Lawyers of Distinction wishes to welcome new member Robert Canfield, Esq., of Rockford, Illinois. Attorney Robert (Bob) Canfield was born and raised in Rockford, IL. After joining the Army in February of 1968, he went on to Army flight school and graduated 2nd in his flight class.  He spent a year in Vietnam flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the 101st Airborne Division and then returned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as an Instrument Flight Instructor.

Following active Duty, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received his BA in psychology in 1976 and his Law degree in 1978. After taking and passing both the Illinois and Minnesota bar exam in the fall of 1978, he settled back in Rockford to practice law.

Professionally, he started his law career working with an insurance defense firm.  After a couple of years, he started his own practice and has spent decades practicing law on his own or in partnership with others.  He currently is the owner and senior attorney with his firm, Robert E. Canfield and Associates.  He maintains a general practice with an emphasis in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate Law, Probate Law, Wills and Trusts and Business/Corporation Law.  He is also a Court Certified Mediator for the Family Court.

Bob is very active in his community.  He is past president of Riverfront Museum Park, Rockford Dance Company, and Rockford Rotary; past chair of the Rockford Fair Housing Board; and past commander of Rockford Sail and Power Squadron and District 20 of the United States Power Squadrons (America’s Boating Club).  He is active in his church, Second/First and formerly Second Congregational Church, where he is former Chair of the Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees, and is currently the chair of the Discernment and Vision team.  He has also taught Law and Economics at Rock Valley College.  He has served and still serves on many other boards and committees.  He is currently President of Rockford Day Nursery, and teaches the public boating class at Rock Valley College.