The firm now known as Boyle & Bolin was founded in 1936 by the late Walter Durley Boyle. Roger Bolin joined the firm in 1979 upon graduation from SMU School of Law. He was mentored by Mr. Boyle who practiced for about 72 years; attorney Linn Goldsmith, a University of Chicago Law School graduate who retired in 1998 and by Scott Shore who was elected Circuit Judge in 1990. Roger has experience in a wide range of legal fields.
ESTATES and PROBATE: Roger has handled estates with values from tens of millions to modest values; has litigated issues which have arisen in the probate administration process and has experience in will contest litigation.
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION: Roger has litigated cases in relation to Article 2, 3 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and in relation to other state statutory causes of action including the Consumer Fraud laws, Home Repair and Remodeling Act and Illinois Credit Agreements Act where, to date, he successfully represented the only commercial borrower to prevail in a reported appellate court case against a commercial lender.
FAMILY LAW: Roger has represented men and women successfully in a broad range of both complex and more modest dissolution cases, contested custody cases and disputed removal matters.
CRIMINAL LAW: Roger has served as the Putnam County Public Defender for 27 years. In that capacity he has handled serious felony cases, including 1st degree murder cases, other personal and property crimes, misdemeanor offenses and a wide range of drug related cases. In his private practice he has also defended individuals charged with homicide, sexual offenses as well as misdemeanors.
PERSONAL INJURY: This firm historically handled personal injury defense matters as well as the plaintiff's side. That practice continues to date.
APPELLATE COURT: Roger has a great deal of experience and success in the appellate courts in Illinois, having handled appeals as appellee and as the appellant from his own office but has also assumed representation on appeal from other attorneys in the area. This is a growing part of the practice which he enjoys a great deal. As you can tell, the practice in a small town lends to a diversity of experiences. Given his years of experience, Roger looks for the "interesting issues" in his cases and takes a personal interest in them. Preparation is key and he strives to know more about the facts of a given case than anyone else involved. That generally pays off in the end.