Joseph Bartholomew

Cook, Bartholomew, Shevlin & Cook, LLP
12 W Lincoln St
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 310-3050

Areas of Practice

75% Medical Malpractice
25% Product Liability
Medical Negligence
Plaintiff's Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1984
New York, 1985
Missouri, 1986
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois


Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D. cum laude - 1984
Law Journal: Saint Louis University School of Law Journal, Assistant Managing Editor, 1983 - 1984
Law Journal: Saint Louis University School of Law Journal, Staff, 1982 - 1983
St. Louis University School of Business and Administration
M.B.A. magna cum laude - 1985
St. Louis University
B.S. summa cum laude - 1980
Major: Accounting
Minor: Mathematics

Published Works

Auditor-Client Work-Product Privilege With Respect to Tax Accrual File: The Arthur Young Case, 27 St. Louis L.J. 437, 1983


Instructor, Saint Louis University Metropolitan College, 1986
Legal Research and Writing Instructor, 1983 - 1984

Honors and Awards

Top Lawyers in Illinois - Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence, 2015
Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
AV Rated from Martindale-Hubbell
Top 100 Trial Lawyer, 2014-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

ARDC, Chairman of Hearing Panel, 1995 - Present
Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Hearing Officer, 1994 - 1999
Illinois Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2006 - Present
Illinois Board of Admissions, President, 2000 - 2003
Illinois Board of Admissions, Board Member, 1992 - 2004
Southern District of Illinois Federal Court, Member, Local Rules Committee
St. Clair County Bar Association, Member, Medical-Legal Committee
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Missouri State Bar Association, Member
St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

Republic Steel Corporation, Supervisor-Turn Metallurgist, 1978 - 1979
Price Waterhouse & Co., Staff Auditor, 1980 - 1981
Jenner & Block, Associate, 1983
Jenner & Block, Judicial Clerkship Program, 1984
Hon. James L. Foreman, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Law Clerk, 1984 - 1986
Cook, Shevlin, Keefe & Ysursa, Ltd., Associate, 1986 - 1990