Republican Primary Election March 17, 2020

Our Practice

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Real Estate
  • Probate
  • Business
  • Juvenile Law

Our Approach

Everyone has different needs and desires.  I will ensure that I understand your unique circumstances, goals and desires.  I will tailor my approach to your particular circumstances and desires.  I will work to achieve your goals and the results you want.

I Will Focus on Your Best Interests

With more than 30 years experience as an attorney, I have represented many different clients in complex matters.  Throughout your case, I will remain focused on your best interests.

A veteran of more than 30 jury trials, Brian has had success as a prosecutor and defense counsel.  His broad experience allows him to tailor his approach to your individual needs.


Brian has been fighting to defend constitutional rights and to provide his clients with the best representation available since 1988.  He began his career in Olney, Illinois as the Assistant State's Attorney for Richland County.  He left Olney for active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Series Officer, Prosecutor and Chief Government Council for Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

In 1992, Shinkle left active duty and was elected State's Attorney for Edwards County, Illinois.  Shinkle served as an Infantry Officer in the Marine Corps Reserve during his time as State's Attorney, holding billets of Platoon Commander, Company Commander, and Staff Officer.  In 2004, Shinkle was mobilized and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  For service in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Upon completion of his fourth term as State's Attorney for Edwards County, Shinkle opened the Law Office of Brian Shinkle.  Since then, he has represented clients throughout Southeast Illinois in Criminal, Family, Juvenile, Business, Real Estate and other matters.  In addition to his private practice, Shinkle represents indigent defendants as the Public Defender for Edwards and White Counties.