Brian Shinkle

Shinkle Challenges Valentine: Marines J.A.G. vs. Freemason

Brian Shinkle
Brian Shinkle
Michael Valentine
Michael Valentine

Shinkle Challenges Valentine: Marines J.A.G. vs. Freemason

Brian Shinkle is currently serving as Public Defender for Edwards and White Counties. He previously served sixteen years as Edwards County State’s Attorney and represented clients from his law office in Albion, for five years.

Brian began his legal career as the Assistant State’s Attorney for Richland County. He entered active duty with the United State’s Marine Corps and served as Trial Counsel for Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. He prosecuted violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including drug cases, assault, fraud and theft. After a successful tour as Trial Counsel, Shinkle next served as Chief Government Counsel at MCRD.

In 1992, he left active duty and moved to Albion, where he opened a private practice, representing clients primarily in family law, criminal law and estate planning. Later that year, Shinkle was elected State’s Attorney.

Michael J. Valentine is an accomplished trial attorney with well-rounded legal experience in both the civil and criminal law arenas. He began his legal career in northern Illinois practicing primarily as a civil trial attorney after graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois.

In 2008, Edwards County elected Valentine as their new State’s Attorney and in 2012 he was re-elected to the position. In September of 2015, he announced his 2016 candidacy for Edwards County Resident Circuit Judge. Valentine will complete his second term as State’s Attorney and is presently running for election to fill the vacancy being left behind by retiring Edwards County Judge David K. Frankland.

Valentine currently resides in Albion with his wife Megan (Hallam) Valentine, who is an Edwards County native. He is a Freemason at Hermitage Masonic Lodge No. 356, an Ainad Shriner, a City of Albion Volunteer Firefighter and a member of the Edwards County Sportsmen’s Club.

When asked why he wanted the position of Judge, Valentine explained, “I am proud to be an Edwards County citizen and I would consider it a great privilege to be able to serve our community as Judge. I feel that my two successful terms as State’s Attorney combined with my previous years of private practice experience have prepared me for the position, and I am excited at the opportunity to be able to put all of this experience to work for our County as its next Resident Circuit Judge.