Mitch Gilfillan’s path to become an attorney was anything but typical. Following law school, Mitch spent the next six years as a Division I men’s basketball coach, first at Ball State University, then Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and most recently at Illinois State University. “I loved college basketball and the thrill of recruiting student-athletes, winning games and traveling the country.” As a former participant in the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, Mitch will be the first to admit his competitive attitude correlates perfectly with his legal career.
While mentoring student-athletes was a rewarding challenge, the opportunity for legal employment in Peoria, Illinois, near his hometown of Morton, was a chance to challenge himself in an entirely new way. “What my background in athletics provided me is a leadership skill set and a team-first mentality that I plan to bring every day,” Mitch states.
Some things you may not know about Mitch:
- He recounts playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for Lehigh University (the “Mountain Hawks”) among the highlights of his Division I basketball career.
- During his time as a player and coach, Mitch traveled to 42 states and 3 countries.
- He has two brothers, both investment bankers in New York City, and keeps in constant contact with them.
- He legally changed his name from Matthew to Mitch as a teenager, in large part due to former Chicago Cubs pitcher Mitch Williams.
- His father was a Quinn Johnston lawyer, and is now a judge in the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, the Hon. Paul Gilfillan.
- J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, 2009
- Executive Board for the Trial Advocacy Team
- Moot Court Honor Society
- Highest Course Honors: Trial Practice II
- Finance Chair for the Steering Committee
- B.A., Political Science, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2006
- One of four students in the Class of 2006 (1,029 total students) to receive The Undergraduate Merit Award
- Received Outstanding Service Award given to the top graduating student-athlete at Lehigh University
- Recipient of the Coach’s Award for attitude, effort & special leadership presented by the Lehigh basketball coaching staff
- Recipient of the Southside Boosters Award presented by Southside Booster Association, Inc. for outstanding citizenship
- Four-year member of Lehigh’s C.O.A.C.H. program (Community Outreach by Athletes who Care about Helping)
- Earned full Division I basketball scholarship, four-year letter winner & voted team captain 2005-2006 season
- American Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division (Litigation committee; Family Law Committee; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee)
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Peoria Bar Association
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- Abraham Lincoln Inn of Court
- 10th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
- Estate Planning Council
- Fitness, Health and Wellness Committee
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Public Interest Law Initiative – Help Desk Volunteer in Tazewell and Peoria County
- Prairie State Legal Services Campaign Committee, Quinn Johnston Campaign Coordinator
- St. Philomena Men’s Club – Church Volunteer
- IHSA March Madness volunteer
- Greater Peoria Friends First Program, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
- Strides for Justice 5K Run/Walk Committee to benefit Prairie State Legal Services
- Co-chair of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patients Everyday) of Children’s Hospital of Illinois
- Volunteer for the American Red Cross Golf FORE the Red Cross
- Social Media Maelstrom: Changes in Business Policy, Recent Rulings and the Legal Impact on a Business – Quinn Johnston Business & Tax Seminar, Fall 2016
- Medical Marijuana and Concealed Carry in the Workplace: Recent Developments in Illinois Law and What the Future Holds for Employers and Employees – Quinn Johnston Labor and Employment Seminar, Summer 2016
- Farm Liability Policy, Farm Employee Medical Payments, & Worker’s Compensation Coverage – Farm Business and Farm Management Association, Spring 2016
- “Minor Settlements: Obtaining Court Approval and Keeping them Confidential,” CLE Civil Litigation Seminar, PCBA, Spring 2015
- “Nursing Malpractice – How to Avoid It,” Central Illinois Health Information Management Association’s Seminar, Spring 2015
- The Fiduciary Quagmire: A New Standard for Advisers and Investors is Quickly Approaching, Peoria Magazines InterBusiness Issues July 2016
- So Fresh, So Clean: The Clean Power Plan and its Current State of Legal Limbo, Peoria Magazines InterBusiness Issues, October 2016
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