Gilbert Law Offices began in 1952 with Attorney Louis Gilbert. In 1995 John Gilbert took over the firm after his father’s passing. As the years went by, John added Attorneys Chris Humphrey and John Palmer. Today, John, Chris and John continue to dedicate themselves to the diligent pursuit of their clients’ interests in a wide variety of legal matters, both civil and criminal.
While our clients come from all walks of life, Gilbert Law recognizes that every person’s interests are of the utmost importance. Whether you need a will, suffered a personal injury, have a traffic ticket, or are facing serious criminal consequences, what matters most is that you receive the respect and attention to detail that only comes from experienced attorneys. You need to be confident that the lawyer you hire not only knows the law, but also how to make the law work for you.
We have a duty of loyalty to our clients beyond the oath we took when we began to practice law. There is nothing more important to us than doing everything in our power to make our clients feel comfortable in the knowledge that they hired the right firm. When you come in for your free consultation, we will sit down with you and explain the process so that you know your legal options and how to proceed. You will get honest answers based on our vast experience, not a sales pitch. We will discuss our reasonable fees without pressure to give you the peace of mind that you deserve. Most importantly, when you hire Gilbert Law, you will walk away knowing that you made the right choice for your lawyer.
John Gilbert is a partner at Gilbert Law Offices where he focuses on a general practice, representing clients in business matters, real estate, estate planning, personal injury, bankruptcy, and other individual legal needs.
A life long resident of the Rockford area, John Gilbert has numerous ties to the community. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1982, Rock Valley College in 1984, Western Illinois University with a B.A. in 1986, and Thomas Cooley Law School in 1994.
John Gilbert is admitted to practice in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He’s also a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. Gilbert is also currently certified and working as a hearing officer in the village of Rockton.
From 1987 to 1991, John Gilbert worked for the Illinois Public Aid Department. Then, from 1994 to 1995, he worked for the City of Rockford Legal Department. Both experiences have given him acute insight into different legal needs. He has previously been on many boards including The Rockford Metro Centre, the ARC ( Area Resource Center), SHARE, and more.
John J. Palmer
Attorney John J. Palmer has been practicing law since he graduated with honors from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2003. His primary focus has been in the legal areas of traffic, DUI, misdemeanor, and felony cases. After three years as an assistant Public Defender, he moved to private practice.
Attorney Palmer has represented clients at trial in a wide range of cases, including DUI, battery, drug charges, sexual assault, and murder. He also has lengthy experience in all areas of juvenile law, including abuse or neglect and delinquency. Attorney Palmer has extensive experience sealing and expunging criminal records.
He is certified to serve as an arbitrator in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, and was admitted to the Federal bar in 2012.
In addition to his legal practice, Attorney Palmer has remained active at the NIU College of Law, serving as a judge for trial competitions and as a coach for external trial competition teams. He also regularly facilitates sessions on legal ethics for incoming law students.
Chris Humphrey has been practicing law since graduating from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2005. His primary areas of practice include felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, DUI and traffic defense, commercial and residential real estate contracting, and the purchase and sale of businesses.