William Barton, Attorney at Law
William brings several years of legal experience practicing in the areas of products liability and personal injury.
Bill is a Southern Illinois native, and he and his wife currently reside in the Carbondale area with their five children. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He later earned masters’ degrees in Special Education and Counseling Psychology, from McKendree University and worked in public and private schools, mainly in Special Education classrooms.
Later, Bill worked as a counselor-intern for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and as a clinician for Chestnut Health Systems. He provided mental health and addiction recovery services, clinical analysis, and employee assistance support. His clients included Federal and State probation, and inmates in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Through the Wounded Warrior Project, he served combat veterans affected by PTSD. He is a trial consultant, specializing in juror analysis and selection, and has worked with law firms from St. Clair, Perry, and Franklin Counties all the way down to Alexander, Johnson, and Pope.
Bill obtained his law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale School of Law, where he served as Magister of the Lesar Inn for Phi Delta Phi, the International Legal Honors Society. He was an intern with the Illinois Innocence Project, assisting senior defense attorneys by interviewing convicted offenders to determine their suitability for the program. He worked as a law clerk in DUI defense, worker’s compensation, insurance defense, and family law firms in Williamson and Jackson Counties. He served as a State’s’ Attorney in St. Clair County, Illinois, as a 711 Licensee. He was the Editor for the 2017 St. Clair County Juvenile Justice Council Teen Court Manual.
Bill worked as a personal injury and mass tort litigation associate prior to joining SI Elder Law. He has considerable experience with litigation at both the state and national levels, successfully challenging some of the largest corporations on earth. Today, he focuses his practice on the areas of nursing home neglect, personal injury and products liability, and family law, among other civil matters.
Bill is proud to partner with and advocate for his clients, challenging corporate practices that place profits before people. Bill is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and Missouri. His is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Williamson County Bar Association and is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.