Willis R. Tribler
Willis “Bill” Tribler not only exemplified the spirit and ideals of the Illinois State Bar Association, he also embodied the professionalism and integrity that the ISBA promotes. Few ISBA members have done as much to elevate the practice of law as Bill Tribler.
Bill, who passed away earlier this month at age 82, was a founding member and senior partner of Tribler Orpett & Meyer. As his obituary observes, Bill was “admired as a mentor and friend to hundreds in the legal community…throughout Illinois.”
A fixture on the Bench & Bar Section Council until a few years ago, Bill always told it like it was, and gave sound advice no matter what the topic. For many years, Bill served as the Section Council’s reporter on professional misconduct and unethical behavior. Bill captured the facts and issues in such a concise and entertaining manner that it was the high spot of every meeting.
Those who knew Bill cherish his Downstate Illinois twang, his ever present smile, his joyous personality, and his seemingly endless collection of amusing anecdotes and stories. Above all, we cherish his kindness and continual willingness to give back to his beloved profession. He was one of those people you always wanted to be around.
The Bench & Bar section Council is grateful for having known Bill and we extend our sympathies to his family. May his name be for a blessing.