Thomas E. Howard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Banking Attorney in Peoria, IL

Hall, Rustom & Fritz, LLC
 | 316 SW Washington Street, Suite 1A
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309-323-8877
Fax: 309-699-4691
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Banking (50%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Technology Transactions (10%),
  • Immigration: Business (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Located in Peoria, IL Attorney Thomas E. Howard serves of counsel to the Hall, Rustom & Fritz, LLC, law firm in Peoria, Illinois. Licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mr. Howard represents financial institutions, business creditors and other commercial clients throughout each state, and he has 10 years of experience assisting his clients with all of their serious and complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·       Commercial banking

·       Bankruptcy

·       Business litigation

·       Loan workouts

·       Real estate mortgage foreclosures

·       Replevins of personal property

·       Notes and guaranties

·       Contract disputes and litigation

In all cases, Mr. Howard is fully committed to asserting his clients’ rights in order to help them enforce their security interests and achieve the favorable outcomes they seek. Through his extensive knowledge and experience with technology, he has developed a number of sites and applications to assist his clients with a wide range of legal issues while offering a flat fee schedule for his services.

Along with his legal practice, Mr. Howard leads his own technology company, Stumari, where he assists other tech companies with their matters involving privacy policies, business formation, fundraising efforts, contracts and more. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mr. Howard also has extensive experience with immigration law, and through his Work Visas Solutions website, he offers invaluable information and services to foreign nationals seeking to work in the U.S. and to commercial clients with their efforts at obtaining and retaining foreign talent.

In addition, Mr. Howard is a champion of the emerging cannabis industry, and he has become a recognized advocate for the initiative to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act so that interested parties who wish to establish a presence in the industry can access the banking services they need.  He publishes extensively on it, which can be found at his Cannabis Lawyer , 

Mr. Howard obtained his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 2008, and he is admitted to practice before all state courts in Illinois and Wisconsin as well as before all U.S. District Courts in Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Banking (50%)

Business Litigation (20%)

Technology Transactions (10%): Internet, Science and Technology Law

Immigration (10%)

Bankruptcy (10%): Bankruptcy Law

Focus Areas

Internet, Science and Technology Law, Bankruptcy Law


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Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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About Thomas Howard

Admitted: 2009, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, 2015 - 2018
  • Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA), Immigration Law Section
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois 
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Free consultations that never turn to clients are often provided by myself and form the largest aspect of my pro bono service. I also like to participate in expungent events when they are held in the area., 2019


Representative Clients:

  • Various cannabis companies that needed licenesing, compliance and strategic advice.  You can find more information about my cannbis law practice at cannabis industry

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • My YouTube Channel and podcast on the legalization of marijuana is something that sets me apart from lots of other attorneys.  I often present and report on aspects of the new industry.Subscribe to the YoutubeSubcribe to its podcast., 2019


  • One of the episodes of a podcast that I do with a journalist out in Seattle.  I use these to do new fresh blog content on my cannabis lawyer website and to build an audience and grow a network of possible clients sources.  , Texas Legalized Hemp, Cannabis, Hemp, 2019

Educational Background:

  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 2002

Industry Groups

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
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Office Location for Thomas E. Howard

316 SW Washington Street
Suite 1A
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-323-8877

Fax: 309-699-4691

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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