Philip J. Fowler


Telephone: (312) 346-8620
Fax: (312) 346-8743


Recognized by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” from 2004 to the present, Mr. Fowler has a successful and wide-ranging litigation practice involving personal injury, employment discrimination, commercial litigation and attorney disciplinary matters. In addition to representing the catastrophically injured, he has defended many high-ranking government officials and prominent attorneys. He also dedicates a substantial part of his practice to helping our most dispossessed population, youthful wards of the Department of Children and Family Services, get the justice they deserve.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Fowler joined the firm of the prominent trial attorney, Donald Hubert, in 1986. Two years later, Mr. Fowler argued a seminal legal ethics case in Illinois, In re: Mason, 122 Ill. 2d 163, 522 N.E.2d 1233 (1988), before the Illinois Supreme Court. In 2003, Mr. Fowler became a partner in Mr. Hubert’s firm, which became known as Hubert, Fowler & Quinn. After Carolyn Quinn’s elevation to the bench and Mr. Hubert’s untimely death in 2006, Mr. Fowler became “Of Counsel” to the Gloor Law Group, LLC, and subsequently, a director in the firm of Tribler, Orpett & Meyer, P.C. before joining Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC.

Mr. Fowler has tried over fifty cases before juries and judges in both state and federal court and before administrative agencies such as the Department of Professional Regulation and the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and has over thirty reported appellate decisions to his credit.

Many of Mr. Fowler’s cases have drawn extensive media coverage or have involved pressing social issues. For example, the widow of a union carpenter, whose husband was gassed to death in a widely publicized industrial accident at a Reynold’s Aluminum plant, turned to Mr. Fowler for help because Reynold’s refused to take responsibility for the gassing. Mr. Fowler established the company’s fault and secured a $ 4.5 million dollar settlement for the widow. In another high profile case, it was Mr. Fowler’s briefs that resulted in the dismissal of the Better Government Association’s attempt to reverse the City Council’s election of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer. Similarly, in one of the most highly publicized police brutality cases in recent Chicago history, Mr. Fowler’s efforts on behalf of the Chicago Police Department led to the dismissal of the Civil Rights Actions brought by Jeremiah Mearday against numerous police officers. And when, in a nationally publicized case alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Special Olympics of Illinois was sued for the first time in its forty five-year history, the agency entrusted its defense to Mr. Fowler who fostered a highly favorable outcome for the venerable organization.

In perhaps one of the highest compliments received by him, Mr. Fowler’s peers (other attorneys) regularly turn to him when they are in need of representation. Mr. Fowler has testified as an expert in legal ethics and regularly advises law firms and individual lawyers in ethics matters, ranging from internal ethics investigations, “Himmel Opinions,” fee disputes, partnership matters, sanction motions and motions to disqualify. He regularly defends attorneys in disciplinary matters before the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, defends Judges before the Judicial Inquiry Board, and candidates before the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. In this role he has acted as local counsel for Professor Alan M. Dershowitz and put President, then Illinois Senator, Barak Obama on the witness stand.

Mr. Fowler regularly draws on his nearly thirty years of trial experience to bring just results for injured persons. He has handled hundreds of injury cases over the years, several of which have been featured in the Chicago Lawyer’s yearly survey of the highest settlements in Illinois.


Undergraduate Education

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Graduated with BA in 1983 (John T. Frederick Award Winner, English)

Graduate Education

  • Loyola University School of Law
  • Graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1986

State & Federal Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to Practice in Illinois in 1986
  • License to Practice in Indiana in 2015
  • Admitted to the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to the Federal Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations and Boards

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Special Olympics of Illinois Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Catholic Lawyer’s Guild (Former Board Member)
  • International Organization for Adolescents (Former Board Member)


  • Leading Lawyers Network (Law Bulletin Publishing Company) Recognized as one of top 5% of Attorneys in Illinois, 2004 to present
  • “AV” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Recognized by peers as having the highest level of ethical and professional accomplishment, 1999 to present.

Speaking Engagements / Teaching Experience

  • “In Handling an Employment Case, Who Can You Contact and How Can You Do It?” NELA – Illinois Chapter (2018)
  • “Deposing the Opposing Expert,” National Business Institute (2018)
  • “Laying the Foundation for Impeachment During Depositions,” National Business Institute (2018)
  • “Electronic Communications & Social Media: What You Need to Know,” Practicing Law Institute Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2017 (2017).
  • “Presentation of Evidence (Use of Charts, Diagrams, Medical Texts, Videos, Photos and Day in the Life Films, and PowerPoint at trial),” National Business Institute Seminar, Personal Injury 101 (2017)
  • “Ethics: Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel and Civility in Employment Litigation,” NELA/Illinois Sixteenth Annual Seventh Circuit Conference, The Psychology of Employment Litigation (2016)
  • “Ethics: Jurisdictional Issues, Engagement Agreements, Scope of Representation and Avoiding Problems During Client Representation,” National Business Institute, Winery and Vineyard Law (2016)
  • “Lawyer Discipline and Civil Risk,” Practicing Law Institute Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2016 (2016)
  • “Ethics: Conflicts on the Same Side of the Table – Representing Difficult Clients,” 2015 NELA Seventh Circuit Conference, Trending Issues in Employment Law (2015)
  • Guest Lecturer on Ethics Advice for New Attorneys, Loyola University School of Law (2015)
  • “Think Twice Before You Search:  Who Can You Investigate and How Deep Can You Go,” Law Bulletin Seminars: Ethics 2014 (2014)
  • “The Roadmap for Understanding & Resolving Conflicts,” Law Bulletin Seminars:  Ethics 2013 (2013)
  • “Tightrope Walking When Managing Disciplinary Proceedings and Legal Malpractice Actions,” American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference (2012)
  • “Unwittingly Forming the Attorney-Client Relationship & Unknowingly Creating Conflicts,” Law Bulletin Seminars:  Rules Day 2012 (2012)
  • “Client Communications, Advertising, Social Media, and the Attorney-Client Relationship,” Law Bulletin Seminars:  Technology & the Rules of Professional Conduct (2011)
  • “Forming the Attorney-Client Relationship & Retainer Fees,” Law Bulletin Seminars:  A Closer Look at the New Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2009, 2010)
  • “Ethics Issues for the Transactional Lawyer,” CBA Committee on Commercial Finance and Transactions (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer on Ethics, Presentation to DCFS in-house attorneys and Administrative Law Judges (2008, 2009)
  • “Conflicts of Interest; How to Recognize & Avoid Them,” Lorman Educational Services (2008, 2009)
  • Guest Lecturer on Ethics, Chicago-Kent College of Law (2008)
  • “Ethics for Paralegals,” Presentation to Sara Lee Corporation in-house attorneys and paralegals (2008)
  • “Best Practices for Employment Litigation,” The Law Bulletin Employment Law Conference (2007)
  • Lecturer “College of Trial Lawyers Master Advocate Course,” Chicago Bar Association (2004, 2005)
  • Coach, Loyola University School of Law Trial Practice Team and Chicago Kent Moot Court Team (2006-2010)


  • “The Deliberative Process Privilege in Illinois and Its Impact on Administrative Proceedings,” Gateway (Vol. VI, Winter 2010)
  • “Employment Cases and the Cat’s Paw Theory,” 22 Jan. CBA Rec. 44 (2008)
  • “Insurance Issues for Building Developers,” Skylines Magazine (1993)

Practice Areas

  • Construction Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Accident Litigation
  • Products Liability Cases
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination Cases
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Cases
Written by Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Last Updated : May 9, 2018