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Jane Elizabeth Unsell

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Jane Unsell graduated from Oklahoma City University Law School at the top of her class in 1979. Following her admission to the Illinois and Oklahoma bars, Ms. Unsell began her private practice with the Madison County law firm of Bernard and Davidson located in Granite City, Illinois. She remained there until 1986, at which time she opened her own law practice in East Alton, Illinois. During her work at Bernard and Davidson, Ms. Unsell prepared and tried multiple cases before Madison and St. Clair County, Illinois juries. She has represented insurance companies, defended individuals and prosecuted claims for injured parties. In 1995, after leaving Bernard and Davidson and opening the law office of Unsell & Unsell she obtained a jury verdict for an injured plaintiff in an auto/truck which was recorded as the largest plaintiff verdict at the time in Macoupin County, Illinois. At present she focuses her practice primarily on representing clients injured in motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, she represents individuals who have been wrongfully denied insurance coverage. She also handles contested estate and guardianship cases, she now sits as a hearing panel member for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Springfield, Illinois. Mrs. Unsell is the senior partner in the law firm of Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, PC which she founded in 1992. In 2010 she relocated the office from East Alton to Wood River, Illinois.


  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Graduated 2nd in her Law School Class with High Honors
    • Honors: Graduated with honors
  • Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: cum laude

Past Positions

  • Bernard and Davidson, Associate, 1979 to 1986
  • Unsell & Unsell, Partner, 1986 to 1992
  • Unsell & Schattnik, Partner, 1992 to 2016


  • English

Professional Associations

  • Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1979 to Present
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Hearing Officer, 2011 to Present
  • Bar Association of Central & Southern Districts of Illinois , Member, 2002 to 2003

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Classes & Seminars

  • Dental/Legal Practice , SIUE Dental School, 1990 to 2015

Representative Clients

  • Granite City
  • Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Auto/Truck & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Probate Estates
  • Guardianships
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Real Estate Law
  • Brain Injuries

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1979
  • Oklahoma, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2002


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  • American College of Trial Lawyers