Tim McIlwain has dedicated his professional life to the pursuit of defending the rights of the individual. Driven by this passion, he has developed a unique law practice focused on Impact Litigation wherein he has frequently created the theory of liability or substantially litigated cases of first impression. Most recently, Mr. McIlwain has established the rights to likeness for both amateur and professional athletes, and set standards for team doctors on behalf of athletes, who until Mr. McIlwain’s litigation, were permitted to green light play for athletes at risk of life altering injury. Ongoing Impact areas of litigation include net neutrality, the rights of female and minority athletes across all divisions of NCAA play, NCAA concussion treatment procedure and disparate treatment of female inmates in the Federal prison system.

Mr. McIlwain is an accomplished trial attorney who is one of only ten NJ lawyers admitted to Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College. He has successfully represented countless defendants & plaintiffs in complex litigation and personal injury litigation. Additionally, Mr. Mcilwain has represented a variety of celebrities in cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and contract disputes. In 2014 Mr. McIlwain’s results in trial certified him as a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country.

Mr. McIlwain is often asked to share his trial experiences as a guest on TV and radio and has appeared frequently as a legal panelist on the FOX News Channel and TSN “Off the Record” with Michael Landsberg. Additionally, he delivers insight into litigation and sports law on the Law School lecture circuit, most recently addressing audiences at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA; Seton Hall, New York Law School, DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL; and Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco, CA.

In November 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2015, respectively, Mr. McIlwain was a member of a shared panel at the Southern Regional Entertainment & Sports Seminar. Additionally, Mr. McIlwain also shared a panel with Donald Fehr (president of Major League Baseball Players Association for 30 years and top labor attorney) on the Tennessee, Florida & Georgia Bars where he has repeatedly been invited as the annual public speaker.

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey 1996


  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College 2008
  • New York Law School, JD, 1995, Martin Blatt Law Scholarship Award Winner
  • The University of California, Berkeley

Profession Licenses

  • University of California at Berkley, BA 1991, Member Varsity Football and Crew
  • Certified Contract Advisor for NFL Players Association (1996-2006)


  • Registered Agent with NHLPA (2007)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Past Employment Positions

  • Ranch Club Member with Trial Lawyers College founded by Gerry Spence

  • American Inns of Court Foundation

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (see www.nela.org)

  • Sports Lawyers Association

  • NJ Bar Association

  • Atlantic County Bar Association

  • PETRO COHEN Law Firm, Northfield, New Jersey
  • US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Law Clerk for President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, 1994
  • FEDERAL DEFENDERS OFFICE, Sacramento, CA , 1993
  • PAINE WEBBER INC, Weehawkin, NJ, 1992
  • SENATOR PETE WILSON, Legislative Aide, Washington, DC, 1990

Practice Areas of Timothy J. McIlwain

A Legacy Of Excellence

Making Communities Safer

Fighting For People

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My hero, my attorney who is always there for me!

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I am Grateful I was able to have Thomas Shebell for my Lawyer

Thomas Shebell and his staff were very good to work with. They were always professional, but also very down to earth and real. I always felt that my best interest was their main concern. I was always able to call with questions and concerns and was never made to wait or to feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. I always felt that they knew instantly who I was and what was going on with my case. In the end, Thomas was able to get the best possible settlement for me. I am very grateful to have been treated like my case truly mattered to them.
Posted by Toni on March 28

Ferocious Fighter

Tom Shebell and his firm came highly recommended by several reputable people in the community. I come from a family deeply rooted in law enforcement, so I greatly appreciate that Tom grew up with the law as well, hailing from a family of highly respected attorneys. He easily grasped the complexity of my case and eased my concerns, while ferociously fighting for me. One of the moments that stands out to me the most was when I voiced a concern over possible retaliation and he said, "they're going to have come through me first." I wholeheartedly believed him then and now. There is no one else I'd want in my corner than Tom Shebell.
Posted by on February 23

A League Of His Own

Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Thomas F Shebell III. He took on a case, that other attorneys would shy away from and fought vehemently for my husband, myself and our daughter. His tenacity is only surpassed by his kindness and compassion for his clients well-being. I would recommend Mr. Shebell III to anyone who may need an attorney to guide them through a difficult time and see them through to a successful end. Many thanks again to him and his staff!!
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