Mitch Gilfillan is a partner at Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo, concentrating his practice in personal injury insurance defense, medical professional liability, sports agency and family law. He sat on the board of directors for the Peoria County Bar Association in 2017 and 2018, chairing the Public Relations Committee in 2018, and was recently named to the Illinois State Bar Association’s committee to oversee judicial evaluations outside of Cook County.
Gilfillan serves on the Tenth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee and volunteers through Prairie State Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) for pro bono work. In addition to taking direct case referrals, he volunteers through PILI’s help desk in Tazewell/Peoria County to provide free legal service to clients below the poverty line. At Prairie State Legal Services, he helps organize the Strides for Justice 5K race, raising over $20,000 for the pro bono agency over the past three years.
For three years Gilfillan served on the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois’ Helping Our Patients Everyday (H.O.P.E.) Committee. As co-chair in 2017 and 2018, he volunteered to raise awareness of the Almost Home Kids healthcare facility and helped organize the Fight to the Finish Extreme 5K at Wildlife Prairie Park and a trivia night for the Young Professionals of Greater Peoria. His work on the H.O.P.E. Committee earned him an invitation to join the Community Advisory Board at Children’s Hospital of Illinois—the youngest of nearly 50 members.
Gilfillan also serves as vice president of the Pediatric Resource Center Board of Directors, co-chairing the annual Kick Abuse 5K and helping to organize Harvesting Hope, its largest fundraising event. As board president at Peoria Friendship House, Gilfillan helps organize the Maka Maka 5K race at Maui Jim and the Over the Edge rappeling fundraiser. He is also active in the Stuff-a-Bus campaign to help feed hundreds of children in central Illinois. He is a member of the St. Philomena Men’s Club, graduate of the Peoria Citizen’s Leadership Academy, volunteer for the Illinois High School Association’s March Madness tournament, and coach for his daughter’s youth sports teams. PM