Ted A. Meyers, Partner
Look around attorney Ted A. Meyers’ office and you’ll see why the legal profession means so much to him. On one wall you’ll see the faces of Ted’s great uncle, grandfather, uncle and father, all of whom were attorneys. Being fourth-generation is something Ted says is great, especially in how it offers a perspective on how he performs his job.
“I followed my dad around a lot and began going to court with him when I was 7. He taught me that the practice of law is a profession, not a business. With my father, it was never about making money, it was about helping people,” Meyers explains. “There’s a business aspect to it, but the reality is you take care of people, you take care of their problems.”
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and Computer Applications, Ted first worked as a computer software programmer before entering law school and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1986.
With a general focus on business transactions, estate planning, and real estate, Ted describes himself as the legal equivalent of the family doctor. As a trusted advisor to many families and businesses, Ted’s main focus is to advise clients to take steps to treat and resolve legal ailments before they require surgery.
In addition to working with his long-term clients, another key aspect of Ted’s practice is assisting the firm’s litigation practice and advising families who are awarded financial settlements.
“Representing an injured client or a family that has lost a loved one does not end after a large verdict or settlement is secured. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is not a game, nor is it a lottery that anyone would want to win. Monies recovered compensate personal tragedy and loss, and often our clients face a lifetime of medical care. In such cases, numerous tax and guardianship issues need to be addressed and often long-term care plans need to be properly budgeted.”
Ted is proud of the firm’s policy of assisting injured families with guardianship issues at no additional cost after settlements have been awarded and fees have been paid. Ted recalls sage advice he received from his father: “Being a successful lawyer and doing the right thing for your clients are not mutually exclusive--but are in fact mutually inclusive.” Asked why Meyers & Flowers has been so successful over the years, Ted attributes it to having great clients and working with a great team that share his passion for justice.
Outside of his memberships with the Kane County Bar, the Illinois State Bar and the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association, Ted is a Director of the Mary Gardner Foundation, which supports public charities that support the education and development of economically and physically disadvantaged children in Kane and McHenry counties, including: the Elgin Boys and Girls Club, McHenry County Music Center, the Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools to support the opening of a charter school in Elgin.