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We are happy to announce our newest associate, J. Tyler Opel. Tyler grew up in Edwardsville and graduated from the University of Missouri – Trulaske College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He went on to earn his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law and graduated with a specialization in Business and Transactional Law. During law school, he enjoyed time in the Civil Practice Clinic where he offered free legal advice to elderly clients throughout Southern Illinois. The most important thing Tyler learned in law school was the value of time management and identifying the key issues to solve a client’s problem.

Prior to joining Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, Tyler worked as an attorney in Denver, Colorado, focusing on real estate development, construction claims, and contract litigation.

In his spare time, he likes to be outdoors, whether playing golf, fishing, or helping out around his family’s farm. He also loves to cook, and after a long day believes nothing beats breaking a sweat at the gym.

Tyler also recently became engaged to be married. Congratulations, Tyler, and welcome to the firm!

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