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We specialize in bringing the law to your kitchen table. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and what we need to do to get to the finish line in a cost-effective, efficient way. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them, and, if things go badly, we will be there to fight to enforce your rights.
Because of our commitment to serving the public, we try to keep our rates and fees reasonable. These days, we charge our clients less per hour than the downtown law firm charged for Mr. Tull's services when he was a freshly-minted lawyer straight out of school.
And, we are happy to do this. We believe this country has a two-tier legal system: people and corporations who can afford the best lawyers get consistently better outcomes, and everyone else just tries to make do with whatever they can get, or skips getting a lawyer altogether and hopes for the best. We hope to be a part of the solution to this problem, and we do what we can to keep the fees we charge our clients as low as we can. We also work with some clients to establish estimates and budgets for their case where a matter is especially cost-sensitive, and we can also work with you to establish flat fee arrangements in situations where paying hourly rates doesn't make sense.
Mr. Tull has been practicing law for over 10 years and has a proven track record of success. He has successfully closed dozens, if not hundreds, of residential real estate and corporate transactions, and has won numerous court battles for his clients - including two victories on appeal at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one victory before the Illinois Supreme Court, and numerous cases where his clients have prevailed on summary judgment, motions to dismiss, and other dispositive motions.
Mr. Tull believes that civility, honesty and personal honor are the most important qualities an attorney can have, particularly when it comes to dealing with the other side's attorneys. Mr. Tull always attempts to resolve a situation amicably through negotiations before resorting to litigation or other legal remedies that are likely to cause the client to incur substantial fees, and in this manner Mr. Tull has obtained numerous advantageous settlements for his clients.
Mr. Tull has called Westmont home since 2013. He attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where he met his lovely wife, Dr. Maris McIntyre, and followed her out to Chicagoland after they graduated from college in 2002 and his wife came here for medical school. They have two children who attend Westmont public schools, and Mr. Tull is active in the Manning PTO. He is also an adult leader in Westmont Cub Scout Pack 3006, and is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westmont.
Mr. Tull has been practicing law for over ten years. He attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating with Honors in 2009, and was admitted to the State Bar of Illinois in 2009. He is also admitted to practice before the US Federal Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.
During law school, Mr. Tull was the recipient of numerous academic distinctions, including making the Dean's List five times and being awarded four CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for his performance in the study of Contracts, Personal Income Tax, Conflicts of Law, and Business Organizations. Mr. Tull also served on the Chicago-Kent Law Review as a Notes and Comments Editor in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Institute for Law and the Humanities Award for an article he wrote concerning religious freedom under the First Amendment's establishment clause.
During law school, Mr. Tull served as judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court. He also worked as a law clerk for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), assisting senior FINRA enforcement attorneys with investigations into unethical and illegal activities by stockbrokers and other people and entities regulated by FINRA (e.g. Series 7 registered representatives and other "Series" license holders).
After graduating from law school, Mr. Tull worked for a large, nationally-known law firm for several years in the firm's litigation department. This position gave him invaluable hands-on experience managing cases, appearing and arguing cases in court, taking depositions of witnesses and drafting court documents, settlement agreements and other contracts. Mr. Tull also worked for a few years at a boutique insurance coverage firm in the northern suburbs before ultimately striking out on his own.
Ben's experiences working for large firms and corporate clients ultimately convinced him that the corporate practice of law is not for him. He prefers to have clients who are regular people, not massive corporations and insurance companies who just want to use their massive resource advantages to steamroll ordinary folks who get in their way or are harmed by their actions. That is why he decided to change course midway through his career and instead try to help people navigate the legal system, and perhaps even the score a bit against the big guys.