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Erin M. Phillips

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Wood River, IL

Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C.
3 South 6th Street
Wood River, IL 62095
Phone: 618-258-1800
Fax: 618-258-1957
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2016
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Civil Rights, Estate & Trust Litigation, Insurance Coverage, State, Local & Municipal, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Erin M. Phillips is a partner with Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C., law firm in Wood River, Illinois. A top-ranked trial lawyer and recognized leader in her field, Ms. Phillips provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Madison County, Illinois, and surrounding areas. She helps those who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Workers' compensation

·       Personal injury

·       Traffic tickets

·       Probate, estates and wills

·       Municipal law

·       Insurance law

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Phillips has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who have suffered a debilitating injury or work-related illness as well as those adversely affected by another party's negligence or wrongdoing. She has also assisted many others with preserving their driving privileges follow a serious traffic-related violation as well as helping many individuals and families achieve their goals and obtain the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve for their complex estate-related issues.

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Phillips has received perennial designation from Leading Lawyers each year since 2018. She has also received many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients, and she finds great reward in being able to help so many in her community during their times of dire need.

A 1998 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Ms. Phillips received her Master of Arts in human resources from Webster University in 2001. She then attended Saint Louis University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2006. While there, she served as moot court teaching assistant as well as member of the advanced moot court team.

Ms. Phillips has published several articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics. She is also an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Madison County Bar Association. Active in her community, she is a member of the Rotary Club of East Alton and the East Alton-Wood River Foundation Board.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
  • 10%Other
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Will Contests, Insurance, State, Local & Municipal Litigation


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2016

About Erin M. Phillips

First Admitted: 2006, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • , Leading Lawyer, 2018 - 2022

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Pyle v. City of Granite City, 2012 IL App (5th) 110472, 5th Dist. (2012)
  • Author, The Supreme Court Gets Constructive, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Employment Law, 2006

Educational Background

  • Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, Major: Human Resources, M.A. - 2001, 2001
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, Major: Business Administration, B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1998

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Madison County Bar Association Member, 2006
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • EAWRCHS Foundation Board, 2021
  • East Alton Rotary Foundation Board, 2019
  • East Alton Illinois Rotary Club - Member, 2021

Representative Clients

  • Outside Counsel for City of Granite City, Illinois on various matters, 2021
  • Holiday Shores Sanitary District Counsel, 2020

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2022
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2021
  • Selected as Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2018
  • Selected as Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2019
  • Selected as Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2020


  • Pyle v. City of Granite City, 2012 IL App (5th) 110472 - appellate decision regarding application of Public Safety Employee Benefit Act, 2012

Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Municipal
  • Personal
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Office Location for Erin M. Phillips

3 South 6th Street
Wood River, IL 62095

Phone: 618-258-1800

Fax: 618-258-1957

Last Updated: 5/19/2022

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