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William E. Schirger

William E. Schirger

After 47 years of practicing law, William founded Schirger Law Offices, LLC in 2010 with his son Michael.  Having begun his career in Rockford, Illinois, in 1963 with distinguished trial attorney B. J. Knight, William’s practice evolved to include work with local and regional businesses from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Today, William focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and real estate.

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Michael J. Schirger

Michael J. Schirger

Michael focuses on assisting individuals and businesses in the establishment, maintenance, and growth of their enterprises.  His work involves both litigation and transactional matters as well estate and succession planning.

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Richard B. Kirk

Richard B. Kirk

Richard represents clients before the trial and appellate courts of Illinois, including the state supreme court.  Richard’s areas of focus include commercial and contract disputes, eminent domain actions, and appellate matters.

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Dennis McDougall

Dennis McDougall

A Winnebago County native, Dennis’ experience in business and agriculture prepares him to handle complex issues involving Business and Family Law, commercial and residential Real Estate, Wills, Trusts and Estates. Dennis’ 17 years of Private Practice combined with seven years as Assistant Public Defender, provide him with managerial expertise and and the legal stamina to complete the most difficult cases. Dennis brings over 20 years legal experience to the firm, along with an easy-going personality, and approachable style all his own. Having served a wide range of legal matters –...

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Taja Winzeler

Taja Winzeler

Taja has a kind way with people, but don’t let that fool you. She is a fierce advocate for her clients. Trained by fire with her extensive experience as Senior Felony Assistant with the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office where she was responsible for litigating homicide and major drug cases. Taja combines this extensive courtroom experience with her experience in the County’s first Rehabilitative Court that focused on a collaborative approach to resolution of issues. This unique combination of litigation experience and collaborative resolution focus allows Taja the...

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