Paul Bown

Paul Bown

Senior Counsel

Attorney Paul Bown was born in Winchester, Illinois in 1949, graduated Augustana College in August, 1971, enlisted in the U.S. Army 1971-1973, SIU School of Law, 1973-1976, Law Clerk to Wally Ackerman, Federal Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1976-1978, Associate at Heyl, Royster, Voelker and Allen practicing insurance defense work, 1978-1982, Partner at Brown, Hay + Stephens, 1982-2015. Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction Committee (I.P.I.) 2004-2012, Chair of Judicial Evaluations Committee outside Cook County/ISBA 2007-2010, Member ISBA Committee on Judicial Polling 2006-present.


  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois (1976)
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois (B.A. - 1971)
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois (B.S., Geology and Geography - 1971)