About Attorney Eric D. Puryear
I, Eric D. Puryear, am an Attorney at Law who grew up in the Chicago area and now lives in the Quad Cities. I am licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Iowa, and admitted in all of the Federal District Courts for the states of Illinois and Iowa.
Regarding criminal matters, I have handled all manner of cases, ranging from murder to speeding tickets. In each case, my only goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for my client, and to help them make informed decisions in the legal system.
Turning to civil matters, I have represented clients in suits at law, divorce/dissolution proceedings, child custody hearings, juvenile petitions, parental rights terminations, and small claims matters. I have also handled worker’s compensation, personal injury, and other matters, fighting to protect the rights of my clients who were injured and left without proper compensation.
Early in my career while working for private law firms and the United States Department of Defense, I gained extensive research and legal writing skills. I now apply these skills to every case and every document that I draft for my clients.
Member: American Bar Association
Member: Illinois State Bar Association
Member: Iowa State Bar Association
Member: Rock Island County, IL Bar Association
Member: National Bar Association (the oldest and largest association of Black Lawyers and Judges)
State of Iowa
State of Illinois
Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
Federal District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
PREVIOUS LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Jack A. Schwartz and Associates, Rock Island, IL : Attorney
I handled criminal matters, ranging from simple traffic tickets all the way up to murder. I also handled civil matters, including family law, personal injury, forfeiture, etc.. (February 2010- November 2010)
United States Department of Defense, Army Sustainment Command Office of Counsel. ROCK ISLAND, IL; Law Clerk
Drafted legal opinions concerning government procurement, the Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and military law. Advised as to the legality and business sense of issues relating to copyright and trademark.
Law Offices of Richard C. Moenning Chicago, IL: Law Clerk
I handled matters relating to probate, including asset collection and creditor notification.
Hurley Stanners Oak Park, IL: Legal Intern
I handled real estate, business law, and other transactional legal matters.
United States Department of Defense, Army Sustainment Command Office of Counsel. ROCK ISLAND, IL; Summer Intern
I Prosecuted misdemeanor and traffic offenses in Federal court. I participated in Government contract protest defenses, drafted wills, reviewed documents for releasability under the Freedom of Information Act.
Law School: DEPAUL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Chicago, IL; Juris Doctor Degree: May 2009
Honors and Activities:
Law Achievement Scholarship
Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarship
Black Law Student Association
College: DEPAUL UNIVERSITY,Chicago, IL Bachelor of Science: Computer Science: June 2006
Honors and Activities:
Student Government Senator for the School of Computer Science
Senior Research in Informatics in conjunction with the Illinois Bio-Grid
Argonne National Laboratory High Performance Computing REU Grant participant
Avid firearms enthusiast, NRA instructor, and supporter of the 2nd Amendment (more information here and here)
About Attorney Eric S. Mail
Email: [email protected] (PGP Key)
I, Eric. S. Mail, was born and raised in Osceola, Indiana (near South Bend, Indiana). My interest in law began in high school when my friend encouraged me to join the mock trial team. I took that interest with me through college at the University of Notre Dame and eventually law school at DePaul University College of Law. In law school one of my focuses was trial advocacy. I completed two courses in trial advocacy and was selected for a position on the Moot Court Trial Team. Trial work sparked my interest in law in the first place, and trial work excites me about the long career ahead.
However, my interest and experience in law extends beyond the courtroom. At DePaul I also focused on intellectual property and employment classes. Outside of law school I volunteered my time to pro bono activities such as helping low-income senior citizens complete advanced directives and conducting research for a not-for-profit organization that needed a better understanding of the Freedom of Information Act.
During and for a short time after law school I worked for Hurley Stanners, LLC, a law firm concentrating on business, commercial real estate, intellectual property and entertainment law. It was there that I honed my research and writing abilities. I also advised business clients, reviewed contracts, and investigated matters for litigation.
