valerie M. moehle
Valerie M. Moehle is an owner of the law firm of Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on estate and real estate related matters, local government work and representing small businesses. She has previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois for eminent domain and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Pekin. She has presented at seminars on estate planning, eminent domain and civil trial practice and is the author of the Quick Take chapter in Illinois Eminent Domain Practice (IICLE 2016, and previous editions). Ms. Moehle is a native of Pekin and a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. Finance, 1982, High Honors). She was the valedictorian of her class at Northern Illinois University College of Law (J. D. 1985, Summa Cum Laude) where she served as a notes and comments editor of the Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Justice Ben Miller of the Illinois Supreme Court before joining this firm in 1987 as an associate attorney.
She is former Chairperson of the Board of Visitors of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. She is a member of the Tazewell County Bar Association (President 1994-95), Peoria County Bar Association (member of the Real Estate Committee), Illinois State Bar Association (former member of the General Practice Section Council and Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public), the American Inns of Court, and Abraham Lincoln Inn, Peoria (President 2006-07). She served on the Member Services Committee of the Board of Directors of Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Also, she is a Pro Bono Volunteer for Prairie State Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Initiative.
Her community service includes involvement in several political campaigns as both a candidate and a volunteer, serving on the board of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois including a term as Chairperson, serving on the Lakeview Museum Board during its transition and growth to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, serving on the Board of Pekin Grade School District 108, Co-chairing Save James Field, dancing in CASAblanca Local Dancing with the Stars, and serving in various leadership roles at her church including Chair of the Finance Committee and Administrative Board and as a certified lay speaker. She was a founding board member of the Pekin Coalition for Equality and received the One Imperative Award from the Pekin YWCA for her work with racial reconciliation. Currently, she is channeling her talents and passions into volunteering with the ROCKids program at Pekin Housing Authority, which allows her to minister and build relationships, and as a board member of CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, a volunteer-based court advocate program for abused and neglected children.
Ms. Moehle brings compassion and keen intellect to her work. She focuses on solving problems and assisting clients though difficult decision making.
Brigette Lobacz is an owner of the law firm of Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd. Her diverse civil practice includes drafting plans for simple and complex estates (such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), administering probate and non-probate estates, representing buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions, negotiating and litigating real estate disputes, advising entrepreneurs in a myriad of issues including initiating corporations and limited liability companies (LLC), representing buyers and sellers in business asset transactions, representing creditors and debtors regarding the collection of debts, representing mortgagees and mortgagors in foreclosures, representing landlords and tenant in evictions, and representing caregivers through adoption and guardianship proceedings. She feels honored that she gets to craft creative solutions to legal problems while providing top-notch service to her clients.
Ms. Lobacz is originally from Olney, Illinois – a rural community at the Southeastern edge of the state. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Eastern Illinois University (2005, cum laude), she developed her ability to communicate accurately and concisely. While earning her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law (2009), she volunteered with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and was employed by SIU Students’ Legal Assistance. She honed her legal acumen as an associate attorney at the Brainard Law Offices in Charleston, Illinois until she accepted a position as an associate attorney at this firm in 2012.
Ms. Lobacz has presented courses through the National Business Institute on the Illinois Probate Process. She is a pro bono volunteer for Prairie State Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). She is a member the Illinois State, Tazewell County and Peoria County Bar Associations as well as the Abraham Lincoln Inn, Peoria.
Ms. Lobacz has a passion for this community. She is currently an active member of the board of directors for the Pekin YWCA. In recent years, she has been a member of Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club and has coached soccer through the Morton Square Park Soccer Program. She is a graduate of the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy and has served on the board for the Leadership Academy.