JC
J.C. Seyster
1878-1943

C.E. Gardner
1891-1937

Fearer
William P. Fearer
1895-1936

Fearer
Fred Gardner
1910-1943


Gerald W. Fearer
1964-1943


Philp H. Nye Sr.
1934-1992


William P. Fearer II
1965-2008



Firm History

Since its founding in 1878, the Fearer, Nye & Chadwick law firm has been dedicated
to providing excellent representation to those in need of legal assistance. 

Throughout the years, the attorneys from Fearer, Nye & Chadwick have represented over 50,000 individuals and businesses and have handled an estimated 3,000 trials. The firm has earned both national and state recognition for its legal accomplishments and community service and has been recognized by the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminant Lawyers since 1945 for “high professional legal standards and ethics.” The highly regarded Martindale-Hubbell Register law firm peer review publication awarded Fearer, Nye & Chadwick an "AV" rating which is only awarded to those firms having the "highest level of legal ability". 

In 2003 the firm was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by United States Congressman Donald Manzullo “in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.” During its distinguished history the Fearer, Nye & Chadwick law firm  has been instrumental in shaping Illinois law.  For the past 113 consecutive years, a member of the Fearer family has practiced law with the firm making it what is believed to be the sixth oldest continuous family run law firm in the State of Illinois.

In addition to serving their communities, Fearer, Nye & Chadwick attorneys have moved on to serve positions with the Montana Supreme Court, State of Illinois Judiciary, and United States Congress.  The attorneys in Fearer, Nye & Chadwick take pride in serving as leaders in both the legal system and in their communities.

Fearer, Nye & Chadwick attorneys are active in pro-bono legal work for the underprivileged.  It has been the ongoing commitment of the attorneys and staff at Fearer, Nye & Chadwick throughout the decades to use their skills and direct their resources to better the community and assist those in need.