About Tim

Tim Rollins was born and raised in Mendota, Illinois.  His father was an auto mechanic/auto body repairman who eventually opened his own repair shop, and his mother was a secretary/bookkeeper for the superintendent of Mendota’s elementary school district.  He graduated from Mendota High School and put himself through the University of Illinois with a federal Army ROTC scholarship.  After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, and receiving an educational deferment from the Army, Tim put himself through Harvard Law School with a combination of scholarships, work-study and student loans.  While in law school, he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review with our most recently appointed Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan (who was a year behind him). After law school, Tim went on active duty with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, stationed in the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., where all of his assignments involved assisting the U.S. Army and Department of Defense with government procurement law and Freedom of Information Act law. While on active duty Tim was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and three times was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

After four-and-a-half years with the Army, and with three small children, Tim returned to the Midwest to raise his family and begin his private law career in Rockford.  As a partner with WilliamsMcCarthy, Tim has assisted clients with complex business transactions, finding creative solutions to satisfy what are often opposing interests. He also has experience handling contract, employment and labor law issues.


  • Partner, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP (member of firm’s governing board)
  • Captain,Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army
    • Contract Appeals Division, Office of the Chief Trial Attorney, U.S. Army (Washington, D.C.)
    • Contract Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army (Pentagon)
    • Defense Supply Service, Washington (Pentagon)


  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1985, magna cum laude
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Illinois, 1982, magna cum laude


  • Standing—Injury-in-Fact Requirements, 98 Harv. L. Rev. 236 (1984)
  • Processing GAO Bid Protests, The Army Lawyer, May 1988 at 7
  • A Contract Lawyer’s guide to the Requirements for Meaningful Discussions in Negotiated Procurements, 122 Mil. L. Rev. 221 (1988)

Military Honors

  • Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Past and Present Community Involvement

  • Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (current Vice Chair)
  • Rock Valley College Foundation, Board of Directors
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Member, Dean’s Council
  • Alignment Rockford, Operating Board
  • Third Presbyterian Church Member
    • Directed Church Youth Choir for seven years
    • Former member of governing session
  • Family Counseling Services, former President, Board of Directors
  • Discovery Center Museum, former President, Board of Directors
  • Policy Committee, Connecting our Future Capital Campaign (Discovery Center and Burpee expansion) (former member,

    participated in successful capital campaign)
  • Rockford Area Arts Council, former member, Board of Directors

Tim has raised five children, three of whom have graduated from the Rockford’s public schools.  With his two youngest preparing to enter the system, Tim has a vested interest in the success of the Rockford public schools.

Tim is also passionate about the success of Rockford as a whole. Tim sees the potential in Rockford, its citizens, its schools and, most importantly, its future generations.