Attorneys

David R. Gervais

David is the principal attorney and founder of The Law Offices of David R. Gervais. He has practiced law for over 30 years, representing individuals and families with their personal legal needs.

David graduated Bucknell University with a B.A. in philosophy. He then received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981, and was Phi Alpha Delta. He was admitted to the Illinois bar and is a member of the McHenry County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

David has been Commissioner and Past President of the Cary Park District, a Life Member and Past President of the McHenry County Historical Society, and is the current Commissioner and Past President of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. He grew up in Crystal Lake and graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School, and he and his wife raised their three children in McHenry County. David enjoys spending time outdoors and is actively involved with local issues, including politics, historic preservation and conservation.

Kelly E. Hughes

Kelly E. Hughes (formerly Vaclavek) was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2007. She received a B.A. in communication arts and sciences with an emphasis on communicative theories from DePauw University. She attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the McHenry County Bar Association. The mother of two sons, Kelly has lived in McHenry County for seven years. Her interest in both gardening and photography often inspire her to photograph the many flowers in the gardens maintained at the Law Offices.

Kelly’s practice areas include Family Law, Divorce and Criminal Law.

William J. Bligh

Bill graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government (now Political Science). After working for three years, Bill returned to law school and graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1998. He then moved to Chicago before settling with his wife in McHenry County more than ten years ago. He is a member of the Criminal Law and Family Law subsections of the McHenry County Bar Association, and is the former Secretary/Treasurer of the Criminal Law subsection. In addition, he is a past Director of the McHenry County Historical Society. An intermittent cyclist and runner, Bill loves attending his son's soccer games and being outside. A former felony narcotics prosecutor, Bill practices criminal, civil and divorce law.

Thomas J. Leahy

Tom Leahy has a passion for the law which has spanned more than 40 years. He is recognized for his achievements in the practice of family law and civil litigation. Tom Leahy brought his skills and experience to Gervais Law in 2004.

Tom is a long-term resident of Crystal Lake, moving to the area in 1955 as a small child. Growing up on the family farm in McHenry County, he received an education in farming and hard work. He attended Marian Central High School where he ran track and played basketball. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in business administration from Marquette University, Tom served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Military Police Corps. In 1972, he graduated from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar.

Past-president of the McHenry County Bar Association, Tom is a respected member of the Family Law section of both the McHenry County and the Illinois State Bar Associations. He also serves as a court arbitrator, participating in hearings and decisions to achieve a fair result.

Community involvement includes membership and recognition from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. Tom's former firm received one of five achievement awards at the 1986 annual dinner. Tom served as a trustee of McHenry County College from 1973 to 1976. He is active in his church, as well as involved in supporting area arts and culture 

An avid sailor, Tom learned to sail during a storm on Crystal Lake when he was a teen. He has sailed in competitions on Lake Michigan and crewed with friends on Lake Superior and Lake Geneva. When the wind is blowing right, you can find him trimming sail on Crystal Lake. Lacking wind, there is always canoeing, biking, hiking, or cross-country skiing for Tom.

Practice areas for Tom include family law and civil litigation. He is an excellent resource for his colleagues at Gervais Law.

According to Dave Gervais, "Tom provides a depth of research and breadth of understanding of the legal process along with a passion for fairness that is hard to find. We value his input and opinion. We are happy to have Tom Leahy on our team. His reputation throughout the county is one of respect and admiration."  

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