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Sami Ziad Azhari

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I focus my practice on criminal defense in state and federal courts. My primary areas of practice include DUI defense, drug possession, drug trafficking, assault and battery, weapons charges, and white collar crime. I have litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts, and have actively participated in all aspects of the litigation and trial process including taking and defending depositions of lay and expert witnesses, conducting fact and expert discovery, briefing and arguing substantive motions, and conducting bench and jury trials with first chair experience. My first chair jury trial experience allowed me the opportunity to perform jury selection, conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations of lay and expert witnesses as well as closing arguments.


As a defense attorney, I have handled numerous types of misdemeanors and felonies and appeared regularly in all Cook County courts as well as surrounding counties such as DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. My experience has given me the ability to analyze all the evidence and determine the best course of action. I have been successful in having evidence suppressed, negotiating lesser charges, and alternative sentencing. I currently a serve as a court appointed bar attorney through the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. I also volunteer to represent indigent defendants in Statutory Summary Suspension hearings in Chicago.


I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2004, specializing in digital signal processing and field and wave electromagnetics. I earned my law degree from Michigan State University College of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law. While at Michigan State, I was a Trial Advocate on the Moot Court and Advocacy Board. As a part of my experience, I argued in 10 mock jury trials in state courts in New York, Indiana, and Ohio.


Languages spoken: Arabic, English

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 32%
  2. Criminal Defense: 32%
  3. White Collar Crime: 31%
  4. Expungement: 5%



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  • Wayne B. Addis

    Sami is a highly skilled defense attorney. I have the pleasure of interacting with him on a regular basis. Without question, he always treats his clients with the utmost respect and professionalism. Sami is always extremely responsive to his clients, which also sets him apart from others. It is my pleasure to highly endorse this attorney.


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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Azhari. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! Keep up the great work.


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Contact info

Azhari LLC

3601 Algonquin Road
Suite 716
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008

Azhari LLC

30 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2140
Chicago, IL, 60602



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200711/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Illinois Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Certificate of AppreciationNorthwest Suburban Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateLavelle Law, Ltd.2011 - 2013
AssociateKrohn and Moss2010 - 2011
AssociateO'Donnell and Associates2008 - 2010
AssociateStrellis and Field2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
NWSBA In Court Bar ProgramAttorney Member2011 - Present
McHenry County Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2010
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Illinois v. CPNot Guilty
State of Illinois v. MANo Felony Conviction
State of Illinois v. PGNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State UniversityN/AN/A2007
Purdue UnivElectrical EngineeringN/A2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Starting Points: DUI DefenseHot Air & Bodily Fluids: Breath, Blood, and Urine Testing2014
Starting Points: DUI DefenseStatutory Summary Suspension Hearings: Limited Grounds, but Unlimited Uses2014
Practical Professionalism: Criminal LawRecognizing a "Bad" Client2014
Practical Professionalism: Criminal LawHow to Get and Keep Good Clients in a Competitive Market2014