Phil Robertson received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1989 and his law degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, in 1992. After passing the bar, Phil opened his own law practice in DeKalb, Illinois, focusing on personal injury, criminal, and family law cases.
The following Spring, he took an appointment as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in the General Law Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in downtown Chicago. There he focused on Section 1983 civil rights cases on behalf of the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Corrections, personal injury and subrogation cases on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation, administrative review cases on behalf of the Illinois Secretary of State, labor and employment cases on behalf of various State agencies with union employees and those subject to the Illinois Civil Service Commission, and debt collection cases on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
In August 1995, Phil left the Attorney General’s Office and returned to the private sector as an associate at Campion, Curran, Rausch, Gummerson & Dunlop in Crystal Lake, Illinois. There he focused on personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians in Northern Illinois, real estate matters, criminal law, family law, and estate planning.
The following year Phil returned to government employment as an Assistant Attorney General in the Nursing Home Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He handled Certificate of Need and Certificate of Exemption investigations and litigation for the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, federal tag guideline enforcement cases against licensed nursing homes receiving Medicaid/Medicare funding on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and investigations and enforcement actions against unlicensed nursing homes pursuant to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and the Assisted Living Facilities Licensing Act.
Additionally, in the Spring of 2000, Phil’s Bureau was merged into the General Law Bureau, at which time Phil took on election and vote fraud cases on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Elections, labor and employment cases on behalf of various State agencies, civil litigation on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, defense litigation pertaining to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and claims for money damages against various State agencies brought in the Illinois Court of Claims.
In January 2002, Phil became the Director of the Rockford Regional Office for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The Office covered 13 counties in Northwest Illinois. Along with his staff, Phil was responsible for handling all the debt collection cases in those counties on behalf of the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Illinois Department of Mental Health. He also handled all the administrative review cases in those counties on behalf of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, as well as investigations into consumer fraud complaints brought by businesses and individuals under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.
In October 2001, Phil moved from the General Law Bureau to the Special Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. There he handled investigations and prosecutions under the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act and the Federal False Claims Act (qui tam cases), investigations and prosecutions of public corruption, securities fraud investigations and prosecutions under the Federal Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934 and Sarbanes-Oxley on behalf of Illinois’ pension funds (including cases against Enron and WorldCom, among others), investigations into fraud and abuse by service providers, vendors, and contractors participating in the Medicaid/Medicare programs in Illinois, investigations into fraudulent practices by nationwide insurance companies, and investigations and prosecutions regarding violations of the Illinois Charitable Trust Act and the Illinois Solicitation for Charity Act. Phil was also involved in the litigation spurred by the Illinois legislative redistricting maps, and was the lead counsel for the State of Illinois’ efforts to enforce the Master Settlement Agreement against Big Tobacco and compliance with the multi-State and Illinois tobacco distribution laws.
In January 2006, Phil returned to private practice and opened his own law firm in Crystal Lake, Illinois. His firm specializes in the following practice areas: business/corporate, tax, commercial/vendor contracts and commercial litigation, labor and employment, debt collection and mechanic’s liens, regulatory compliance, government and municipal law, administrative law, real estate and development (commercial and residential, including zoning, entitlements, land use, and condemnation), business succession and estate planning, government benefits, and elder law.