Profile

Michael Schmiege

Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege
53 West Jackson Blvd. #1515
Chicago, IL 60604
312-906-7800
www.chicagocriminaldefensefirm.com


In founding my criminal defense law firm, I set out with the goal of offering effective and aggressive representation to clients whose cases other firms had turned down. Many individuals facing serious criminal charges and the prospect of lengthy years, even lifetimes, in prison, were having difficulty securing effective legal representation because attorneys reviewing their cases thought they could not win. I had perceived a need for a criminal defense attorney who could help the clients that other attorneys turned away. I set out with the mission of winning those cases said NOT to be winnable against whatever odds we face. No client wants to be turned down because a lawyer feels that their dire situation is not worth their time.

Quite a few of the criminal defense attorneys out there market their value as former prosecutors. But prosecutors' interests lie in resolving as many cases as they can as quickly as possible. They are in the business of working out plea deals, not always advantageous to the accused, in order to help clear the crowded dockets of government courts.

My interest, on the other hand, has always been to stand up for the rights and interests of the individual accused, an individual who often feels powerless and intimidated when faced with the pressure of the vast machinery of the state. A proud graduate of John Marshall Law School, a school dedicated to the attorney training for real world problems, I make it my business to stay on top of the latest developments in civil rights law, criminal trial practice, and sentencing guidelines so that my clients can have a maximum chance at winning justice against the single-minded pursuit of the state. My ultimate goal is to stand up for the rights of accused individuals and protect their constitutional rights so that you have your maximum chance to win a positive outcome in your important case.

I treat my clients with respect and listen to their concerns and their side of the story. I believe in personal legal service. You should get the services of the lawyer you've hired, not those of a nameless associate. You're not a client number to me, you're an individual with a problem that I've been specially trained to address and solve. Working together, we could overcome the odds against you and resolve seemingly impossible problems. Let me help you find a way out of your dilemma to start over with a clean slate.

Professional background of your Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney, Michael P. Schmiege:

Super Lawyers named Michael P. Schmiege as a Rising Star in the area of Criminal Defense in conjunction with Chicago Magazine. This high honor is based on peer review and is given to only 2.5% of the lawyers in Illinois.

Michael Schmiege has received Licenses to practice law in the:
       
  • State of Illinois
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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  • Northern District of Illinois - Federal Court
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  • Southern District of Ohio –Federal Court
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  • Southern District of Texas - Federal Court

While still attending John Marshall Law School, Michael P. Schmiege:
       
  • Clerked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Felony Trial Division,
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  • Served as a Member of the Trial Advocacy Team, and
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  • Clerked for Mora, Baugh, Waitzman & Unger, a firm handling NASD complaints and disputes.

Since his graduation, Michael Schmiege has served as:
       
  • An attorney at Kane & Fischer handling securities litigation and NASD complaints and disputes,
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  • An attorney at Acosta, Batovski & Schmiege, and
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  • Founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, Criminal Defense Firm.