Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps

Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps

Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Divorce, Family Law

Firm Overview

The law firm of Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps has had a common partner since the 1920s. We have established ourselves as a respected, experienced law firm with a shining record of excellent client service. We are one of the longest-standing law firms in Southern Illinois. Our longevity in the legal community is evidence of our outstanding legal representation and satisfied clients.

We offer clients a compassionate ear in our office, a dedicated work ethic to their cases, and a history of success both at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.

At Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps our practice includes personal injury, worker's compensation, medical malpractice, divorce, and family law. Located in Harrisburg, our lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout southern Illinois. For more information on our areas of practice, please contact us at 618-253-7153.
Main Office
Main Office
108 East Walnut Street
Harrisburg  IL  62946
  • (618) 253-7153
  • (618) 252-1843

Office Information

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, with extended hours by appointment
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Personal Injury
Representing plaintiffs and defendants in accident and car wreck cases south of Interstate 70.
If you are injured due to someone else's carelessness or wrongdoing, you may be able to sue for compensation.

If you suffered an injury at the hands of someone else, you deserve compensation. Injuries can cost a lot more than you expect, and retaining a knowledgeable injury attorney can help you get the money you need to cover expenses that result from your accident:
-Medical bills
-Rehabilitation costs
-Physical therapy
-Lost wages
-Loss of future earning potential
-Funeral costs (if the injury was fatal)

Since the firm's founding in the 1920s, Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps attorneys have become adept at handling virtually all types of personal injury claims:
-Automobile accident
-Trucking accident
-18-wheeler wrecks
-Motorcycle crashes
-Other motor vehicle collisions
-Construction accidents
-Wrongful death
-Head and spinal injuries
-Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
-Seatbelt injury
-Premises liability
-On-the-job accidents
-Products liability
-Defective items

A person injured in an accident or car wreck should hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible so as to ensure that they received all the compensation to which they are legally entitled. The attorneys at Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps have years of experience handling accident and car wreck cases throughout south of Interstate 70.
Workers Compensation
Fighting for Workers across Southern Illinois
Thousands of workers and employees in Southern Illinois suffer accidents and injuries in their workplace. When a worker or employee is injured on the job, they may be entitled to benefits and compensation. Workers' compensation law in Illinois is a set of statutes designed to help injured workers get compensation and benefits in an efficient and streamlined system. Under Illinois workers' compensation law, a worker does not have to prove that his/her employer was negligent. Instead, a worker simply has to prove that he/she was on the job and performing his/her job duties and was injured. An injured worker is entitled to several different types of benefits, including but not limited to, medical treatment for his/her injuries; temporary total disability (TTD) benefits (a portion of the workers' pay every week for the time period the worker is unable to work because of his/her injury); retraining or job search assistance if the worker is unable to return to his/her job because of his/her injury; and permanent disability benefits depending upon the nature and extent of the worker's injury. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act is complex and if you have been injured on the job you should be represented by an experienced attorney well versed in the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. The attorneys at Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps have years of experience handling workers' compensation cases throughout the State of Illinois.
Divorce and Family Law
Family law is a broad area of law that deals with issues involving families and domestic relations. Most family law cases involve divorce, child support and child custody now referred to as parenting time and parenting responsibility. A divorce, or dissolution of a marriage, can be an emotional and highly charged matter. Some of the major issues in a divorce include the division of marital assets, liabilities and debts; child support; and child custody. These issues can be very complicated and any decisions regarding these matters should be made with the assistance of legal representation. The attorneys at Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps have years of experience advising and representing client's in family law and divorce cases.
Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Medical providers are required to exercise reasonable care, in accordance with the standards of care expected from people in their profession. If a doctor, surgeon, hospital or other medical provider acts, or fails to act, in a manner that deviates from the accepted standard of care, then that provider may be liable for an injured person's damages. Our firm strongly believes in holding negligent medical professionals responsible for malpractice and mistakes.
Our firm handles all forms of medical malpractice claims, including those involving:
Defective medical devices (product liability)
Improper treatment
Failure to diagnose
Delayed diagnosis
Surgical errors
Defective medication
Medical Malpractice cases are complex. The attorneys at Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps have years of experience handling medical malpractice cases throughout the State of Illinois. With our firm's extensive understanding of these types of cases, our firm is able to break down the case and explain your options in a way that is easy to understand.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

At Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps we are dedicated to helping our clients through life's challenges with compassion and skill.

We chose Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Divorce and Family law as areas to practice in because of our attorney's skills and passion for helping our clients. The attorneys at Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps are experienced, professional and dedicated to our clients.

Michal Doerge


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Michal was born and raised in Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois, along with his 6 brothers and sisters. Michal attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. He majored in political science, and minored in both psychology and business administration. Michal graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1984. While attending law school, Michal held various jobs including work as a graduate research assistant for one of the distinguished law professors and as a law student attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Additionally, he interned in the Perry County States Attorney's Office.

