Laef N. Lorton

Senior Counsel/Owner

Laef was born and raised in the area. He grew up on his family farm located on the Greene-Jersey County line. He became a partner with the firm in January 2008 after joining the firm in April 2006. He is experienced in criminal/DUI defense, real estate, agricultural law, civil litigation, family law, personal injury, and estate administration/planning. While in law school, he clerked with the Illinois State Appellate Defender’s Office and Southern Illinois University Student’s Legal Assistance Center. After graduating law school, Laef worked for Greene County State’s Attorney Matthew Goetten as a 711 assistant prosecutor and acted as a special prosecutor while State’s Attorney Goetten was on military leave. He opened the Law Offices of Laef N. Lorton in November 2005 and joined the law firm of George P. Wittman, P.C. in 2006.


Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Family Law
Real Estate/Agriculture Law

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 2005
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2007


Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
B.S. – 2001
Major: Marketing

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
J.D. – 2005

Professional Associations and Community Affiliations

Illinois Bar Association
Co-Chairman of LTP Committee, St. Francis/Holy Ghost Schools Tracy Foundation
Friends of Pere Marquette State Park, Board of Directors Member
Jerseyville Development Association, Past Board of Directors Member
Jersey County Bar Association, Past President
Westlake County Club, Past Board of Directors Member
ELL Constitutional Club, Past Moderator
Fifth Grade Basketball Coach for St. Francis/Holy Ghost Schools, Past Coach

Past Employment Positions

Greene County Illinois, Special Prosecutor, 2005
Lorton Law Office, Owner, 2005 – 2006
Law Office of George P. Wittman, Associate, 2006 – 2007