Beyond her law practice, Jody enjoys spending time with her family, horses, and dogs. She rides horses competitively in the barrel racing and team roping arenas; and, otherwise, she enjoys leisure rides with her friends. In addition to her horses, Jody enjoys outdoor activities, biking, and running, including having completed the Chicago Marathon. Jody also loves to volunteer in the community and has served on boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations.
Jody L. Beilke
Jody Beilke joined Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP in 2007; and, she was named a partner in 2015. She is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Jody’s practice involves civil litigation in all state and federal courts in Illinois with focus and emphasis in civil appeals and equine law. She continues to develop her practice in these areas; and, she participates in regular speaking engagements. Jody also practices in other areas including, but not limited to: adoptions, business and corporation formations and organizations, business transactions and contracts, collections, commercial litigation, construction law, debtor/creditor issues and rights, employment and labor law, animal law, foreclosures, insurance defense, and real estate transactions. She is also an active and dedicated member of the firm’s personal injury group dealing with automobile accidents, slips and falls, and other injuries to person and property. Jody regularly represents large and small business, financial institutions, and insurance companies. She also represents a wide variety of individuals, including those she is appointed to represent as a Guardian ad Litem.
Jody is a native of the Rockford area where she graduated from Rockford Lutheran High School. She completed her undergraduate education at Rockford University where she majored in psychology with a minor in mathematics. Jody then attended Northern Illinois University College of Law.
B.A., Rockford College, Summa Cum Laude (2004)
J.D., NIU College of Law (2007)
Illinois Bar Association
Appellate Lawyers Association
Boone County Bar Association
Boone County Bar Association for 2017-2018, Secretary
Winnebago County Bar Association, Board of Directors
Winnebago County Bar Association, Former Treasurer
Winnebago County Bar Association, Former Assistant Treasurer
Winnebago County Bar Association, Family Law Chair
Winnebago County Bar Association Member
Ogle County Bar Association Member
American Quarter Horse Association
Former Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center, Bow Tie March and 5K Committee
Former Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center Board Member, Governance Committee
Rockford Network of Professional Women
American Heart Association Former GO RED Committee
Winnebago County Bar Association, Trial Appellate Committee Chair
Children’s Home & Aid, Board Member
ISBA Insurance Law Section Council 2018-2019
Illinois Defense Counsel
Chicago Women Leaders Group
Women’s Leadership Summit