Webber & Thies, P.C. is a full service law firm which has been providing high quality service to its clients for more than sixty years. The lawyers and staff in our firm are committed to understanding and cost-effectively meeting our clients' needs in a manner consistent with their objectives. The law firm was founded in 1946 by former County Judge Charles M. Webber, and concentrates its practice on serving the total legal needs of corporate and individual clients throughout the State of Illinois and elsewhere.
While we are based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (the home of the University of Illinois), we routinely handle matters in counties around the state, frequently as co-counsel or local counsel for other firms.
Our lawyers are held in high regard by members of the legal profession, including state and federal judiciary. Richard Thies is a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association (one of the largest voluntary state bar associations in the United States). He has also served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association ("ABA"), chaired the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and served as State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (among other significant state and national offices).
Other members of our firm have also held high positions in state and federal bar associations and have served as university faculty. For example, John Thies is also a past president of the ISBA, and is the current president of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc., which serves the low income and senior population for the southern 65 counties in Illinois. David Thies serves in leadership positions with ISBA, including as Vice Chair of the Trusts & Estates Section Council, and is the former chair of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division. Philip Van Ness is the former Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, and has served in ISBA leadership positions including Chair of the Environmental Law Section Council and Chair of the Real Estate Law Section Council. David Bernthal has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law.
Members of our firm have also received gubernatorial and state supreme court appointments, and served on boards and committees devoted to supporting legal assistance to the poor. We also have a long history of service to not-for-profit community activities.