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Dove & Dove, Attonreys at Law

The legal team at Dove & Dove represents clients across nine counties throughout Central Illinois and also those visiting the Lake Shelbyville area. We are a general practice law firm offering services both civil and criminal to our clients, while at the same time offering deep experience to cover a broad range of legal needs.

We pride ourselves in having a down-to-earth approach and a reputation that centers upon looking out for who is most important…


We've built a
History of Service.

With over 100 years of continuous legal service to the community, we’ve established a long, successful history and a reputation for top-notch customer service, quality representation, and standards which will meet and exceed your best interests.

Our attorneys take pride in practicing in the highest traditions of legal excellence, ethical conduct, and successful outcomes: traditions which for over a century have remained the hallmark of Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law.

Theodore F. Dove

Theodore F. Dove

Theodore F. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was admitted to the practice before the Bar of Ohio in 1875.

In 1876 T. F. Dove began the practice of law in Shelbyville, Illinois with William H. Henry, which association continued until 1879. He was one of the directors of the Shelby County State Bank since the establishment of that institution in 1895 and was a leading spirit in its organization.

In 1904 he was joined in the practice by his sons, Franklin R. Dove and T. Clark Dove, with the firm name then becoming Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law.

Theodore Clark Dove

Theodore Clark Dove

Theodore C. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1904.

He was in practice with his nephew, Robert I. Dove. He served as Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Kerner and also under Attorney General Cassidy and had charge largely of Inheritance Tax Matters.

His personal interests were in the field of banking and he was a director of the Shelby County State Bank of Shelbyville, IL.

Hon. Franklin Roy Dove

Hon. Franklin Roy Dove

Judge Dove was an active practitioner from his admission to the bar in 1904 until his election as circuit judge in 1921.

He served on the bench of this circuit until his retirement in 1970. During this period he was Chief Judge for more than seven years.  He served in the Appellate Court for the Second District of this State by appointment for a period of more than thirty years.

Judge Dove was nominated for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court.  He also served as a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1919.

Robert Ireland Dove

Robert Ireland Dove

Robert Dove entered into practice with Dove & Dove in 1932. The firm was then comprised of his uncle, T.C. Dove.

He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1928, and the University of Chicago, School of Law in 1932 with a Bachelor of Laws and the degree of Master of Laws.  In 1963 he was appointed Judge of the State of Illinois, Court of Claims, to fill an unexpired term. He was re-appointed to that office May of 1965.  Mr. Dove also served as a Justice of the Peace and was City Attorney of the City of Shelbyville for four terms, retiring from that position in 1972.

At his death, the firm was comprised of himself, his son, Franklin E. Dove, and Edward C. Eberspacher III.

Franklin Edward Dove

Franklin Edward Dove

Franklin E. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1964 from Northwestern University in Chicago. He entered into practice with Dove & Dove in 1967 joining his father R. I Dove, after serving as First Assistant State’s Attorney for Macon County, Illinois.

From 1969 to 1970 he served as an elected delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention, where he was active on the Education Committee. That convention produced the current 1970 Illinois Constitution.

In 1972 he was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Mr. Dove served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General for condemnation and land acquisition from 1985 to 1998 and as attorney for the Shelby County, Illinois Building Commission from 1995 until its dissolution. He served as City Attorney for the City of Shelbyville from 1972 to 1990 and from 1999 to 2003.

Edward Christian Eberspacher III

Edward Christian Eberspacher III

E. C. Eberspacher entered into the practice with Dove & Dove in 1974 with Franklin E. Dove and Robert I. Dove.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971 and the University of Illinois School of Law in 1974. Mr. Eberspacher was admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. In 1976 he was elected State’s Attorney for Shelby County and served until 1980 at which time he became a partner of Dove & Dove.  In addition to his general practice, he served as special Prosecutor for Fayette County, Special State’s Attorney for Shelby County and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. In 1985 he was appointed as one of three at-large Circuit Judges for the nine-county Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois and was elected to that office in 1986.

In 1992 he returned to the general practice of law as a partner with Dove & Dove Attorneys. He was joined in the practice by his daughter, Elizabeth Nohren, in 2004.

What Our Clients Say:

Choosing to work with Dove & Dove to navigate my divorce was a great decision.  The attorneys had the strong, confident backbone that I needed through that difficult time in my life. I have recommended Dove & Dove to others and will continue to do so.

~ Billi

I have used the services of Dove and Dove multiple times. They are very knowledgeable, and I trust them when it comes to making the right decisions that are right for me and my family.

