Attorney Chris Sherer Recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates with “Top 40 Under 40” designation

Date Posted: 8/19/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Attorney Chris Sherer, of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. in Springfield, was recently selected to join the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers who possess stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Mr. Sherer was chosen as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in the State of Illinois for 2014. According to the ASLA, the Top 40 Under 40 designation “identifies and recognizes lawyers demonstrating leadership and talent early on in their careers, not only in their practice, but in exemplifying the characteristics that will demonstrate the best that the legal profession has to offer.”

The ASLA is an invitation-only organization that is limited to less than 1.5% of all licensed lawyers in the United States, according to the group’s website ( Those admitted into the exclusive organization were selected by a team of lawyers who spent months researching tens of thousands of potential candidates throughout the nation. In selecting its member attorneys through a rigorous, manual, multi-stage review process, the ASLA chooses up to 100 lawyers (and 40 lawyers under the age of 40) per state for every practice area or specialty that is designated for that state.

Potential candidates can be nominated by others for consideration, though they cannot be self-nominated. Various factors are used in evaluating whether or not an attorney qualifies for an invitation to the ASLA. These can include educational achievements, legal accomplishments, community involvement, and leadership activity (such as in bar associations and other professional groups). The ASLA’s selection team also reviews information about the attorneys that is publicly available, such as their websites, reviews by clients, and information about settlement and verdict.

By being part of the select group of attorneys within the United States to be invited to the ASLA, Attorney Sherer has distinguished himself from others in his field and in the State of Illinois. In addition to the ASLA, Mr. Sherer is also a member of many other professional organizations. These include the Sangamon County Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar. He has also been active in giving back to his community. In addition to providing pro bono services to Sangamon County domestic violence victims and to Montgomery County residents through the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Mr. Sherer has also served his hometown as a member of the Hillsboro City Council since 2007 and has been a volunteer firefighter with the Hillsboro Fire Department since 2003.

Mr. Sherer has joined the prominent downtown Springfield law firm Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. as an associate in 2004. He “made partner” in 2012 and quickly thereafter rose to become the firm’s managing partner in 2013. In addition to his concentration in the area of Family Law, he also practices in the areas of Local Government Law, General Litigation, and Appellate Practice. Mr. Sherer has also represented more than 25 counties throughout the state as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in matters before administrative agencies, circuit courts, the appellate courts, and even the United States Bankruptcy Court.

About the Firm

Since 1911, Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. has been providing exceptional legal services to individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies throughout Illinois. Many of its attorneys have received the prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating  from Martindale-Hubbell® and have been named to Illinois “Super Lawyers” and “Leading Lawyers Network” publications. The firm counts among its former members and associates a current United States Senator from Illinois, congressmen, judges, and prominent private and governmental leaders. Additionally, the firm is a member of SCG Legal, an invitation-only group of 145 preeminent independent law firms. 

The firm’s rich history includes direct ties to Abraham Lincoln’s law practice. In 1844, Lincoln joined William H. Herndon to form the law firm of Lincoln and Herndon. Their partnership was never dissolved; it ended with Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. In 1884, George W. Murray became Herndon’s last law partner. Murray was then elected a judge of Sangamon County in 1890. After Judge Murray retired from the bench, he joined D. Logan Giffin to form the firm of Murray and Giffin in 1911.

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