Kyle J. Emkes concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, collection defense, collection prosecution, estate planning including wills and trusts, estate administration, probate, real estate, sports law, agricultural law, and drainage law. He earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois where he also competed for the Orange & Blue in Cross County Track & Field.

After three years as an intern for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Kyle spent two years at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and returned to the University of Illinois for his third year where he worked with the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in the compliance office, while serving as an extern with the University of Illinois Office of University Counsel.


These unique experiences coupled with his dedication and hard work ethic are values his clients benefit from when working with Kyle, who joined the Illinois bar in 2010. He is active in several organizations, including the Sports Lawyers Association, Champaign County Bar Association, and Illinois Bar Association. Kyle has also recently accepted a position teaching Introduction to Sports Law at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

Past Positions and Education

  • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL, J.D.: 2008
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, B.S.: 2005
  • Major: Leisure Studies and Sports Management
  • Bar Admissions, Illinois: 2010
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois: 2010
  • U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intern: 2007 – 2009
  • U of I Office of University Counsel, Extern: 2007 – 2008
  • Instructor of Introduction to Sports Law, University of Illinois: 2001 – present
  • Business and estate liquidation, ancillary business

Attorney Practice Areas

Estate Planning
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Establishment of Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable)
  • Special Needs Planning including Special Needs Trusts
  • Estate and Trust administration, including Probate administration
Agricultural Law
  • Succession Planning
  • LLC, corporate set up
  • Drainage Law (Representation of Drainage Districts and Landowners)
  • Drainage Law Litigation
Real Estate Law
  • Representation of Buyers and Sellers in real estate transactions
  • Drafting of Contracts and agreements
Bankruptcy / Collection Defense
  • Representation of Debtors in Chapter 7 and 13
  • Bankruptcy Adversarial Litigation

Sports Law

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, member – 2010 – present
  • Champaign County Bar Association, member – 2010 to present