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.
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.
211 E Ontario St. #1800
Chicago IL 60611-3242
Free initial consultations are available by phone or in the office in certain instances.
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.
$275 per hour.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office visits by appointment.
All languages are available on request.
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.
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.
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.
I am not available for this.
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.
Bar Number: 1646990
John Marshall Law School
Juris Doctor, 1975