Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law

Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law

Lori G. Levin is an established criminal and juvenile defense attorney, handling criminal and DCFS investigations as well as vigorously defending adults and juveniles in criminal court, DCFS administrative hearings and juveniles in Juvenile Court.

Firm Overview

My law practice is an established firm dedicated to criminal and juvenile defense. I aggressively marshal all of my extensive investigative, research and trial skills which I have developed in a career spanning more than 30 years to fight to safeguard my clients' rights. Additionally, the practice also deals with troubled persons who may suffer from mental health issues who find themselves interfacing with law enforcement as well as the criminal justice system.

As a criminal defense attorney, I have received the Illinois Academy of Lawyers' highest award, the Laureate Award. I have also received the Illinois State Bar Association's Tradition of Excellence Award. I have been named a Leading Lawyer in 2015-2020 and a Super Lawyer 2015-2020. I have received all of these awards and designations from my peers as an expert in the field of criminal defense.

My firm was established in June 2009, after I had spent almost 30 years practicing criminal law and working to improve the criminal justice system.

Recent cases that I have handled include violent crimes, white collar crimes, driving under the influence arrests as well as cases that encompass mental health issues.

Main Office

Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law
180 North LaSalle Street
Suite 3700
Chicago IL 60601


(312) 972-3756


(312) 896-9040


Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, I offer a free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Each case is evaluated on an individual basis depending on its nature and complexity.

Hourly Rates

Each case is evaluated on an individual basis depending on its nature and complexity.

Office Information

Office Hours

I keep normal business hours but can be reached in an emergency 24/7.

Office Manager

I am a sole practitioner who occasionally uses the services of an excellent paralegal.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

I speak some very basic Spanish.

Criminal Defense


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

My practice deeply impacts people's lives. I use my analytic skills, my knowledge of the law and my passion for my clients to work for them.

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

A defense attorney needs to work closely with a client to build a defense. It is very important that the client understands the process and issues facing him. An educated client is an asset to counsel.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

When a potential client meets with me, I am more than happy to review documents prepared by them. Following engagement, I prefer to prepare the documentation.

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

Since it is very dangerous for one to represent themselves in a criminal matter, I respectfully decline coaching persons who wish to do so.

Lori Levin

Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law

After nearly twenty years in government, I opened a private practice in 2009. I use my wealth of experience in criminal, juvenile and mental health law to help persons who find themselves in the criminal justice system. My trial skills as well as my vast knowledge have aided me to build a successful private practice where I vigorously fight for my clients.

From 2003 through June 2009, I served as Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the state agency dedicated to improving criminal justice statewide. I was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate. I oversaw $100M+ in federal and state criminal justice research and grants; chaired the Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board; Chaired the Illinois Task Force for Update of Model Domestic Violence Protocol, and served of the Illinois Violence prevention Authority, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Illinois Sex Offender Management Board, City of Chicago Mayor's Domestic Violence Advisory Council, Statewide Juvenile Justice ReDeploy Illinois Steering Committee, Governor's Community Safety and Reentry Working Group, Metropolis 2020's Justice Violence Index Advisory Council, GoTo 2040 Crime and Justice Planning Initiative Advisory Board, and the State of Illinois. My experiences as the director of the state criminal justice agency bring to my client's unique skill sets and experiences throughout the criminal justice system that augment my extensive trial experience.

From 1980 through 2003, I served as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. From 1998-2003, I was the Supervisor of the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities/Mental Health Divisions, supervising, directing and prosecuting financial crimes, violent crimes and abuse cases and supervising the civil commitment and forced treatment of mentally ill persons in crisis. I also worked on policy and training issues for lawyers and law enforcement. One of the jewels of my tenure in that position was serving on the planning committee for the first Felony Criminal Mental Health Court in the nation. My experiences in that position bring to my clients the knowledge and experience of dealing with and helping persons in crisis and having knowledge of mental health law and alternatives.

Other assignments in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office included serving 14 years in the Felony Criminal Courts at 26th and California, a decade of which I was a First Chair Prosecutor handling very complicated and serious felonies; Juvenile Court, Felony Review, and Preliminary Hearings. During my tenure with the prosecutor's office, I tried 50+ felony and civil juries.

The totality of my professional life, whether my excellent law school education, my trial experience both as a prosecutor and defense counsel and my administrative role improving criminal justice policy that deeply impacts the individuals in the system, make me a better attorney. Additionally, my passion, tenacity and creativity make me effective both within the courtroom and outside of it.

I am bright, creative and passionate. Those attributes translate into a vigorous defense for my clients.

Personal interests:

My personal interests include reading, exercise, good food and my family.


Bar Number: Attorney and Counsel
Illinois, 1980

Bar Number: Lead Counsel, Illino
Illinois, 2002


Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor, 1980

University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science, 1977

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