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Carl Harry Reisman

About me

I have deep roots in downstate Illinois--just take a look at my garden.  Before I was a lawyer I cooked for a living for 12 years, and I've found that no amount of cooking skills can substitute for produce picked right from your back yard.  Central Illinois has amazing soil and a long but tricky growing season (I've lost tomato pepper plants to frost in June.)  I've lived in Illinois since 1975, graduated from with two degrees from the University of Illinois, and two of my three children were born here, so my personal roots are deep here, too!


Contact info

Reisman Law Office

1312 West Green Street
Champaign, IL, 61821

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    20 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 50%
    20 years, 500 cases



Contingent (20-33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Anthony Alexander Bruno

    Carl is an exceptionally talented personal injury lawyer. He is respected among his peers for his strong work ethic and his dedication to his clients. I highly recommend him.


    Anthony Bruno Criminal defense Attorney
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    As the attorney for Laborers' Local 703 in Urbana, Illinois for the past fourteen years, I know how important it is for our members to be well represented when they get hurt on the job. That is why I only refer my workers compensation cases to Carl Reisman. I am always confident that he will handle the matter professionally and honestly and I know that our members are getting the best service possible during a very difficult time in thier lives.


    John Wozniak General practice Attorney
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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199605/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
CALI Award for Excellence in Legal WritingUniversity of Illinois College of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalReisman Law Office2005 - Present
Managing PartnerReisman and Taylor2001 - 2005
AssociateZimmerly, Gadau, Selin & Otto1996 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating CouncilMember2010 - 2012
American Bar Associationmember Agricultural Management Committee2010 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember Water Resources Committee2010 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember Water Quality and Wetlands Committee2010 - 2012
Preservation and Conservation AssociationBoard Member2010 - 2011
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember Workers Compensation Section Council2007 - 2008
Urbana Human Relations CommissionCommissioner2001 - 2003
Champaign County Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richard Ems v. Inman Plaza, 05 WC 21604The case ultimately settled for $125,000.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Red Truck Review, Journal of American Southern Literature and CultureSlip and Fall Lawyer2015
Lawyer Poets and That World We Call LawSlip and Fall Lawyer2013
Illinois Bar JournalWendling and the Common Fund Doctrine2011
Legal Studies ForumA Commitment for Sanity2011
Legal Studies Forum, Vol XXXI, No 2, 2007Adequate Complaint2007
Legal Studies ForumBeing a Poet Came First2007
Legal Studies ForumPoetry2007
Illinois Public MediaPoetry and Lawyers, Lawyers as Poets2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law and LiteratureProfessional Responsibility2015
Opening Arguments: Poetry and the LawLawyers as Poets; Does the Practice of Law Kill Passion2007