Bill Porter Partner

Phone: (630) 262-3912
Fax: (630) 262-1144
Assistant Name: Kathy Miller
Assistant Phone: (630) 262-4000
Bill's practice primarily focuses upon insurance coverage, litigation, personal injury defense, and workers' compensation defense. He also handles appellate work for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Appellate District Courts in the State of Illinois as well was the Workers' Compensation Division of the Appellate Courts. He has successfully presented cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit. Bill has been selected to be a Member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.

Bill had tried cases in the following counties and courts - Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lasalle, Lee, McHenry, Bureau, and the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Bill is admitted to practice and successfully has successfully litigated cases in the following Appellate Districts- First, Second, Third, Fourth Illinois Appellate Districts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bill has been admitted to the Illinois Bar, US District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Federal Trial Bar.

Bill is the proud recipient of the 2017 Defense Attorney Achievement Award by Jury Verdict Reporter

Leading Lawyers Awards

Peer Selected 2024

Practice Areas

Appellate & Legal Issues, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, General Negligence, Insurance Coverage, Municipal Law, Trade Secrets & Non-Disclosure Agreements, Transportation, Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Trial Bar (1987)
  • State of Illinois (1982)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1987)
  • US District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois


  • J.D., IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1982
  • B.S., Accountancy and CPA, Unversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • Judge for InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution Twelfth Annual Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Curtis Burcham vs. West Bend Insurance, Appellate Court of Illinois, 2nd District (2011)
  • Estate of Avila v. Esquivel, pedestrian wrongful death claim - verdict of 50/50 negligence with no damages (2011)
  • Ruan v. Norris, a very rare successful fraud verdict arising out of a workers' compensation claim (1996)
  • Tim Drahozal v. Justin Loescher, vehicle accident - one of the first post-Covid verdicts in DuPage County. Plaintiff counsel asked for $525,000, the jury returned a verdict of $59,137.00 (2021).
  • Yoder v. Single source Transportation, 60 day trial and appeal of a multi party catastrophic loss (2004)

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 recipient of the Defense Attorney Achievement Award by Jury Verdict Reporter
  • Leading Lawyers 2010 through 2020

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Guest speaker at National Business Institute's course, "UM/UIM Claims: Top Mistakes to Avoid" on Friday, March 04, 2022.
  • Guest speaker at National Business Institute's live video webinar, "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Issues: Hone Your Skills as an Expert UM/UIM Practitioner". For more information, click here.
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