Donald L. Shriver

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Practice Areas

  • Business Planning and Organization
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • State and Federal Civil Litigation
  • General Practice of Law


  • Fenton High School, Bensenville, IL, 1960 (Who’s Who)
  • Knox College, Galesburg, IL, B.A. History 1964
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO. J.D. 1967
  • Military Service
    • Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), 1967-1971; Honorable Discharge
  • Admissions to Practice
    • Missouri (1967); Illinois (1968)
    • United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1971
      • Member of Trial Bar
    • United States Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit, 1979
    • United States Supreme Court, 1979

Legal Practice

  • Engaged in general practice of law in Northern Illinois since 1971
  • Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office (Assistant Public Defender – Juvenile 1973-1976)
  • City of Belvidere (Assistant City Attorney 1976-1977)

Professional Memberships and Committees

    • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) – 1968—present
      • Assembly, 1978-1984, 1986-1992, 1994-2000, 2012 – 2018, 2020 -present
      • Corporation, Securities, and Business Law Council, 2003-2007
      • Real Estate Section Council, 1995-2004, Chair 2002-2003
      • General Practice Section Council, 1981-1987, Chair 1985-1986
      • Chaired/Founded Juvenile Justice Section Council, 1977-1981
      • Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council, 1977-1978
    • Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) – 1971-present
      • President, 1984-1985, Board of Directors, 1975-1980, 1982-1985
      • President of Young Lawyer Society (YLS), 1976-1977, Secretary, 1975-1976
      • Chair, Committee to Codify Rules of Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Boone and Winnebago Counties (IL)
      • Member:  Nominating Committee (1978 & 1979), Fee Dispute Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
      • Policy and Planning Committee, 1975-82, Chair 1981-82, Vice Chair 1976-77
      • Law Day Committee, 1974-76. Chair 1975
        • Law Day program recognized in Judicature August-September 1975, Vol. 59, No.2,
        • “Every Day is Law Day in Rockford, Illinois”Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1974
    • American Bar Association (ABA),1967-2017, Delegate ABA-YLD Assembly, 1977, 1978
    • Arbitrator for 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois (Winnebago and Boone Counties) court-annexed mandatory arbitration
    • Former arbitrator, American Arbitration Association

  • Publications

    Co-Author, Landowner Liability for Off-Premises Injury, ISBA – Real Property newsletter, 1999
    Editor and Author, Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
    Author, “Juveniles and the Law,” Law for the Legal Secretary and Paraprofessional, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
    Co-Author, “Defacto Segregation in Low-Rent Public Housing,” Urban Law Annual, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1968
    Author, “Court Closed” Illinois Bar Journal
    Author, “Home Repair” Winnebago County Bar Association Law Journal

    Community Memberships

    Community Coordinated Child Care, former member, Board of Directors, and Vice-President
    Rockford YMCA, member – Rockford Y’s Men’s Club, former member, Treasurer, Vice-President and President; Community and Youth Committee, former member; Administration Building Committee, former member
    Rockford Rams Football Club, Inc., former Chairman of the Board
    Rock Valley Title Company, former member, Board of Directors
    AIR-ONE (formerly Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition, Inc.), Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2006-2019


    Mr. Shriver and his wife, Catherine, were married in 1967 and have two children, Donald P. and David C. — and five grandchildren.  Donald P. Shriver is an associate judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois, while David C. Shriver practices law in Iowa City.

    Mr. Shriver has been an active member of the YMCA since 1971. He has maintained participation in sports and athletics since high school. He plays and has enjoyed handball for over 40 years, bicycles, canoes and kayaks on a regular basis. His love of the outdoors includes fishing, hiking and work projects.  His wife, Catherine, was a French teacher in the Rockford area for many years before her retirement and has performed in many musical and stage productions in the Rockford area.