After graduating from law school, Michal worked briefly in Springfield, IL as a lobbyist and agency liaison for the Illinois Education Association during the year of education reform in Illinois. During this time, he drafted a portion of the legislation that was passed into law . Before returning to Southern Illinois to practice law, Michal worked with a small law firm in Springfield with an emphasis in both general practice and personal injury trial practice. Michal returned to Southern Illinois in 1988, where he has worked with the Jelliffe law firm since that time. He started as an associate trial attorney and eventually became a partner. Michal has prosecuted and defended personal injury, products liability, premises liability, trucking and automobile accident cases and other tort related cases in every Southern Illinois county. Michal and one of his partners recovered one of the largest personal injury jury verdicts in the history of Williamson County. Michal is admitted to practice before the Southern District Court of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court. Michal was also in the first class of approved certified mediators for the First Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois.

Michal's wife, Julie, is a program manager for the Department of Defense. Between the two of them, they have 7 children and 4 grandchildren (1 more on the way). Outside of work, Michal is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, running and kayaking. Michal has completed over 20 half marathons and 1 marathon. With his passion for sports, Michal served on a board and coached for local youth athletics over a 10 year period. Michal also enjoys working in his 3 acre vineyard, where he makes his own estate wine. Michal and Julie live in an old family farm house. They enjoy their country living with their gardens, pets and gently rolling hills.

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Workers Compensation
-Civil litigation
-Medical Malpractice

Kelly R. Phelps


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Kelly is a life long resident of Southern Illinois. He was born and raised in Eldorado, Illinois. After graduating from Eldorado High School, he continued his post-secondary education at Southeastern Illinois College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kelly enrolled in law school at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois and graduated in 1995 with his law degree.

Kelly started trying jury trials soon after obtaining his law degree. He began his practice at a law firm in Marion, Illinois, sharpening his trial skills and focusing his practice on personal injury and workers' compensation cases. In 2002, Kelly moved his practice to his home county, Saline County, Illinois. He joined this firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2008.

In the two decades that Kelly has practiced law, he has focused his efforts on personal injury and workers' compensation cases. Although he has both prosecuted and defended cases, he is most drawn to the cases where he represents the underdog. He has often taken cases that other attorneys have rejected and through hard work, tenacity and perseverance, achieved successful results. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in State and Federal courts throughout Illinois, including Cook County. He has argued cases before the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Appellate Court, and the Illinois Supreme Court. He has tried over 200 workers' compensation cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.

Kelly is married and has 2 children and 5 dogs. When he is not trying cases, he enjoys traveling, reading, music, and hanging out with his family and friends. Kelly teaches Sunday School at the church his younger brother pastors.

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Workers Compensation
-Civil litigation
-Medical Malpractice

Charles R. Jelliffe

Deceased Partner

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Mr. Jelliffe provided a great deal of legal expertise to our law firm in the many years he practiced law. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1953. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois, in 1949 and 1951, respectively. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and his stellar legal reputation lives on in our firm.

Letitia B. Wiggins


Letitia was born and raised in southern Illinois. She attended the University of Southern Indiana where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. While at USI she majored in Health Services with Minors in Political Science and Public Health. She went on to attend St. Louis University School of Law, graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2013 with a concentration in Health Care Law. During law school she spent time as a Rule 711 intern in Hamilton County State's Attorney's office and St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office. Once licensed, she worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in St. Clair County. While there she worked in the Traffic and Misdemeanor Unit and in the Children's Justice Unit handling Juvenile Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile delinquency cases. She joined the Saline County State's Attorney's office in November 2014, where she prosecuted Traffic, Misdemeanor, Juvenile Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency, and Felony cases. In addition to her courtroom duties, Letitia focused on tackling the issue of increased delinquency in our community. Letitia served as an Executive Board Member of the Juvenile Justice Council and a member of the Redeploy Advisory Committee. These organizations worked to bring resources to juveniles in the First Judicial Circuit and to our community. She has worked with the Probation Department to organize trash- pick up days in the community to provide youth with community service work. Letitia started the Saline County Truancy Review Board in 2015. This board, comprised of local service providers, school representatives and a community member, meets with parents and students who are experiencing issues with school attendance. The Board and its members are committed to helping the student solve the issues leading to truancy.

In 2016, Letitia joined Jelliffe, Doerge & Phelps as an associate, handling personal injury and workers compensation cases.

Letitia lives in Mcleansboro with her husband Daniel, and son Theodore. Letitia enjoys spending time with her family and watching Theo learn and grow.

Practice Areas:
- Civil Trial Practice
- Divorce
- Family Law