~ Jared W

Dove & Dove is an excellent law firm with a wealth of experience and resources. The firm represented me and advocated for my child in an immensely difficult, nearly impossible case, and won! They truly listened, not only as legal professionals, but also as a person and as a parent. They were patient and understanding with me through the hardest moments of my life. They fought hard and I highly recommend the firm!

~ Jessica

I highly recommend the team at Dove and Dove for any business or personal legal needs.

~ Paul R

I live in SW Kansas and I contacted Dove and Dove to represent me in my custody battle in the state of Illinois! I have been very pleased with the way they have represented me in this matter. I have no complaints on the quality of work or loyalty the attorney and staff showed me and my family through his very tough time! I would recommend Dove and Dove to anybody that is dealing with a family matter in the state of Illinois!

~ Rolando

Dove & Dove was there for me every time I had any questions or concerns.  The attorneys had my best interest in mind. Everyone at Dove and Dove was extremely professional and helpful.

~ Angie

My representation by Dove and Dove was above reproach. Their partners are the best attorneys I’ve even had the pleasure of working with. Their knowledge of both civil and criminal law is unlimited. The entire firm is friendly and accessible.  I would recommend Dove and Dove to anyone needing legal counsel.

~ Mark

Dove and Dove, The words that I would use to sum up my multiple experiences would be; Professional, Attentive Listening, and Experienced. I have entrusted them to help protect my family through Estate services and was very happy with the Will/Trust that they created for my family.

I have also used them for real-estate transactions where they went above and beyond with their service to make sure that I understood every detail of the transaction. I have used Dove and Dove multiple times and will continue to use them in the future when the need arises.

~ Luke

Liz Nohren has lead me out of a bad situation and has helped me to regain my independence.  She not only has extensive legal knowledge, but also genuinely cares for her clients.  She has went above and beyond in passionately pushing forward on the issues in a timely fashion despite the opposing party’s numerous efforts to slow the process down. She remained concerned about me as a person, not just a client. Liz helped to give my sons a voice in the process, respected them and recognized their opinions.  She remained focused on my goals and has worked towards achieving these in the court room.  I would highly recommend Liz and Dove & Dove for any legal needs. 

~ Sheryl

The Village has relied on Dove & Dove as our legal counsel since 2013, they work well with the board, attend all meetings, and prepare all documents we need in a timely manner. 

~ Cinda

The staff at Dove and Dove took care of us through a difficult time. While emotions, change and uncertainty were overwhelming there was feeling of reassurance as they confidently led me step by step keeping my family’s best interests at the forefront.

~ Theresa

Thanks for the assistance in selling our house. We especially appreciate the accessibility to both the attorneys and your staff when we had questions regarding the closing. I would certainly recommend Dove & Dove Attorneys to others.

~ Lyle

The lawyers at Dove and Dove were excellent at handling my divorce. I was going through a really tough time in my life, and they took the time to explain the process to me and calm my fears. Every question I had was answered in a timely manner. The lawyers are well educated and compassionate. I would strongly recommend them to anyone.

~ Jenni

As a retired judge who had hundreds of attorneys argue cases in front of me, I would have to say that Ms. Nohren was always one of the most prepared, most passionate, and the most productive attorney for her clients. It was an honor to have her in my courtroom.

~ Retired Judge of the 4th Circuit

I am genuinely grateful for Liz and Joe’s invaluable support throughout my case and their compassionate approach. I was extremely fortunate to have such a great team on my side!

~ Jeremy, Macon County

Liz was the most prepared mediator I’ve ever used even though I was unable to give her my materials until late the day before the scheduled mediation. She had obviously thoroughly reviewed the materials provided and even performed independent legal research in anticipation of the legal issues to be addressed at the mediation. My client was informed in great detail of all the weaknesses in his case, including the assumptions that were being made to support his position and claimed damages. Upon an oral agreement being reached, Liz thoroughly reviewed and edited multiple drafts of the mediated settlement agreement even though everyone was obviously ready to go home. I will certainly use Liz in the future whenever I need a good mediator in Illinois.

~ Chas

My experience with the Dove & Dove law firm has been exceptional. Everyone at the Dove & Dove firm treated me with kindness and hospitality. The amount of care and attention given to my case was top notch. Every need I had was addressed and all of my questions were answered. I would not only recommend Dove & Dove to anyone, but I will go to this firm for any future law needs that I have.

~ Kylene D.

I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for my family. You are amazing, and I would never want anyone else to help me or my family.

~ Misti

Our history of
Service Continues.