special Needs Planning including Special Needs Trusts
  • Estate and Trust administration, including Probate administration
Agricultural Law
  • Succession Planning
  • LLC, corporate set up
  • Drainage Law (Representation of Drainage Districts and Landowners)
  • Drainage Law Litigation
Real Estate Law
  • Representation of Buyers and Sellers in real estate transactions
  • Drafting of Contracts and agreements
Bankruptcy / Collection Defense
  • Representation of Debtors in Chapter 7 and 13
  • Bankruptcy Adversarial Litigation

Sports Law

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, member – 2010 – present
  • Champaign County Bar Association, member – 2010 to present