Timothy M. Johnston

Firm Overview

We are a general practice firm that specializes in litigation. Our experienced attorneys help both individuals and businesses in a wide variety of areas.

Example cases

We have recently successfully represented clients in collection matters, contract enforcement cases, criminal defense cases, juvenile court matters and personal injury cases.

Main Office
Libertyville Legal, LLC
121 West Church Street
Libertyville  IL  60048
  • (847) 549-0600
  • (847) 549-0312


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes. We meet with clients either by phone, in our office, or at the client's home. This initial meeting (usually approximately an hour) is free of charge.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We have a variety of fee structures available for different cases. These include flat fees for specified services, hourly rates with retainers, and contingency fee arrangements. Which fee structure is appropriate for a given case can only be determined after a free initial consultation with us.
Hourly Rates
Currently $250-$300 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment.
Office Manager
Mary Tomasello
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Rudimentary (not fluent) Spanish.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes. In fact, wherever possible, Libertyville Legal, LLC will offer flat-fee pricing for legal services, because we know that is what clients want.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

People pay good money for the relationship they have with their attorney. For that reason, clients receive their attorney's cell phone number and the open invitation to call if needed. Additionally, to the extent possible, all communication will go through the attorney directly to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and the highest possible level of service.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We are well experienced in alternative dispute resolution, which in this area of the country most often takes the form of arbitration and mediation. All cases are different, but most cases do indeed settle prior to trial, and we are ready to utilize all avenues to achieve the best result for our client. How often do we do this? If the dispute opponent in the matter is willing to negotiate, how I advise my clients to proceed will be specific to that case.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Our attorneys volunteer their time and provide pro bono legal services in their individual capacities.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Here you will find an attorney that is friendly, approachable, experienced, and innovative, with the courtroom experience you need to secure optimum results.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We partner with our clients to ensure they are fully informed, active participants because an educated, involved client is in a much better position to assist his or her attorney in reaching the optimal result.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?


What are your firm's strengths and style?

Our strengths include flexibility and trial experience. Our style is personalized and hands-on. Every case is different and requires a nuanced, and often creative approach to problem solving.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

In my opinion, trial experience is the foundation upon which an attorney must build their practice. I do not think an attorney can do a good job without the confidence that the attorney can take a case to hearing or trial effectively, making his client's best points, and anticipating and addressing his opponent's attacks. From trial experience and in resolving thousands of cases short of trial, this firm is deeply knowledgable of all the factors that lead to a successful resolution of a dispute, and to the efforts necessary to minimize the risk of future problems.

Tim Johnston

I have been in active litigation practice for over 12 years, with significant experience in criminal and civil litigation. In that time, I have appeared for hundreds of clients in over thirty county courts throughout Illinois as well as in Federal Courts. While the majority of cases settle prior to trial, I have personally tried over three dozen cases to Illinois judges and juries, and conducted well over a hundred evidentiary hearings. I am also experienced in the myriad of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options available to disputants.This broad-based experience is founded in years of practice in civil, chancery, probate, criminal, and traffic courts.

In addition to representation in legal disputes, my firm provides services in contract drafting and review, LLC and Corporate entity selection and incorporation and annual services, as well as in commercial business transactions, mechanic's liens and real estate matters, and advice, planning and consultation in confidential matters.

My clients are regular people. They are individuals and small business owners who have legal issues in Lake County and Chicagoland. Each of my clients have different needs, goals, and hurdles in front of them. Together, through thoughtful, confidential advice, I listen to and work with my clients to find their best path forward.
  • Bar Number: 6284320
    Illinois , 2004
  • Miami University
    Bachelor of Science, Marketing , 2001
    College Fraternity Chapter President
    Student Government
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2004
    Moot Court Honor Board
    Student Court Justice
    Law Teacher (High School Curriculum)
    Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Mentor

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