Law Office Of Barry M. Lewis
When you retain the Law Office of Barry M. Lewis to represent you in a criminal defense or personal injury case, I am the lawyer who will represent you from the beginning of your case until the end. You won’t find out that your important legal matter is being handled by a junior associate whom you meet the day of your first court appearance.
I am Barry M. Lewis. I have successfully defended people accused of crimes in the Chicago area for more than 35 years. I grew up with lawyers all around me, and criminal defense has been a family business for generations.
I am a former member of a Chicago Bar Association committee and past chairperson of another criminal law-related committee. I am also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
I have lectured lawyers on criminal defense issues and was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at a local law school. I attended and participated in several extensive trial advocacy programs, notably the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers advanced trial advocacy program in Houston.
I continue to attend numerous recognized continuing legal education courses. I served two terms as the Judge Advocate of the Chicago Yachting Association, which is the umbrella organization dealing with all the Chicago-area yacht clubs. Obviously, there are countless attorneys in the Chicago-area yacht clubs. They wanted me as their lawyer.
I practice in all Illinois courts, including all county, state, federal, appellate and supreme courts. I have a reputation for innovative trial work. The outcome of your case is very important to me, and I will fight hard for you.
For more information about my background and credentials, please read below.
About Barry Lewis
Barry M. Lewis is a greatly experienced and talented criminal defense attorney. He takes to heart his cases, and seeks to do his clients’ bidding. All matters are handled by him personally in court.
He began his career in 1975 as a trial attorney for Cook County. After a decade, he worked for a private firm. Then, he was hired as a trial attorney for an insurance defense firm, and was promoted to be the boss of the firm after only two years. In 1993 he opened his own criminal defense firm.
He has been honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for his work, by the Chicago Bar Association by being a speaker on the subject of criminal law both in person and on television. His fellow sailors have honored him by asking him to be their Judge Advocate on several occasions, including two terms as Judge Advocate for the Chicago Yachting Association. Obviously, there are many attorneys in the Chicago Yachting Association, which is the umbrella organization for all the yacht clubs in the Chicago area.
His most recent honor: The 2018 Maternal Mental Health Innovation Award for Policy and Advocacy. This is for his work on an aspect of Post-Conviction petitions and the Illinois Post-Conviction Act.
His legal writings include countless briefs, including work on the original appellate court briefs in the seminal case of People ex rel Fisher v Carey 77 Ill. 2d 259 (1979), Federal Rules of Evidence ICLE (1975), updates of Eyewitness Testimony Strategies and Tactics Shepards McGraw-Hill (1993-94), Heil v. Superior Oil 182 Ill. App. 3d 238 (1989) (argued). His most recent legal writing was the cover page article A New Law Offers Hope: Postpartum Disorders and the Law, which appeared in The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Publications outside of legal work include Four Challenges and Learn to Sail Today. The quality of Mr. Lewis’ writing is proven by the fact these two works were each sent to one and only one publisher, unsolicited, with no agent, and both were purchased. Four Challenges was published January 2013 by Sail Magazine. Learn To Sail Today is scheduled for publication in spring, 2015 by McGraw-Hill/International Marine which is not accustomed to publishing unsolicited works by authors with no agent.
Barry Lewis offers fee schedules and payment plans that work for his clients. which can include a flat fee which would even include a jury trial if desired, or an hourly fee. In addition to criminal cases, he is available for various other forms of litigation, such as injury cases.