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Roland R. Cross 
Springfield, Illinois
phone 217-280-4271
fax 217-544-9609
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Roland R. Cross is a partner at Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP. He focuses his practice on Education Law, Collective Bargaining, Family Law, Juvenile Law and the rights of minors, and mediation. He has represented clients in state and federal court, as well as before various state and local agencies.

As an Education Law attorney, Mr. Cross has provided legal counsel to school districts, families, students and employees in a wide range of matters and disputes. He has also represented school districts and other public bodies in collective bargaining and in disputes related to collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Cross also has extensive experience as a Family Law and Juvenile attorney. He has represented parties in divorce cases, paternity disputes, custody and visitation disputes, removal disputes, child support disputes, and grandparent visitation cases. He has also represented adults and minors in disputed guardianship cases where parents and third parties have had disagreements over where children should reside.

As a Mediator, Mr. Cross has provided mediation services to central Illinois families for more than a decade. Mr. Cross believes that parents and other parties should make every effort to resolve custody and visitation issues rather than submitting these matters to the court for expensive and sometimes unpredictable litigation. Mr. Cross received his mediation training prior to the Illinois Supreme Court’s mediation requirements and has successfully mediated complex custody and visitation issues between parents, parents and grandparents, and parents and other third parties. Mr. Cross approaches mediation with a careful eye focused on the children and with the goal of developing realistic agreements that will last over time.

Roland R. Cross received his B.A. from Denison University; he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and he received his J.D. from St. Louis University. He is currently the Secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section Council.

Practice Areas:

School Law, Mediation, Family Law and Employment Law

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 2001

Educational Background:

Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001 J.D. Honors: Excellence Award, Fall 2000
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, 1998 Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, 1989 M.A.
Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1987 B.A. Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association, Education Law Section Council
Sangamon County Bar Association
Lincoln Land Community College Foundation, 2003 – 2009 Board of Directors

Publications/Seminars Taught:

Speaker: Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP/Sikich LLP, Hot Topics in Employment Law, Springfield, Illinois, June 19, 2012
Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association, Education Law Jump Start, Employee Discipline, ISBA Regional Office, Chicago, Illinois, May 14, 2012
Speaker: Illinois State Council of Society for Human Resource Management, 3rd Annual Legislative/Advocacy Conference, 2012 Employment Law Update; LLCC Capital Training Center, March 27, 2012
Pleadings, Responses, and Appearances (Peoria): Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, Family Nuts and Bolts Seminar, February 24, 2011
Panelist, Central Illinois Builders of AGC 57th Annual Meeting, Springfield, IL, November 11, 2011
Moderator and Presenter: Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Pre-Marital Agreement Seminar, Champaign, IL, November 9, 2011
Divorce Boot Camp (Collinsville): Presenter, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Initial Conferences/Choosing Clients/Difficult Clients, June 8, 2011
You Be the Judge - An Employment Case Law Update (Springfield): Presenter, Central Illinois Chapter-Society for Human Resource Managers, Ninth Annual Legislative Conference, April 23, 2008
Representation of Children in Family Law Cases (Collinsville): Presenter, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 7th Annual Family Law Conference, April 18, 2008
Divorce Boot Camp (Collinsville): Moderator, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 22, 2008
Mediation in Custody/Visitation Cases (Springfield): Presenter, Sangamon County Bar Association, February 8, 2008
Employment Law from A to Z (Springfield): Presenter, Lorman - Employment Law Update, January 23, 2008
Presenter and Panelist, Community Bankers Association of Illinois/Employment Law Round Table, July 21, 2011
Presenter and Panelist, Sikich/Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP, Employment Law Seminar, June 16, 2011

Springfield Office •
205 S. 5th Street
Suite 700
Springfield, IL 62701
Toll Free: 888.763.9594
Phone: 217.280.4271
Fax: 217.544.9609

Chicago Office •
20 S. Clark Street
Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60603
Toll Free: 888.763.9594
Phone: 217.280.4271
Fax: 217.544.9609

Representative Clients

Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP, provides legal counsel and representation for businesses, government entities, and individuals in Springfield, Illinois, and downstate Illinois communities such as Decatur, Mt. Vernon, Peoria, Rockford, Champaign, Bloomington, Quincy, Effingham, Urbana, Danville, Galesburg, Kankakee, Carbondale, and Carlinville, Illinois.