I have the legal training and experience of 26 years in a variety of areas of the law. I have represented corporations, cities, villages, water districts and Housing Authorities with all of their many issues. I've helped people adopt children, I have helped people with divorces, family matters, contract disputes, business dissolutions, business creation, personal injuries, employment issues, finalizing Estates, property disputes, disputes with their insurance companies. I have defended individuals in criminal matters and I have prosecuted individuals for Ordinance violations.
I have been a mediator for both the First Judicial Circuit and the Second Judicial Circuit. This experience has allowed me to see both sides of an issue and help individuals reach a just resolution between them.
To me, being a Judge is not just knowing the law; it is applying the law based upon the life circumstances of those who seek Justice. My life experiences, I believe, would make me a Judge who can weigh the law and apply it to individual life circumstances with an understanding of the gravity that any decision I would make would affect that person for his or her life.
If I’m elected, I plan on focusing efforts to get Southern Illinois a working veterans court, work with the state and local bar to ensure access to the justice system for those with limited means, and promote diversion programs for those with mental health issues. Southern Illinois deserves a judge with experience in the legal system; someone who has experienced all sides of the law, and someone who can be a fair assessor of any situation to provide justice for all involved.
I was born in Jacksonville Florida May 16, 1963 and came to southern Illinois in 1985 on a scholarship to SIU. I enjoyed the region and people so much, that I decided to stay and begin my career here. After finishing law school in 1989, and beginning my family with my first wife Karen, I began work for a firm in Marion, and later founded my own firm: Armstrong & Green, where I've practiced since. I was remarried in 2001 to Terri Green. We've been married now for 16 wonderful years. I have four children; Zackary Green, 27, served in the Navy for 4 years and now works in the Herrin School District. Tyler Gilliam, 23, works as a PTA in Carbondale. Jeremy Green, 22, works at Williamson County jail. Taylor Green, 15, is a sophomore at Marion High School. I attend, and am a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Marion Illinois where I served as a Sunday School teacher for the congregation's youth. Prior to Aldersgate, I attended First Baptist Church, Marion where I served as a deacon, chairman of the deacons, chairman of the finance committee & Sunday school teacher.
I came to Southern Illinois University on a Debate Scholarship and graduated 1985 with a B.S. degree. I was National Champion in debate 1985. Graduated Southern Illinois School of Law in 1989 with a Doctorate of Law.
1989-1996 Associate at Mitchell & Armstrong
1996 present member of my own law firm Armstrong & Green
I have been the City attorney for The City of Marion for over ten years
I have been the Village attorney for The Village of Pittsburg over 20 years
I have been the attorney for Herrin School District and the Crab Orchard School District for over 20 years
I have been the attorney for the Williamson County Housing Authority for over a decade
I have been the lead jury trial attorney for numerous civil and criminal cases in the past 28 years
These trials have been in Williamson, Franklin, Jackson, Saline, White, Jefferson, Perry, Union, Johnson, St. Clair, Marion, Pope, Pulaski, Massac, Effingham and Gallatin Counties
I have tried jury trials in both federal court and state court.
I have been a Court appointed mediator in civil cases for over 16 years and I have mediated hundreds of cases in that time period.
Through the years I have represented The City of Johnston City, Creal Springs, Hurst, Energy, Coal Valley Water District, Cornith Water District, Marion School District and thousands of individuals.