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About me

Sometimes I feel like Atticus Finch.  I grew up in a small town in Livingston County and came back to practice here when I graduated.


I have a general law practice in Pontiac, Illinois.  I am also a contract public defender for Livingston County.


I enjoy spending time with my family and golf.  I currently coach 7th grade Girls Basketball at our local Catholic school. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
  3. Business: 15%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%
  5. Other: 40%
  6. More 



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Eric P. Frobish

    I've known Bill for 20 years and know him to be an excellent attorney as well as an asset to the community in Livingston County. He is one of my standard referrals for people seeking an attorney in Livingston County.


    Eric Frobish Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John M O'Brien

    A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

William H. Bertram, Ltd PC

219 W. Washington
Pontiac, IL, 61764


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Officer of the YearPontiac Elks Lodge #10192003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSatter, Beyer, Bertram & Gabor1993 - 2012
First AssistantFulton County State's Attorney1991 - 1993
AssociateFellheimer Law Firm1988 - 1991
InternCiticorp Acceptance1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pontiac Public Library Board of TrusteesTrustee2010 - Present
Pontiac Township High School Dist. 90 FoundationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
St. James OSF Foundation CouncilBoard Member2008 - Present
Illinois Public Defender's AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Knights of ColumbusN/A2000 - Present
Livingston County Commission on Children & YouthTreasurer2000 - Present
Pontiac Elks Lodge #1019President, 2001-20021994 - Present
Livingston County Bar AssociationSecretary, 1988-19901988 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
Pontiac Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2000 - 2006
PROUDBoard Member1998 - 2004
Pontiac United WayBoard Member1994 - 2000
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselTechnology Committee1994 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Robert HarmelDirected verdict in favor of Defendant.
People v. Stephen SennottDirected Verdict for Defendant
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Quincy UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984