ATTORNEY and STAFF

Alan R. Farris 

Attorney at Law 

Alan has served the residents of Southern Illinois as a general practitioner for nearly 40 years. His law practice includes the following areas of concentration: family law, estate planning and probate, business law, municipal law, litigation and criminal law. Alan has served as the City Attorney for the City of Sparta since 1991, as well as representing the Village of Steeleville since 2001. In addition, he also represents several other municipalities in the area. Furthermore, Mr. Farris acts as general counsel for a myriad of local businesses and corporations.

Alan has been a member of the Illinois and local Bar Associations since 1979. As a veteran municipal attorney, Alan has worked extensively in the area of Tax Increment Financing. He is a member of the ITIA and has presented numerous programs in this regard.

 

Mr. Farris is certified as a Family Law Mediator in order to assist in the resolution of parenting matters and has been appointed by the Court to a countless number of cases.  

After graduating magna cum laude in 1976 from Monmouth College, Mr. Farris graduated Drake University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois that same year.  He has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. 

Alan resides in Sparta with his wife, Sarah. His son, Jeffrey, is employed with the Boy Scouts of America in the St. Louis Region. His other son, Jared, is a Senior Account Representative with Stifel Nicolaus in St. Louis.

 

An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, he can be found most summer evenings cheering on his favorite major league baseball team. He is also a member of the Sparta Lions Club, serving as President for 2011-2012. 

Julia R. Hayes

Paralegal

Julia Hayes received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, in 2003.  Upon graduation she was employed with the legal department of Union Planters Bank in Belleville, Illinois, until 2005. 

She then utilized her paralegal studies at the Sparta Community Hospital handling delinquent accounts, preparing small claims documents and attending necessary hearings as a representative of the Hospital. 

Julia joined the Farris Law Office in 2006 and has been a great asset.  In addition to having contact with clients, Julie's attention is directed toward completion/preparation of documents in areas of banking, municipal law, appeal work, criminal and civil litigation.  

Julie lives in Sparta with her husband, Michael, and son, Zachary. 

Stacy L. Witbart 

Legal Assistant 

Stacy Witbart began her career in the legal system as a legal secretary at a law firm in Highland, Indiana, in 1980.  Four years later Ms. Witbart operated her own freelance Court Reporting business in Lake County, Indiana, taking both discovery and evidenciary depositions for area attorneys. 

Stacy was added to the firm as a legal assistant in 2004.  During her tenure at the Farris Law Office, hours and responsibilities have increased.  Presently her focus centers upon client contact and preparation of documents in a variety of areas; civil litigation, family law, estate planning, mediation matters, collections, corporations and limited liability companies. 

She lives in Sparta with her husband, Kevin, and has two adult children and 2 grandchildren.  

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