Christopher B. Hantla
PERSONAL PROFILE OF CHRISTOPHER (KIT) B. HANTLA
Kit attended the University of Missouri Columbia from 1991 to 1995 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History. While attending Mizzou, Kit worked for Anheuser Busch in one of the Anheuser Busch warehouses in Columbia to subsidize his income and pay tuition. Thereafter, Kit attended Southern Illinois University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1999.
Upon graduation from law school, Kit went to work for the Montgomery County State's Attorney for approximately one year. After working in the State's Attorney's Office, he returned to Litchfield to join his father, G. Bradley Hantla, in his practice, and at that time the firm name was changed to Hantla & Hantla, Ltd.
Kit has been active in various legal organizations. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a member and officer of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and has been a member of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Young Lawyer Division Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Hantla has been a speaker at various law schools, per the request of the Illinois State Bar Association, been a member of the ISBA Committee to Develop More Effective Programs for ISBA Members, and was a member of the ISBA Blue Ribbon Committee on Professional Responsibility, which resulted in the Illinois Supreme Court recently adopting a rule requiring every attorney in Illinois to carry liability insurance.
Kit is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois before the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and before the Eight Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Kit has also published several articles in the Illinois State Bar Journal and various section newsletters including, Protecting Your Client From Their Own Insurance Carrier and When is the Running of the Statute of Limitations Not a Good Defense.
Kit currently concentrates the majority of his practice on civil matters involving personal injury to clients. The majority of cases that he handles are car accidents, motor cycle accidents, semi- truck accidents, medical malpractice, and other types of cases in which plaintiffs have been injured by a negligent third party. In addition to his personal injury practice, he is also the city attorney for the city of Litchfield, City of Hillsboro, and Village of Waggoner. Other clients that Kit does civil work for include Litchfield National Bank, Bank & Trust Company, Buske Lines, Inc., North Litchfield Township, Litchfield Airport Authority and Litchfield Park District. He has been active in the trial and litigation of many matters since his admittance to the bar, primarily in downstate Illinois and the Metro East area. Although Kit has been active and handled many different types of cases, his primary concentration has always been, and continues to be, litigation.
When not working, Kit enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family, and attending children’s extra- curricular sporting activities, rooting for the University of Missouri, University of Mississippi and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Areas of Practice
- Bankruptcy Law
- Child Support
- Criminal Law
- Custody & Visitation
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Insurance Law
- Litigation & Appeals
- Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
- Personal Injury -- Defense
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- Probate & Estate Administration
- Real Estate Law
- State, Local & Municipal Law
- Traffic Violations
- Transportation Law
- Workers' Compensation Law
- 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Illinois, 1999
- U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2000
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1999
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2002
- Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
- University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
- Major: History
- Downs v. Industrial Com’n, 493 N.E.2d 595 (Ill.App.5 Dist 1986)
- Fleming v. Fleming, 406 N.E.2d 879 (Ill.App. 5th Dist 1980)
- Luckett v. McMillan (4th Dist App Ct Cause 4-07-0525, Rule 23)
- Illinois Power Co.
- 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.