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Joel Ehrgott Brown

Personal injury Attorney at Peoria, IL

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 30 years
    Missouri - MO 31 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1992
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Trucking collisions, auto crashes, motorcycle, pedestrian cases.

    32 years

  2. Defective and dangerous products
    Medical devices, product liability and failures.

    32 years

  3. Medical malpractice
    Birth injury, surgical error, failure to diagnose, post-operative complications.

    32 years

Joel E. Brown is a dedicated attorney in Peoria and the founder of Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law. With over 20 years of experience, Attorney Brown is adept at handling a variety of very complex personal injury and criminal defense cases. At the firm, he focuses his practice on cases involving wrongful death, commercial vehicle accidents, car collisions, defective products, and workplace accidents. With every case, he works to provide personalized attention, consistent communication, and honest, straightforward legal counsel. He is a skilled and aggressive litigator, committed to fighting for the justice and recovery his clients are owed.

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Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law
416 Main St.
Suite. 1300
Peoria, IL, 61602-1133

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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Dennis | June 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joel Brown is a caring and amazing lawyer!
Joel Brown is a caring and amazing lawyer. Joel was there for me at a very crucial time in my life. He believed in me from the beginning. I believe Joel is the best and most professional lawyer you could have on your side in a criminal defense case. I had a case in criminal court which I was facing a charge by the State of Illinois who has unlimited resources paid by taxpayers! Joel had the expertise to handle both of the charges I was facing. He communicated with me over the course of the defense as well as asked for my suggestions along the way of the legal battle. He fought hard for me and my position on every opportunity and issue. He made me feel that we had full control of the tempo and situations in the courtroom. He provided confidence and control and I am so thankful he took my case and became my attorney. After fighting the unlimited resources of the State, all charges were decided by a jury, with the end result of a Not Guilty verdict. If anyone ever feels they are in a situation that needs a strong Criminal defense, this is the man to consult! Joel is an exemplary attorney and an outstanding and compassionate man.
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Posted by Steve | June 10, 2014
Outstanding attorney
One of the most knowledgeable and well prepared lawyers I have ever been around. An excellent trial lawyer, highly skilled with a great depth of science knowledge as well as legal knowledge.
Response from Joel Brown June 12, 2014
Thanks for the nice words!
Posted by Bob | April 2, 2014
Joel is the "real deal". Take that from someone who knows Joel beyond his legal qualifications.
I have a bit of an advantage when it comes to my review of Joel. We have been friends since high school. The very positive comments I have read in the reviews from people with business experience with Joel leave me with the following thoughts and emotions. "I'm not surprised." "Wow, these people really nailed it - that IS Joel." "I'm proud to call Joel a good friend!" As a friend, I have from time to time asked Joel for his legal opinion. He has always responded not just as my friend, but as my trusted legal advisor. I can't tell you how comforting that is, and how fortunate I feel to know that not only is Joel a great friend, but someone I can count on for professionalism and top notch, thorough, and caring advice should a legal need ever surface. No, you may never be as lucky as me to call Joel a close friend, but I assure you, he will make you feel like one. Way to go, Joel!
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Response from Joel Brown April 3, 2014
Thanks so much…very kind of you to comment….
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2014
practice of law with kindness
Mr brown has earned my utmost respect. he demonstrates understanding of the law, excellent judgement in its application, and is extremely honest, ethical. and hard working. After years of experience he maintains idealism, kindness, and feels everyone deserves compassionate representation, but will be straight forward about his concerns. His positive style of communication with the other parties promotes professionalsm and promptness between all concerned. Mr brown has represented me on a number of occasions and i have always strongly felt that i was optimally represented.
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Response from Joel Brown March 23, 2014
Thanks so much!
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2014
Joel Brown Review
Joel represented my brother in an extremely difficult case. When I was searching for a lawyer for my brother, Joel’s name was at the top of the list for all of the people we contacted for recommendations – people in law enforcement, lawyers, and judges. From Day 1, Joel went out of his way to discuss the case with us and make sure that all our questions and issues were addressed. I was impressed with the amount of time he spent reviewing the case and the amount of details and information he was able to provide. And this remained consistently the same every time we met to discuss the case. Joel made sure we knew he was available whenever we needed to talk and he never made us feel rushed or pushed for time. Joel was extremely knowledgeable in the area of law for this case. He was up to date on all the latest information and findings in this area. He had a significant amount of experience handling this type of case and had a strong solid history / expertise dealing with the prosecutors and judges in this area. But none of this compares to seeing Joel in action in the court room. We (my family and I) were all blown away by how well he argued the case. He was truly impressive - very well prepared, much better than the opposition. Also, the delivery of his arguments was genuine and sincere – instead of the adversarial / argumentative style you typically see portrayed on TV / movies. And as a result, the final judgment was MUCH better than we had ever hoped for. Regarding Joel’s fees, I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable they were. We were expecting to pay much more than what Joel charged. Lastly, Joel understands the human aspect of his clients. He makes it clear up front that he does not judge his clients – his stance is no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and he backs it up with his actions and attitudes. He never made us feel bad about the circumstances we were dealing with; he always seemed to help us feel hopeful about the outcome. Joel has a wonderful set of values that he lives by and that he demonstrates in his professional life. As a person, Joel was outstanding to work with. I am truly grateful we found him to represent my brother.
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Response from Joel Brown March 21, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words!
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2014
Trustworthy, Professional and Makes Clients a Priority
Joel is very personable. From the beginning he was truthful and honest with me about the circumstances of my case. He kept me informed every step of the way and he was available to answer my questions. He communicated with me via phone, text and email-- this was huge for me because of my work schedule and I was not always available to talk on the phone. He is very professional and his courtroom etiquette was great!! He maintained a good relationship with everyone involved in my case and I ALWAYS felt he had my best interest at heart. He fought hard for me and it showed in the results of my case which were FAVORABLE...**Charges dismissed** I highly recommend Joel Brown---he will keep you informed, give you GREAT advice and talk things through with you in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident in his services. Compared to other lawyers Joel is flexible and makes time for each of his clients. If you want someone you can trust--this is the lawyer for YOU!!!
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Response from Joel Brown March 21, 2014
Thank you for this great review. It was great to see the look on your face when we finally got this case put away!
Posted by Katrina | March 20, 2014
Representation That Changed My Life
Have you ever met someone in a professional field and just known right off the bat that they were doing precisely what they were meant to be? Unfortunately, it just doesn't happen often enough. However, it has been my experience with Mr. Brown that not only was he able to answer any question I had in a manner that I could truly understand, but also, and perhaps more importantly, I was much more than just a case number. You see, from the very first meeting he looked me in the eye and told me that I was more than the black and white pages before him said I was. I knew that what he saw was a human being before him and not just some case file. When I asked questions he gave me honest answers and realistic expectations. The reason any one of us may find ourselves in a court room differ, however, no matter the situation I believe we all would prefer to be empowered with realistic expectations. Also, I can say that beyond a shadow of a doubt Mr. Brown represented my best interests at all times. I was able to develop a real trust for my attorney because he made communication so easy and always got back to every question I had. Now to answer my own question , yes I have met people that are precisely in the right career field--people that are invested in their work, that not only are good at what they do but openly care about the clients they work with. One of those people is Joel Brown.
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Response from Joel Brown March 21, 2014
Thank you for this. I am so happy for you and proud of all you have accomplished….
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Pro bono 1 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Public Defender
  • Peoria County, Illinois
  • 2014 - Present
  • Principal
  • Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law
  • 1998 - Present
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Robert E. Pedroli & Associates
  • 1994 - 1996
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  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Failure to Diagnose Bowel Obstruction
  • Medical malpractice settlement for mother of child
  • Bleeding Following Tonsillectomy Causes Death of Patient
  • Medical malpractice settlement for the family
  • Botched Ankle Surgery Leaves Woman with Partially Paralyzed Foot
  • Medical malpractice settlement for the victim
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 100
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1980
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Speaking Engagements

