We were raised by a strong mother who was involved in music most of her life as a pianist, organist, and church choir director, the PTA, sold residential real estate, administered a local funeral home for 35 years, and was a friend to all. Our father was a witty man who enjoyed laughter, good times, history, reading, and thinking of others - all attributes our parents instilled in us at a young age - and which by our chosen professions in the military, an orphanage, academics, the funeral service, and the law, we seek to apply for the betterment of our community and our country.
On the left is Phillip A. Maher, Funeral Director, and on the right is John N. Maher, Attorney. Brothers 18-months apart in age from Mount Greenwood, this picture was taken in early 2015 during the renovation of the Tinley Park public library into the Maher Funeral Home and Law Practice. They sought to combine Phillip's twenty plus years of funeral directing experience on the southside and southland together with John's 20 years of legal, military, law firm, government, and academic experiences to establish their own unique brand of funeral and legal service in one convenient location - a combination of professional services and skills sets that, in a state-of-the-art building familiar to neighbors who visited it as the library, provides families with the choice to not only give a warm tribute to their departed loved one in a setting unlike any other funeral home, but also take care of the next generation by settling legal affairs directly and affordably.
John's experience in the funeral industry began in 1986 when he worked part time during high school at a local funeral home, and then off and on throughout the years while attending college and law school. After serving on active duty in the US Army in Germany with the First Infantry Division (Big Red One), the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kuwait, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Washington DC, he returned to Chicago and while a partner in a downtown law firm, started MFH with his brother Phillip. A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve, former Justice Department attorney, and previous General Counsel by Presidential Appointment to the US Office of Personnel Management, John also practices law, teaches law part time, and holds a BS, JD, MBA, LLM, and Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His law practice can assist you with all your estate planning, wills, power of attorney, trust, insurance, notary, and related needs. In November 2015, the President of the United States granted a full and unconditional pardon to our client, US Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, 82nd Airborne Division. Our work is featured in Don Brown's Book, "Travesty of Justice," and in the docu-series "Leavenworth" by Stephen Soderbergh available on the STARZ network.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Phillip graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science after following his mother's suggestion to work during the summers at Curtis Casket Company on Southwest Highway when he was in high school at Marist. Finding his life's work, he studied at Bradley University for two years, then transferred to Worsham, graduated, and served for over 20 years at the Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home on South Pulaski in Chicago. Phillip completed his Bachelor's degree at St. Xavier University and served in the US Navy Reserve at Great Lakes Naval Station. He is a life long southsider with a passion for taking care of family's during their times of loss.
Kevin has been friends with the Maher Family for 24 years. A US Army Officer (Major), he is an attorney and holds a MBA from the University of Virginia. His previous experience includes 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the US Department of Justice where he litigated dozens of cases and led fraud investigations, a US Army Judge Advocate and former prosecutor with the 3rd Infantry Division, and service investigating large financial institutions with the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
The Managing Director of Maher Legal Services, P.C., Kevin's legal and business skills and experience help achieve clients' legal and business goals. Some of Kevin's legal work is featured in Don Brown's book "Travesty of Justice" and in the docu-series "Leavenworth" available on the STARZ network.
Eric is a lifelong resident of the southland and began his public service as a career firefighter and registered paramedic. Upon retirement from the fire service, he sought to continue helping others and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer with the state of Illinois in 2007. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and holder of a Bachelor of Science in Management from Southern Illinois University, Eric is a notary public and expert on current issues in the funeral industry. Eric is frequently heard on local radio and seen on TV discussing issues affecting families and is warmly and affectionately known as "Eric the Undertaker" when he appears as a guest on local media programs. His brand of service is to take care of the family and their loved ones as if they were his own.