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Mr. Paul J. Evans

Evans Law Firm, PC
Regular Member
Office:
817 W. U.S. Hwy 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269

Phone: 618-628-9092
Fax: 618-628-9823
Email: paulevans@evanslawfirmpc.com
Web Site: www.evanslawfirmpc.com

Law School: Southern Illinois University (1988)

Practice Areas:
 

Paul J. Evans
Attorney at Law
1006 Stonybrook Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269
H – 618.628.0526 W – 618.628.9092 F – 618.628.9823 paulevans@evanslawfirmpc.com



LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

Principal & Owner, Attorney at Law (April 1998 – to present)
Evans Law Firm, 817 West U.S. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269
Serve as principal attorney and owner of Evans Law Firm, which specializes in diverse areas of law, including civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, probate, elder law and trusts. Special areas of concentration include representing individuals with special needs; representing municipal parks and recreation governmental units; financial and regulatory legal services. Certified Mediator. Serve as an Arbitrator in St. Clair County Court since 2005. Approved by the Financial Regulatory Authority for Arbitration. Hold a Series 6 and 63 Financial License. Regularly appointed to serve as Guardian Ad Litem by the St. Clair County Courts. Responsible for management of the firm’s associate attorneys, paralegals and office staff.

Attorney at Law (June 1985 to April 1998)
Served as an Attorney at Law for regional law firms specializing in civil litigation, real estate, commercial law, personal injury and product liability defense, estate planning and elder law at the following law firms:

Landau, Omahana & Kopka, Belleville, Illinois (July, 1997 to April, 1998)
Emphasis on Civil Litigation, typically Insurer retained defense.

LeChien & LeChien, Ltd. Belleville, Illinois (November, 1996 to July, 1997)
Emphasis on Real Estate and Commercial Litigation

Churchill, McDonnell and Hatch, Belleville, Illinois (October, 1990 to November, 1996)
Principal emphasis in area of personal injury and product liability defense with some plaintiff and general
practice.

Senior Citizen’s Legal Service, Effingham, Illinois (July, 1989 to September, 1990)
All phases of elder law, including estate planning.

Thurman, Smith, Howald, Weber and Bowles, Hillsboro, Missouri (August, 1988 to June, 1989)
Plaintiff and civil litigation, general practice.

GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE:

Illinois State Representative (August 2011 – January 2013)
Illinois General Assembly
Served as state representative for the 108 Legislative district, serving citizens of St. Clair County, Madison County, Clinton County and Bond County, Illinois. Served on the House Appropriations Committee which was responsible for appropriating funds by various Illinois government agencies budget. Served on the Human Services Committee which was responsible for approving health and human service programs including Illinois Medicaid Programs and Assistance.

Zoning Hearing Officer
City of O’Fallon, Illinois (2010 – 2011) and City of New Baden, Illinois (2009 – 2011)
Served as a Zoning Officer for the City of O’Fallon and the City of New Baden, Illinois to review and approve zoning ordinances for residential and commercial property. Reviewed and resolved zoning violations and citizen complaints.

LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Bar Associations:Missouri Bar Association, 1988
Illinois State Bar Association, 1989
St. Clair County Bar Assoc., 1990
Agricultural Law Section Council of ISBA, 1995 -2004 (term limit)
Including, Secretary, 2001; Vice-Chairman, 2002; and Chair, 2003

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE

Legal Counsel (August 2014 – present)
St. Clair County Republican Party
Served as legal counsel to oversee Illinois Campaign Ethics Compliance. Created and implemented a Voter Integrity program in 2014 while serving as County Coordinator for State Rep. Mike Bost in his successful defeat of a democrat incumbent for US Congress, and improved the program in 2016. As a former candidate for Circuit Judge in 2006, where I challenged Judge Cueto who skipped retention and ran for his own vacant judge position, I utilized this experience and worked to elect Judge Stephen McGlynn in 2014, the first Republicans elected judge in decades,.
and then with Judge Elect Ronald Duebbert in 2016, defeating the Chief Judge of the Judicial Circuit.

PUBLICATIONS:
•Chapter 12, Development of Agricultural Land, Commercial Real Estate Volume, IL Institute of Continuing Legal Education, July 2004
•IL State Bar Association Agriculture Law Section Council Newsletter- two articles

PRESENTATIONS:
•International Rails to Trails Conference, St. Louis, 2002, “Protecting your Rail Trail”
•National Association of R C & D Councils, San Antonio 2003, “Drafting Conservation Easements”
•Numerous presentations on conservation easements, including as a Lecturer at State Bar seminars, and to farm groups.
•Presentations to church and senior groups on estate planning and end of life issues.

