John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C.

John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C.


Firm Overview

Our decades of experience make a difference for you

At John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C., we provide client-centered, innovative legal services. We work with our clients to solve legal problems of all kinds, using our experience at the negotiating table and in court to obtain the best possible results. Our excellent record of success continues to grow due to our case preparation and collaborative work with our clients.

Our law firm is well-known in the Champaign area for our skill at both negotiation and trial, especially in divorce and custody cases. With more than 40 years of trial and appellate litigation experience, we are recognized for getting the best possible outcome for our clients. We have the expertise needed to negotiate settlements that protect your interests, but will readily go to court to fight for the result you deserve.

We handle divorce cases, all types of lawsuits and work in many other areas of law

Our firm focuses on divorce litigation. We understand people's concerns about their future. We work with our clients to take decisive action to protect their interests, and obtain a positive outcome that serves them and their children. We recognize that people experiencing divorce are undergoing some of the greatest stress that they will ever encounter, so we work with them to reduce the emotional drain and help them come through the process to get a fresh start. We like to think that at the end of the case our clients have been better served because they chose us to represent them.

We help people with all kinds of other civil disputes and trials such as contract and business disputes, probate, select criminal cases and all other types of litigated cases. We protect and fight for your rights using the wisdom of our experience to vigorously pursue the best possible result for you.

Our firm also handles many other transactions, from real estate transactions, wills, trusts, probate business formation and business and personal contracts and related matters. Learn more about our range of legal services.

We are committed to serving our clients, the public and the profession

We have a distinguished history of providing service to clients and the bar since 1965. John T. Phipps is highly accomplished in the practice of family law and trial practice. He takes pride in sharing his knowledge with other lawyers through his many lectures and articles drawing upon the expertise that he provides to benefit his clients.

Read more about Champaign lawyer John T. Phipps and how he uses his accomplishments to benefit his clients.

Choose an effective lawyer for help with your legal problem

Our firm has the experience necessary to provide thorough guidance and deliver results. We care about your legal problems and offer thoughtful and compassionate assistance. We believe that people who choose us to represent them have a strong chance of finding a better personal circumstance on the other side of their legal problem.

Main Office

Main Office
44 Main Street, 303 Lincoln Building
Champaign IL 61824




John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C. offers a broad range of legal services


Our firm focuses on the central aspects of your divorce and what is important to you. John T. Phipps brings the perspective of experience to each divorce case. He steers a divorce through the settlement process to try to reach agreement and to try to avoid the expense and trauma of trial, but will litigate divorce cases vigorously when his clients' interests are at risk. Our firm focuses on the central aspects of your divorce, including:

-Grounds for dissolution of marriage
-Division of assets and debts
-Spousal support
-Child support
-Domestic violence issues
-Jurisdictional issues

You can count on our continued support if modifications to the divorce decree are needed in the future as circumstances change.


We help people who seek to establish or deny paternity, child support and related matters.

Prenuptial agreements

We provide legal advice and prepare Prenuptial Agreements. Prenuptial Agreements save unnecessary complications in the future as well as take the financial issues and uncertainty from new marriages which enhances the marriage because parties can remove finances as an issue and protect their children with an individualized Prenuptial Agreement.

Civil and criminal litigation

We can often resolve civil conflicts through sophisticated negotiation. If settlement does not work out, we litigate your case in court to ensure your rights are upheld. We handle civil disputes including:

-Commercial litigation
-Contract disputes
-Real estate disputes
-Probate disputes
-Business disputes
-All types of other civil trials

John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C. also handles complex multiparty cases. We are known for our ability to successfully work out many civil disputes without the need for going to trial.

While our criminal experience is considerable, we now limit our criminal practice to providing effective criminal law representation for white-collar crimes, domestic violence matters and DUI/drunk driving. We have years of experience on all sides of the criminal law process and use this knowledge for our clients' benefit. Criminal cases are difficult, and persons facing criminal charges need a lawyer who will protect their rights, knows how to meet the challenges and understands the problems the client faces.

