John Phil Gilbert
|John Phil Gilbert|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois|
Assumed office |
March 15, 2014
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois|
|Preceded by||William Donald Stiehl|
|Succeeded by||G. Patrick Murphy|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois|
September 24, 1992 – March 15, 2014
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||James L. Foreman|
|Succeeded by||Staci Michelle Yandle|
John Phil Gilbert|
1949 (age 68–69)
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (B.S.)|
Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D.)
John Phil Gilbert (born 1949) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Education and career
Born in Carbondale, Illinois, Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1971 and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1974. Gilbert practiced privately in Carbondale from 1974 to 1988, also serving as a special assistant attorney general of Public Aid Enforcement Division from 1974 to 1975, as an assistant city attorney of the City of Carbondale from 1975 to 1978, and as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections from 1978 to 1988, serving as Chairman from 1981 to 1983 and as Vice-Chairman from 1983 to 1985. Gilbert was a circuit judge, First Judicial Circuit of Illinois, from 1988 to 1992.
Federal judicial service
On July 2, 1992, Gilbert was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois vacated by Judge James L. Foreman. Gilbert was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 23, 1992, and was commissioned on September 24, 1992. He served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 2000. He assumed senior status on March 15, 2014.
In 2016 a lawyer in Illinois filed a complaint under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, contending that Judge Gilbert's service on Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees violates the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, in particular Canon 4B(1) which provides that a judge should not serve on an organization if that organization is regularly involved in litigation before him or his colleagues. Chief Judge Diane P. Wood agreed but because Gilbert did not a Special Committee was appointed to investigate the complaint pursuant to Rule 11(f) of the Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings. He agreed not to take cases involving Illinois state employees and Committee accepted that as an offer of "corrective action," which the Committee believed was "appropriate."
In 2017, Gilbert had further controversy when it was discovered that his representative during his ethics hearing was former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy, a common ally of environmental litigator Stephen Tillory, but it was not disclosed in court records. Murphy then appeared as a litigator for Tillory in the court of Gilbert but it was not until five days later that Gilbert disclosed he had been a client.
- "Board Members". www.elections.il.gov.
- "Gilbert, John Phil - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "Casetext". casetext.com.
- Record, The Madison County. "Seventh Circuit: Gilbert's senior status on federal bench allows service on court and as SIU trustee".
- Record, The Madison County. "Tillery suit against economists highlights relationships between lawyers and judges in major litigation".
- John Phil Gilbert at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
James L. Foreman
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Staci Michelle Yandle
William Donald Stiehl
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
G. Patrick Murphy