Attorney Profiles

Activities

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Appellate Lawyers Association

Accomplishments

  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys "10 Best" Client Satisfaction (2016)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates "Top 100 Lawyers" (2016)
  • Distinguished as an "Emerging Lawyer" in Illinois by Leading Lawyers (2016)
  • Distinguished as an "Emerging Lawyer" in Illinois by Leading Lawyers (2015)
  • Peer Review Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (2014)
  • “Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers” in the State of Illinois by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2014 & 2015)
  • The Journal-News “10 Under 40” (2010)
  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce “Achievement Award” (2010)

Presentations / Lectures

  • Illinois Municipal League 101st Annual Conference, “Real Estate Taxation, A Primer for Municipal Officials,” Chicago, Illinois (September 19, 2014)
  • University of Illinois/UCCI Education Seminar, “Fundamentals of Property Tax,” Springfield, Illinois (March 26, 2014)
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Ethics for the Government Attorney, “Serving the Public,” Springfield, Illinois (September 30, 2013)
  • Office of State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor: Conference for Newly Elected State’s Attorneys, “Property Tax Basics,” Springfield, Illinois (January 23, 2013)
  • Illinois Association of County Officials: Spring Conference, “Property Tax Appeals: Primer on Deadlines and Procedures,” Springfield, Illinois (April 24, 2012)
  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, “Choice of Business Entity,” Hillsboro, Illinois (April 20, 2012)
  • Office of State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor: New State’s Attorneys Seminar, “Property Tax Basics,” Springfield, Illinois (January 26, 2011)
  • 3-M Firefighters Association, “New Laws Affecting the Fire Service,” Hillsboro, Illinois (September 10, 2008)
  • Office of State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor: New State’s Attorneys Seminar, “Property Tax Overview,” Springfield, Illinois (November 18, 2008)

Publications

  • Summary of Line-of-Duty Death Benefits for Firefighters in Illinois (last modified Oct. 2010)
  • Christopher E. Sherer, The Resurgence of Federalism: State Employees and the Eleventh Amendment, 23 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL'Y 1 (Fall 2001)
  • Christopher E. Sherer, Comment, Partial Terminations of Single Employer ERISA Qualified Retirement Plans: A Practical Look, 68 UMKC L. REV. 263 (Winter 1999)
  • Christopher E. Sherer, Note, Respondeat Superior Liability in Missouri for Injuries Sustained as a Result of Police Pursuits, 68 UMKC L. REV. 115 (Fall 1999)

Civic Participation

  • Imagine Hillsboro, Inc.
    • President (2015 to Present)
    • Coordinating Council (2015)
  • Mutual Aid Box Alarm System ("MABAS") Division 56
    • President (2013 to Present)
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    • Board Member (2016 to Present)
  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors (2015 to Present)
  • Hillsboro City Council (2007 to 2015)
  • Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department (2003 to Present)
    • Volunteer Firefighter
    • Underwater Recovery Team
  • Sojourn Shelter and Services
    • Pro Bono Committee (2006)
    • Pro bono attorney in domestic abuse cases
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
    • Pro bono attorney in divorce and adoption cases
  • Hillsboro Sports Association
    • Youth Soccer Coach
    • Youth Softball Assistant Coach
  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
  • Hillsboro Area Angel Tree Project
  • Member of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

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