Doug Gruenke received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he served as a Student Senator. Three years later, he graduated with his juris doctor (J.D.) from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is licensed to practice law in the Illinois state courts (2002), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2002), and in the Missouri state courts (2004).
Mr. Gruenke worked as an attorney at the law firm of Belsheim & Bruckert prior to the formation of Bruckert, Gruenke & Long, P.C. Mr. Gruenke currently focuses his practice on municipal law, labor and employment law, real estate, small business law, general litigation, and bankruptcy. He currently serves as the City Attorney for Centralia, Illinois, the Village Attorney for New Baden, Illinois, and Albers, Illinois, and the Zoning Hearing Officer for O’Fallon, Illinois.
In addition to representing numerous municipalities and small businesses, Mr. Gruenke also serves as an adjunct instructor of Business Law at Park University, where he teaches Business Law I and Business Law II as part of the management program. Mr. Gruenke also teaches the Illinois’ Firearm Concealed Carry Act 16 hour training requirement.
Mr. Gruenke is a member of the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Clinton County Bar Association, and St. Clair County Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He was also the Republican Candidate for Illinois Circuit Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit – Clinton County in 2010.
Mr. Gruenke is also actively involved in his church, First Baptist Church O’Fallon. He currently serves as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, and has served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. He also enjoys helping lead the church’s Upward youth sports program by serving as the Flag Football Coach Commissioner, the Basketball Director and as a coach.