Doc Halliday has been practicing law in Illinois for over 40 years. For the last 25 years, he has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation claims. Since 2012 (and for each consecutive year in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), he has been named one of Illinois’ leading lawyers in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation. This award is voted on by his peers and places him among the top 5% of all lawyers in Illinois.
Doc began practicing in 1976 and handled cases in many areas including serious criminal defense cases. Although he no longer handles criminal defense cases, he was one of a limited number of Illinois criminal defense attorneys who have actually won a death penalty murder case. Doc diligently defended an individual accused of murder and, during his own investigation, he discovered evidence and witnesses which convinced him that his client was innocent. Despite the fact that the State’s Attorney’s Office was seeking the death penalty, he obtained a verdict of not guilty from a Peoria County Jury.
Over the years, Doc has tried over 100 civil and criminal jury trials and has always given a 100% effort in representing his clients.
He has also tried many cases in Federal Court and has appeared in front of the Illinois State Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals. He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He was a Master in the Clarence Darrow Inns of Court, a select group of attorneys chosen by his peers and judges.
During the past 25 years, he has concentrated his practice in the area of personal injury and worker’s compensation cases. He has brought the same competitive spirit from his younger years to his current representation of personal injury victims and worker’s compensation clients. Doc represents clients in various personal injury cases including wrongful death claims, serious automobile accidents, and motorcycle accidents. He also represents injured workers in their worker’s compensation claims, making sure they are fairly treated by their employers.
- Illinois, 1976
- Illinois Court of Appeals, 1978
- United States Court of Appeals, 1982
- United States Supreme Court, 1997
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Master Clarence Darrow Inns of Court
- Peoria County Bar Association
- University of Tennessee School of Law, J.D., 1976
- Illinois State University, 1972
- Private practice, Doc Halliday, Attorney at Law, 2012-present
- Private practice, Parker & Halliday, 1978-2012
- Assistant Public Defender for Peoria County, 1976-1978
- Bradley University Braves Club Board of Directors
- Bradley University Scholarship Society
- Peoria Sunday Morning Baseball League Hall of Fame Award as an all-star player and manager for 18 years
- Named one of the Top 50 Players in the 100 year history of the Peoria Sunday Morning Baseball League
- Crime Stoppers Community Organization
- Peoria District 150 Foundation
- Children’s Miracle Network
- Illinois State University Sports Hall of Fame
- Peoria Notre Dame Boosters Club
Doc Halliday has Peoria roots. His firm began here in his community. He approaches each case with respect for everyone involved. Integrity and professionalism starts when clients first walk in the door. He recognizes that clients come to him in times of emotional and physical troubles. While he is always ready to aggressively argue their cases in court, he is equally skilled in negotiation and achieving resolutions without fighting. He approaches each case as counsel, working out the best solution for his clients’ lives. He is proudest when he earns their respect and thanks. No matter the case—big or small—Doc Halliday gives personal attention to each. He prides himself on a reputation for honesty and integrity, established by years of hard work practicing in Central Illinois. He truly cares about every individual client.
He is married to his wife, Mari, who is a prominent Peoria realtor. He has three children: Patrick, Casey and Abby. His leisure time is spent being an avid fan of the University of Tennessee football team and the Bradley Basketball team and he has been a season ticket holder for 40 years. He is also an avid golfer and poker player. This summer Doc played in the World Series of Poker Senior Championship and placed 37th out of 4,183 participants.