A 1994 graduate of the College of Law, Professor Sam Limentato joined Meyer Capel as a shareholder of the firm in February 2023. Immediately prior to joining the firm, he served as a Champaign County Circuit Judge from August 2020 through December 2022.
Due to his unique background and experience, Professor Limentato focuses on litigation services, real estate, business planning and transactions, personal injury, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition to his prior service as a Circuit Judge for the Illinois Sixth Judicial Circuit, he worked at other local law firms, where he was involved with insurance defense, general civil litigation, workers’ compensation, dram shop, employment, and contract matters. From 1999 through 2019, Professor Limentato was a founding and managing member of Torricelli & Limentato, where he was engaged in a robust practice, spanning the presentation of legal matters to judges and juries both locally and in over 30 other Illinois counties. He continued his practice as Limentato Law, beginning in 2019, until May 2020, when he was unanimously appointed by order of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Circuit Judge. He was the presiding judge of the Family Law Division in Champaign County, addressing issues involving families, children, weddings, adoptions, and orders of protection. He was also involved in other judicial areas, including various civil and criminal matters, including the consideration of search and arrest warrants.
Professor Limentato is licensed to practice in all the Courts of the State of Illinois and in the U.S. District Court of the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (where he serves on the Bench and Bar committee and Law Office Management & Economics committee), the Illinois Judges Association, and Champaign County Bar Association. He has also been a past member of the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society. Professor Limentato has also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Public Health and as a certified mediator for Champaign County.
Professor Limentato has been involved in our community in numerous capacities, including as youth and Illinois High School Association baseball coach, past homeowner’s association president, and remains a frequent presenter and speaker at our schools and community organizations. He is a member of Champaign Rotary, and also serves as a board member for multiple community and civic groups, including Crisis Nursery and Salt & Light.
Professor Limentato received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1991. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1994 and passed the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Examination in 1995.