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Profile of Illinois Attorney John T. Phipps

Divorce, civil litigation, criminal defense and more

With more than 40 years of experience practicing law in Illinois, I am able to bring creative solutions to my clients’ problems. One size does not fit all, so we listen to our clients and learn about their case and provide personalized representation to each client and our work is designed to fit each client’s specific needs. I provide using our extensive knowledge to help and experience.  Because of our experience in so many different practice areas we bring a “big picture” perspective to our clients’ problems which benefit each client.

Other lawyers look to me for guidance in the fields of family law and civil litigation. I give continuing legal education lectures, to other lawyers edit a newsletter read by many Illinois attorneys and have published more than 100 articles or book chapters on a variety of legal topics. Most recently, I wrote the chapter on Modification of Support and Maintenance in Divorce cases for the 2011 edition of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook. As a client, you will directly benefit from my recognized expertise.

The Illinois State Bar Association has honored me with numerous awards in acknowledgement of my contributions to my clients and the profession. I was pleased to be named a Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Lawyers in 2007, as this honor also recognizes my services to clients. Indeed, my greatest reward is my ability to use my experience and knowledge for the benefit of people I represent. I have been recognized as both an Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer.  I am also a leader in providing legal services to the disadvantaged through my work with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Choose my experience, qualifications and personal approach

I care about your problem, and I have the necessary skill to help you solve it. Make an appointment to review your legal concern with me at John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C.

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Admitted to practice
  • Illinois, 1965
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1965
    • Phi Alpha Delta
  • DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, B.A., 1959
  • Leading Lawyers of Illinois for Family Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Illinois Super Lawyers for Family Law
Awards and honors
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Lawyers, class of 2007
  • IICLE's Addis E. Hull Award for Career Long Excellence in Continuing Education, 1999
  • Illinois State Bar Association Austin Fleming Award in 2006 as editor of the General Practice Section newsletter
  • Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governor's Award, 2003
  • Illinois Supreme Court
    • Argued four reported cases in the Illinois Supreme Court
    • Member, Illinois Supreme Court (now Illinois Judicial Conference)
    • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1990–2005
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, ISBA Assembly, 1998–2004 and 2007–present
    • Law Office Technology Committee, 1974–1979
    • Corporation and Securities Law Section Council, l976–1978
    • Management and Economics of the Practice of Law Section Counsel, 1979–1983; Chair, 1980–1982
    • Family Law Section Council, 1985–1990
    • Task Force on Educational Bigotry, 1990–1992
    • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1990–1993
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1993–1997, Chair, 1994–1995, Co-editor, ADR Section Newsletter, 1993–1997
    • Member, General Practice Section Council, 1997–2004
    • Member, ISBA Task Force on Attorneys for Children, 1997 –1998
    • Chair, Sale of a Solo Practice Committee, 2002–2005, which resulted in the Illinois Supreme Court adopting a rule to permit the sale or transfer of a law practice
    • Chair, Computerized Legal Research Committee 2004–present, which resulted in adoption of Fastcase, free online legal research as an ISBA member benefit
    • ISBA Attorney Registration Disciplinary Committee (ARDC) liaison, 2004–present; Chair 2007–present,
    • Frequent lecturer at ISBA continuing legal education courses
  • American Bar Association
    • Editor, General Practice Section Newsletter, 1990–1995
    • Member, General Practice Section Council, 1993–1997
    • Frequent lecturer at ABA General Practice Section Continuing Education courses
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
    • Member of Board of Directors, 1989–1998
    • Lecturer for numerous IICLE courses and author of numerous chapters in IICLE practice handbooks
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Charter Fellow
  • Champaign County Legal Assistance Foundation (legal services for the poor in Champaign County, IL)
    • Board Member, 1965–1973
    • President, 1970–1973, when the local program merged into Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (civil legal services for the poor in the southern 65 counties of Illinois)
    • Founder
    • Board Member, 1973–present
    • Chairman, 1980–1994
Reported cases
  • In re Marriage of Waller, 791 N.E.2d 674 (Ill. App. 4th Dist. 2003)
  • Harris v. Manor Healthcare Corporation, et al., 489 N.E.2d 1374 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1986)
  • Baily v. Timpone, 389 N.E.2d 1193 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1979)
  • Cessna v. Montgomery, 344 N.E.2d 447 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1976)
  • Okaw Homes, Inc. v. Industrial Commission, 237 N.E.2d 510 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1968)
  • Co-Author:
    • "Going to Trial, a Step-by-Step Guide to Trial Practice," American Bar Association, General Practice Section (1989) updated by new editor (1999)
    • Agricultural and Agri-Business Loans, Chapter 9, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, l987
  • Author
    • Illinois Basic Practice Guide, Chapter 3, Illinois Residential Real Estate Practice IICLE, l978
    • Law for the Legal Secretary and Para-professional, Chapter l8, Domestic Relations and Chapter 11, Extraordinary Remedies and Equitable Relief, l985
    • Modification of Divorce Judgments, Chapter 6, ISBA Family Law Handbook, (1995 Edition)
    • More than 100 published chapters and articles in IICLE practice handbooks and American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association newsletters
Public service
  • Military service
    • Active Duty, Lieutenant, United States Air Force, 1959–1962
    • Served as Provost Marshall, Director of Security and Law Enforcement, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois during the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis, awarded Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service
    • Air Force Reserve, M-Day Assignment Air Police, Scott Air Force Base, 1962–1967
    • Completed service as a USAF Reserve Captain
  • Village Attorney
    • Village of Mahomet, IL, 1970–1975: During service as village attorney, the village enacted the comprehensive plans and updated its zoning ordinances which provided the basis for Mahomet's growth.
    • Village of Bondville, IL, 1971–1977: Bondville had been incorporated as a village only a short time before appointed. During service as village attorney, the village developed and enacted the comprehensive plans and basic zoning, building codes, and basic ordinances to meet village needs.
  • United States Selective Service System, Government Appeal Agent, 1967–1973
  • Special Prosecutor, Champaign County State's Attorney's Office, 1968
Community involvement
  • Clark Lindsey Village Retirement Community: 1966–1975, President, 1970–1973. Board developed and built one of the first integrated full service retirement communities in Illinois
  • Community Day Care School: 1969–1972; President 1969–1971
  • Church: Faith United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, 1971–1977; Chairman, 1972–1977
  • Little League Coach: Border League Team, 1977–1980
  • Champaign-Urbana Youth Hockey Board, 1978–1984; President, 1980–1984
  • Champaign-Urbana Symphony Board,1986–1994
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival Board (Illinois State University—Normal, Illinois), 1998–present