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Alex Rives

Peoria, IL

Joined Firm in 2020

Alex’s dedication to her clients doesn’t end at the office or the courtroom. Whether she’s on scene following a major accident, or simply lending an ear, she’s a dedicated, client-first professional who will meet her clients’ needs regardless of when or where.

  • Selected to The Order of Barristers
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award® recipient
  • Judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
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Alex Rives

Attorney in Peoria, IL

Alex represents clients from various industries in civil defense litigation. She also advises governmental entities in land use and zoning issues, including those related to the ever-growing development of utility-scale renewable energy projects.

During law school, Alex interned as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Sue E. Myerscough in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and participated in guardian ad litem representation of child abuse and neglect victims through her law school’s legal clinic. She also competed in national moot court competitions and was selected as a national member of The Order of Barristers for her excellence in brief writing and courtroom advocacy.



J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law

B.A., University of Illinois, Political Science and Communications

Professional Affiliations

Defense Research Institute

Illinois Defense Counsel

Illinois State Bar Association

Peoria County Bar Association

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

Community Involvement

Mason County Community Foundation

Mason County Pets Without Parents

Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions



“Solar Projects and Local Government,” Township of Illinois Webinar (2024)

“Freedom of Information Act, Utilizing Liability Waivers, Illinois Open Meetings Act, and Developments in Recreational Property Liability,” IAPD/IRPA Soaring to New Heights Conference (2023)


More Villainization of the Trucking Company: What McQueen Means for the Trucking Defense,” Heyl Royster Trucking Newsletter (2022)

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Police Officers in Use of Force Case Against Individual Suffering from Mental Illness,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2021)


  • The Order of Barristers
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Regional Semi-Finalist 2019 & 2020
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