Attorneys

Paul T. Whitcombe

Paul Whitcombe is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in the region. As an aggressive and innovative former Lee County prosecutor, and 15 years as a successful private attorney, Paul can provide you with professional legal representation that few area attorneys can match.

Practice Areas

  • Primary Focus: criminal defense (misdemeanors to felonies), family law (divorce, custody, child support, adoption, visitation, mediation) and DUI/traffic cases.
  • Has handled hundreds of civil, family and criminal cases from misdemeanors to murder.
  • Nearly 70 jury trials since 1996.
  • Approved family law mediator in the 14th and 15th Judicial Circuits.

Counties Served

  • Handles cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties of northern Illinois.

Education & Career Milestones

  • Graduated summa cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1992.
  • Served as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Paul Plunkett in Chicago.
  • Joined the prestigious national law firm of Jenner & Block, working in family law, complex commercial litigation, and criminal defense.
  • Elected Lee County State's Attorney (2004 – 2008)
  • Appointed as Lee County Public Defender
  • Private Practice (1996 – 2004; 2008 to present)
Paul Whitcombe practices law in the Northern Illinois region, handling cases from Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties. He graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1992, and joined the federal government after graduation as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Paul E. Plunkett in Chicago, Illinois. In Judge Plunkett's service, Mr. Whitcombe was involved in complex civil and criminal litigation in the federal court system. After completing his term with Judge Plunkett, Mr. Whitcombe joined the prestigious national law firm of Jenner & Block, where he worked in family law, complex commercial litigation, and criminal defense. Mr. Whitcombe moved to Lee County in 1996, and has served as both Lee County State's Attorney and Lee County Public Defender, as well as having a diverse private practice.

Mr. Whitcombe has handled hundreds of civil, family and criminal cases, and tried nearly 70 jury trials since 1996. He is also an approved family law mediator in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Judicial Circuits. He focuses his practice on family law, DUI/traffic, and criminal defense, and is currently handling cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties.

Clients who hire Mr. Whitcombe as their attorney put his unique set of experience and ability in their corner. Mr. Whitcombe has extensive experience handling, divorce, custody, visitation and child support litigation, as well as adoption, paternity and all other areas of family law. With experience with the federal government as well as the prestigious national law firm Jenner & Block, Mr. Whitcombe's abilities have been honed in ways few other area attorneys can claim.

Mr. Whitcombe is also one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the region. With years of service as both an aggressive and innovative prosecutor and a successful defense attorney, Mr. Whitcombe brings a unique skill set to his client's needs, with insight into the criminal justice system few other attorneys can match. With experience handling and trying cases of every type — from murder to every type of misdemeanor — Mr. Whitcombe is well-equipped to address any client's criminal defense needs.

Thomas A. Whitcombe

Thomas Whitcombe was recently admitted to the practice of law, but is not new to the field. Thomas spent his high school, college and law school career working in the legal field in various capacities. He started with office work for his father, Paul, while on breaks from high school. Between then and now Thomas has participated in nearly every role at the firm.

Practice Areas

Thomas focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate, business law, contracts, civil litigation, and appeals.

Counties Served

  • Handles cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties of northern Illinois.

Education & Career Milestones

  • Attended Northern Illinois University as a Presidential Scholar
  • Graduated from NIU with Honors
  • Attended Northern Illinois University College of Law as an Excellence Scholar
  • Graduated from NIU Law Cum Laude
  • Was the first incoming student to fully participate in and graduate from NIU’s Accelerated Law Program
  • In part due to the Accelerated Law Program, completed seven years worth of law and undergraduate studies in five years
  • Was a summer intern for a private practice attorney focusing on real estate, estate planning, probate, and business law
  • Spent one semester interning for the Lee County Public Defender’s Office

Community & Church Activities

  • Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Dixon
  • Member of the praise and worship team at the Worship Center in Dixon
  • Regular trumpeter for ONE Community Praise Night and a member of ONE’s Praise Vision Team
  • Member of the Dixon Municipal Band and the band’s fundraising committee
  • Member of the Sterling Municipal Band
  • Member of the Dixon Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Alternate member of the Dixon Plan Commission