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I am a 20+ year resident of Will County, Illinois, having finally settled after averaging approximately 4 years at any one address since birth.  I am married and have a daughter and twin sons, who all attend a Montessori school in the area. I am the President of the Will County Bar Association, and have been the managing partner of McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC since its inception in 2005.


A frustrated former high school and college varsity athlete, I now restrict my athletic endeavors to bicycling and watching my kids compete in figure skating, volleyball, hockey, football and soccer. 


I have been a trial lawyer since starting to practice in 1992, focusing first in employment law, then in labor law and criminal defense, and for the last ten years, primarily in the area of personal injury.  I have practiced in trial and appellate courts in Missouri and in Illinois, including oral arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court.  I am also a member of the federal trial bar in the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
    13 years
  2. Administrative Law: 10%
    23 years
  3. Employment: 5%
    23 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 5%
    23 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%
    23 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

McNamara, Phelan, McSteen, LLC

3601 McDonough St.
Joliet, IL, 60431


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199305/11/2016
MOGood Standing, Active199201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Will County Bar AssociationPresident2007 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Will County Bar Association - Employment Law CommitteeChairman1997 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Washington University in St. LouisN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988