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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

As a retired Cook County judge and state criminal defense attorney for more than 15 years, James A. Shapiro knows and understands the processes and details of the Circuit Court of Cook County better than anyone. James Shapiro defends all types of state charges, including minor traffic offenses to DUI, assault and battery, and murder cases. He assures all clients an individualized plan followed through with the necessary aggression and determined approach, thus maximizing your chances of winning.

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Former Judge with Extensive Experience

James A. Shapiro

  • Admitted: Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar; 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 1988.
  • Law School: William and Mary, J.D., 1985.
  • College: Trinity College, A.B., 1981.


James Shapiro presents “Behind the Robes” as Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) to the Amicus Polonaie (Friends of Poland) legal clinic.


  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers (President, 2007-08)
  • Alliance of Illinois Judges (Director, 2011-2012)
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Jewish Judges Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court
  • West Suburban Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois (Civil and Criminal Divisions), 1989-1995.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, 2000-2001.
  • Hearing Board Officer, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; 1996–2007 (Chair, 1998-2007).
  • Chair-Qualified Arbitrator, Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, 1997-2007.
  • Expert Witness in Omega Wrecking Co. v. Elgin State Bank, 94 CH 7452 (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL).

Academic Activities and Publications

  • Order of the Barrister. Best Oralist and Member, First Place Team, William and Mary Federal Courts Moot Court Tournament.
  • Adjunct Professor, Federal Courts, John Marshall Law School; 2003-2009
  • Coach, National Champion Moot Court Team, 2010.
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University School of Law, 1995-1998.
  • Lecturer and Debater, American Criminal Justice System and American Death Penalty, German-American Institutes at Heidelberg, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, and Tübingen, Summer 1999 and Fall 2000.
  • Guest Lecturer, Federal Plea Negotiations, Negotiations Seminar, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993-2003.
  • Featured Speaker, American Constitution Society, “Judges as Politicians: How Much Should Judicial Candidates or Nominees Reveal?” February, 2006.
  • Co-Author:  Plea and Sentencing, IICLE ch. 9 (2010)
  • Author: Criminal Law Practitioners Beware, IICLE ch. 19 (App. 2010)
  • Author: Comity of Errors: When Federal Sentencing Guidelines Ignore State Law Decriminalizing Sentences,41 Akron L. Rev. 231.
  • Author: Choice of Law Under the Federal Tort Claims Act: Richards and Renvoi Revisited, 70 N.C. L. Rev. 641.
  • Co-Author: Federal Sentences for Aliens Convicted of Illegal Reentry Following Deportation: Who Needs the Aggravation? 9 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 451.
  • Co-Author: Sentencing Illegal Aliens Convicted of Illegal Reentry after Deportation: A Proposal for Simplified and Principled Sentencing, 8 Fed. Sent. Rptr. 264.
  • Designated “2007 Illinois Super Lawyer” as chosen by his peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics (Key Professional Media)

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If you have questions regarding your criminal defense, contact James Shapiro today for a free consultation at 312-782-4615, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.


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