About Robert:

Robert Varney grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois. He has also lived and practiced law in Chicago.  Because of this, he understands both rural and urban communities, courtrooms and businesses.

Education & Court Admissions:

Education:   Juris Doctorate, University of Illinois, College of Law

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Economics, University of Illinois

Bar Admissions:  Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit U.S. District Court (Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois; Southern District of Indiana)

Leadership, Membership & Honors:

  • International Association of Defense Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Board Member, 2000-Present, Board of Directors, 2008-2009)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Assembly member, 2004-2009
  • McLean County Arbitrator
  • McLean County Bar Association
  • Robert E. Underwood Inns of Court
  • The Appellate Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Harmonie Group (Board of Directors, 1999-2004)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1994-1996)
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, 1990-1997
  • Cook County Mandatory Arbitrator, 1990-1997


Community Involvement:

American Red Cross of Heartland (Board of Directors, Chair 2010-2012, Vice-Chair 2008-2010), Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation (Board of Directors), Mclean County Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), McLean County Republicans

​Published Legal Writings & Legal Lectures:

  • “Federal Third Party Practice and Procedure,” IICLE Third Party Practice Handbook, 2004
  • “Pleadings,” IICLE Federal Civil Practice, 2003
  • “Motor Vehicle Cases from A to Z,” Illinois State Bar Association
  • “Opening Statements/ Closing Arguments,” Chicago Bar Association Countdown to Trial
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Symposium and Trial Tactics Seminar
  • “Handling a Vehicle Crash Case,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education