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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
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
21 Questions Answered

A: Based upon your description, I am not clear if you had an estimate for the proposed work which you approved or if there was a formal written agreement was signed which described the scope of work for the agreed price. Most repair shops provide estimates for the proposed work, asking the customer to approve the pricing. These estimates also typically provide that if additional issues are discovered during the work they are performing those would be an extra charge. That extra charge must be approved by the customer before the work can be performed. If you had a formal written agreement that was not an estimate, then I would review that agreement to determine what it describes regarding the services to be performed.
Q. How long do we have to sue the previous home owner if we suspect they knew about mold in the home?
A: Based upon your description, if water damage/water infiltration issues are present and that history was denied by the seller, there may be an action for fraud and depending on the nature of the sale, for violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. The real estate contract must be reviewed as well as an investigation into the source and cause of the damage/infiltration. If the claim is for injuries the statute of limitations would be 2 years from date of exposure which would presumably be the date you moved in and there must be a connection between the injury claimed and mold exposure, as well as cause of the mold.
Q. Father and mother bought a house together. She passed away and father re-married. They lived at 2nd wife’s residence.
A: Who holds title to the family home? Did your mom have a will? Was the property held by a trust, individually in either your mother or father's name, jointly by both of your parents or in some other manner. Those questions must be answered. When did you mom pass away and was a probate estate opened? If for example the property was jointly held by your mother and father, then upon her passing your father would have become the sole owner of the property. That means he can make the decisions as to when and if the property is sold as well as who would share in any proceeds.
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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 (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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