Firm Overview

I began my practice of criminal law in 1975. Around 1985, I started handling serious personal injury cases and rose in the ranks to become the head of a major insurance company's defense firm. I opened my own law office in 1993.

Our focus is trial law. I defend the accused. I am available on a very limited basis to handle select personal injury cases. I have been defending the accused since 1975, whether it is a popular thing to do or not. It is a necessary service; people need access to quality defense. I opened my own practice emphasizing criminal law in 1993 immediately after a few years running an insurance company's defense program.

Example cases

It is hard to single out a few cases; there have been so many. One of my favorites was a "street file" case where I won an acquittal for my client on a murder charge. He was facing the death penalty if convicted.

Main Office

Main
211 E Ontario St. #1800
Chicago  IL  60611-3242

Phone
  • (312) 372-2221
Fax
  • (312) 283-5001

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultations are available by phone or in the office in certain instances.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

A preliminary hearing is $750. This will include the initial bond hearing if I am hired early enough to attend it. Many misdemeanors cost $500 to $1,500. My flat fees include a trial by judge, but exclude the following: 1.Out of pocket expenses; 2. Jury trial; 3. Continuances the defendant causes. Flat fees can also be arranged on felony cases, or a flat fee plus a fee for each court date.

Hourly Rates

$275 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office visits by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

All languages are available on request.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose this area of practice since it was my father's focus and that of all of his closest friends. It always fascinated me.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A little knowledge is fine, but I make my clients know every case is different. The internet can be a better source of information than friends.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'd be happy to review them. Generally, I would rather prepare the document myself; if a client feels a particular motion might be availing, I'll be happy to discuss it. If it has merit, I will present it.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am not available for this.

Barry Lewis

My entire professional career has been in the field of trial law. I have been primarily focused on criminal law except for the mid-80s to early-90s when I worked for the insurance company.

Meeting with and being mentored by some of the top lawyers in the city has helped me to be a better lawyer.

I am very good at finding a rational approach to the client's defense or finding a technical, legal defense. I like to cross examine.

Personal interests:

I enjoy sailing, skiing, traveling, bicycling, dancing, and riding my motor scooter.

License
  • Bar Number: 1646990
    Illinois , 1975
Education
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1975
    Chicago, IL
    Criminal and trial law.

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