Tapella, William R. II.
Address: 6009 Park Drive, Charleston, IL 61920
Lawyer Firm: The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm
Fax: (217) 639-7810
|Areas of Practice||Other Civil Litigation, Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, Commercial and Business Litigation, Business Planning and Consulting|
Bill practices in the area of civil litigation, including medical malpractice cases, significant personal injury cases, trucking cases, railroad crossing cases, wrongful death cases, product liability cases and other tor litigation cases.
In his practice, Bill has been recognized by his peers as an AV rated attorney, indicating that fellow lawyers have conferred upon him a Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois, is a Lifetime member of the Million Dollar and Multi-million Dollar Advocates, a group that includes less than 4% of attorneys nationally. Bill has also been honored as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Organization. Bill has obtained numerous million dollar and multi-million dollar results for his clients, including record medical malpractice verdicts in a number of downstate counties.
Bill is the author of “When the Rules of the Road Get Broken, a Client’s Guide to Illinois Car Wrecks.” He also authored Constitutional Law/Due Process/Judicial Admonitions, Illinois Bar Journal 81:605 and “Comparative Fault, Contribution and Joint and Several Liability: An Argument Against Reconciliation,” Illinois Bar Journal 88:694. The Illinois Trial Lawyers featured Bill’s closing argument in the case of Potter v. Schenk in its Trial Journal. Bill has also been a frequent lecturer at legal seminars throughout Illinois and a presenter at the University of Illinois College of Law. He is currently teaching a course on the Legal Environment of Business at the Limpkin School of Business at Eastern Illinois University.
Bill grew up in Herrin Illinois in Williamson County, where his parents still live. Following high school, he attended Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in 1981.
While at SIU, Bill began work in politics with the Carter-Mondale Reelection Committee. Following graduation, he worked for Congressman Paul Simon, as the campaign manager for Simon’s 1980 reelection campaign. After Congressman Simon’s successful reelection, Bill moved to Washington, D.C., and traveled throughout the country working for six years on numerous state and national Democratic campaigns. In 1986, Bill moved to Boston, where he worked for the Pyramid Companies in real estate development.
n 1991, Bill returned home to Illinois and entered the University of Illinois, College of Law. While there, he received numerous academic honors, including admission to the Order of Coif and designation as a Harno Scholar. Bill graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Law in 1994, Magna Cum Laude.
Bill is active in the legal profession and his community. He serves on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, is a member the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He serves on the Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District Board and is active in other community groups and organizations.
Bill is married to Lela Tapella and has two children, Mia, 30, and Will, 27. He and Lela live on a small farm just outside of Ashmore, Illinois, with their dogs, Satchel and Jeter. Bill is an avid upland bird hunter and a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever, as well as other habitat and environmental organizations.
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