Stuart H. Shiffman

Mr. Shiffman can deliver winning arguments because he has a unique ability to see legal issues from a judge’s perspective

Stuart H. Shiffman
Of Counsel

Having spent 26 years as a circuit court judge and nine years as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Stuart H. Shiffman delights in tackling complex legal cases that are being appealed to higher courts.

His broad and deep experience on the judicial bench, which ranges from multi-million dollar civil disputes to death penalty criminal trials to small claims cases, enables him to pick out the key legal issues from a judge’s perspective and to deliver winning arguments on his clients’ behalf.

Having additionally spent almost three years in the State Appellate Defender’s Office, Stuart understands how important it is for ordinary citizens to have the quality legal representation they deserve. That’s why he prides himself on delivering top-of-the-line services to current clients who have domestic or family problems or who have been accused of crimes.

“I’m one of those Atticus Finch people,” he jokes. “I was inspired by the novel To Kill a Mockingbird as child, and I view law as an avenue to make life better for all.”

When he’s not making life better for clients of FeldmanWasser, Stuart can be found teaching the next generation of attorneys at the University of Illinois at Springfield and Illinois State University. He also takes great pleasure in writing about legal and non-legal topics for Springfield’s Illinois Times,, and The American Bar Association Journal.

ABAScribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

Phone: 217-544-3403
Fax: 217-544-1593
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Areas of Practice
Civil and Criminal Appeals
Criminal Law
Family Law

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1974
U.S. District Court, 1976

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 1974

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, B.A., Political Science, History

Published Works
Judicial Biographies: A Sampling, 39 Judges Journal vol. 3, 38, 2000

The Constitutional Debates, 89 Judicature 326, 2006

Classes/Seminars Taught
Evidence, Family Law, Law and Literature, Great Trials, University of Illinois Springfield, 2002–2008

The Darrow Trials, Law and War, IICLE, 2009–2010

Introduction to the Law, Illinois State University at Bloomington-Normal, 2013–2014


On appeal, overturned a ruling in a divorce trial that denied a client maintenance support that she desperately needed.

As a defense attorney, argued several death penalty cases before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Successfully argued one of the first death penalty cases before the Illinois Supreme Court shortly after the death penalty was newly reinstated in the 1970’s.

Served in the Illinois Attorney General’s Opinions division, administering legal advice to leaders and managers in various governmental organizations.

Regularly lectures and gives seminars to students of the law and to practicing lawyers seeking professional development.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers, 2007–2010
Standing Committee on Gavel Awards ABA , 1988–1990

Past Employment Positions
Circuit Court, Illinois, Associate Circuit Judge, 1983–2009
Sangamon County Illinois, Assistant State’s Attorney, 1976–1983