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Robert Handley

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Top Rated Lawyer

Robert Handley is a Founding Partner of BURKE & HANDLEY, P.C. His practice is presently focused in Commercial Litigation, Banking Law, and Injury cases. Robert represents businesses and works with owners and senior management to formulate and implement strategies to meet their legal needs. He has extensive experience in all types of litigation including personal injury, foreclosures, collections, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and priority disputes. Robert is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration; case monitoring; case evaluation; and trial litigation, having tried numerous jury cases to verdict. 

He earned his license to practice law in 1979, and has been in private practice since leaving the Du Page County State’s Attorney’s office. His experience includes representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a variety of cases. He is “AV Rated” (the highest peer review rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for his legal ability and ethics.

Prior to forming BURKE & HANDLEY, P.C., Robert was the principal of his own firm, Handley Law Offices; and was a partner in Moroni & Handley, located in the Chicago suburb of Carol Stream, Illinois.

In addition to his practice, Robert is a Hearing Board Member with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission hearing and deciding disciplinary actions. Robert is also a Chair-Qualified Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Mandatory Court-Annexed Arbitration. As an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, he presently serves on its Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (1994, Chair), the Commercial Banking and Banking Section Council, and the Judicial Evaluation Committee; and has Chaired and served on many other State and County Bar Committees and Councils. He frequent featured speaker at seminars on a variety of legal topics and is regularly published in numerous Bar Publications. He also authored a Chapter in a West Publications legal practice guide on Insurance Law.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Foreclosures
  • Creditor Bankruptcy Claims
  • Real Estate Law and Litigation
  • Personal Injury (Plaintiff and Defense)
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Estate Litigation
  • Traffic

Education

  • University of Illinois, Chicago, B.A.
  • Northern Illinois University, J.D.

Memberships & Appointments

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Creditors Bar Association

Bar Activities

ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION:

  • Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Chair, 1993 (Member 1985 - 1996 and 2001 to 2007 and 2009 - present)
  • Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council (2012 - present)
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee (2005 - 2012)
  • Co-chair Bar Leadership Conference (2002)
  • Insurance Law Section Council, Chair, 2007 (2001 - present)
  • Tort Law Section Council, Newsletter Co-Editor (1995 - 2001)
  • Committee on Membership and Bar activities (1994 - 2001)
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Liaison (1994 - 2000) and Committee, Chair, 1998 (1994 -1999)
  • Assembly Representative (1983 - 1989 and 1992 – 1994 and 2009 - 2015)
  • Public Relations Committee (1986 - 1990)
  • Insurance Standing Committee (1980 - 1986)
  • Member since 1979

ILLINOIS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION:

  • Legislative Committee (1986 - 1989 and 1998 – 2000)
  • Public Relations Committee (1984)
  • Young Lawyers Committee (1984)
  • Member since 1979

DUPAGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION:

  • Public Relations Committee, Chairman (1986);
  • Member since 1979

Admission to Practice

  • Illinois State Courts (1979)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1979)
  • Federal Trial Bar (originally 1982/2009 - present)
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America (1998)

Law Related Activities

  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois: Member Hearing Board (2016 - present); Inquiry Panel and Hearing Board (1986 - 1994)
  • Chair-qualified Arbitrator, Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Mandatory Court-Annexed Arbitration (1989 - present)
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (1982 - present)

Academic

  • Adjunct Professor, Aurora University (1979 - 1981)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker:  Illinois State Bar Association – Real Estate Law Update (2018) 
  • Speaker:  Illinois State Bar Association – Litigation and Enforcement of Judgments – Issues Within a Foreclosure (2016)
  • Speaker: Representing the Second Mortgage Holder, Priority Questions, etc.: Illinois State Bar Association - Commercial Banking Section (2013)
  • Moderator: Illinois State Bar Association - Insurance Law Update (2009)
  • Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association - Civil Practice Update:  Opening Statements (2007)
  • Speaker: Insurance Law: Everything You Want to Know - and Should Ask (2006)
  • Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association – Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation: Update (2004)
  • Co-Chairman: Illinois State Bar Association – The Small But Dynamic Law Firm (1999)
  • Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Civil Practice Update (1994)
  • Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association Seminar Anatomy of a Trial II (11/11/94)
  • Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association Seminar Anatomy of a Trial I (4/18/94)
  • Speaker/Panelist: Illinois State Bar Association Allerton House Conference (1992)
  • Speaker: Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Course - Negotiation of Personal Injury Settlements (1989)
  • Speaker: Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Insurance Law: Insights and Update (1986)

Publications

Civic Activities

  • Trustee/President, Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District (2001 - present)
  • Village of Wayne Plan Commission, Chair 1996 - 1999 (Member, 1994 – present)
  • St. Patrick Catholic School Education Commission, (1998 – 2002) President, 2001-2002,
  • Precinct Committeeman, DuPage County, Wayne Township (1997 - 2004)
  • Treasurer, Wayne Community Association (1992 - 2004)
  • President, Pre du Chevaux Homeowners Association (President, 1989 - 1996)
  • Village of Wayne Zoning Board of Appeals (1994)
  • Village of Roselle Zoning Board of Appeals (1988 - 1990)
  • Precinct Committeeman, DuPage County, Bloomingdale Township (1982 - 1984)

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