Alan Farris has served the residents of Southern Illinois as a general practitioner for over 35 years. His law practice includes litigation, family, commercial, estate planning, real estate, probate and criminal law. Alan has served as the City Attorney for the City of Sparta since 1991, as well as representing several other Villages in the area. In addition, Mr. Farris is general counsel for a myriad of local businesses.
Alan has been a member of the Illinois and local Bar Associations since 1979. As a veteran municipal attorney, Alan has worked extensively in the area of Tax Increment Financing. He is a member of the ITIA and has presented numerous programs in this regard.
Mr. Farris has completed CLE courses in Family Mediation Training and presently serves as a Family Mediator in order to assist in the resolution of parenting matters.
After graduating magna cum laude in 1976 from Monmouth College, Mr. Farris graduated Drake University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois that same year. He has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the So. Dist. of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
Alan resides in Sparta with his wife, Sarah, and sons Jeffrey and Jared. An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, he can be found most summer evenings cheering on his favorite major league baseball team. He is also an active member of the Sparta Lions Club, serving as President for 2011-2012.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1979||07/06/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||The Legal Network||2015|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||The Legal Network||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Sam Wallton Business Leader Award||Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce||1999|
|Owner||Farris Law Office||1993 - Present|
|Partner||Conn, Clendenin, Norton & Farris||1983 - 1993|
|Associate||Conn & Clendenin||1979 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Steeleville Area Chamber of Commerce||Member||2001 - Present|
|Illinois Tax Increment Assocation||Member||1991 - Present|
|Sparta Lions Club||Board Member||1982 - Present|
|Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce||Member||1981 - Present|
|Randolph County Bar Association||Member||1979 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1979 - Present|
|Randolph County Bar Association||President||2008 - 2010|
|Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce||President||1992 - 1993|
|Drake University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Monmouth College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Conference||Tax Increment Finance||2005|
|Illinois Tax Increment Association Annual Conference||Success Stories of Tax Increment Finance||2000|
|Maybell v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission||Won Appeal|
|Hanna v. Federal Land Bank Association of Southern Illinois||Won Appeal|
|In Re: Marriage of Foster||Won Appeal|
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