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Bill grew up in Herrin, Illinois in Williamson County, where his parents still live. Following high school, he attended Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in 1981.
While at SIU, Bill began work in politics with the Carter-Mondale Reelection Committee. Following graduation, he worked for Congressman Paul Simon, as the campaign manager for Simon's 1980 reelection campaign. After Congressman Simon’s successful reelection, Bill moved to Washington, D.C., and traveled throughout the country working for six years on numerous state and national Democratic campaigns. In 1986, Bill moved to Boston, where he worked in real estate development.
In 1991, Bill returned home to Illinois and entered the University of Illinois, College of Law. While there, he received numerous academic honors, including admission to the Order of Coif and designation as a Harno Scholar. Bill graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Law in 1994, Magna Cum Laude.
In his practice, Bill has been recognized by his peers as an AV rated attorney, indicating that fellow lawyers have conferred upon him a Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois, is a Lifetime member of the Million Dollar and Multi-million Dollar Advocates, a group that includes less than 4% of attorneys nationally. Bill has also been honored as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Organization. Bill has obtained numerous million dollar and multi-million dollar results for his clients, including record verdicts.
Bill is the author of "Constitutional Law/Due Process/Judicial Admonitions," Illinois Bar Journal 81:605 and Comparative Fault, Contribution and Joint and Several Liability: An Argument Against Reconciliation," Illinois Bar Journal 88:694.
He is a member of the Coles-Cumberland County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association where he currently serves on the Board of Managers and as an officer of the organization.
Bill practices in the area of civil litigation, including medical malpractice cases, significant personal injury cases, trucking cases, railroad crossing cases, wrongful death cases, products liability cases and other tort litigation cases.
Bill is married to Lela Tapella and has two children. He and Lela live on a small farm just outside of Ashmore, Illinois. Bill is an avid upland bird hunter and a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever, as well as other habitat and environmental organizations.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||06/13/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2022|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2020|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2019|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2018|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2017|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2016|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2015|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2014|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2013|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2012|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2011|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2010|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Spiros Law, P.C.||2021 - Present|
|Partner||Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm||2001 - Present|
|Partner||Law Offices of Shick & Tapella||1996 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Managers||1994 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum®||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Journal||Comparative Fault, Contribution, and Joint and Several Liability: An Argument Against Reconciliation||2000|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Southern Illinois University, Carbondale||B.A. - Political Science||1981|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar||Deposing the Defendant||2011|
|Howell v. Divan||$1.7 million verdict|
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