This law firm was founded by Ray Freeark in 1965. Ray was a teacher and basketball/baseball coach at Belleville High School while attending law school. Ray was known as an extremely hard worker and was fully dedicated to his clients. Mr. Freeark was a perfectionist and was a mentor for all of the current partners in this firm.
Ted Harvey, a former student and player for Mr. Freeark, joined the firm in 1969, and is a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Jim Mendillo joined the law firm in 1974 after clerking in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri, for two years under Chief Judge, Marion C. Mathes and William Webster.
Ted Dennis joined the firm in 1983; he graduated from Illinois College and SIU Carbondale.
In 1985, Randy Wuller joined the law firm. Randy, a Belleville native, attended law school at St. Louis University and worked first as a CPA and then an accountant and for the Chromalloy Corporation before joining the law firm.
Michael P. Murphy is also a Belleville native and attended Creighton University and the University of Missouri Law School. He also began as his career in the accounting field, and then came to this law firm in 1991.
Shane Moskop is a Belleville native and attended Belleville West High School. He attended St. Louis University and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Finance and went on to obtain his law degree from St. Louis University. Shane worked at Monsanto in both its financial planning and analysis group and in Monsanto's International tax department. Shane joined the law firm in 2004.