Liz Nohren was both born and raised in Shelby County. She is a Shelby County resident and fifth generation legal practitioner in Shelby County, a tradition begun by her great-great grandfather, John W. Yantis, who for many years served as a Master in Chancery.
She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, after completing her first year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Her law degree comes from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She also studied at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Liz was admitted to the Illinois Supreme Court Bar in 2001, and was hired as a Clerk for the Chief Judge of the Chancery Division of Cook County. While in Chicago, she accepted a position at the law firm of Field & Golan, and served on the Chicago Council of Lawyer’s Board of Managers, where she practiced banking, real estate, estate planning, probate and commercial litigation for approximately 4 years before joining her father, E.C. Eberspacher, as a partner at Dove & Dove Attorneys in Shelbyville, Illinois.
Her practice is the general practice of law and civil litigation across 25 counties in Central and Southern Illinois. Her areas of focus include contract law, divorce, child custody, adoption, guardianship, real estate, civil litigation, estate planning and probate. She represents a diverse base of clients, including individuals, villages, businesses and financial institutions.
Liz is admitted to all state and appellate courts in Illinois, in addition to the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of the U.S. District Courts in Illinois, and has experience trying cases before both State and Federal Courts in Illinois as well as experience before the Illinois Appellate Court’s First and Fifth Districts.
Liz has been awarded the following:
- Appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to act as Shelby County Public Guardian and Administrator – Summer 2013, Reaffirmed by Governor Bruce Rauner.
- Featured in top women attorneys in Illinois in Chicago Magazine- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
- Illini Radio Group’s “Outstanding Women You Should Know” Award – May 2010.
- Leading Lawyers – Selected Emerging Lawyers 2015, 2016 and 2017.
- Leading Lawyers – Selected Leading Lawyer over 40 years of age 2018, 2019 and 2020.
- Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” – January, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Liz’s recent engagements include:
- CLE: Update of New Illinois Child Support Statute – Effingham, IL – June 2017 – speaker.
- ISBA Family Law Update: 2013, 2015 and 2017 A French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, LA – attendee.
- CLE: Rewrite of Illinois Marriage & Dissolution of Marriage Act – Effingham, IL – June 2016 – speaker.
- Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – IICLE: Divorce Boot Camp Topic “Child Custody & Visitation” – September 2013 and 2015 – speaker.
- Speaker at IICLE Webcast – Divorce Bootcamp on Custody, Visitation and Changes in Illinois law – August 2015.
- Hosting a family law webinar series with her Associated Kaylee Boehm for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – July 2015.
- Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – IICLE: Advanced Evidentiary Issues at Trial – Topic “Social Media” – January 2013.
- CLE: Child Custody Mediation in Downstate Illinois – Topic “Preparing Clients for Child Custody Mediation: Suggestions for Attorneys’ – January 2013.
Liz is an active member of the Shelbyville Greater Area Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
She has taught at Eastern Illinois University as an adjunct professor of Paralegalism.
She is currently involved in many philanthropic activities including her work as a board member on the Illinois Wesleyan University Council for Women, to which she was appointed in 2008.
She also works with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation to provide pro bono paternity and divorce legal services for members of the public who qualify.
Additionally, she speaks at local public schools each year regarding the law on sexual abuse and sexual assault, and she acts as an appointed Guardian Ad Litem to represent minors and disabled adults in pending litigation.
Finally, Liz is a licensed mediator since 2013 in the State of Illinois, and conducts mediations for mothers and fathers who wish to mediate their divorce, decision making and parenting time disputes rather than litigate them, and is also trained to mediate financial matters between husbands and wives who want to settle their differences outside of a Court of law. Liz was licensed in September of 2018, as a Collaborative Family Law Attorney, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 294, adopted June 8, 2018.
She is married to Jeffrey L. Nohren and they have two sons, William and Benjamin. They reside in Shelbyville, Illinois, and are members of the First Christian Church.