EDUCATION:

Juris Doctorate, May, 1988
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
Awarded Order of Lincoln’s Inn, May 1988
Dean’s List, Spring, 1986,
Book Award, Contracts II,
Phi Alpha Delta
Treasurer, Law Student Association, second year law school

B.S. in Agribusiness Economics, May, 1981 (obtained in three years at age of 20)
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Numerous activities in student government and Greek fraternity system

Gibault Catholic High School, Waterloo, Illinois, 1978

HONORS:
•Selected by peers to be recognized by Leading Lawyers Network for expertise in Agricultural and Real Estate Law
•BV rating by Martindale Hubbell

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS:

O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber Commerce (1998 – Present)
President (2015 –present),Member of the Board of Directors, then Executive Board, then President of a Chamber that now exceeds 560 members, during a period marked by significant growth and expansion of services to members, and including the consolidation of two different towns Chambers into one entity.

Fontebella Maternity Home (2013 – Present)
Board of directors and secretary since 2013 of a home that provides free room and board, plus many supportive services for women with crisis pregnancies with the goal of them attaining self-sufficiency y and strong parenting skills after birth of their child..

Karla Smith Foundation (2013 – Present)
Advisory board of nonprofit organization providing support services for the families of those suffering from
mental illness and working to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Early Childhood Foundation
Help to found and served as first president of a local nonprofit that raises funds for preschool education scholarships
for at risk youth.

Clifftop, NFP:(2006 –present)
Serve as general counsel for a nonprofit that has spearheaded the Preservation of Monroe & Randolph County bluff forests and now one of the largest cave systems in the state through innovative collaborations and grant funding.

O’Fallon Little Panthers (2010 – present)
Serve as pro-bono counsel to local non-profit corporation that sponsors youth sports, such as football among others, including fundraising to be able to be inclusive of disadvantaged youth.

Metro East Park & Recreation District (2001 -2011)
Inaugural Board Member, appointed March 2001
Secretary from April 2001 to August 2011
Active behind the scenes with the bi-state trails and open space non-profit organizations that helped to enact the legislation leading to the creation of “sister” park districts on both sides of the Mississippi River
that became the “MEPRD”. Served on its founding board as a governmental district with no long term indebtedness that utilized public private cooperation to maximize value to the citizens. Resigned upon appointment to the General Assembly.

SIU School of Law (1994 – Present)
Lifetime member, Alumni Association
Member of Board of Directors Alumni Association since graduation till 2000.
Alumni President, 1994-1996
S.I.U. School of Law Board of Visitors, including secretary, 1996-1999

Land of Lincoln Legal Services (1994-2010)
Pro Bono Program participant, accepting indigent referrals

Trailnet, Inc. (1994 – 2005)
St. Louis Non-profit, a “Rails to Trails” and linear green space organization.
Board of Directors, 1993; Secretary, 1994-1998
General Counsel, 1998 to 2005
Early non-profit and advocacy group who helped to develop the conversion of railroads into bike trails, and led the way in establishing a bi-state park system.

Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development (2000 – 2006t)
General Counsel for Southwestern IL Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. for number of years A non-profit serving seven counties in southwestern Illinois, including creation of a land trust and creating and accepting conservation easements, and various other projects related to rural conservation and development. The process of documentation and development of conservation easements served as a format for presentation to the Illinois State Bar Association seminars and served as a template for other attorneys to follow.

St. Teresa Catholic School (1997 – 2005)
Board Member 1997 to 2005
Secretary and Vice-President of School Board
Chaired various committees
Chaired Discipline Policy revision committee 2003-2004

St. Johns Daycare (1995 – 2003)
Board of Directors, 1995 to 2003
Board President, 1997 to 2003

Catholic Diocese of Belleville, IL
Served on Catholic Charities, New and Expanding Ministries
Prior member of Board of Directors, mid to late 2000’s

Sunrise Rotary (2002 – Present)
Charter Founding Member of O’Fallon morning club, 2002 to present

Spina Bifida Association (1998 – Present)
Parent of a child with severe Spina Bifida, a birth defect
Member of Spina Bifida Associations of St. Louis, Illinois, and America
On going participation at meetings and conferences.




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