Chicago’s Leading Criminal Defense Firm Dedicated To Protecting Your Liberty

We have a well-earned reputation for obtaining not guilty jury verdicts for our clients in State and Federal criminal prosecutions.

Litigating Throughout Illinois And Nationally From Our Office In Chicago

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An Aggressive, No-Nonsense Approach To Litigation

When it comes to the courtroom, our legal team, led and mentored by renowned veteran trial attorney Mike Leonard, is respected for its creativity, energy and preparedness. We are assertive and thorough and begin planning closing arguments from the outset.

The objectives of our clients are always a top priority as we build unique courtroom strategies based on the charges, the venue and the unique circumstances surrounding each case. We’re committed to the pursuit of a favorable resolution, whether it happens during the pretrial phrase or through the final verdict.

Our current practice areas include expansive representation in state and federal criminal cases, as well as representing employers and employees in employment law actions.

Attorney Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

Attorney Matthew Chivari

Matthew Chivari

Super Lawyers - IIlinois in Focus 2024
Rated by SuperLawyers | Michael I. Leonard | 10 Years
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The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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Leading Lawyers | Michael I. Leonard | Peer Selected 2021
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
America's Top 50 Lawyers | 2022 | Criminal Law
10 Best Attorney | 2021-2022 | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Lead Counsel | LC | Verified
National Association of Distinguished Counsel | NADC | Nation's Top One Percent 2022

Litigating Cases In Courtrooms Across The Nation

At our firm, we take full advantage of innovative technologies available to trial lawyers. We examine the circumstances surrounding each case and distill complex facts into straightforward, persuasive narratives with the utmost efficiency.

Our lawyers set objectives in concert with clients and focus on linchpin issues from day one. We’ve tried more than 75 cases in venues across the United States. We welcome the opportunity to advocate on your behalf. Although highly recognized nationwide, we take more pride that our results speak for themselves.

Notable Experience

Obtained complete not guilty verdict in favor of client after a jury trial in the Circuit Court of Kane County, Illinois. The jury found in favor of the defendant, NOT GUILTY, on all five of the charges brought against him after an approximately one-week jury trial.

Obtained not guilty verdict in favor of client on an attempted murder charge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Tried to verdict a dispute over a former employee’s minority shareholder interest in her former employer’s company in a bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and obtained an award for the plaintiff that was approximately nine times greater than the value the company had claimed those shares were worth at the time of plaintiff’s termination.