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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
One Technology Plaza
Peoria IL 61602
Ph.(309) 999-6317 Fx.(309) 672-1568Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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 in 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.

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.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Successfully foreclosed upon and assisted in the reorganization of one of the largest shopping malls in the United States.
  • Successfully foreclosed a major Central Illinois development over mechanics lien, resulting in full payment to the contractor.
  • Successfully represented a community bank embroiled in disputes over participation agreements with other lending institutions over loans with exposure for exceeding the banks lending limits, successfully 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.
  • Successfully represented a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in enforcing its non-disclosure agreements and intellectual property rights in multi-district, multi-defendant federal litigation.
  • Successfully represented major medical provider 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
Illinois Supreme Court, 1990
U.S. District Court
  Central District of Illinois, 1998
  Northern District of Illinois, 1990

Year of Birth:  1964

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

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Law Review, editor

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," Chicago Lawyer magazine, 2000
AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Illinois Leading Lawyer Advisory Board, 2009 - present
Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, 2012-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

Firm Description:  
More than one third of Howard & Howard's lawyers had business careers before choosing to become lawyers, which means we have more lawyers with first-hand business experience than other firms our size. In fact, we operate our firm as a business. That perspective is valuable to our clients: coming from business makes working for business second nature to us.

We focus on providing value and core legal specialties to our clients that are crucial to modern business success. In turn, our growth and client attraction has come from our reputation for creativity, practicality and providing solutions in a cost-conscious environment. We are innovative in the fee arrangements and flexible billing structures we offer. We understand the relationship between fees and objectives, measuring our success by how much we improve a client's bottom line.

Mr. VanFleet is married and has two sons and a daughter.
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