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   3J. William RobertsSpringfield(217) 528-7375broberts@hinshawlaw.combroberts@hinshawlaw.comHinshaw & Culbertson LLPwww.hinshawlaw.comwww.hinshawlaw.comrobertsjwm.jpgCommercial LitigationCriminal Defense Law: White CollarGaming & Casino LawGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawWhite Collar CrimeGovernment & Administrative LawLabor & Employment LawMediation
J. William
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
400 S 9th St Ste 200
Springfield IL 62701
Ph.(217) 528-7375 Fx.(217) 528-0075
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    White Collar Crime
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar    Government & Administrative Law
Gaming & Casino Law     Labor & Employment Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law     Mediation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
J. William Roberts is the Managing Partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson and maintains an active legal practice in the firm's Chicago and Springfield offices. Mr. Roberts concentrates his practice in complex civil and criminal litigation, focusing on criminal defense, government relations and employment law.

Mr. Roberts' career has been dedicated to public service through several prominent positions in various levels of government. He served as Chief Legal Counsel to Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. As the primary legal adviser for the governor, he managed a large portfolio of litigation and acted as liaison with the general counsel of executive branch departments, boards and commissions. He also had responsibility for numerous Illinois regulatory agencies including the Illinois Gaming Board, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of Public Health and Professional Regulation.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. District Courts, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

Year of Birth:  1942

Law School:  Washington University School of Law,J.D., 1967
Undergraduate School:  Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 1964

Employment History:  
Mr. Roberts served as United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois from 1986 to 1993. During that time, he was director of the Banca Nazionale del lavoro (BNL) Task Force, a complex inter-agency investigation of criminal conduct related to $5.5 billion in loans made by the Atlanta branch of an Italian bank to Iraq before the Persian Gulf War. Mr. Roberts also served as Chairman of the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys and as a Senior Advisor to the Attorney General in Washington D.C. Prior to becoming United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, he was State's Attorney of Sangamon County.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Mr. Roberts' professional activities are significant. He served for six years on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association and as Chairman of the Criminal Justice Section Council of the Illinois Bar Association. Mr. Roberts served as President of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association. He held the position of President of the Sangamon County Bar Association. Mr. Roberts serves as Chairman of the Task Force on Professional Practice in the Illinois Justice Systems. He is Chancellor and Founding Regent of the Illinois Academy of Layers. Mr. Roberts is past President of the Lincoln Douglas Inn of Court.

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