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   3Joseph B. VanFleetPeoria(309) 999-6317jvanfleet@howardandhoward.comjvanfleet@howardandhoward.comHoward & Howard Attorneys PLLCwww.howardandhoward.comwww.howardandhoward.comvanfleetjoseph.jpgCommercial LitigationConstruction LawCreditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
Joseph B.
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
211 Fulton St Ste 600
Peoria IL 61602
Ph.(309) 999-6317 Fx.(309) 672-1568
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Peoria
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. VanFleet concentrates his practice on business, commercial, real estate, and construction litigation; banking; creditors’ rights; and general business law.

He strives to provide sophisticated cost-effective legal representation for a broad spectrum of banks and corporate clients in a manner custom-designed to achieve the desired result for each specific matter. His clients range from small businesses and community banks to Fortune 500 publicly traded entities and large-scale lenders. He takes pride I being innovative, practical, and solution-based in his approach.

Mr. VanFleet received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1990 and his B.S. from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1987. He is licensed in the State of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the United States and Illinois Supreme Courts’; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois.

In 1999, Mr. VanFleet received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, becoming one of the youngest lawyers ever in Illinois to achieve this highest possible rating. He was the only downstate Illinois business attorney to be named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's inaugural 40 Under Forty Lawyers to Watch in Illinois in 2000. In 2007, Mr. VanFleet was also named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in both Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, and in 2012, he was invited to join the company's prestigious Leading Lawyer's Advisory Board.

Mr. VanFleet is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Peoria County Bar Association and the Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court.

Mr. VanFleet has been published extensively and is a monthly contributor to Illinois InterBusiness Magazine. In 2010, he authored an article on Eminent Domain for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Two additional articles on Landlord Obligations in Commercial Tenancies and Condemnations in Landlord-Tenant Relationships will be published later this summer by IICLE. He has also had several practice management articles published in the Illinois State Bar Associations' quarterly newsletter.

Mr. VanFleet was an Edmund J. James Scholar and Harno Scholar, which is awarded by the University of Illinois College of Law to top tier law students. He also served as the Administrative Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review. He graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration. Mr. VanFleet has also been certified as a Lean Six Sigma Professional Black Belt.

While in law school, Mr. VanFleet taught English for the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was voted one of the University's most outstanding lecturers by his students each year from 1987 to 1990. After founding the VanFleet Law Offices, he returned to the classroom at Eureka College where he served as Associate Professor of Business Law from 1999 to 2002, where again, each year he was selected as one of the College's top lecturers and instructors in student survey polls.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Successfully represented a local community bank embroiled in a dispute over a participation agreement with another lending institution, resulting in a lucrative settlement for the client.

Represented a national contractor regarding disputes the client was experiencing with subcontractors and developers in one of Central Illinois' largest and most recent developments.

Assisted on of the largest residential refurbishing companies in the nation in establishing a business franchising platform in Central Illinois.

Successfully represented a major manufacturer in enforcing its non-disclosure agents and intellectual property rights in multi-defendant federal litigation.

Successfully represented major pharmaceutical company in multi-district federal litigation including trade secrets and enforcement of non-compete clauses.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
U.S. District Court
  Central District of Illinois, 1998
  Northern District of Illinois, 1990

Date of Birth:  1964

Law School:  University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1990

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration, B.S., finance, 1987
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Highest honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Peoria County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Abraham Lincoln Court
Illinois Creditors' Bar Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch," Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2000
  • AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Advisory Board, 2009 - present

Community Involvement:  
Mr. VanFleet takes a very active role in the Central Illinois community. He serves on the advisory board of the Central Illinois Girl Scouts, is also active with Central Illinois Boy Scouts, and is a past Board President for the Heart of Illinois Big Brothers/Big Sisters, who named him Volunteer of the Year in 2007. He was also named to the Board of Trustees for the Heart of Illinois United Way and was awarded the United Way/Boys & Girls Clubs "What Matters" Citizen of the Year Award in 2011. He is also active in supporting the Red Cross and Easter Seals.

With his wife, Shannon, Mr. VanFleet served as the 2011 Grand Master of Ceremonies for the Scottish Right/Free Mason Annual Gala Dinner Celebration for the Dyslexia Foundation, and for several years has served as the Annual Master of Ceremonies for the Peoria Academy Annual Formal Fundraiser. In addition, Mr. VanFleet sponsors and underwrites the Boys & Girls Club's annual Treasure Chest Dinner, one of the organization's largest fundraisers. He also coaches youth basketball and baseball.

Legal Lectures:  
"Trial Practice Managment," Peoria County Bar Association, March 13, 2016

"Law Practice Management," Abraham Lincoln Court, Oct. 14, 2015

"Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Federal Bar Association, Feb. 16, 2015

Mr. VanFleet is married and lives with his wife Shannon, sons Austin and Ethan, and daughter Jocelyn.
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