Keep Calm and Let Paul Handle It. Call 815-456-4030
I have 20 plus years of legal experience.
In criminal law, I served both as the Lee County Public Defender and as the Lee County State's Attorney. I've tried approximately 80 criminal jury trials and hundreds of bench trials and other hearings. I am very familiar with local prosecutors and Judges.
In family law, I've been practicing in this area since 1994 when I was with Jenner & Block, a large nationwide firm, in Chicago. I handle divorce, custody, support, adoption, post-decree cases, contempt cases, removal petitions and all other family law related matters.
I also teach Criminal Justice courses such as Ethics, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Evidence at Sauk Valley Community College.
In my spare time, I enjoy photograph, genealogy, reading and movies. I play trumpet with my son and father in a couple local bands and keyboard at my church.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1992||03/13/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2017|
|Alumnus of the Year||Northern Illinois College of Law Alumni Council||2008|
|State's Attorney||Lee County State's Attorney||2004 - 2008|
|Partner||Thompson & Whitcombe, P.C.||1996 - 2004|
|Associate||Jenner & Block||1994 - 1996|
|Judicial Law Clerk||United States District Court Judge Paul E. Plunkett||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lee County Bar Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||1992 - Present|
|The John Marshall Law Review||Defamation by Will: Theories and Liabilities||1994|
|Northern Illinois University Law Review||Mandatory AIDS Testing and the Fourth Amendment||1991|
|Northern Illinois University College of Law||Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude||1992|
|Spring 2014||Ethics in Criminal Law||2014|
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