Philip Lading, Shareholder

Biography

Philip J. Lading is a shareholder and primarily practices in the firm’s Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Phil has extensive experience in municipal law and governmental relations, business and commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage disputes and family law. He also serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, City Attorney for Staunton, Illinois, and the Village Attorney for Hamel and Roxana, Illinois.

Phil was named a Community Leader of Tomorrow by the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce in 2005. He was also selected as one of the Illinois Business Journal’s “Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois” in 2008. This recognition applauds a class of young professionals who live and work in Southwestern Illinois and are leaders in the region, contributing in innovative ways through their profession and charitable efforts in their communities. In 2011, Phil was recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his work within his field as well as within the community at large.

Background

Civic Activities
Phil works closely with H.I.S. K.I.D.S., Inc., a local non-for-profit charitable organization based out of Highland, Illinois, whose mission is to serve children and their families who are dealing with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Phil also serves on the Board of Directors for the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation.

– Appointed Village Attorney, Village of Roxana, Illinois, 2013 – Present
– Appointed Madison County Assistant State’s Attorney, 2012-Present
– Appointed City Attorney, City of Staunton, IL, 2004 – Present
– Appointed Corporate Counsel, Meadowbrook Public Water District, 2010 – Present
– Appointed Village Attorney, Village of Hamel, Illinois, 2011 – Present
– Appointed Village Attorney, Village of New Douglas, IL, 2005 – 2014
– Appointed Zoning Hearing Officer, Village of Pontoon Beach, IL, 2005 – 2007
– Appointed Zoning Attorney, Village of Pontoon Beach, IL, 2003 – 2007
– Appointed Assistant Village Attorney, Village of Pontoon Beach, IL, 2001 – 2007
– Appointed by Illinois Supreme Court to Fifth Appellate District Judicial Screening Committee, 2006
– Appointed by Illinois Supreme Court to Third Judicial Circuit Judicial Screening Committee, 2006

Professional Activities
Phil is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois, Missouri, and Arizona, as well as before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, and the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.

Phil is a member of the Madison County Bar Association, and formerly served on both the Illinois State Bar Association’s Insurance Law Section Counsel and Bench & Bar Section Counsel. He is also a member of the Edwardsville Gun Club, the oldest continually operational gun club in the United States.

Education
Phil received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1999.

Phil received his undergraduate degree in English from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1996.

Successes

Tipton v. Madison County.  The Fifth District of Illinois Appellate Court unanimously affirmed the decision of the trial court in favor of the firm’s client, Madison County, and upheld the decision of the Madison County Board denying a request for rezoning by the applicant.

Baker v. Stiverson.  In a unanimous decision from the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fifth District, the defense verdict obtained by the firm in an excessive force case was successfully affirmed.  The case involved complicated issues related to what constitutes judicial admissions for purposes of trial, and also excessive force in the context of use of a taser by a law enforcement officer.  The firm further successfully argued for and were validated by the appellate court in its decision that an “abuse of discretion” standard applied, as opposed to a “de novo” standard on appeal requested by the Plaintiff.

Dominic Choate v. Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company.  A monumental decision involving premises liability claims, this opinion of the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a body of existing case law.  Philip Lading and two other Sandberg Phoenix attorneys were brought in by the Illinois Civil Justice League, the Washington Legal Foundation, and the Allied Educational Foundation to assist with amicus curiae briefing on appeal. The Supreme Court’s decision centered upon the ability of a child to appreciate the risk and danger of a moving train, and established a precedent for future cases involving the risks of trespassing children and the expense of remediating dangerous conditions.

Smith-Silk v. Nelson, et al. In a class action lawsuit filed in St. Clair County, Illinois, plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of a “Neutral Site Fee” approved by the Illinois Legislature and imposed by Madison and St. Clair counties. At issue was the constitutionality of the law authorizing counties to impose a fee on all civil lawsuit filings fund a neutral site custody exchange where parents could safely exchange physical custody of their minor children. After oral arguments, the court granted Madison County’s Motion to Dismiss, upholding the constitutionality of the legislation, and entering judgment in favor of the Madison and St. Clair Counties. The decision of the trial court was successfully defended by the firm in the Illinois Appellate Court Fifth District.

