Title: Partner, Pro Bono Attorney
Company: Husch and Eppenberger, Prairie State Legal Services
Location: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Robert E. Muir, Partner at Husch and Eppenberger and Pro Bono Attorney at Prairie State Legal Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
Drawing upon more than 60 years of professional experience, Mr. Muir is an esteemed lawyer who most recently served as a pro bono attorney with Prairie State Legal Services from 2004 to 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was a partner with Husch and Eppenberger in Peoria, IL, from 1997 to 2004, a general patent counsel with Caterpillar, Inc., from 1994 to 1997, and an assistant manager of the patent department with Caterpillar, Inc., from 1986 to 1994. Previously, he also served as a senior patent attorney with Caterpillar Tractor Company from 1974 to 1986, a partner at Morsbach, Pillote & Muir from 1968 to 1974, and an associate with McCanna, Morsbach & Pillote from 1964 to 1968. He commenced his career as an engineer with the Indiana Highway Commission in Indianapolis from 1955 to 1964.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Muir was a United States delegate to the transfer of technology discussions for the UNCTAD/Center for Applied Studies in International Negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1983. He has also been an advisor for the commerce and state departments between 1981 and 1989. Civically, he has served in such roles as president of the Concordia Lutheran Church, vice chairman of the City County Planning Commission, president of the Peoria Civic Ballet Company, and treasurer of his local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. Likewise, he was a member of the Intellectual Property Task Force of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and a director of International Property Owners in Washington, DC.
To prepare for his career, Mr. Muir pursued formal education at Valparaiso University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1955. He subsequently received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University in 1964. He has since been admitted to practice law in the states of Illinois and Indiana, as well as before the United States Patent Office and the Canadian Patent Office. In addition, he is a certified professional engineer in the states of Illinois and Indiana.
Throughout his career, Mr. Muir has authored articles to professional journals, including “Strategic Custom Software Licensing to Meet User Objectives” in 1988. He has also been the compiler of the book “Indiana State Highway Laws,” published in 1964. He formerly maintained affiliation with several organizations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, where he was chairman of the intellectual property task force from 1989 to 1992, the International Intellectual Property Law Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Association. He was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Muir has received a number of accolades. The recipient of the Heroes for Justice Award from Prairie State Legal Services in 2017, he also received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association from 2013 to 2014. Named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the Peoria County Pro Bono Plan in 2006, he received the Service Award from the International Law Institute in 1991 and the Service Award from the City County Planning Commission in 1974.
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