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   3John T. PhippsChampaign(217) 359-2929jphipps@jphippslaw.comjphipps@jphippslaw.comJohn T. Phipps Law Offices PCwww.johnphippslaw.comwww.johnphippslaw.comphippsjohn.jpgFamily LawADR Law: FamilyCivil DisputesCriminal Defense (limited practice)Estate PlanningReal EstateBusiness Law
John T.
John T. Phipps Law Offices PC
44 E Main St Ste 303
Champaign IL 61820
Ph.(217) 359-2929 Fx.(217) 359-5329
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Civil Disputes
ADR Law: Family    Criminal Defense (limited practice)
    Estate Planning
    Real Estate
    Business Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Champaign
Practice Description:  
With more than 40 years of experience practicing law in Illinois, John T. Phipps is able to bring creative solutions to 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. Our work is designed to fit each client’s specific needs.

Because his experience covers so many practice areas, Mr. Phipps brings a "big picture" perspective to clients’ problems.

Other lawyers look to Mr. Phipps for guidance in the fields of family law and civil litigation. He gives continuing legal education lectures to lawyers, edits a newsletter read by many Illinois attorneys, and has published more than 100 articles or book chapters on a variety of legal topics. Most recently, Mr. Phipps 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.

The Illinois State Bar Association has honored Mr. Phipps with numerous awards in acknowledgement of his contributions to clients and to the profession. He was named a Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Lawyers in 2007, an honor that also recognizes my services to clients. But his greatest reward is Mr. Phipps' ability to use his experience and knowledge for the benefit of the people he represents.

Mr. Phipps has been recognized as both an Illinois Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer. He is also a leader in providing legal services to the disadvantaged through his work with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Notable Cases and Results:  
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)

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1965
U.S. Supreme Court, 1970

Year of Birth:  1937

Law School:  University of Illinois, J.D., 1965

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Alpha Delta

Undergraduate School:  DePauw University, B.A., 1959

Employment History:  
John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C., 1970-present

Government-Related Law Assignments
Village of Bondville
  Village Attorney, 1971-1977
Village of Mahomet
  Village Attorney, 1970-1975
Champaign County State's Attorney's Office
  Special Prosecutor, 1968

Military Service
U.S. Selective Service System
  Government Appeal Agent, 1967-1973
Air Force Reserve (completed service as a Reserve Captain)
  M-Day Assignment Air Police, Scott Air Force Base, 1962-1967
Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, 1959-1962

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
  ISBA Assembly, 1998-2004, 2007-present
  Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, 1990-1997
    Chairman, 1994-1995
  General Practice Section Council, 1997-2004
  Family Law Section Council, 1985-1990
  Management and Economics of the Practice of Law Section Council, 1979-1983
    Chair, 1980-1982
  Corporation and Securities Law Section Council, 1976-1978
  ISBA ARDC liaison, 2004-2008
  Senior Lawyers Section Council, 2009-present
    Chair, 2013-2014
  Special Committee on Succession and Transition Planning
    Chair, 2017-present
American Bar Association
  General Practice Section Council, 1993-1997
  General Practice Section newsletter editor, 1990-1995
American Bar Foundation
Illinois Bar Foundation
  Charter Fellow
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  Board of Directors, 1989-1998
Champaign County Legal Assistance Foundation
  Board, 1965-1973
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  Board, 1973-present
  Chairman, 1980-1994

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Leading Lawyers, recognized in Family Law and Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005-present
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, recognized in Family Law
  • 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
  • ISBA Austin Fleming Award, 2006, as editor of the General Practice Section newsletter
  • Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors Award, 2003, 2018

Community Involvement:  
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Board, Illinois State University

Published Legal Writing:  
Mr. Phipps has written more than 100 chapters and articles in IICLE practice handbooks and in ABA and ISBA newsletters. He is the author or co-author of the following:

"Going to Trial, A Step-by-Step Guide to Trial Practice and Procedure," co-author, ABA, 1989 (updated by 1999 edition)
"Modifications of Divorce Judgments," Ch. 6, ISBA Family Law Handbook, 1995

"Agricultural and Agri-Business Loans," co-author, Ch. 9, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, Illinois Institute of Contining Legal Education, 1987

Domestic Relations (Ch. 18) and Extraordinary Remedies and Equitable Relief (Ch. 11), Law for the Legal Secretary and Para-professional, 1985

"Illinois Residential Real Estate Practice," Ch. 3, Illinois Basic Practice Guide, IICLE, 1978

Legal Lectures:  
Mr. Phipps has lectured frequently at ISBA Continuing Legal Education courses, ABA General Practice Section Continuing Legal Education courses, and numerous IICLE courses.

Firm Description:  
John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C., provides client-centered, innovative legal services. The firm works with clients to solve legal problems of all kinds, using its experience at the negotiating table and in court to obtain the best possible results. The firm's excellent record of success continues to grow due to case preparation and collaborative work with our clients.

The law firm is well-known in the Champaign area for its skill at both negotiation and trial, especially in divorce and custody cases. With more than 40 years of trial and appellate litigation experience, John T. Phipps Law Offices is recognized for getting the best possible outcome for clients. The firm has the expertise needed to negotiate settlements that protect clients' interests, but it will readily go to court to fight for the result any client deserves.

The firm helps people with all kinds of other civil disputes and trials, such as contract and business disputes, probate, select criminal cases and all other types of litigated cases. The firm protects and fights for their clients' rights using the wisdom of its experience to vigorously pursue the best possible result.

John T. Phipps Law Offices also handles many other transactions, from real estate transactions, wills, trusts, probate business formation and business and personal contracts and related matters.

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