PREVIOUS LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Hurley Stanners, LLC, Oak Park, IL : Intern/Associate Attorney
I began my work at Hurley Stanners, LLC as an extern as part of the DePaul University College of Law Field Placement Program. While at Hurley Stanners, I researched a wide variety of topics such as real estate licensing rules, fiduciary duties in corporations and LLCs, covenants not to compete in employment contracts, and fair use claims under the Copyright Act. I analyzed operating agreements and contracts, prepared annual reports for corporate clients, and drafted correspondence for clients. After I passed the Bar Examination I returned to Hurley Stanners as an Associate. I took a more active role in working directly with clients, worked to incorporate several businesses and help others regain good standing, and researched matters related to several ongoing cases. Joanne F. Hurley, the Partner at Hurley Stanners, LLC, supervised my work and gave me great advice on how to improve my skills as a lawyer and as a worker in general. (January -May; October-November, 2011)
Wills for Heroes (Pro Bono)
I worked with a team to prepare basic wills and powers of attorney for health care and property for Chicago area first responders such as firefighters and police officers. (2011)
Serving our Seniors
I advised seniors and prepared powers of attorney for health care and property. (2010-2011)
Chicago Justice Project
I created a research database of all Illinois cases on the topic of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. After the 2009 Amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, I wrote a memorandum discussing the implications of the changes of the act. (2009-2010)
Law School: DEPAUL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Chicago, IL; Juris Doctor Degree: May 2011
Honors and Activities:
CALI Award (top student in course as chosen by professor): Trademark and Copyright Drafting
CALI Award: Trial Advocacy II
Moot Court Trial Team
College: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; Bachelor of Arts – Political Science: January 2007
(transferred from Miami University (OH), May 2004)
Honors and Activities:
Graduated Cum Laude
Department of Classics Honesty Committee
Oxford Scholar Scholarship (at Miami)
Mock Trial Team (at Miami)
About Attorney Leslie M. Day
Email: [email protected]
I am an Attorney at Law, licensed to practice in both Iowa and Illinois. I was born and raised in the Quad Cities and attended Rock Island High School. After high school, I went to the University of Illinois, where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy. I am an avid college football fan, and went to every home football game as a member of the Marching Illini Flag Corps.
Following college, I went to The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal. I loved living in D.C., and taking advantage of the exciting opportunities it provided. I did internships with nonprofits, the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.
While I enjoyed my time living in Washington, D.C., I missed the community and the people of the Quad Cities. I returned home after graduating from law school and gained private practice experience in Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law while working for Soper Leddin Law Firm, P.C.
PREVIOUS LEGAL EXPERIENCE: (make these into paragraphs)
Soper Leddin Law Firm, P.C.: Paralegal
I conducted legal research and wrote drafts of hearing briefs and motions for Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury cases. I also met with clients, responded to discovery requests, and reviewed medical records for relevancy.
Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General, General Counsel: Law Clerk
At the DoC, I wrote legal memorandums and researched federal pay cap limitations, employee/employer rights, record keeping requirements, FOIA, and the Privacy Act.
Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Reprisal Investigations Unit: Investigative Law Clerk.
While working at the DoD, I investigated whistleblowers’ complaints of retaliation by composing interrogatories, interviewing complainants, developing chronologies and witness lists, and analyzing new evidence submitted.
Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington: Legal Intern.
During my time at C.R.E.W., I became interested in governmental ethics and wrote FOIA requests and appealed denials, and researched and wrote internal memorandums on transparency, election law, procurement fraud, and congressional, executive, and judicial ethics.
D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Department of Human Services: Legal Intern.
While working for the D.C. local government, I wrote memorandums and briefs on homeless services, public benefits, and Americans with Disability Act compliance.
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals: Research Intern
At NAWDP, I planed and conducted focus groups on certification issues, attended congressional legislative briefings about workforce development, and drafted proposals for future projects.
