Law Offices of Paul L. Williams & Associates
Our team of lobbyists has nurtured important relationships while developing outstanding strategic judgment and insight during the course of representing clients on an array of legislative issues before Illinois government. We have extensive experience across a broad range of interests, including utilities, energy, education, health care, financial services, gaming, business associations, manufacturing, and governmental entities.
We are the only Illinois members of the National Association of State Lobbyists (“NASL”), an invitation-only network of top government affairs professionals, with a single member in every state. NASL membership is offered to lobbyists based on their experience and proven success. We promote integrity, ethics, and strategic judgment in our profession. Ben Whipple is serving a four-year term on NASL’s Board of Trustees.
Benjamin M. Whipple
Ben has worked in law firm, government, and corporate environments. During his legislative career, he has written, negotiated, interpreted, passed, and prevented legislation in multiple jurisdictions on behalf of a range of businesses and statewide associations. He has ample experience working with government officials, corporate team members, employees of competing businesses, and other outside counsel. He is on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of State Lobbyists, is a member of Illinois’ Business & Industry Federation of Economic Concern, and is an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Ben graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 and from Notre Dame Law School, cum laude, in 2004. He began his career practicing law at a large firm in Chicago, followed by a two-year clerkship with a United States District Court Judge. His clerkship ended in 2009, after which he began lobbying.
He initially focused on Illinois politics. In 2012, a publicly-traded corporation with operations in several states hired Ben as in-house government affairs counsel. In that role, Ben directly lobbied government officials in multiple jurisdictions and also supervised outside lobbyists who worked for the company. In 2015, Ben left his in-house position to focus on Illinois. The team continues to represent the company for which Ben previously worked in-house.
Paul has been continuously engaged in Illinois legislative affairs since 1975. His experience spans almost every major legislative issue to come before the General Assembly during his lengthy career. He lobbies on behalf of numerous private and public clients, influencing legislation on issues including deregulation of the electric industry, school reform, and banking regulation.
Paul served as a member of the Illinois General Assembly, representing the 24th Representative District from 1987 until 1992. During his tenure, Paul served as an Assistant House Democratic Floor Leader and was the principal sponsor and force for passage of the Judicial Sub-Circuit bill, creating 15 judicial sub-circuits in Cook County, Illinois. Chicago Magazine named Paul one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Illinois.”
Paul is Chairman of the Board of The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, providing scholarships for deserving Illinois students. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Beloved Community Family Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center that provides primary health care services to the greater Englewood Community in Chicago.
Paul earned his B.A. in 1975 from Chicago State University, his M.A. in political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1979, and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1984. He is a former Speaker of the Illinois Third House.