Thomas Frederick Koester (Champaign, Illinois)
Thomas Frederick Koester (Champaign, Illinois)

Thomas Frederick Koester

Licensed for 34 years

Practice Area: Personal Injury Law, Plaintiff's Professional Negligence, Criminal Defense

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Thomas Frederick Koester

Free initial consultation, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Serving Champaign, IL view address

Member at firm Koester & Bradley, LLP

Serving Champaign, IL view address

Free initial consultation, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Awards BV Distinguished

About Thomas Frederick Koester

100% of practice devoted to litigation primarily in matters involving civil litigation. Areas of concentration include representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases including medical malpractice, defective products and automobile accidents. Practice also includes representation of criminal defendants charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. Guest Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Practice Law Update and Practice Tips, Presentation of Direct Examination, April 2002; University of Illinois College of Law Trial Advocacy Program, Mock Jury Instruction Conference, Mock Presentation of Plaintiffs' Testimony in Personal Injury Case. Multiple court appointments as Special Prosecuto...

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100% of practice devoted to litigation primarily in matters involving civil litigation. Areas of concentration include representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases including medical malpractice, defective products and automobile accidents. Practice also includes representation of criminal defendants charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. Guest Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Practice Law Update and Practice Tips, Presentation of Direct Examination, April 2002; University of Illinois College of Law Trial Advocacy Program, Mock Jury Instruction Conference, Mock Presentation of Plaintiffs' Testimony in Personal Injury Case. Multiple court appointments as Special Prosecutor in Champaign County. Lead Counsel on more than 100 cases tried to jury verdict. Lead Counsel on six first degree murder prosecutions. Assistant State's Attorney, Champaign County State's Attorney's Office, 1983-1994. Associate, Phebus & Koester (formerly Phebus & Winkelman), 1997-1997. Partner, Phebus & Koester, 1998—.

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Areas of Law

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Plaintiff's Professional Negligence
  • Criminal Defense

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  • 4.6/5.0 8 reviews
  • BV Distinguished
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.5/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.5/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 01/14/16 in Criminal Defense

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/10/14 in Civil Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 07/24/12 in Personal Injury

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/19/09 in Civil Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/19/09 in Civil Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/18/09 in Civil Liability

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0

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  • 4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/21/09 in Criminal Defense

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      4.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.0/5.0
    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      4.0/5.0

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  • 3.6/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/28/14 in Personal Injury

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      3.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      3.0/5.0
    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      4.0/5.0

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Member
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1982, Illinois
      1994, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
      1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
      1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
      2001, U.S. Supreme Court
      Additional Payment Information
      Free initial consultation
      Fixed hourly rates
      Fixed fees available
      Law School Attended
      Drake University Law School
      Class of 1981
      J.D.
      University Attended
      University of Iowa
      Class of 1979
      B.A.
      Political Science/Economics
      Birth Information
      Born in 1956
      Ridgewood, New Jersey, July 28, 1956
      Associations & Memberships
      Champaign County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations
      Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
      American Trial Lawyers Association.