Erin M. Phillips

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Wood River, Illinois

Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C.
Erin M. Phillips
Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2006

Education: Saint Louis University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2016
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Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C.

3 South 6th Street
Wood River, IL 62095 Visit website


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:

·       Personal Injury - motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, product liability, animal bites and attacks

·       Workers Compensation

·       Probate, Estates and Wills and related probate Litigation

        Appellate Advocacy

·       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. Ms. Phillips is admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, the Southern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.  

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Phillips has received the designation of Leading Lawyers each year since 2018, was previously identified as a Rising Star and is a SuperLawyer. 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. She was also a published member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and served as Lead Editor. Ms. Phillips also served on the executive board of the Student Bar Association for two years.  

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, the Madison County Bar Association, the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association and the Federal 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.  She was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and in 2023 was inducted into the East Alton-Wood River High School Hall of Fame.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Estate & Trust Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - General: Defense, State, Local & Municipal, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

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

  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10% State, Local & Municipal
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 2006, Illinois

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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
  • Federal Bar Association, 2024
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, 2024
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer by Peers, 2022
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer, 2023
  • 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
  • SuperLawyer, SuperLawyers, 2024
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016, 2016
  • East Alton Wood River Community High School Hall of Fame, EAWRCHS, 2023
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyer, 2018 - 2024, 2024
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • EAWRCHS Foundation Board, 2024
  • Volunteer - Girl Scout Troop 333, 2023
  • East Alton Rotary Foundation Board, 2019
  • East Alton Illinois Rotary Club - Member, 2024
Representative Clients:
  • Outside Litigation Counsel for City of Granite City, Illinois on various matters, 2024
  • Outside Litigation Counsel for City of Wood River, 2024
  • Outside Appellate Counsel for Village of Bethalto, 2023
  • Holiday Shores Sanitary District Counsel, 2024
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Kramer v. Ruiz, 2021 IL App (5th) 200026 - Dismissal Affirmed on Appeal, 2021
  • Cori v. Schlafly, et al. - Rule 23 Appellate Order - 2021 IL App (5th) 200342-U, 2021
  • $1.9 million dollar settlement as combination of auto accident and workers compensation claim, 2023
  • Pyle v. City of Granite City, 2012 IL App (5th) 110472 - appellate decision regarding application of Public Safety Employee Benefit Act, 2012
  • Brickhouse v. Redstone/City of Granite City, Illinois - defense verdict in favor of Police Officer, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Municipal
  • Personal

Office location for Erin M. Phillips

3 South 6th Street
Wood River, IL 62095

Phone: 618-258-1800


1 Year Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2016

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