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Vijay R. Sharma: Former Prosecutor, Former Professor, Always a Trial Lawyer.


Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma is a proactive law group providing the best in DUI law, Criminal Law, Traffic Law, and Family Law. Shield yourself with the experience of a Cook County prosecutor and College Professor who has spent years training future police officers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.



Languages spoken: Hindi, Urdu, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 85%
    12 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 5%
    9 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    12 years, 7 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    14 years, 5 thousand cases



Hourly ($250-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew David Keenan

    Vijay is one of the most talented young attorneys I have ever worked with. He is a fast, fiercely intelligent advocate. Many attorneys do all that they can to avoid a trial. On the contrary, Vijay enjoystaking cases to trial whenever doing so is in the client's best interests. A problem with many people entering the profession is that they have a limited grasp of non-legal topics. That is to say, they know their own tiny area of law and very little else. Vijay is unique in that he is both a heavy reader and a people person. He gets the big picture and the small picture, and he knows how to find the weakenesses in a case. As a state's attorney, he was always courteous. He has stayed the just as pleasant on a personal level, but experience has made him even sharper as a trial lawyer. He is a rising star in the criminal defense field.


    Matthew Keenan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Nicholas Paul Baker

    Earlier in my career I practiced criminal defense--Mr. Sharma was always the person I would turn to when help was needed on a difficult to case. Each time I consulted and worked with him, I obtained favorable results for my clients--far exceeding mine (and my clients) expectations. I now refer all my criminal defense cases to Mr. Sharma. I highly recommend him to clients and other attorneys alike.


    Nicholas Baker Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma

5250 N. Old Orchard Road
Suite 300
Skokie, IL, 60077


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200511/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Traffic Law & Courts Section CouncilIllinois State Bar Association2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
2013 Traffic Law & Courts Section CouncilIllinois State Bar Association2013 Clients' Choice: Criminal LawAvvo.com2013 Clients' Choice: Landlord & TenantAvvo.com2013 Clients' Choice: DUIAvvo.com2013 Clients' Choice: Speeding TicketAvvo.com2013 Top Criminal Law ContributorAvvo.com2013 Top DUI ContributorAvvo.com2013 Top Speeding Ticket ContributorAvvo.com2013
Avvo Top Landlord & Tenant ContributorAvvo.com2013 Top Speeding Ticket ContributorAvvo.com2012
Avvo Top Landlord & Tenant ContributorAvvo.com2012
Avvo Top Criminal Law ContributorAvvo.com2012
Avvo Top DUI ContributorAvvo.com2012
Movember: Country Gentleman of the YearPeru State College Rotoract2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma2010 - Present
Assistant ProfessorPeru State College2011 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorCity Colleges of Chicago--Wright College2010 - 2012
AssociateKeefe, Campbell and Associates2009 - 2010
PresidentThe Law Office Of Vijay R. Sharma, PC2007 - 2009
Assistant State's AttorneyCook County State Attorney's Office2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Society of Legal AdvocatesAttorney2014 - Present
National Lawyers GuildAttorney Member2012 - Present
Cook County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Nebraska State Education AssociationMember2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2007 - 2009
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - 2008
Chicago Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v YGranting of Petition to Rescind Summary Suspension
People v SAfter trial -- Finding of Not Guilty
People v PAfter trial -- Finding of Not Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Loyola University Chicago School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
STARTING POINTS: DUI DEFENSEIf All Else Fails: DUI Sentencing in Illinois2014
Practical Professionalism: Criminal LawRecognizing a "Bad" Client2014
DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2014Quick Hits: Supervision, GDL, and CDL2014
1L Mock Trial CompetitionMoot Court Competition Volunteer Judge2013
31st Annual Moot Court CompetitionMoot Court Volunteer Judge2012
Academic Training Program WorkshopOverview of the Criminal Justice System: From Arrest to Trial2011
Academic Training ProgramThe College Student’s Civil and Criminal Rights: The Law and its Consequences.2011
1L Mock Trial CompetitionMock Trial Coach2010
1L Mock Trial CompetitionJudge At Mock Trial Competition2007
Client Counseling CompetitionJudge At Mock Trial Competition2006
1L Mock Trial CompetitionMock Trial Coach2006