John T. Phipps

John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C.

Divorce, civil litigation, criminal defense and more

With more than 40 years of experience practicing law in Illinois, I am able to bring creative solutions to my clients' problems. One size does not fit all, so we listen to our clients and learn about their case and provide personalized representation to each client and our work is designed to fit each client's specific needs. I provide using our extensive knowledge to help and experience. Because of our experience in so many different practice areas we bring a "big picture" perspective to our clients' problems which benefit each client.

Other lawyers look to me for guidance in the fields of family law and civil litigation. I give continuing legal education lectures, to other lawyers edit a newsletter read by many Illinois attorneys and have published more than 100 articles or book chapters on a variety of legal topics. Most recently, I wrote the chapter on Modification of Support and Maintenance in Divorce cases for the 2011 edition of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook. As a client, you will directly benefit from my recognized expertise.

The Illinois State Bar Association has honored me with numerous awards in acknowledgement of my contributions to my clients and the profession. I was pleased to be named a Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Lawyers in 2007, as this honor also recognizes my services to clients. Indeed, my greatest reward is my ability to use my experience and knowledge for the benefit of people I represent. I have been recognized as both an Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer. I am also a leader in providing legal services to the disadvantaged through my work with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Choose my experience, qualifications and personal approach

I care about your problem, and I have the necessary skill to help you solve it. Make an appointment to review your legal concern with me at John T. Phipps Law Offices, P.C.

Areas of practice
-Divorce and family law
-Civil disputes (all types)
-Criminal defense (limited practice)
-Estate planning
-Real estate
-Business law

Leading Lawyers of Illinois for Family Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Who's Who in American Law
-Who's Who in the Midwest
-Illinois Super Lawyers for Family Law

Awards and honors
-AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingSM from Martindale-Hubbell
-Laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Lawyers, class of 2007
-IICLE's Addis E. Hull Award for Career Long Excellence in Continuing Education, 1999
-Illinois State Bar Association Austin Fleming Award in 2006 as editor of the General Practice Section newsletter
-Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governor's Award, 2003

Reported cases
In re Marriage of Waller, 791 N.E.2d 674 (Ill. App. 4th Dist. 2003)
Harris v. Manor Healthcare Corporation, et al., 489 N.E.2d 1374 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1986)
Baily v. Timpone, 389 N.E.2d 1193 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1979)
Cessna v. Montgomery, 344 N.E.2d 447 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1976)
Okaw Homes, Inc. v. Industrial Commission, 237 N.E.2d 510 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 1968)

Public service
--Military service
Active Duty, Lieutenant, United States Air Force, 19591962
Served as Provost Marshall, Director of Security and Law Enforcement, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois during the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis, awarded Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service
Air Force Reserve, M-Day Assignment Air Police, Scott Air Force Base, 19621967
Completed service as a USAF Reserve Captain
--Village Attorney
Village of Mahomet, IL, 19701975: During service as village attorney, the village enacted the comprehensive plans and updated its zoning ordinances which provided the basis for Mahomet's growth.
Village of Bondville, IL, 19711977: Bondville had been incorporated as a village only a short time before appointed. During service as village attorney, the village developed and enacted the comprehensive plans and basic zoning, building codes, and basic ordinances to meet village needs.
United States Selective Service System, Government Appeal Agent, 19671973
Special Prosecutor, Champaign County State's Attorney's Office, 1968

Community involvement
-Clark Lindsey Village Retirement Community: 19661975, President, 19701973. Board developed and built one of the first integrated full service retirement communities in Illinois
-Community Day Care School: 19691972; President 19691971
-Church: Faith United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, 19711977; Chairman, 19721977
-Little League Coach: Border League Team, 19771980
-Champaign-Urbana Youth Hockey Board, 19781984; President, 19801984
-Champaign-Urbana Symphony Board,19861994
-Illinois Shakespeare Festival Board (Illinois State UniversityNormal, Illinois), 1998present


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