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Philip Rarick


Philip J. Rarick was born in Troy, Illinois, in 1940. He received his B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University and his law degree from St. Louis University. He engaged in private law practice in Collinsville, Illinois, from 1966 until 1975, during which time he served as City Attorney for the City of Collinsville, Township Attorney for Collinsville and Jarvis Townships, and Assistant State's Attorney in Madison County, Illinois. He assumed judicial office in 1975 and served as Chief Judge of the Third Circuit from 1985 to 1987. He also served as Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in Madison County, Illinois, from 1982 to 1985 and from 1987 to 1988. He served as a member of the Illinois Courts Commission from 1992 through 1999, and as an alternate member from 1999 to 2000. From 1987 to 2002, he served on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference, and as Chairman of the Complex Litigation Study Committee from 1988 through 2001. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association. He was elected to the Appellate Court, Fifth District, in 1988, and was retained in 1998. He also served on the Industrial Commission Division of the Appellate Court from 1992 until 2002. Judge Rarick has participated as a faculty member for numerous education conferences and regional seminars as well as new judges' seminars. Justice Rarick was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court effective September 2002 and served on that court until his retirement in December of 2004.  

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Workers Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Estates, Wills and Trusts

Current Employment Positions

  • Of Counsel

Past Positions

  • Wagner, Connor, et al., Associate, 1966 to 1968
  • Harrison, Taylor & Rarick, Partner, 1968 to 1975
  • Ciruit Court, Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court, Judge, 1975 to 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1966

Professional Associations

  • Madison Country Bar Association, Member, 1966 to Present
  • Tri-City Bar Association, Member, 1966 to Present
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Member, 2005 to Present
  • East St. Louis Bar Association, Member , 1966 to Present
  • American Trial Lawyer's Association, Member, 1968 to 1975


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1966
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
    • B.S.


  • Legal Luminaries Award; Illinois Bar Foundation & Illinois Judges Foundation
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Mentor, pre-law students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), 2014 to Present

Classes / Seminars

  • Workers Compensation, Illinois State Bar, 1994 to 1999
  • Judicial seminars, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, 1985 to 2002
  • Complex litigation, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, 1998 to 1998
  • Chairman of Complex Litigation Committee of Illinois, Judicial Conference, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, 1988 to 2001

Ancillary Businesses

  • Former City Attorney, Collinsville, Illinois (1967-1975)
  • Former Attorney for Collinsville and Jarvis Townships (1967-1975)
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, Madison County, Illinois (1967-1975)