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   3Delmar K. BannerChampaign(217) 353-4900dbanner@bfkllp.comdbanner@bfkllp.comBanner Ford Klaus LLPwww.bfkllp.comwww.bfkllp.combannerdelmar.jpgAgriculture LawClosely & Privately Held Business LawReal Estate Law: CommercialReal Estate Law: FinanceTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawCooperatives LawTransition PlanningAsset Based FinancingNot-for-Profit AssociationsTrusts and Estate Administration Law
Delmar K.
Banner Ford Klaus LLP
1605 S State St Ste 103
Champaign IL 61820-7264
Ph.(217) 353-4900 Fx.(217) 353-4901
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Agriculture Law    Cooperatives Law
Closely & Privately Held Business Law    Transition Planning
Real Estate Law: Commercial     Asset Based Financing
Real Estate Law: Finance     Not-for-Profit Associations
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law     Trusts and Estate Administration Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Champaign
Practice Description:  
Mr. Delmar K. Banner's law practice encompasses a variety of areas including business, estate and transitions planning; probate; asset-based financing; farm and agribusiness organizations and finance; cooperatives and other not-for-profits; general corporate, farm and commercial real estate and leasing; production contracting; secured transactions; work-outs, and government affairs.

He is a principal draftsman of legislation at the state and federal level including amendments on Revisions to Article Nine of the Uniform Commercial Code. For USAID, he chartered the first two agricultural finance cooperatives in the Republic of Georgia and authored a law on agricultural cooperatives in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1971
Missouri, 1972
U.S. District Court
   Central District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court

Year of Birth:  1945

Law School:  
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1971

Undergraduate School:  
University of Illinois College of Agriculture, B.S., 1967

Representative Clients:  
Busey Bank
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Centrec Consulting Group, LLC
Champaign Danville Grain Inspection Department, Inc.
Christie Clinic Association
Farm Credit Services of Illinois, First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana
Fisher Farmers Grain & Coal Co.
Fisher National Bank
Grand Prairie Cooperative, Inc.
Illini Pella, Inc.
Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association
Ironwood Homes
Royal Apartments USA, Inc.
Royal Development, LLC
Signature Homes
Tile Specialists, Inc.
Top Flight Grain, Inc.
Tuscany Partners LLC

Employment History:  
Lietz Banner Ford LLP
Hinshaw & Culbertson (Champaign)
  Partner, 1993-1999
Banner, Sudeth & Lietz (Champaign - general practice)
Farm Credit Council (Washington-based trade association representing Farm Credit Banks and associations nationwide)
  President and CEO
National Council of Farmers Cooperatives, Washington, D.C.
  Vice President, Farm Credit
Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of St. Louis
  Senior Vice President and General Counsel
U.S. Air Force Reserves

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
The Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
  Commercial Financial Services Committee
  Subcommittee on Agricultural and Agri-Business Finance
  Task Force on Revisions to Article Nine of the Uniform Commercial Code
Illinois State Bar Association
Champaign County Bar Association
American Agricultural Law Association
  Former Director

Teaching Experience:
Adjunct Professor: Agricultural Law and Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
   Subjects: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law, Veterinary Jurisprudence
Vice Chair: Center for Farm and Rural Business Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Legal Lectures:  
Mr. Banner is a frequent lecturer to audiences of farmers, lawyers and lenders. He has conducted seminars in the areas of agricultural law, finance and estate planning in 20 states.

Firm Description:  
Lietz, Banner & Ford is a comprehensive law firm which endeavors to exceed client expectations. The firm opened its practice in October 1999. Gary Lietz, Del Banner and Kelly Ford each emphasize specialized areas of practice and combine to assist each other in general areas of civil practice. The emphasis of the practice of Gary Lietz is business litigation, especially in employment law, from both the management perspective and select employees. Del Banner emphasizes estate and business planning, and has extensive experience in agricultural law and finance. Kelly Ford specializes in real estate subdivision and property development projects, and estate planning. All three members were partners with Hinshaw & Culbertson, a national law firm centered in Chicago.

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