Hutson v. Rice. This case involved a lawsuit against the Madison County Recorder wherein the Plaintiff alleged retaliatory discharge in connection with her separation from employment. After some early briefing and motion practice by Madison County, the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed by the Plaintiff.

Barrett v. Hirsch. Philip and other Sandberg Phoenix attorneys fought a complicated child custody case in Madison County, Illinois, where multi-state jurisdictional issues were present. After winning a temporary child custody order for our client, the decision was appealed to the Fifth District Appellate Court in Illinois, who affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court.  Opposing party’s attempt to seek a writ of certiorari in the Illinois Supreme Court was denied.

Mark Hale et al. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company et al. A team of Sandberg Phoenix attorneys represented Citizens for Karmeier, a political committee supporting the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier to the Illinois Supreme Court in an alleged federal RICO violation. Filed in the Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois, the plaintiffs alleged that Citizens for Karmeier was advocating on behalf of State Farm in order to fund the campaign of Justice Karmeier. Sandberg Phoenix was able to obtain a voluntary dismissal of the portion of the lawsuit directed at Citizens for Karmeier.

Bazzell v. MN Hospitality, Inc. Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois. Phil obtained a defense verdict after a week jury trial, and two-hours of deliberation. A 25-year old man was shot by a motel guest, and rendered a paraplegic. Plaintiff claimed the defendant failed to protect him from the foreseeable criminal acts of the shooter.

Freeman v. Apex Physical Therapy, LLC. Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois. Phil successfully litigated and substantially invalidated a series of restrictive covenants which the defendants sought to enforce against their former partner.

Handshy v. Macklin. Circuit Court of Effingham County, Illinois. Phil received a jury verdict in favor of his client and against a tavern that over-served a patron who left the bar and caused an auto accident. Verdict of jury affirmed during successful defense of appeal by the defendant.

Webb v. Allstate. Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois. Summary judgment in favor of client’s insurance company on insurance coverage issue.

People v. Hasty. Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois. Phil prosecuted and obtained a jury verdict finding defendant guilty of commission of various criminal offenses. The jury returned the guilty verdict in under a half-hour.

Tuggle v. Peters. Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois. Phil obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit, on the issue of liability.

Hollis v. Bargiel. Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois. Phil successfully defended and obtained a defense jury verdict in favor of his client in an auto accident case. Represented defendant against injury claims of passengers in a vehicle who claimed that their vehicle who claimed that their vehicle was side-swiped by our client.

Publications
Point/Counterpoint intro:  Illinois Concealed Carry Explained.  Illinois Business Journal, (February 2013).

Point/Counterpoint intro: Citizens United Explained. Illinois Business Journal, (October 2012)

Co-Author: FMLA, ADA, Military and Other Leave Issues: A Guide for the Illinois Employer. Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2011).

Speaking Engagements
Election Law Ballot Integrity, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Continuing Education Seminars (October 2012)

Protecting Business Assets From Former Employees: Non-Competition and Other Restrictive Covenants,Effingham Chamber of Commerce, Effingham, Illinois (May 10, 2010)

BIOGRAPHY

Philip J. Lading is a shareholder and primarily practices in the firm’s Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Phil has extensive experience in municipal law and governmental relations, business and commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage disputes and family law. He also serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, City Attorney for Staunton, Illinois, and the Village Attorney for Hamel and Roxana, Illinois.

Phil was named a Community Leader of Tomorrow by the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce in 2005. He was also selected as one of the Illinois Business Journal’s “Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois” in 2008. This recognition applauds a class of young professionals who live and work in Southwestern Illinois and are leaders in the region, contributing in innovative ways through their profession and charitable efforts in their communities. In 2011, Phil was recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his work within his field as well as within the community at large.

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