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Jensen joins Vandalia law firm

The law firm of Burnside, Johnston, Connor & Jensen, P.C., formerly Burnside, Johnston & Connor, P.C., has announced that Keith Jensen has become a shareholder and principal of the firm.
Jensen did his undergraduate work at Illinois Wesleyan and graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1976.  He thereafter served as an assistant state’s attorney in both Madison and St. Clair counties before becoming a special prosecutor for Fayette, Bond and Cumberland counties.
He then served as an assistant attorney general as the Director of Violent Crime Strike Force from 1992-99, trying numerous capital cases throughout the state.
He practiced privately from 1999-2003, at which time he became general counsel for the Illinois State Police, where he served until 2007.
In 2007, he was appointed a judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, presiding in Madison and Bond counties, where he served until his retirement in 2014.
Jensen is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Missouri, as well as the Southern District of Illinois in Federal Court. He has appeared before the circuit, appellate and supreme court of the state of Illinois, as well as in federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The firm of Burnside, Johnston, Connor & Jensen, P.C. has been in continuous existence since the formation of the firm in 1883 by William Farmer and John J. Brown.
Its membership has included a chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court (William Farmer), a federal district judge (J. G. Burnside), state’s attorneys of Fayette County (Robert G. Burnside and M. Don Sheafor); a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly (Jack Johnston); and several trial court judges (J. G. Burnside, M. Don Sheafor, J. Marc Kelly).

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