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   3R. Mark MifflinSpringfield(217) 525-1571mmifflin@giffinwinning.commmifflin@giffinwinning.comGiffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PCgiffinwinning.comgiffinwinning.commifflinrmark.jpgCommercial LitigationGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
R. Mark
Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC
1 W Old State Capitol Plz Ste 600
Springfield IL 62701
Ph.(217) 525-1571 Fx.(217) 525-1710Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Complex civil litigation is one of the areas where Mr. Mifflin excels. He brings extensive experience in all levels of court work (from state administrative agency through the Illinois Supreme Court) and a wide range of case circumstances where he has obtained favorable results for his clients. He applies a practical approach to handling complex litigation, so clients report that they are confident in the pace and progress of their cases from start to finish.

Mr. Mifflin is also a registered lobbyist with the state of Illinois and has a proven track record of working with legislators and administrators at all levels of state government.

Follows are some examples of Mr. Mifflin's work:
Litigation: Mr. Mifflin has obtained favorable results for his clients in a wide variety of civil litigation cases. He successfully defended a major university in a sexual discrimination class action case. In another case, our firm was retained by a statewide judges association to contest a law which negatively impacted judicial pensions. He represented the judges in circuit court and in the Illinois Supreme Court and successfully obtained a judgment invalidating the law. Another case he successfully handled involved a general contractor in a construction case. He was successful in winning a counter-suit against a sub-contractor on behalf of the general contractor. He also represents several insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of contexts, both personal and commercial. These matters involve issues as diverse as personal injury defense, commercial defense, and coverage questions. Mr. Mifflin was appointed by the U.S. District Court judges to serve as the Chairman of the Federal Rules Advisory Committee in the Central District of Illinois.

Administrative Litigation: Mr. Mifflin is currently representing several statewide banking trade associations in circuit court in a lawsuit against several state officials dealing with the officials' use of fees collected from the banking industry. A preliminary injunction has been entered to stop the officials from transferring or spending the fees for purposes other than those related to the financial industry. His unique perspective on both the legislative process and the way in which the funds were set up has proved to be a winning combination for the clients.

Civil Appeals: Mr. Mifflin recently filed an amici brief on behalf of several insurance trade associations. He contributed his unique knowledge of the insurance industry and, specifically, insurance contract construction, and helped to focus the brief on crucial, yet subtle aspects of insurance coverage. In the end, the final ruling of the Court indicated that he and his team were successful in convincing the Court of the point of view of our clients.

Governmental Affairs and Lobbying: Prior to attending law school, Mr. Mifflin served as an Illinois Legislative Staff Intern on the staff of the Illinois Senate. Upon entering private practice, he began work with other lawyers in the firm as a lobbyist before the Illinois General Assembly and numerous state administrative agencies. The firm currently represents several large corporations and many national and statewide trade associations. While all of the firm's lobbyists are involved as necessary with all of the firm's clients, Mr. Mifflin's primary responsibility and emphasis has been upon representing insurance interests and several state-regulated interest groups. He has been directly responsible for the enactment of laws proposed by his clients and the defeat of legislation and regulations opposed by his clients.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Bristow v. Griffitts Construction Company, 94 Ill.Dec. 506 (IL Appellate Ct. 1986)

Felt v. Board of Trustees of Judges Retirement Systems, 89 Ill.Dec. 855 (IL Supreme Ct. 1985)

Country Mutual Insurance Co. v. Livorsi Marine, No. 99807, 2006 WL 1348722, May 18, 2006 (Illinois Supreme Court) (amici)

BCB Anesthesia Care, Ltd. V. Passavant Memorial Area Hosp. Ass'n, 36 F.3d 664 (7th Cir. 1994)

Hanifi v. Board of Regents of Regency Universities System, 46 Ill.Ct.Cl. 131 (1994)

Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Stuban & Uffer, No. 4-06-0258, 2007 III. App. LEXIS 36 (IL Appellate Court, Jan. 19, 2007) www.lexis .com

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. District Court
- Central District of Illinois
- Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Year of Birth:  1951

Law School:  Southern Illinois University School of Law,J.D., 1978
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude; articles editor, Southern Illinois University Law Journal

Undergraduate School:  Western Illinois University, B.A., 1973
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  With honors

Employment History:  
Illinois General Assembly, legislative staff intern, 1974-1975

US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, clerk for Judge J. Waldo Ackerman, 1978-1980

Illinois Supreme Court, clerk for Justice Robert C. Underwood, 1978

United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois, assistant US attorney, 1980-1982

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1985-present
  Board of directors, 2006-present

Sangamon County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Community Involvement:  
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  Committee Chairman, 2005-present
  Past president and council member

Springfield Sports Hall of Fame
  Board of directors, 1994-present
  President, 2004-2006

Published Legal Writing:  
"Open vs. Closed Primaries, A Dilemma in the Illinois Election Process," 1977 So.IL ULJ 210

"Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance," co-author, Illinois chapter, 50 State Handbook, West Group, 2007

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