Law School: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Washington, D.C.,; Juris Doctor, May 2012.
College: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL; B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy. May 2009.
About Attorney Leah Patton
Email: [email protected]
I, Leah Patton, was born and raised in Rock Rapids, a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa. My interest in law started in high school; I had a burning desire to help others with their legal issues.
In 2002, I graduated from Iowa State University with distinction with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Sociology. Honors and awards at Iowa State include High Scholarship Student Award (1999), Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (1999), Golden Key National Honor Society (2000), Linden Hall Academic Excellence Award (1999-2000), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2000), Department of English’s Freda Hunke Award for writing excellence (2000), Motar Board National Honor Society (2001), Alpha Kappa Delta National Honor Society (2001), Phi Beta Kappa Society (2002) and Honors Program (2002). During my time at Iowa State, I studied abroad for a semester in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom, and travelled extensively throughout Europe.
In 2005, I graduated from Drake Law School with high honors and in the top 15% of my class with a J.D. and certificates in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and in Public Service. During law school, I was a staff member with the Drake Law Review and the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. I also participated in the C. Edwin Moore Moot Court Competition, the Client Counseling Moot Court Competition, and the Supreme Court Day Moot Court Competition. I completed internships with Iowa Legal Aid in the Sioux City regional office and the Polk County Attorney’s Office, completed the Advanced Criminal Trial Clinic, clerked at Moraine, Burlingame & Pugh in West Des Moines and Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP in Omaha, Nebraska, and was a research assistant for Professor Robert Rigg. Honors and awards during law school include Dean’s List (2002-2005), Elizabeth Hyde Brown Law Scholarship (2003-2005), Michael W. Greenberg Student Writing Competition honorable mention (2004), CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2004), and biography published in Who’s Who: American Law Students (2004).
After law school, I obtained my Iowa law license in 2005. From 2005 until 2007, I completed a judicial clerkship with the Third Judicial District of Iowa in Sioux City. I conducted extensive legal research and drafted rulings and memoranda for the district court, district associate, and magistrate judges in subdistrict 3B.
From 2007 until 2008, I completed a judicial clerkship with Judge Terry Huitink of the Iowa Court of Appeals in Des Moines. I conducted extensive legal research, performed bailiff duties when court was in session, and drafted over fifty opinions and opinion summaries for the appellate court.
After my judicial clerkships, I desired to become a practicing attorney. Therefore, I joined the Iowa State Public Defender Office as an assistant public defender. I was an assistant public defender for five years (2008-2013) in three offices—the Sioux City Adult Office, the Nevada Office, and the Des Moines Adult Office. I handled adult criminal misdemeanor and felony cases. I completed two three-day jury trial training programs. I took several cases to jury trial. One of my jury trials is a published Iowa Supreme Court case– State v. Schories, 827 N.W.2d 659 (Iowa 2013). I filed numerous motions to suppress and motions to dismiss, many of which were successful either at the trial court level or on appeal.
From 2013 until July of 2015, I was a staff attorney at Muscatine Legal Services, a non-profit legal services firm, in Muscatine. I handled criminal, juvenile, and family law cases, including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, visitation, and guardianship cases. I handled several criminal and family law trials and contested motions to suppress in criminal cases and temporary matters hearings in family law cases.
As an independent contractor with the Iowa State Public Defender Office, I have handled several criminal appeals by drafting appellate briefs. I am currently in the process of obtaining my Illinois law license.
I am a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, and the Muscatine County Bar Association. I am currently a mentor with the Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Mentoring Program. For the City of Walcott, I am on the Splash Pad Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Recently, I was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court’s Grievance Commission.
Eric D. Puryear
Attorney at Law
Licensed: IL and IA
Puryear Law P.C.
3719 Bridge Ave # 6
Davenport, IA 52807
Illinois Phone: (309)948-6699
Iowa Phone: (563)265-6961
INUM: +883 510013425180
Email: [email protected]
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