Robert A. Shipley represents architects, engineers and other design professionals in a wide variety of matters including professional liability defense, contract drafting, review and negotiation, risk assessment and management, dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He has expertise in insurance issues facing design professionals and the various types of coverages on construction projects. Mr. Shipley also focuses his practice in civil litigation involving complex commercial, insurance and tort litigation and general business counseling, as well as Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

An experienced trial attorney, he has in excess of 100 cases to verdict and has successfully argued cases in the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. Shipley is a certified mediator and panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court
    – Northern District of Illinois
  • U. S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law – J.D.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  – B.A.
  • DePaul University Center for Dispute Resolution

Professional Memberships

  • Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association and Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program
  • Certified mediator
  • Former faculty member, American Institute for Paralegal Studies, Inc.
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Past Chairman, Interdisciplinary Cooperation Committee
  • Former member, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute.


  • Member, Lawyers of Distinction

  • AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360