G. Bradley Hantla

G. Bradley Hantla

Partner
Location:
Litchfield, Illinois
Phone:
618-623-0154
Email:

PERSONAL PROFILE OF G. BRADLEY HANTLA

G. Bradley Hantla (Brad) was born in Litchfield, Illinois, in August of 1947. Brad worked his way through college and law school, working with his father as a carpenter from age 16 until his graduation from law school. Brad was a member of Carpenters Local 725. His father was a member of that same Local for over 55 years. In 1969, he married his wife, Anne. Two children were born to Anne and Brad, a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Christopher. In 1999, upon his graduation from law school, Christopher joined his father in the practice of law, and the name of the firm was changed from G. Bradley Hantla, Ltd. To Hantla & Hantla, Ltd.

Brad attended the University of Mississippi and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He thereafter attended St. Louis University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973. During his college and law school preparation, Anne, who was a teacher, taught in the Metro East area. Upon graduation from law school, Brad went to work for a Belleville law firm and remained in practice in Belleville from 1973 through 1976. In 1976, Brad left Belleville, Illinois, to form his own law Firm in Litchfield, Illinois, and has remained there since.

During his career, Brad has been active in various legal organizations. He has the highest rating attainable for an attorney (AV) by the highly respected Martindale-Hubbell. An AV rating indicates a very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from other attorneys. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a member and past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He was one of two delegates elected to the Illinois State Bar Association General Assembly for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and served in that capacity from 1993 through 2001. (By rule, he could only be elected for two, two-year terms.) He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association General Practice Section Council from 1994 through 2003. He remains a member of the Judiciary Advisory Polls Council for the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Litchfield National Bank, a national banking corporation and of Litchfield Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors. He was a member of a seven member panel selected by the Illinois State Bar Association for recommendation of three candidates for the Federal District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, with a final candidate to be selected by Senator Dick Durbin for submittal to the president of the United States for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the Committee on Resolutions and Drafting for the Illinois State Bar Association, a member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations Outside Cook County, and a member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations for Cook County. He is also a member of the Special Committee on Implementation of Transfer of a Law Practice proposal, having been specially appointed by President Tim Eaton of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the Central District of Illinois, and the Eighth District United States Court of Appeals. He is currently listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the United States.

Brad has been a speaker and presenter for seminars held by the Illinois State Bar Association for its annual and mid-year meetings in lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Chicago, Bloomington and Collinsville, Illinois. He was the author of a number of articles for the Illinois State Bar Journal, which is published and distributed to all 30,000 + members of the Illinois State Bar Association. The articles which he has authored are as follows: What Do You Do if the Jury Asks About Insurance?,  Automobile Mechanic's and/or Garageman's Liens, Believe it or Not, Voluntary Non-SuitsCriteria and
Consequences, Probate and Estate Update,  Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits, How to Have a Successful Law Practice and a Life: 61 Ideas,  Legislation Update, Covenants Not To CompeteAre They Always Valid?, and Credit Agreements Act Update. Brad has also co-authored the following articles with his son, Christopher B. Hantla: Protecting Your Client From Their Own Insurance Carrier and When is the Running of the Statute of Limitations Not a Good Defense?

Brad has served as the City Attorney for Litchfield from December 1993 through the present, and previously served as City Attorney for Litchfield from 1981 to 1983. He is the attorney for numerous banks in Litchfield, including the Litchfield National Bank, a national banking corporation, Litchfield Bancshares, Inc. the Bank & Trust Company, an Illinois banking corporation, and LBT Bancshares, Inc. He is also the attorney for Litchfield Community Unit School District No. 12, the Litchfield Park District, Montgomery County Public Building Commission and Litchfield Airport Authority. Brad has been active in the trial and litigation of many matters throughout his career in downstate Illinois and the Metro East area. Although Brad has been active in many areas of law, his primary concentration has always been, and continues to be in litigation.

In his off-time, Brad is an avid golfer and quail hunter. Much of his free time also is concentrated with being with his family.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Agriculture Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Child Support
  • Contracts
  • Custody & Visitation
  • DUI/DWI
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Divorce
  • Education Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1973
  • Missouri, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Major: Business

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Illinois Power Company
  • Litchfield National Bank
  • Litchfield Bank & Trust Co.
  • City of Litchfield
  • Litchfield Park District
  • North Litchfield Township
  • LBT Bancshares
  • State Farm Insurance Co.
  • General Causalty Insurance Co.

References

  • Illinois Power Company
  • Litchfield National Bank
  • Litchfield Bank & Trust Co
  • City of Litchfield
  • Litchfield Park District
  • North Litchfield Township
  • LBT Bancshares
  • State Farm Insurance Co.
  • General Causalty Insurance Co.

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Litchfield National Bank, 1984 - 1988

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon