Phillip B. Lenzini

Phillip B. Lenzini

Peoria, Illinois
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324

Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Philosophy and Math from Southern Illinois University in 1972. He received his Juris Doctor in the charter class of Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1976. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to attending law school, Phil served with the United States Army. He is a decorated Viet Nam veteran and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Air Combat Medal, among others. Phil joined Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. as an Associate in 1976 and became a Member of the Firm in 1982. He represents, as General Counsel, over 150 public libraries throughout the State of Illinois and six of the ten regional Library Systems. In addition, he assists other types of local governments, including cities, school districts, and park districts. He is an experienced appellate advocate and practices before the Industrial Commission in Worker's Compensation matters. Phil is also a published author on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Phil is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, serving the state in the local governmental law committee and lobbying members of the State Legislature on areas of interest for his clients.  Additionally, Phil is an active member of the Peoria County Bar Association, having just won the 2015 Public Servant Award for his years of service to Illinois Libraries, Municipalities, School, Park, Police and Fire Districts.  He has served for over thirteen years in the Assembly of Delegates of the ISBA and has served on dozens of committees, section councils and task forces during his tenure.

Phil is also active in a number of community organizations and is a regular presenter to numerous Illinois State Library Institutes, the Illinois Library Association's Annual State conventions, the Illinois Association of Park Districts State Convention and Annual Legal Symposia, and to dozens of continuing education programs for various library systems.

Areas of Practice:

65% Local Government - Cities, Villages, Public Libraries
10% Appellate
10% School District Special Education
15% Worker's Compensation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1976
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, 1976
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1972
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major:  Philosophy and Mathematics

Published Works:

"Legal Ethics and the Public Official", Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 79, p. 24, 1991

Trustee Facts File, Ill. State Library, Ch. 17 Illinois

Public Libraries and the Law, Ill. Library Assn., 2d Edition, 1997

Representative Clients:

Alpha Park Public Library
Dunlap Public Library District
Fond Du Lac District Library
Alliance Library System, Prairie Area & Metro Library System.
Lewis & Clark, Shawnee and Rolling Prairie Library Systems

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Presenter, Illinois State Library, Small Public Library Management Institute, 1995 - 2004

Presenter, Institute for Library Studies 1996, 2004, Illinois State Library,

Presenter, Statewide Videoconferences 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, Illinois State Library,

Presenter, State Convention, 1991-1992, 1994-1997, 1999-2004, Illinois Library Association

Presenter, Alliance Library System

Presenter, Northern Illinois Library System

Presenter, Rolling Prairie Library System

Presenter, Shawnee Library System

Presenter, Illinois Library Association Forum of Library Districts

Presenter, Lincoln Trail Libraries System Continuing Education Program

Presenter, River Bend Library System Continuing Education Program

Presenter, Lewis & Clark Library System Continuing Education Program


Honors and Awards:

Bronze Star with "V" Device, Viet Nam, 1969

Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Viet Nam, 1969

Purple Heart, 1969

Southern Illinois University School of Law Alumni Assn. - Alumnus of the Year, 1989

Southern Illinois University School of Law - Alumni Achievement Award, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Appellate Lawyers Association, 1982 - Present

Illinois State Bar Association, 1976 - Present
Member, past Delegate to Assembly

Peoria Youth Services Network Panel, 1985 - 2000

Peoria County Bar Association, 1976 - Present

Court Counseling Program, Incorporated, 1976 - 1987

Southern Illinois School of Law Alumni Association, 1989 - 1993

Harrison Youth Center, 1989 - 1995

Past Employment Positions:

Illinois White House Conference, Delegate, 1990

U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, 1967 - 1970

Pro Bono Activities:

Director and Vice Chairman (2005) Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2004), Children's Home Assn
Member, Board of Directors, Peoria South, Inc.,, 1994 - 1995
Member, Board of Directors, Youth Service Network of Peoria... Co-Convenor 1999-2000, 1994 - 2001
Member, Peoria Youth Service Network Panel... President 1999-2000, 1985 - 2000