Beth concentrates her law practice in all aspects of school, labor and employment, and municipal law. Beth also represents railroads in litigation involving FELA claims and crossing accidents. Beth has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal court, and before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, arbitrators, hearing officers, and other administrative agencies.
Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Beth served as the managing partner of the Peoria office of another regional law firm where she represented school districts and municipalities on legal matters including litigation, labor and employment, board governance, special education, and student issues. Beth frequently speaks on a variety of employment and school law matters including education reform and its impact on school districts. She provides in service training for administrators on various areas of education and employment law. Beth was selected as aLeading Lawyer in Education Law in 2014 and 2015 by her peers. She authored Chapter 16 Public Employees in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Publication Employment Termination, 2011 and 2013 Editions.
Prior to entering private practice, Beth served as law clerk to Third District Appellate Court Justice Daniel L. Schmidt and was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Peoria.
Beth is currently a City Council person for the City of Peoria. She is also Secretary/Treasurer and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. She is the past Chair of the Education Law Section Council for the Illinois State Bar Association. Beth served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Illinois State Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Peoria County Bar Association. She has also served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Judicial Screening Committee which reviews and recommends applicants for judicial vacancies for the Tenth Judicial Circuit.
Beth currently serves on the Board of the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District, the Children’s Home Foundation, and the Peoria Historical Society. She has also served on a number of community boards including the Center for Prevention of Abuse, the Pediatric Resource Center, and the City’s Neighborhood Development Commission.