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   3Larry D. KusterJacksonville(217) 245-6177lkuster@rblawyers.netlkuster@rblawyers.netRammelkamp Bradney PCwww.rammelkamp.comwww.rammelkamp.comkusterlarry.jpgCommercial LitigationPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralSchool LawWorkers' Compensation Defense Law
Larry D. Kusterlkuster@rblawyers.net
Rammelkamp Bradney PChttp://www.rammelkamp.com
232 W State St
PO Box 550
Jacksonville IL 62650-2002
Ph.(217) 245-6177 Fx.(217) 243-7322
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
School Law
Workers' Compensation Defense Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Morgan
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Larry D. Kuster, a member of Rammelkamp Bradney since 1973, has been named by Leading Lawyers as one of the top 100 business lawyers in Downstate Illinois. He is an honors graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law who concentrates his practice in school/labor law and trial practice. He has appeared in Circuit Courts in more than 40 Illinois counties.

In school law, Larry’s expertise includes teacher tenure matters, reductions in force, student discipline, collective bargaining negotiations, grievance/arbitrations, unfair labor practices, school district consolidation and annexation, and special education law. Larry is a member of the IASB Press Policy Advisory Committee and the IELRB Advisory Committee.

Larry’s civil practice concentrates in personal injury, commercial, and construction litigation in federal and state courts. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and past president and Master in the Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court (Springfield). Larry has served on the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and is past chair of the ISBA Workers’ Compensation Section Council. Larry has extensive experience in mediation. He has tried at least 30 jury cases to verdict and hundreds of other cases to verdict trials before judges, hearing officers and arbitrators.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Griggsville-Perry CUSD #4 v. Griggsville-Perry Federation of Support Personnel, IFT-AFT, Local #4141 / IELRB, 2013 IL 113721 (Opinion filed February 22, 2013)

Central Community Unit School District No. 4 v. Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 751, 388 Ill.App.3d 1060, 904 N.E.2d 640, 328 Ill.Dec. 451 (4th Dist., 2009)

Becker v. Becker, 225 Ill.2d 628, 875 N.E.2d 1109, 314 Ill.Dec. 822 (4th Dist. 2007)

Monticello School District No. 25 vs. George L. & Carolyn L on behalf of Brock L., a Minor, 102 F.3d 895 (7th Cir. 1996)

Earl D. Brown and Laurie A. Brown v. Griggsville Community Unit School District No. 4, et al., 12 F.3d 681 (7th Cir. 1993)

Yamnitz v. Diestelhorst, 251 Ill.App.3d 244, 621 N.E.2d 1046 (4th Dist., 1993)

Sidwell v. Griggsville Community Unit School District, 146 Ill.2d 467, 588 N.E.2d 1185 (1992)

Camp Point v. CNA, 219 Ill.App.3d 86, 578 N.E.2d 1363 (4th Dist. 1991)

State Mechanical Contractors, Inc. v. Village of Pleasant Hill, et al. 132 Ill.App.3d 1027, 477 N.E.2d 509 (4th Dist. 1985)

Newman v. Board of Education of Bluffs Community Unit School District, 98 Ill.App.3d 976, 424 N.E.2d 1331 (4th Dist. 1981)


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1973
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
U.S. Tax Court, 1979


Date of Birth:  1947

Law School:  University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1973
Law School Honors/Involvement:  With distinction; Law Review

Undergraduate School:  Augustana College, B.A., Political Science/History, 1969

Other Education: University of Illinois, Fellowship with Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 1969


