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Robert Shipley

Robert Shipley

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  • Construction Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Illinois
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Robert A. Shipley is the founding partner of Shipley Law Group, Ltd. For decades he has maintained long-standing client relationships while engaged in an active litigation and trial practice, along with general business counseling.

Mr. Shipley focuses his practice in civil litigation involving complex commercial, construction, construction defect, insurance, professional liability and tort litigation and general business counseling, as well as Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. An experienced trial attorney, he has in excess of 100 cases to verdict and has successfully argued cases in the Illinois Appellate Court.

Mr. Shipley has been awarded the AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ since 2010.

Mr. Shipley is a certified mediator and panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Robert A. Shipley has handled cases throughout the State of Illinois.

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Insurance Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney / Managing Partner
Shipley Law Group Ltd.
Northern Illinois University
J.D. (1978) | Law
Activities: Member, Student Government
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (1975) | History
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University of Illinois - Chicago
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AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbel Lawyers Service
Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Construction Lawyers Society of America
Invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers.
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Commercial General Liability Insurance in the Age of Covid-19
Illinois State Bar Association Insurance Newsletter
Contracts:The Basics
Building Entrepreneur Magazine
Speaking Engagements
Commercial General Liability Insurance , ISBA Insurance Section Council Seminar , Chicago
ADR and Joint Venture Agreements , Construction Industry Conference , Chicago, Illinois
Private Engagement Counseling , Construction Industry Conference
Certified Mediator and Panel Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association
Websites & Blogs
Shipley Law Group Web Site
Legal Answers
41 Questions Answered

Q. Does a lawyer have any recourse against the filer of a false ARDC complaint? Or does Rule 775 grant him TOTAL immunity?
A: I have read both of your questions. Rule 775 does provide that immunity in the context of ARDC communications. It is not clear if the suit you describe is a malpractice claim against you, but if so I would suggest you review with your attorney. If not involving a malpractice claim, but arising from alleged conduct in a lawsuit where you are representing one of the parties, I would consider whether the ARDC complaint arises from conduct in the lawsuit. If so and if the Court has addressed any of the same issues then, as appropriate I would incorporate into my response to the ARDC. Regardless, it is critical that your Response to the ARDC focus on facts and substance and not the motives or personality of the person making the complaint.
Q. Must a defense lawyer in Illinois inform his client that he may have insurance coverage for a lawsuit?
A: Generally, any claim/case should be reviewed to determine if there is possible insurance coverage. If there is potential coverage then the claim/case should be forwarded to the parties insurance agent who will transmit to the insurance company. If there is coverage, then the insurance company will provide an attorney to defend and if any indemnity (settlement payment or jury verdict) is paid, the insurance company will pay up to the limits of the available coverage. Based upon your description the first inquiry should be if the claim is or may be covered under the applicable policy of insurance. That will then answer your second question.
Q. Can a managing broker or real estate brokerage withhold earned commissions from an agent?
A: On a general basis, the answer is no. Earned commissions should be paid. However each case is dependent on its facts. I presume you have a contract and that should be reviewed. I would recommend you consult with an attorney to review and discuss the details.
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Contact & Map
Shipley Law Group Ltd.
120 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll-Free: (888) 493-8574
Telephone: (312) 527-4545
Fax: (312) 724-7534
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Evening and Saturday Hours by Appointment Only