Heyl Royster

Gary Schmidt

Peoria, IL

Joined Firm in 2022

Gary brings experience and a responsive, thorough response to your legal needs.

  • 40+ years of experience
  • Central Illinois Estate Planning Council member
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Gary Schmidt

Attorney in Peoria, IL

Focusing on estate planning and administration, real estate, taxation, and business organizations, Gary Schmidt brings experience and a responsive, thorough response to your legal needs.

Gary began his legal career as an Associate at Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. in 1978. In 1982, he became part-time Of Counsel with the firm, accepting the role of President & Trust Officer of a local bank. He returned full-time to Kavanagh Scully in 1994, becoming a Member of the firm in 1995. In August 2022, Kavanagh Scully merged with Heyl Royster bringing additional expertise and focus on business matters, local government, and transactional areas.

A Peoria native, Gary is an East Peoria Community High School graduate. He and his wife, Trina, reside in Peoria Heights. Gary is a member of the East Peoria Rotary Club and the Central Illinois Estate Planning Council.



J.D., Southern Methodist University College of Law

B.A., Denison University, Economics - History

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Community Involvement

American Cancer Society

Central Illinois Estate Planning Council

Children’s Home Association of Illinois

Director (1989-1998)

Chairman (1997-1998)

City of Peoria Sister City Commission

Friends of Clonmel, Past Secretary

Lakeview Museum Foundation (1998-2005)

Chairman (2005)

East Peoria Rotary Club


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