Kayla M. Hickey


“I help clients through some of the most challenging and emotional times of their lives by determining their individual goals, identifying pathways to attaining those goals, and achieving successful results. Dedication and commitment to each client is my first priority.”

Kayla M. Hickey is a Partner with Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. After gaining experience in the litigation department of a large Peoria law firm, Kayla joined BGM in order to focus her practice on family law, where she would have an opportunity to represent individual people in their time of need. Kayla handles a variety of family law issues, including dissolution of marriage, property distribution, child support, maintenance, college expenses, and disputes regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities. Kayla recognizes that family law matters can be emotionally and financially challenging, and she strives to help her clients through these difficult situations. She fiercely advocates for her clients, whether through settlement negotiations or courtroom litigation.

Kayla understands that the client comes first. She focuses on what is important to each individual client, assesses each issue, sets goals for the outcome, and works closely with her client to develop strategies to achieve the desired goals. Kayla ensures that her clients are well-represented through her strong attention to detail and knowledge of relevant case law and statutory authority. She embraces the challenges each situation presents, and she puts in the hard work necessary for her clients’ success.

Kayla grew up in Greenville, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Peoria, Illinois with her husband, two kids, and dogs. Kayla is grateful for the ability to travel and explore the outdoors, spend time with friends and family, get lost in a good book, and enjoy a large scoop (or two) of ice cream.


Kayla graduated from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In 2014, she graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate. She received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2018. During her years of schooling, Kayla maintained employment in various industries, including a clerkship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Missouri. Kayla is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Honors And Awards

  • CALI Award Recipient at SIU School of Law

Memberships And Offices

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Tazewell County Bar Association
  • ISBA Young Lawyers’ Division Committee Member

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