127 West Jefferson Avenue • P.O. Box 507 • Effingham, Illinois 62401 • Telephone: (217) 342-8060 • Fax: (217) 342-8066

200 North Main Street • Altamont, Illinois 62411 • Telephone: (618) 483-6333

Areas of Practice:

Real Estate

Business Law

Banking Law

Civil Litigation

Bill Austin


Mr. Austin is Of Counsel to the firm.  He focuses on real estate, business law, banking law and related civil litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, and the Effingham County Bar Association.  He currently serves as Chairman of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., a bar-related title insurer.   He is a founding director of ATG Trust Company, an independent bar-related trust company, where he served as Chairman from 2001-2005.  Mr. Austin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council, Senior Lawyer Section Council, and its Standing Committee on Military Affairs, which he previously chaired. He is a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation. He served several terms as an Assembly Representative in the ISBA, and served on the ISBA’s Mineral Law Subcommittee. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV peer rating, and is recognized in Leading Lawyers.


He was admitted to practice in Illinois following his graduation from the University of Illinois, BS Finance 1967, and JD Law 1970, and later admitted to practice in certain federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.


Mr. Austin is a former Assistant and Special Assistant Attorney General. Mr. Austin serves on and has held leadership positions on several corporate boards, as well as on several local, state and national not-for-profit boards.  He retired in 2001, following more than 30 years of military service, as a Brigadier General, AUS.

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