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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.
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.
Richard Whitman was honored in 2007 as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine.
In 2017 he was recognized by the Expert Network as a distinguished lawyer.
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?
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.
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203 East Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462
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