Jonathan LA Phillips, Attorney at Law
Illinois IP Attorney

About & Contact

Jonathan focuses his practice on intellectual property and internet law, litigation, utility law, and business matters.

As to intellectual property and internet law, Jonathan has procured intellectual property rights for his clients for years. Likewise, he has asserted those rights in court and federal administrative bodies. And when others attempt to use their intellectual property rights against the firm's clients, Jonathan defends them. As one of the few downstate attorneys focusing on intellectual property matters, Jonathan has built a reputation that is backed by results for his clients.

Jonathan also focuses on utility and energy law. At the Illinois Commerce Commission, Jonathan has opposed several transmission and pipeline projects. He has also created alternative routing (or defended against landowner created routing) for projects that have been adopted by the Commission. He is also experienced in eminent domain issues and easement negotiations concerning utilities, pipelines, and wind projects.

As to litigation, Jonathan focuses on commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Jonathan handles issues concerning taken farm implements, to collection matters, to banking transactions and shareholder disputes.

Finally, Jonathan assists small and medium size businesses with running their businesses. He helps with contract drafting and review. Jonathan also assists in the formation of corporations and limited liability companies. He has also protected his business clients from wage and discrimination claims. Jonathan Phillips can handle a vast majority of the issues facing small and medium sized businesses.

Jonathan Is a Peoria area native. He attended attended Bradley University, earning a bachelors of science in Chemistry. He followed that by attending DePaul University College of Law, where he obtained his juris doctor and a certificate in intellectual property. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, serving as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section Council and Chair of the Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation Section Council. He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association. He previously served as chair of the Communications and Technology Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association, and is the Membership Chair of the Central District of Illinois Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  In 2017 and 2018, Leading Lawyers named Jonathan as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law; Public Utilities Law: Gas/Water/Electric; Energy Law; and Commercial litigation.


- Illinois Courts

- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

- United States District Court for the District of Colorado

- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Practices before the foregoing, and:

- Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

- United States Patent and Trademark Office

- Illinois Commerce Commission

- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

- Federal courts throughout the United States when granted admission for cases pro hac vice

- Illinois Department of Labor

- Illinois Department of Human Rights


You can contact Jonathan at Shay Phillips, Ltd.’s website.