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  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2015 to present

  • Imagine Hillsboro, Coordinating Council, Chairman, 2015 to present

  • Hillsboro City Council, 2007 to 2015

  • Hillsboro Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighter, 2003 to present

  • Hillsboro Fire Department, Underwater Recovery Team, 2003 to present

  • Hillsboro Sports Association

  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

  • Hillsboro Area Angel Tree Project

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    11 years
  2. State, Local And Municipal Law: 30%
    13 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    15 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    15 years
  5. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 5%
    11 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of attending law school with Chris Sherer, 1997-2000. Chris was always a leader in class and participated in legal discussions outside of the class room. His thoughts and opinions were always well reasoned and he was always able to buttress and embellish his position. It is great to see Chris having such a successful career.


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Contact info

Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C.

1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 600

Springfield, IL, 62701-1383


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200111/12/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200001/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in the State of IllinoisAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in the State of IllinoisAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent ratingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Achievement AwardHillsboro Chamber of Commerce2010
10 Under 40The Journal-News2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberGiffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, PC2012 - Present
AssociateGiffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C.2004 - 2012
AssociateKelty Law Offices, P.C.2002 - 2003
Judicial Law ClerkMissouri Court of Appeals-Western District2000 - 2002
Summer AssociateNiewald, Waldeck & Brown, P.C.1999 - 1999
Legal InternUnited States Department Of Labor, Office Of The Solicitor1998 - 1998
Legal InternOffice of the Prosecuting Attorney of Cape Girardeau County1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sangamon County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
KT Winneburg, LLC v. Calhoun County Bd. of Review, 403 Ill. App. 3d 744 (4th Dist. 2010)Dismissed in our favor
Three Angels Broad. Network, Inc. v. Dept of Revenue, 381 Ill.App.3d 679 (5th Dist. 2008)Affirmed in our favor
Kankakee County Bd. of Review v. Property Tax Appeal Board, 226 Ill.2d 36 (2007)Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hamline Journal of Public Law and PolicyThe Resurgence of Federalism: State Employees and the Eleventh Amendment2001
UMKC Law ReviewPartial Terminations of Single Employer ERISA Qualified Retirement Plans: A Practical Look1999
UMKC Law ReviewRespondeat Superior Liability in Missouri for Injuries Sustatined as a Result of Police Pursuits1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Southeast Missouri State UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IACO Spring ConferenceProperty Tax Appeals: Primer on Deadlines and Procedures2012
New State's Attorneys SeminarProperty Tax Basics2011
New State's Attorneys SeminarProperty Tax Overview2008