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   3Mark H. FergusonSpringfield(217) 544-1144mhferguson@sorlinglaw.commhferguson@sorlinglaw.comSorling Northrupwww.sorlinglaw.comwww.sorlinglaw.comFERGUSONmark.jpgBanking & Financial Institutions LawClosely & Privately Held Business LawMergers & Acquisitions LawMergers and AcquisitionsOther Corporate Transactions
Mark H. Fergusonmhferguson@sorlinglaw.com
Sorling Northruphttp://www.sorlinglaw.com
One N Old State Capitol Plz Ste 200
Springfield IL 62705
Ph.(217) 544-1144 Fx.(217) 522-3173
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Banking & Financial Institutions Law    Mergers and Acquisitions
Closely & Privately Held Business Law    Other Corporate Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Practice Description:  
Mr. Ferguson has been involved in commercial banking for more than 25 years, initially in the private practice of law, focusing on financial institutions, securities law, and general corporate transactions.

In 1986, he left private practice to become executive vice president and chief financial officer with Firstbank of Illinois Co., a large, publicly-traded multi-bank holding company headquartered in Springfield. In 1988, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of Firstbank, which soon became the largest and most profitable banking organization in downstate Illinois. Critical to the company's success were its numerous acquisitions of banks and other financial services companies in central and southern Illinois and in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Following Firstbank's merger with Mercantile Bancorporation of St. Louis, Mr. Ferguson became president and chief executive officer of Mercantile Bank of Illinois and its successor, Firstar Bank of Illinois. He returned to private practice with Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran, Ltd., following his retirement from Firstar in 2001. His practice in Springfield has focused on commercial banking transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and he has advised banks and bank holding companies in Illinois and elsewhere in the Midwest.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1978
U.S. Tax Court, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


Hourly Rate:  Varies by case

Retainer:  Varies by case

Date of Birth:  1953

Law School:  University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1978
Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois at Urbana, 1975

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Sangamon County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association


Community Involvement:  
Memorial Health System and Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
  Board of directors and past chairman, 1989-present
University of Illinois Foundation
  Board of directors, 1996-2002
Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
  Board of trustees, 1993-2003
Springfield (IL) School District #186
  Board of education, 1997-2003; president, 2000-2003
MII, Inc., Lincoln, IL
  Board of directors, 1993-present


Firm Description:  
Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran, Ltd. was founded in Springfield in 1944. It has attracted a diverse base of clients varying in legal specialization requirements, organization size, and geographic presence. The firm represents clients primarily in Springfield and central Illinois, but also serves a rapidly growing statewide and national clientele with respect to interests in downstate Illinois and other areas of the Midwest. Representative clients include individuals as well as businesses in a wide range of industries, including, among others, agriculture, real estate, construction, professional services, broadcasting, commercial banking, health care, insurance, telecommunications, utilities, and manufacturing. The firm has an established litigation practice in various administrative tribunals as well as in state and federal courts. Its activities also include the representation of state and local governmental entities and agencies, as well as an extensive government relations practice.


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