William M. Shay
With his broad legal experience, Bill is a lawyer for many new and growing businesses. Bill is effective at advising entrepreneurs, both individuals and small groups, in forming a business using the most appropriate legal structure and governance documents. Bill has helped clients form sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations (both C Corps and S Corps), professional service corporations, and not for profit corporations (NFPs), with all required agreements and other documentation. Bill also assists companies with stock and debt financing, including loan documents, stock purchase agreements, and securities law compliance. He has helped negotiate and document joint ventures, angel and private equity investments, and stock and asset acquisitions and sales. Bill drafts employment agreements, customer contracts, vendor and supplier agreements, license agreements, independent contractor agreements, and real estate leases. Bill has also drafted cooperative research and development agreements between private companies, universities, and government research labs and facilities, along with appropriate ownership and licensing rights.
Bill also is experienced in public utility law and regulation, including proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission. He represents clients in connection with many different types of utility and energy matters. Landowners and others have retained Bill to intervene in ICC proceedings in which a utility seeks a certificate of public convenience and necessity for an electric transmission line or gas pipeline. Bill also negotiates leases and easements for electric transmission and pipeline projects, as well as leases and easements for wind turbines and renewable energy projects.
Bill advises clients in connection with estate planning, including wills, trusts and other related documents.
Bill is the senior member of Shay Phillips, Ltd. He graduated cum laude from Bradley University in 1974 with a degree in Accounting, and obtained his law degree cum laude in 1978 from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Law Review and Harno Fellow. Following law school, Bill clerked for two years for Justice Thomas J. Moran of the Illinois Supreme Court, then worked for a large Chicago firm before returning to Peoria. Bill also is a certified public accountant.
Jonathan LA Phillips
Jonathan has been procuring intellectual property rights for his clients for years. Likewise, he has asserted those rights in court and federal administrative bodies. And when others attempt to use their intellectual property rights against the firm's clients, Jonathan defends them. As one of the few downstate attorneys focusing on intellectual property matters, Jonathan has built a reputation that is backed by results for his clients.
Jonathan also focuses on utility and energy law. At the Illinois Commerce Commission, Jonathan has opposed several transmission and pipeline projects. He has also created alternative routing (or defended against landowner created routing) for projects that have been adopted by the Commission. He is also experienced in eminent domain issues and easement negotiations concerning utilities, pipelines, and wind projects.
In the final focused area of his practice, Jonathan has handled dozens of business disputes in both federal and state courts. When possible, he seeks to strike decisive blows early in litigation, in order to focus issues early, which can lead to quick and efficient resolutions.
Jonathan Is a Peoria area native, attended Bradley University, earning a bachelors of science in Chemistry. From there he attended DePaul University College of Law, obtaining his juris doctor and a certificate in intellectual property. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, serving as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section Council and on the Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation Section Council, as well as the Chicago Bar Association. He previously served as chair of the Communications and Technology Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association, and is the Membership Chair of the Central District of Illinois Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In 2017, Leading Lawyers named Mr. Phillips as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law; Public Utilities Law: Gas/Water/Electric; Energy Law; and Commercial litigation.
- Illinois Courts
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Practices before the foregoing, and:
- Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Illinois Commerce Commission
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
- Federal courts throughout the United States when granted admission for cases pro hac vice
- Illinois Department of Labor
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
John D. Albers
John Albers is an accomplished and respected practicioner in utility law and regulation. John served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Commerce Commission for 17 years. The Commission, which administers the Illinois Public Utilities Act (PUA), has jurisdiction over, among other things, public utility rates, services, facilities, and practices. As an ALJ, John presided over administrative hearings, which included setting case schedules, conducting evidentiary hearings, reviewing filed testimony, exhibits, motions and briefs, making various rulings and resolving disputes among parties, and drafting proposed final orders for the Commissioners’ consideration. John resolved contested issues among adversarial parties in a variety of procedurally, legally, and technically complex cases involving utilities and other entities in the electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications industries. One of John’s recent significant cases was the $1.1 billion, 375 mile long, 345 kV electric transmission line project proposed by Ameren, called the Illinois Rivers Project. Ameren filed for approval under the PUA’s expedited procedure, which increased the challenges of conducting the proceeding with the substantial number of parties and contentious issues raised by those opposed to various portions of the project. John successfully presided over this difficult case.
While at the Commission John also reviewed and developed revisions to proposed legislation, led workshops involving multiple parties to develop mediation and arbitration alternatives to litigation, and presided over the recent $30 million solar power procurement by the Illinois Power Agency.
Before going to work at the Commission, John was with a private law firm in Springfield, IL.
John earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Illinois State University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1997.
Janis E. Von Qualen
Jan was an Administrative Law Judge for six years at the Illinois Commerce Commission. As an ALJ, she presided over regulatory hearings on a broad range of issues, relating to electric, gas, water, and telecommunications utilities. In this capacity, she ruled on motions and objections, conducted evidentiary hearings, reviewed evidence, and drafted proposed orders for the Commission’s consideration. Prior to being an ALJ, Jan worked as a trial attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Commission for 12 years. Jan represented Illinois Commerce Commission Staff in contested, regulatory proceedings before the Commission. She was a lead trial attorney, responsible for the presentation and defense of Staff’s expert testimony, discovery, motion practice, briefing, and settlement negotiations.
In her roles as an ALJ and a litigator, Jan’s experience includes utility rate cases, proposals for the construction of new facilities, environmental efficiency plans, reconciliations of expenses with revenues, and certificates of authority to provide alternative gas and electric services. She is familiar with the requirements for obtaining a certificate to construct electric transmission lines and water or gas pipelines. Jan has litigated and presided over multiple proceedings, encompassing the issues related to the potential for eminent domain authority.
Prior to her work at the Commission, Jan was Counsel to the Governor, during the Edgar administration and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Springfield. Prior to her public service, Jan was an associate in a private law firm in Springfield.
Jan did her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she received a Bachelors of Arts. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.