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court, 1993-present
    • Master, 1993-present
    • President, 2004-2005
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 1989-present
    • Diversity Initiative Committee, 1989-present
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1989-present
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 1989-present
  • Illini Administrators’ Institute, 1991-present
    • Founder
    • Treasurer/Board Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1973-present
    • Workers’ Compensation Section Council
      • Member, 1980-1985
      • Vice-Chairman, 1983-1984
      • Chairman, 1984-1985
      • Successfully organized first state-wide Allerton House Conference on Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council Member, 1976-1977; 1986-1990
      • Attended 3 Allerton House Conferences on civil practice topics
  • Morgan County Bar Association, 1973-present
    • Past President
  • U.S. Department of Justice (LEAA), Clerk 1971
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Leading Lawyer in Education Law, Leading Lawyers magazine, 2009-present
    • Advisory Board Member
  • Selected by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois to serve as a Commissioner on a Bipartisan Judicial Review Commission to screen applicants for federal judgeships in Illinois, 2011-present
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 2nd through 15th editions
  • Life Member, The National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001
  • Lifetime Membership, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2000-2001
  • Who’s Who in Insurance & Risk Management, 2001-2006
  • Member, American Council on Germany, New York, NY, 1982-2008
  • Participant in 1982 American Opinion Leaders Conference sponsored by Haus Rissen (Institute for International Politics), Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, in Hamburg and Berlin
  • Participant in 1980 German-American Young Leaders Conference, Haus Rissen Institute for International Politics), Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, in Hamburg and Berlin
  • Participant in 1980 German American Young Leaders Conference sponsored by the American Council on Germany and the Atlantik Bruecke (Hamburg), Tutzing (Bavaria) Germany


Community Involvement:  
  • Board of Trustees, MacMurray College, 1991-2001
  • Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Council, 1995-1998; 2006-present
  • President, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 1990
  • PAC ’49, 49th State Senatorial District
    • Board of Directors
    • Political Action, 1980-1990
    • Chairman, 1982-1983
  • Board of Directors, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 1980-1984
  • Jacksonville Area Visitors and Convention Bureau
    • President, 1989-1990
    • Member, 1986-1990
  • Jacksonville Heritage Cultural Center Board, 1987-1991
  • Board of Directors, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, 1987 1988
  • Historic Preservation Commission, City of Jacksonville
    • Chairman, 1983-1984
    • Member, 1979-1987
  • West Central Illinois Council on World Affairs
    • Co-founder
    • First President, 1981-1982
    • Board of Directors, 1981-1988, 2008-present
  • Board of Directors, Sherwood Eddy Memorial YMCA, 1974-1980
  • Faith Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Illinois, 1975-Present
  • Jacksonville Rotary Club
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, 2012
  • Member, Chapin Lions Club


Published Legal Writing:  
Note, Systematic Discrimination in the Indian Claims Commission: The Burden of Proof in Redressing Historical Wrongs, Iowa Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 5, 1973

"Vocational Rehabilitation in Workers’ Compensation: A New Perspective," Illinois Bar Journal, March, 1986

"New Law Creates Traps in Purchasing and Bid Letting," Illinois School Board Journal, May-June, 1990

"Selecting Professional Services and Local Government Liability," AIA Illinois News, Summer, 1993


Legal Lectures:  
Presenter, The New World of Educator Evaluations, Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section, Chicago, IL August 9, 2012

Presenter, Two Rivers Division, Illinois Association of School Boards, February 25, 2010

Presenter, Joint Annual Conference, Illinois Association of School Boards, IASB/IASA/IASBO, 2009

Lincolnland Community College, adjunct faculty, 2006-2011

Presenter, Administrators, Teachers & Board Members, Annual School Law Conference, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 1993-2008

Presenter, National Business Institute Seminars, 2005-2007

Presenter, Professional Development Network School Law and Special Education, October 21, 2005

Presenter, Basics of School Law and Finance Workshop, Illinois Association of School Boards, Collinsville, IL, May 21, 2005

Presenter, Basics of School Law and Finance Workshop, Illinois Association of School Boards, Litchfield, IL, May 10, 2003

Presenter, Two Rivers Fall Conference and Dinner Meeting, Illinois Association of School Boards, Winchester, IL, September 24, 2002

Presenter, Lorman Education Services, 2000-2001

Presenter, Medical Education Services, Inc. Professional Development Network, on School Law and Special Education, 2000-2003

Presenter, Insurance Law Update, Illinois Defense Counsel Spring Seminar, 1997


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