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Firm History

Chester J. Claudon formed a firm known as Taft, Putman & Claudon in 1947 when he came to Canton, Illinois.  Gary Barnhart joined the Claudon firm in 1973 and became a partner in the firm three years later.  He was a principal in the Claudon firm for roughly 35 years when he decided to start his own firm.

 

On March 1, 2008, Barnhart Law Office, Ltd. was formed.  Barnhart Law Office, Ltd. commenced a general practice, focusing on business formations, real estate transactions, estate planning, probate work, eminent domain work and a healthy dose of Illinois electric cooperative work. Barnhart began searching for an associate to help with the firm’s rapidly growing workload and in August of 2011, Nick Tinsman came on board.  Nick worked in all areas of the law and became accomplished in many.  Nick now is a general practitioner but concentrates a large portion of his practice in the areas of real estate, personal injury, estate planning, and advising small businesses.

 

While a law student at St. Louis University School of Law, Chris Jump clerked for the Barnhart Law Office during the summers of 2012 and 2013.  Chris graduated from St. Louis University in May of 2014 and decided to return to his native Canton, Illinois.  He took the Illinois Bar exam in July, 2014; joined the firm as a clerk in August after taking the bar exam; passed the Illinois Bar exam; and was sworn in on November 6, 2014.  Chris is now an associate of the firm and brings high energy and great skills to the practice of law.

The growth of the firm caused it to outgrow its office space at 106 Martin Avenue in Canton. Effective July 1, 2014, the firm moved to its newly remodeled location at 121 West Elm St. in Canton, which happened to be the building where Barnhart began his law practice 41 years ago.  Also, on the same date Nick Tinsman became a principal owner in the firm's name was changed from Barnhart Law Office, Ltd. and eventually became known as Barnhart, Tinsman & Associates, Ltd.  Gary Barnhart deservedly retired from the practice of law on January 1, 2018.

Today, our administrative staff includes: Jean Burkhead, Eileen Pollitt, Jaimee Cook, and Kiersten Rice. Their combined experience and professionalism are what make Barnhart, Tinsman & Associates a notch above the rest. They are here to help you throughout your case, and we guarantee you will be treated with respect when working with any of our administrative staff.

Barnhart, Tinsman & Associates, Ltd. is a full-service firm with diverse lawyers who concentrate their practices in various areas of the law.*  Barnhart, Tinsman & Associates, Ltd. is well-suited to handle any legal need that might arise for its clients from time to time.

* Neither the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois nor the Illinois State Bar Association recognizes any specialty or certification for any Illinois lawyers in any particular practice area.  Lawyers may however indicate that they concentrate or limit their practices to specific areas of the law.