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The Marion, Illinois office of Lawler Brown offers a full range of legal services. Our office is located at 1600 Main Street, just minutes from the Williamson County Courthouse, in Marion, Illinois. Our Gallatin County office is located in Shawneetown, Illinois at 251 N. Lincoln Blvd West.

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Our firm takes pride in its professional yet personalized approach, which takes into account the individual needs and goals of our clients. We deliver quality legal representation in a timely manner in a wide variety of cases. At Lawler Brown we strive to give our clients the attention, service and representation they deserve. We are located at 1600 West Main Street in Marion, Illinois, right across from the Marion Junior High School.

MEET OUR TEAM OF ATTORNEYS

Our firm takes pride in its professional yet personalized approach, which takes into account the individual needs and goals of our clients. We deliver quality legal representation in a timely manner in a wide variety of cases.

ADAM B. LAWLER

ADAM B. LAWLER

ATTORNEY AT LAW / PARTNER

Adam Lawler is the founder of Lawler Brown Law Firm. Adam is a 2004 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law.
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DAVID W. LAWLER

DAVID W. LAWLER

ATTORNEY AT LAW / PARTNER

David Lawler is an owner of Lawler Brown Law Firm. David is a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law. Read More
NICK BROWN

NICK BROWN

ATTORNEY AT LAW / PARTNER

Nick Brown is an owner of Lawler Brown Law Firm. Nick is a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law.
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JOSH SHIRLEY

JOSH SHIRLEY

ATTORNEY AT LAW / ASSOCIATE

Joshua Shirley is an associate at Lawler Brown Law Firm. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with a minor in Environmental Sciences from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2010.
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Mineral Rights in Oil and Gas: What You Need to Know

The traditional conception of real property ownership was that a landowner owned his plot of land along with a column of dirt down to the center of the earth and a column of air up to the sky. This conception no longer holds true. It is now common, especially in Southern Illinois, that when one purchases a piece of real property, the purchaser obtains title to the surface of the land, but not the column of dirt beneath it. Very often, the mineral rights to a piece of property have been severed, and the owner of the mineral rights has the authority to mine them. When mineral rights are severed in the conveyance of a piece of property, the severance creates two distinct and separate interests in the land—a surface estate and a mineral estate, either of which can be conveyed, devised, or leased. When this occurs, the owner of the surface estate is subservient to the owner of the mineral estate. This means that he may not interfere with the activities reasonably necessary to extract the minerals from underneath his land. While title to metallic minerals vests2 at the time of conveyance, title to oil and gas does not, due to the tendency of these types of minerals to move around under the earth. Rather, mineral rights in oil and gas do not vest until they are actually discovered. Thus, mineral rights to oil and gas are better conceived of as rights to exploration and, very often, they are mined pursuant to a mineral lease rather than outright ownership. These leases are subject to the same rules as...

When Can Your Neighbors Legally Take Your Land?

When Can Your Neighbors Legally Take Your Land? There is a concept in real estate law that is little known outside the legal world, whereby a trespasser can gain legal title to someone else’s land. The “trespasser” in these cases is usually a neighbor but, nonetheless, someone who does not own your property can become the legal owner by his use of it through a concept known as adverse possession. Claims of adverse possession are creatures of common law in Illinois, and require a showing of several elements. In order to legally take title to land, a person’s use and possession of the land must be: Hostile (against the right of the true owner and without permission) Actual (he or she exercises physical control over the property) Exclusive (In the possession of the trespasser alone and no one else) Open and notorious (the trespasser must use the property as the true owner would without hiding the occupancy) Continuous for a period of 20 years Adverse possession claims are especially common in rural areas (like most of Southern Illinois) as opposed to towns and cities because it is often more difficult to determine where one piece of property ends and another begins. Example of Adverse Possession Let’s take a look at how a hypothetical adverse possession case might play out. Assume there are two property owners—the Smiths and the Joneses—who own neighboring farms. Mr. Smith erects a barn that he believes is on his property, but is actually 15 feet over the property line on the Jones’s farm. Mr. Jones says nothing about this, and Mr. Smith uses this barn as...

Why You Should Never Resist Arrest

Resisting arrest is very common and occurs any time a person interferes with or obstructs an officer’s attempt to make a legal arrest. In Illinois, it is usually charged as a misdemeanor. However, if there is an injury to the arresting officer, the offense rises to a felony. The charge of resisting arrest is defined at 720 ILCS 5/31-1:1 “A person commits the crime of resisting arrest if they knowingly resist or obstruct the performance by a peace officer, firefighter, or correctional institution employee of any authorized act within his or her official capacity.” While the most classic examples of resisting arrest are fleeing from the scene or engaging the arresting officer physically, the statute is worded broadly and encompasses a wide variety of behaviors. For example, you can be arrested simply for refusing to put your hands behind your back, refusing to lay on the ground, refusing to put your hands on the squad car, or refusing to clear the scene of a crime when ordered to do so. Resisting arrest is also a difficult charge to escape; even if the underlying charge against the defendant is dropped, resisting arrest is an independent charge and will remain. Thus, it is not a defense to resisting arrest that the underlying charge was dismissed. Further, a conviction for resisting arrest can even lengthen a person’s sentence if they are ever convicted of a future offense. Possible punishment for resisting arrest is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois and is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine. If the police officer is injured during the incident,...