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Families have used our services for three or four generations. We know the value of preserving that trust.


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DAAHA dedicates historical marker

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Our firm is proud to be the latest location for an historical marker placed by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the Illinois State Historical Society. The marker was officially unveiled in a ceremony...

Join us, DCCF, and others for Money Smart Week

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Join Klein, Stoddard along with other local attorneys, financial planners, accountants and other professionals at a FREE program during Money Smart Week. Come learn how Do-It-Yourself estate planning works (or doesn’t work). The DeKalb County...

Our Team

Ronald G. Klein

Mr. Klein is the founder of our firm, and has considerable experience in nearly every area of law. His early career included everything from wills and trusts to divorces and minor criminal defense.

James A. Stoddard

Mr. Stoddard enjoys practicing in a variety of areas, primarily focusing on estate planning, taxation, real estate, and small business matters. He is now in his fourth decade as an attorney and has been involved in a wide variety of legal transactions. 

James R. Buck

Mr. Buck practices in a variety of litigation areas, primarily family law and personal injury. His case load includes divorce, custody, and adoption matters, as well as negligence, auto accident, and other injury-related cases.

Jeffrey L. Lewis

Mr. Lewis prefers to balance his practice with both litigation and transactional work. The largest segment of his practice involves elder law matters including estate planning, probate, guardianship, and special needs planning.

Peter T. Smith

Peter Smith has a law practice that reflects his deep roots in DeKalb County and his diverse areas of expertise. He handles complex litigation and appellate cases in both State and Federal Courts. He also handles transactional work including estate planning, business formation, real estate transfers, and a wide variety of related matters.

Jeffrey A. Meyer

Mr. Meyer maintains a mixed practice in both litigation and transactional matters. His primary areas of concentration are general civil and commercial litigation, residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, and business organization.

Amanda C. Wielgus

Amanda Wielgus joined Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis, LLC, in August 2014 as a law clerk and became an Associate Attorney when she was admitted to the bar in November 2014. Amanda focuses her practice on family law including pre-decree, post-decree, and child-related issues. 

Gary W. Cordes

Mr. Cordes joined our firm in 2006 when he decided to “semi-retire”. Prior to joining Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis, LLC, Mr. Cordes built a highly respected private practice serving a wide variety of clients in real estate development, planning and zoning, probate, and estate planning.