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Getting to Know: Bill Oberts

Tribler Orpett & Meyer's director offers advice on attracting young professionals to the industry

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Cook First, Claims Later

Early in his career, Oberts served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois, where he defended the county’s sheriff, employees, and other entities in tort and civil rights cases. Because Cook County is primarily self-insured, though, he was not exposed to the insurance industry until later, when he moved into private practice and began working with claims professionals from various insurance companies.

“My representation of county officials and police officers prepared me well to defend professionals in other fields, such as lawyers, real estate agents, and insurance agents.”

Oberts, explaining how his work in professional liability defense is informed by his past role as an assistant state’s attorney. 

Reaching Fresh Talent

Oberts says appealing to young lawyers is always a challenge because many are unaware of the professional benefit of various legal and/or bar organizations like CLM. He says two of the biggest benefits of involvement for any young lawyer are learning more about the substantive areas in which they practice, and being able to network with other lawyers not only in a specific practice area, but also in the profession in general.  

“I stayed an extra day in Palm Desert and enjoyed dinner with about 10 people that I just met at CLM’s Annual Conference for the first time—that’s what it’s all about!”

Oberts, explaining what he loves most about CLM: the people and inclusivity. 

Supporting Mind With Body

Oberts is passionate about all forms of fitness and exercise, including running, weightlifting, crossfit, and yoga. Inspired by the book “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins, which promotes ideas of challenging oneself, Oberts even learned to swim this year. He says motivation can come and go, so you must be dedicated to accomplish your goals. That is why he is never complacent and always grinding, principles he says also make him a better attorney. 

“Last year, we finished off California with a Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium. This year, we plan to see the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.” 

Oberts, on his goal to attend a baseball game in every MLB market with his son.

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About The Authors
Eric Gilkey

Eric Gilkey is vice president of content of CLM magazine, a publication of the CLM.  eric.gilkey@TheCLM.org

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