| Practice Description: |
Mr. Knell's areas of practice include trial litigation for the defense; workers' compensation; employment related matters; governmental entities including municipalities, park districts and school districts; police and fire liability; premises liability; auto and trucking litigation; appellate practice in state and federal court systems; and civil rights. Ninety percent of his practice is devoted to litigation. He is a partner at the law firm Knell & Kelly, L.L.C., in Peoria.
Notable Cases and Results:
McCuen v. Peoria Park District, 643 NE2d 778 (1994) S.Ct.
Kerker v. Elbert, 634 NE2d 482 (1994)
Wolland v. Industrial Commission, 434 NE2d 1132 (1982) S. Ct.
R. A. Cullinan & Sons, Inc. v. Industrial Commission, 549 NE2d 805 (1990)
Village of Oreana v. Industrial Commission, 289 Ill.App.3d, 682 NE2d 1158 (1997)
Maskel v. Industrial Commission, (3rd District, April 11, 1996 unpublished)
Blake v. Industrial Commission, (4th District April 11, 1994 unpublished)
Stark v. Industrial Commission, (4th District January 25, 1990 unpublished)
Cook v. Industrial Commission, 596 NE2d 746 (1992)
R. A. Cullinan & Sons, Inc. v. Industrial Commission, 575 NE2d 1240 (1991)
Gallianetti v. Industrial Commission, 734 N.E.2d 482 (2000)
Maxwell v. Industrial Commission, (3rd District June 24, 2003 unpublished)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit, 1976
Date of Birth: 1950
Law School: Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1975
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.A., 1973
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Peoria County and Illinois State Bar Associations
Greater Peoria Claims Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute; Illinois Workers'
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Rules Committee Illinois Industrial Commission
Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court Master
Who's Who (in American Lawyers)
St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors 1978 to 1990
Bradley University NCCA Division I Academic Integrity Committee 2001
Bradley University Chiefs Club
Published Legal Writing:
Peoria County Continuing Legal Education Committee;
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education; Central Illinois RIMS
Association; Employers Association of Illinois; Lorman Education
Services; National Business Institute, Inc.; Workers' Compensation
Self-Insured Trust and Illinois School District Agency Property Casualty
Programs; Council on Education in Management
The law firm of Knell & Kelly, L.L.C. was established in 1998 and is located in Peoria. The secret to our sucess is service. We represent and advise clients in the areas of insurance defense, workers' compensation defense, personal injury defense, employment law defense and dram shop insurance defense. We represent clients in every level of the Illinois State and Federal Courts and treat our clients the way we, ourselves, would want to be represented- -Aggressively. Fairly. Ethically. The cornerstone of our success is the quality relationship which we maintain with clients. Clients are treated with integrity and respect for their needs, goals, and objectives.
We utilize state-of the-art technology and cost-effective methods to provide services in a timely, client-oriented manner. That means we return your phone calls promptly. Report regularly on your case. Are up front and ethical about our fees so that there simply are no bad surprises.
In short, at our very core, we focus on each client's background, needs, and goals. That's where we start. With you. Our goal is to provide you with the utmost outstanding service that can be provided in the legal field in defending cases.