Firm Overview

Fagan, Fagan & Davis was founded in 2000 by Joseph M. Fagan, Alan T. Davis and me. With a combined experience exceeding 100 years in defense of criminal, DUI and traffic matters in the greater Chicago area, Fagan, Fagan & Davis was established with the intention of focusing almost exclusively on those areas of practice to give our clients the benefit of a boutique approach. Most law firms and even solo practitioners that engage in DUI, criminal and traffic defense in the Chicago metro area tend to a broader practice including such matters as personal injury, real estate, civil litigation or divorce. Our firm seeks to add value to our services by limiting our practice, while still being available to counsel and advise our clients who seek representation in other matters by engaging reliable, experienced and reputable outside counsel.

Fagan, Fagan & Davis focuses on defense of people facing traffic matters, misdemeanor or felony DUI, and criminal matters in Illinois throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage counties. We appear in the major courthouses in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Wheaton, Waukegan, Bridgeview, Markham, and in field courts through those three counties.

Example cases

People v GL - DUI 0.22 breath test, speeding. (name withheld due to confidentiality).
GL, the divorced father of a young child was facing his second DUI case. He was stopped in broad daylight for speeding, admitted drinking, took all the Skokie police officer's DUI field sobriety tests. Just for good measure, he gave a 0.21 breath sample on his portable breath test (PBT) unit. After being arrested, GL took the in-station breath test - a 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit. GL's job required that he be able to drive constantly, and if he were to be convicted, not only would he have to move so that he could see his child (who lives with his ex-wife 30 miles away), he'd lose his job. Result: Suspension thrown out, DUI dismissed before trial. The police simply failed to follow proper procedures over and over again. GL kept his job and didn't need to move just to spend time with his child.

People v DWB - Chicago DUI 0.145 breath test, driving while suspended. (name withheld due to confidentiality).
DWB was stopped by a Chicago DUI enforcement roadblock, put through field sobriety testing, arrested and gave a breath test. The key to a good roadblock is following the law that allows those roadblocks. In this case (and in many cases) the Chicago Police couldn't quite demonstrate that they were carefully following the laws surrounding DUI roadblocks. We called them on it, resulting in a dismissed DUI. When the State's Attorney decided to appeal, we took them on again and won.

Main Office

950 Lee Street
Suite 200
Des Plaines  IL  60016

  • (847) 635-8200
  • (847) 635-7257


Free Initial Consultation?

We offer free initial consultation by phone or in person. Up to one hour for DUI or criminal matters. Most non-misdemeanor traffic consultations are conducted over the phone.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We primarily offer flat-fees and offer written legal service agreements which spell out our fees in writing up-front.

Hourly Rates

We do not generally engage in hourly representation, but our rates are on par with the finest attorneys in the Chicago area.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other hours by appointment only. Consultation by telephone is available.

Office Manager

Shelly Anderson, email:

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


Criminal Defense
We concentrate on Criminal defense, DUI defense and Traffic defense in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.
In Illinois, lawyers are not permitted to claim a "specialized" area of practice. That said, our firm does limit our practice to specific legal areas and geographical areas in order to better serve our clients. Doing so has allowed us to provide a higher level of service and a better quality of legal representation. Any such advantage is vital when freedom is at stake.

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

Law suits, contracts and financial deals are important to the function of our society, and are all interesting areas of law. The defense of those accused of criminal, traffic and DUI offenses, however, is important in a more fundamental way. The rights enumerated in our Constitution protecting an individual from unimpeded molestation by the Government are a unique characteristic of American law. Without attorneys willing to challenge authority, those rights are mere words. As Shakespeare put it in a scene about two scoundrels plotting to establish themselves as despotic overlords, to achieve that goal, "first thing we do is kill all the lawyers." Why? Because no one would remain to stand in their way. Police interaction with individuals on an everyday basis is where the rubber meets the proverbial road - it's where the special character of our country is seen in action every day. DUI in particular has become one of America's most common and high-profile crimes.

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

Our free initial-consultation is meant to educate our potential clients in the legal issues surrounding their matters. An understanding of the process and possible consequences is imperative, and we do take the view that part of our job is educating our clients as to the process and law. However, we recommend that those accused of Criminal, DUI and traffic matters in Illinois carefully consider the source of information when attempting to educate themselves by means of friends and general-information web-sites, as much of this information may be inaccurate or inapplicable to their cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We do not recommend that clients prepare documents for legal purposes. We draft all legal documents necessary for representation in DUI, traffic and criminal matters. That said, we are happy to review documents for existing clients and would certainly encourage clients to allow us to review documents before transmitting them.

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

We believe that those who wish to represent themselves in defense of Illinois criminal, DUI and traffic matters are taking a dangerous risk. Such a person will be opposed by a trained professional. As such we strongly advise against this practice.

Steven Fagan

Before founding Fagan, Fagan & Davis, I was an associate at the law firm of Fagan, Salon & Associates, defending Illinois DUI, criminal and traffic matters, as well as engaging in civil litigation. Before I became a licensed attorney, I was granted permission by the Supreme Court of Illinois to practice under supervision for a municipal agency, and prosecuted for the Village of Arlington Heights, appearing before the Cook County Court in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. I also owned my own retail business, called The Computer King.

I grew up with the law at my kitchen table. Discussions about the Constitution and protection of those accused of criminal offenses were common and frequent. I learned to read stories about ongoing high-profile cases with a grain of salt, that whether you're a lawyer or not, the opportunity to stand up for people who can't will come along on its own, and that freedom is not free - it requires vigilant effort. Each time I win an impossible case or get my client a deal that was absolutely off the table, it inspires me to go back and fight even harder the next time. I simply love what I do.

My strengths include an enthusiasm for hard work, a passionate but respectful presentation style, and a willingness to stand in opposition to bullying, legal or otherwise. We are passionate about working towards the best results possible for our clients through careful research, preparation and negotiation, while always mindful of the possibility of trial when necessary.

Personal interests:

Football - Da Bears in particular, music - jazz in particular, reading - science fiction/fantasy in particular, family - my wife, kids and pooch in particular, and getting exceptional results for my clients in their DUI criminal and traffic matters.

  • Bar Number: 6255905
    Illinois , 1998
  • IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1998
    Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois
    Bachelor of Arts , 1995
    Urbana/Champaign, IL

Jeffrey Fagan

Jeff graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management. He earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Illinois. Jeff left college before completing his undergraduate degree and spent 11 years in the restaurant business, working his way from bar back to General Manager and becoming the youngest General Manager in that restaurant company

Joseph Fagan

Joseph M. Fagan is widely considered one of the very most reputable and capable Chicago criminal defense attorneys, and is known for a warm and disarmingly congenial courtroom style.

Born in Europe Dec. 1946; Immigrated to US in Dec., 1951; attained US citizenship in March, 1957; Married to Iris Fagan, father of four sons, including attorneys Steven H. Fagan, and Jeffrey A. Fagan; Three grandchildren;

Education: Chicago Public School, grades k-8;
Niles Township High Schools, graduated 1963 (age 16)
University of Illinois, 1963-1966;
DePaul University College of Law, 1966-1969, attained J.D. degree; (age 22)

Admitted to practice in Illinois 1969, Florida, 1975; admitted to practice before the Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois, 1969, and Central District, 1995, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1980;

Professional experience:

Cohen, Fifer & D'

Alan Davis

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