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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
27 Questions Answered

Q. My sister might b suing me for a right to survivorship bank account I had with our mother who recently passed. Can she?
A: If the account is set up right of survivorship, where you and your mother were the co-owners, that means that upon her death you become the sole owner of the account, which passes outside of probate. So I would review how the account was set up to verify your ownership rights. Regarding litigation, you cannot stop your sister from filing a lawsuit and you will be forced to defend. I would suggest you review the issue with an attorney so you can verify your rights and then perhaps the attorney can help to resolve the issue so a lawsuit is not filed.
Q. My neighbor had a huge rubbish fire that melted the siding on my shed. Are they responsible for the damage?
A: If your neighbor was responsible for the fire you describe and it ultimately caused damage to your property then the neighbor would be responsible for paying the cost of the damage to your shed. If the neighbor did not actually start the fire, but was aware that there was a fire, then they would still likely be responsible. It may be best for you, subject to the dollar value of the damage (cost to repair) and the deductible on your insurance policy, to make a claim with your homeowner's insurance, so that the damage can be repaired. The insurance company would then make the decision as to whether it wanted to pursue your neighbor for reimbursement.
Q. Do I have to go to court to enter into a restitution agreement?
A: Your description suggests you took something without permission and have reached an agreement with the owner of the property. An agreement can be prepared and signed which confirms the agreement to repay the money. The agreement should also include the property owner releasing any claims that they may have had against you once the payment has been made.
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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
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Evening and Saturday Hours by Appointment Only