  • Traveling Court Program
  • Appellate Court Oral Argument
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Joel
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joel for many years and we have worked on the opposite side of cases as well as working together in the Peoria County Public Defender's Office. In every case, Joel is committed to his client's best interests. He is a seasoned trial attorney who will get the best result possible in every case for every client."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Joel as an opposing party on a case a few years ago. I was extremely impressed with his handling of that case.I would give him the highest recommendation possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is aggressive and has a reputation for getting results for his clients in the courtroom and in negotiations. He is recommended by many civil attorneys in Central Illinois to handle referred complex criminal matters for clients. Joel has the respect of judges in federal and state courts."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I also endorse Joel. He is a strong advocate for his clients and knows the legal system very well. He is a fearless advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I was a prosecutor, I had the privilege of seeing Joel defend the rights of his clients in criminal matters. Joel is one of the brightest and most effective attorneys I have seen in action. He practices in many areas and does so with a high level of knowledge and competence in each area, a task that is not easy. Joel's abilities are so respected, he was appointed as the Peoria County Public Defender in July of 2014 by the County Board. I highly recommend Joel to help anyone in need of legal assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Joel for a number of years. Few lawyers put in the time that Joel does to learn the law and the ins and outs of his client's case. Without question, Joel is highly dedicated, empathetic and extremely diligent in his representation of clients. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the course of the past several years I have come to know Joel in federal court. Joel is extremely intelligent, compassionate with his clients, and an excellent communicator. As a litigator, I appreciate that Joel is always prepared and I appreciate that he has a good relationship with clients as well as opposing counsel and the court. From my observations he is honest and assertive with both clients and opposing counsel. I recommend Joel without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Joel Brown's work. We have worked together on a number of cases. He is extremely knowledgeable and provides effective representation in complex criminal cases. He is hard working and provides excellent representation for his clients."
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Peoria Personal injury Lawyer Joel Ehrgott Brown
Joel Ehrgott Brown
Personal injury Attorney
Peoria, IL
Licensed for 31 years
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