After graduation from Law School at the University of Illinois in 1965, I spent three years in the Judge Advocate General Corps for the U.S. Army. I received an Honorable Discharge as a Captain and returned to McLean County in 1968. I have been in private practice since that time.
My practice was concentrated in representing clients who had been injured, including those hurt by legal malpractice. I represented clients in 48 jury trials and an equal number of bench trials. The majority of my cases were referred to me by other attorneys because of my experience and achievement in the trial arena. I represented clients in jury trials in ten counties in Central Illinois. I retired from the active practice of law April 1, 2015.
McLean County, Illinois State (Corporation and Securities Law, 1980-1985; Chairman, Committee on Long
Range Planning, 1976-1977; Member, Committee on Delivery ofof Legal Services, 1987-1992; Member, Allerton House Conference on Civil Litigation, 1996; Speaker, Civil Practice Update, 1997) and American Bar Associations; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Illinois Farm Legal Assistance Foundation (Board of Directors).
Program Chairman and Moderator, IICLE, “Practical Application of Securities Law to Real Estate, Banking and Business Practice,” 1982.
Columnist, Securities Law, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 1983-1987.
Member, National Arbitration Panels of: National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., 1985-1987 and New York Stock Exchange, 1985-1993.
Author: “Medical Battery: An Alternative to Negligence,” Trial Journal of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 4, No. 2, Summer 2002.
Member of the Council, Insurance and Tort Sections, Illinois State Bar Association, 2004.
Assistant Professor, Business Law, Illinois State University, 1969-1972. Certified as McLean County Civil Case Mediator, 1996 and Arbitrator, 1997.
Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation (Charter member). Master Bencher, Robert Underwood Inn of Court.
I am married to Kathleen Allison and have three grown children and two grandchildren.
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1977
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1969
U.S. Federal Court, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1965 J.D.
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1963 B.A.
Honors and Awards:
Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation