About Puryear Law P.C.

Puryear Law P.C. was founded by Attorney Eric D. Puryear in 2010. Since then, our firm has grown to include multiple attorneys and our support staff. Our firm has represented thousands of clients in all areas of law in the state and federal courts in Iowa and Illinois. In 2015, we purchased the office building that our firm (and other tenants) occupy in Davenport, Iowa.

Our firm is a general practice law firm with attorneys who handle many areas of law, including but not limited to the following:

Criminal: All matters, ranging from murder to domestic violence, outstanding warrantsdrug cases, theft, OWI/DUI and traffic violations in Illinois and Iowa (both state and Federal court).

Civil: General lawsuits, business law, collections, copyright, trademark, wills, personal injury, divorce, child support, child custody, juvenile, asset forfeiture, etc. in Illinois and Iowa (both state and Federal court).

Our normal business hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, excluding holidays.  Those seeking an attorney may click here to schedule a telephone consultation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Attorneys: Eric D. PuryearEric S. Mail

About Attorney Eric D. Puryear

Email: [email protected] (PGP Key)

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 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

The office of Eric D. Puryear, Attorney at Law

Eric D. Puryear, Attorney at Law


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:
Centennial Scholarship
Student Government Senator for the School of Computer Science
LS-AMP Scholarship
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)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Muay Thai
SCUBA Diving

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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.


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)

Eric S. Mail, Attorney at Law

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