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About Richard Whitman

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Richard Whitman has been a member of The Whitman Law Office (and its predecessors) for more than 40 years. Since James G. Baber left the firm on January 23, 2017 to become a judge, he has been in solo practice. However, his son Alex Whitman, after graduating in December of 2017 from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and completing the Illinois bar exam has now joined the firm. 

Richard Whitman graduated in 1965 from Canton (Illinois) High School. In 1969 he graduated from Eastern Illinois University ranking first in a class of more than 1200. In 1972 he graduated cum laude  from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago where he finished in the top 10 per cent of his class. There he was an editor of the Northwestern Law Review and a was awarded the Order of the Coif for high attainments in the study of law.

Areas of Practice

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  • Personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.
  • . Auto Collisions
  • . Motorcycle Accidents
  • . Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
  • . Slip and Fall accidents
  • . Medical Malpractice 


  •  A major portion of his practice involves representing injured persons in personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. In the last decade, he has had verdicts or settlements in such cases which include:
  • $2 million in a medical malpractice case for sepsis and loss of 80% of lung function
  • $1.4 million for the amputation of the leg of a 60 year old woman
  • $925,000 for the wrongful death of a 62 year old banker
  • $600,000 in the wrongful death a woman where her physician failed to diagnose lung cancer
  • $300,000 for injury to the leg of a motorcycle passenger after a collision with a horse
  • $200,000 in a medical malpractice case for failure to properly set a broken leg.
  • $150,000 against an insurance company for storm damage to a residence.


  • Estate planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate and contested Estates.
  • Contested Estates 
  • Contested Accountings
  • Trusts for the Disabled
  • Trusts for Financially Irresponsible Beneficiaries
  • Elder Law


  •  Another major area of his practice is estate planning, Wills, trusts, probate of estates and representing parties in contested estates, those in which some of the heirs or beneficiaries are displeased with the manner in which an estate is being administered.


  • Divorce, paternity, adoption, guardianship of minors and orders of protection.
  • Adoption
  • Dissolution of Marriage 
  • Paternity Cases
  • Name Change
  • Custody and Visitation 
  • Guardianships for minors


  • We devote a significant part of our practice to both contested and uncontested divorce, paternity, adoption, guardianships for minors and orders of protection. He has often tried contested custody matters, not only on behalf of mothers, but also, on behalf of fathers and grandparents. We have also defended fathers victimized by orders of protection obtained by their spouse without any prior notice to the father. Richard Whitman is the accredited attorney for Warren County in the Statewide DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) Adoption Panel. 

Areas of Practice

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  • Real Estate.
  • Landlord and tenant eviction cases
  • Purchase and Sale of Real Estate
  • Real Estate title Insurance 
  • Real Estate Purchase Contracts
  • Lease agreements
  • We devote a significant part of our practice to real matters both residential and agricultural. We are authorized to write title insurance for Attorneys Title Guaranty, a major title insurance company. 
  • Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, Governmental Entities and Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Corporations
  • LLCs 
  • Partnerships
  • Non-profit Corporations
  • We represent numerous local Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Partnerships, Governmental Entities and Non-Profit Organizations. Our philosophy is to maintain regular contact with our clients and to hold regular annual meetings to stay abreast of the legal needs and questions of his clients. Our representative corporate and governmental clients include:
  • Midwest Bank
  • Monmouth College
  • Fusion Tech Integrated
  • Warren County Public Library
  • Monmouth Park District
  • Warren County Housing Authority
  • Midwest Ingredients, Inc. 
  • MKI Farms, Inc.                                                      
  • Business Litigation. 
  • Debt Collections 
  • Breach of Contracts Actions
  • Accounting Actions


  • We handle suits between businesses as well as accounting actions between owners of businesses. We also do commercial collections on a regular basis.


  • Traffic Charge Defense.
  • Speeding
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Obtaining Driver's License for Undocumented Persons

Honors and Recognition

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“AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell

 In 2003 Richard Whitman was honored with an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading legal reference service. “AV” is the highest rating for ability and ethics which an attorney may receive.

Illinois Super Lawyer

 Richard Whitman was honored in 2007 as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine.  

Distinguished Lawyer

 In 2017 he was recognized by the Expert Network as a distinguished lawyer.

Publications

 Over the last 30 years, Mr. Whitman has also been selected several times to write various chapters for books published by the Illinois Institute for Legal Education. 


His most recent work is the chapter on “Actions in Accounting” in the 2017 book publication entitled Equitable Remedies in Chancery. Accounting actions are law suits designed to enable a person to determine what happened to money the person had in corporations, LLCs, partnerships, estates and trusts and in other legal entities. Accounting actions require the individuals who managed the money to explain what was done with the funds. 


In 1979 he published an article in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association magazine entitled “Warranties on the Sale of a New Home.” 


In 1994 Mr. Whitman published an article in the Monmouth Review Atlas  entitled “Talk that is Crude Will get you Sued” which dealt with hostile work environment claims under federal sexual discrimination statutes.


In August of 2016, he published an article in the Monmouth Review Atlas entitled “Illinois Cannabis Law Remodeled” which describes Illinois’ new cannabis law which went into effect on July 29, 2017 and reduces the penalties for possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis and for drug paraphernalia. 


He has three times published chapters in the Illinois Institute of Legal education book entitled Causes of Action which chapter explains the necessary allegation when pleading an accounting action. 


We regularly write blogs for this website on topics involved in our practice. Those blogs include: 

. Cannabis Law Remodeled

. What to do if you are stopped for a traffic violation

. Can a divorce judgment be entered against you without you having notice of it? 

Philosophy of Practice

 The Office philosophy of practice is to listen carefully to clients; to explain as clearly as possible what the attorney will do for his client and the reasons for doing so, to explain what the services will cost as early in the representation as possible, and to represent the client to the best of his ability whether the services are rendered in or out of the courtroom. 


The office phone is never answered by automation during normal business hours, and it is our policy to return client phone calls within 24 hours whenever possible. When necessary, Richard Whitman will see clients on Saturday by appointment only. 

Personnel

Richard L. Whitman Sr.

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Attorney At Law

Alexander C. Whitman

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Attorney At Law

Pat Whitman

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Office Manager

Paula Howe

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