Marilyn B. Resch, Attorney at Law
Marilyn Resch began practicing law in 1973. She was in private practice for 36 years, representing clients in family and marital issues. As of December 31, 2012, Marilyn became "of counsel" to the firm, available to assist as needed on particular cases.
Prior to opening Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC in September 2008 with Martin Siemer, Marilyn was a partner with the Effingham law firm of Siemer, Austin, Resch, Fuhr & Totten. Marilyn graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio in 1970. She attended the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, graduating in 1973 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Before coming to Effingham in 1976, Marilyn worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Peoria and for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in Springfield in the Environmental Division.
When Marilyn came to private practice in 1976 she was one of the first female attorneys in the area. She soon developed an active family law practice, covering cases in at least ten counties in central Illinois. She has handled numerous contested custody and property division divorce cases, post-divorce modification cases, including child support and visitation modifications, orders of protection proceedings, and paternity disputes. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, and in each year from 2008 through 2013 she has been recommended by her peers for the Leading Lawyers Network. Her reputation is as one of the premier family law attorneys in south-central Illinois. From 1991 to 2009, she was the City Attorney for the City of Casey.
Marilyn is a member of the Effingham County, Clark County, and Illinois State Bar Associations. She is also a member of the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association and is a member of the Family Law section of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Community service for Marilyn has included ten and a half years on the Board of Education for Casey-Westfield Community Unit School District #C-4 and more than 13 years on the Board of Directors for Heartland Manor Nursing Center in Casey. She was president of both boards for many years. She was also a long time member of the Casey Women's Civic League.
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Martin W. Siemer, Attorney at Law
Marty Siemer has been in private practice since 1994, with a concentration in Elder Law and Estate Planning.
Prior to opening Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC in September 2008, Marty was an attorney with Siemer, Austin, Resch, Fuhr & Totten in Effingham, Illinois, beginning in 1994 and having served as a summer law clerk for two years prior to that. He was admitted to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1994 and is also admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the federal district court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Marty graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of his class from Saint Louis University School of Law. While at SLU, he was a member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, serving on the staff in 1992–93 and as articles editor in 1993–94. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit schools honor society, and has been inducted into the Order of the Woolsack, an honor society for law school graduates.
Marty concentrates his practice in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, and civil appeals. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, Effingham County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Appellate Lawyers Association. He also maintains a listing on the informational elder law website, elderlawanswers.com.
Grown out of his experience in working with the Elder Care System, Marty has developed the Life Care Plan for the firm's clients. Legal needs and care requirements go hand-in-hand, and he believes the Life Care Plan allows the firm to best meet its clients' needs in an affordable manner.
He is a speaker at the annual Elder Law Short Course presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and he has been a speaker for the annual conference of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. Marty is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national events on elder law issues. Marty has been the author or co-author of the annual "Survey of Illinois Law: Elder Law" as published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal annually from 2008 to 2010.
His article, "Tortious Interference with Contract: A Tort on the Brink of Extinction," was published in the July 1997 edition of the Illinois Bar Journal.
Marty is currently president of the Board of Education for Teutopolis Community Unit School District No. 50, having also served as that board's secretary and vice president. He is a past member of the policy advisory committee for the Illinois Association of School Boards, having assisted that group with preparing and recommending district policy for school districts throughout the state.
He is also a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis, the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus, the Teutopolis Lions Club, and a past member of the board of directors for the Teutopolis Education Foundation. He is a graduate of Teutopolis High School and of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in secondary education. The son of the late Joe and Hilda Siemer, his father was a long-time Effingham attorney who also served as Effingham County States Attorney and as this area's representative to the General Assembly.
Marty resides in Teutopolis with his wife, Lisa, and their four children, Eddie, Lauren, Joey, and Gus.
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Holly Hotze Lynch, Attorney at Law
Holly Hotze Lynch is an Associate with Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC. Her practice includes general areas of law, but primarily focuses on elder law, estate planning, real estate, collections, landlord/tenant disputes, civil litigation, and family law.
Holly received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, in May 2008. She passed the Illinois State Bar exam and was admitted to the Illinois Bar on November 6, 2008.
While attending law school, Holly volunteered at Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to seniors in Michigan. She also was a legal intern at Sixty-Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic, an in-house clinic that offers free legal services to individuals over 60 years of age in the Lansing, Michigan, area.
She is a member of the Effingham County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Effingham, IL, the Effingham Newcomers Group, and the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's YBNext. Holly also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for CASA of Effingham County and as a member of the Board of Directors for STAR, a nonprofit organization created to help fund the drug court in Effingham County.
Holly maintains office hours in our Effingham office every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, while maintaining office hours in our Casey office every Wednesday.
The daughter of Mark and Dianna Hotze of Teutopolis, Holly is a 2001 graduate of Teutopolis High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University. Holly resides in Effingham with her husband, Blake, and their two sons, Owen and Mark.
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Lucas C. Mette, Attorney at Law
Lucas C. Mette is an associate with Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC. He has a general practice with a focus on family law. Lucas maintains office hours in Effingham four days a week, and in Casey every Monday and by appointment.
Lucas is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is the Secretary of the Effingham County Bar Association.
Lucas earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 2012. In law school, Lucas won awards for skill in oral advocacy and served as a staff editor of the Washington University Jurisprudence Review.
While in law school, Lucas clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson, interned with the St. Louis County Public Defender's Office, and was a summer law clerk with Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC.
Prior to practicing law, Lucas taught eighth grade U.S. History in Greenville, Mississippi, through Teach for America.
Lucas earned a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007; studied as an associate student at Christ Church, Oxford University in 2006; and graduated from Teutopolis High School in 2003.
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