Robert T Varney

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)


Juris Doctorate, University of Illinois, College of Law

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

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

Professional Association Involvement

  • 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

Published Legal Writings

  • “Federal Third Party Practice and Procedure,” IICLE Third Party Practice Handbook, 2004
  • “Pleadings,” IICLE Federal Civil Practice, 2003

Legal Lectures

  • “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 Semina
  • “Handling a Vehicle Crash Case,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education