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   3Philip E. KoenigRock Island(309) 788-0743pkoenig@koeniglawfirm.compkoenig@koeniglawfirm.comKoenig Law Firmwww.koeniglawfirm.comwww.koeniglawfirm.comkoenigphilip.jpgClosely & Privately Held Business LawReal Estate Law: ResidentialTax Law: IndividualTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawEstate Administration, Contested Estate/ProbateTax & General Business MattersAgri-Business Legal ConcernsBusiness & Probate Litigation, Commercial LitigationCivil Litigation, Strong knowledge of the court
Philip E.
Koenig Law Firm
1515 4th Ave Ste 201
Rock Island IL 61201-8651
Ph.(309) 788-0743 Fx.(309) 788-0756Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Closely & Privately Held Business Law    Estate Administration, Contested Estate/Probate
Real Estate Law: Residential    Tax & General Business Matters
Tax Law: Individual     Agri-Business Legal Concerns
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law     Business & Probate Litigation, Commercial Litigation
    Civil Litigation, Strong knowledge of the court
Advisory Board Member
County:  Rock Island
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in trusts, wills, estate planning, tax, real estate, and general business issues. He is unique in that he is both an experienced litigator and a transactional lawyer. He provides complete estate planning services including tax planning, preparation of trust agreements, wills and powers of attorney, and estate administration. He has extensive experience with contested estate matters. He also handles mechanic's lien and construction litigation.

He often utilizes living trusts as a preferred method to avoid probate and streamline the process of administration following a death. His trial experience includes real estate, estate, probate, and tax litigation. His clients have achieved positive results in the trial and appellate courts. He has extensive experience dealing with tax audits and tax dispute issues for personal and small or closely-held businesses. As a result of his vast trial and transactional experience, he is often called upon with business formation, entity, and incorporation issues. While he enjoys helping clients out of problems, he receives just as much satisfaction from his work helping clients avoid legal problems through proper planning and structuring of entities or assets.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Estate of Muppavarapu, 359 III App 3d 925 (Third District 2005), reversing trial court's finding on a breach of trust issue.

Melton v. Melton, 324 F 2d 941 (7th Circuit 2003), affirming application of federal preemption in a dispute over employer-provided life insurance benefits.

Metrobank v. Gottman, (Third District 2000), unpublished decision reversing trial court on admission of testimony of drafter in trust interpretation.

Piano v. Piano, (Third District 1999), unpublished decision affirming absolute right of partition by co-tenant of real estate.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1975
U.S. District Court
  Central District of Illinois, 1975
  Northern District of Illinois, 1985
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
U.S. Tax Court, 1994

Hourly Rate:  $200-$250/hour

Retainer:  Varies by case.

Year of Birth:  1949

Law School:  Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, J.D., 1975

Undergraduate School:  Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1972

Representative Clients:  
Farmers, business owners, professionals, and other persons with estate planning and administration needs.

Employment History:  
Practiced law in western Illinois since 1975.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Rock Island County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Trusts and Estates Section Council, 1999
    • Illinois Real Estate Law Section Council, member, 1979-1985
      • Chair, 1996-1997
    • Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council, 1986-1989
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, charter member
  • Quad City Estate Planning Council
  • Delta Theta Phi

Community Involvement:  
Rotary Club, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Moline

Published Legal Writing:  
"Survey of Illinois Law - Real Estate Finance," 12 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1157, 1988

Articles in the ISBA Trust and Estate newsletter

Legal Lectures:  
Continuing education seminars involving recent case updates and on estate planning for retirement benefits

Firm Description:  
From his law offices in Rock Island, Illinois, estate and trust attorney Philip E. Koenig counsels individuals and businesses from the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa. Mr. Koenig has a wide-ranging practice which makes him most valuable to his clients and often to peers who either lack his experience or limit their own practice and thus need his insight. His clients often have legal issues that transcend or involve many of these areas of law, each of which Mr. Koenig has experience and deep knowledge of:
  • Agriculture law
  • Association & non-profit/not-for-profit law
  • Banking & financial institutions law
  • Personal and commercial bankruptcy including Chapters 7, 11, and 13
  • Civil appellate
  • Construction law
  • Creditor's rights and commercial collections law
  • Elder law
  • Foreclosure defense law
  • Insurance coverage issue for claimants/insured individuals
  • Legal fee disputes
  • Personal injury and medical malpractice law for injured persons
  • Real estate-related issues including land use, zoning, condemnation, and renter's and tenant's law
  • Probate and wills, trusts, and estate issues
But maybe most important of all, Mr. Koenig is a wonderful, caring, concerned person who can be a very zealous advocate when aggressive action is called for.

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