Paul J. Evans
Paul has been an attorney practicing for over 25 years. Experience includes litigation, and a large amount of transactional work including contracts and employment law issues. Part of his area of specialty is in the area of real estate. He is the author of a chapter for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on the conversion of agricultural lands to non-agricultural, developed, usage. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to probate and estate planning issues, especially the planning for individuals with special needs. He has been a speaker for the Illinois State Bar Association on the issue of “conservation easements” and the forms he developed have been disseminated among practicing attorneys.
Evans obtained his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1988. Earlier he obtained his Bachelors of Science, at age of 20, from SIU-C. In addition to being a practicing lawyer for over twenty five years, he is also an Arbitrator for the St. Clair County Arbitration program, trained mediator, and an Arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Regulatory Authority. He also is a licensed financial advisor, possessing both financial and insurance licenses.
Paul is a former Illinois State Representative, serving in the General Assembly from 2011 to 2013 where he focused on financial reform, conservation and the rights of mentally and developmental disabled individuals. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 26 years and lives in O’Fallon with their three children.