Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Cases
  • Dog Bite Injuries
  • Workplace Injuries


Willard L. Hemsworth III was admitted to the bar for the practice of law in the State of Illinois in 2003. Since then he has focused his career on matters involving civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on helping victims of violent and traumatic accidents though personal injury litigation.

Mr. Hemsworth received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He subsequently went on to complete his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Mr. Hemsworth’s accomplishments at John Marshall include serving on the editorial board of the Review of Intellectual Property Law, writing a published comment in the Review of Intellectual Property Law and researching and authoring two Illinois Evidence Treatise updates authored by Professor Ralph Ruebner.

Mr. Hemsworth has represented victims of accidents of all types, from motor vehicle accidents to complex construction cases. He has taken over two dozen cases to jury trial with favorable verdicts in each and every one of those matters.

Mr. Hemsworth’s educational and professional backgrounds offer his clients the level and quality of experienced representation that victims of both negligent and intentional acts deserve. His professional affiliations include the Will County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.


Excellent Lawyer

Willard L. Hemsworth III is an excellent lawyer. He knows the law and works hard to achieve the best result. I am very pleased to have had him represent me. He was always on my side protecting my best interest. I definitely recommend Willard Hemsworth III at Rathbun, Cservenyak, & Kozol, LLC.

Wonderful man to work with

Willard has been handling my case from the start and has helped me more than words can express. He has also handled some of my friends and family's cases. I have recommended him time and time again and not once has he ever let anyone I advised down. The entire staff that he works with is...

I Won’t Use Another Office

Will did everything he could for me and took care of me over the last 3 years. I won't call anyone but this office in any type of case like this again.

While the Governor has issued a shelter in place order, that does not apply to legal services, which are considered essential services. Our office remains open but we are continuing to limit services to phone and video conference support at this time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 815-730-1977. We are here to help!