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Joseph E. Polenzani

Joseph E. Polenzani

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Workers Compensation, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

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About Me

     I grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University. In 1987, I received a Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. From 1987 to 1993 I served as an assistant state’s attorney with the Lake County States Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, I handled all types of criminal cases including DUIs, drugs, sex offenses, white collar crimes and crimes of violence including homicide. In 1993, I went into private practice and became a partner at Noonan, Perrillo and Polenzani where I practiced in both criminal and civil litigation. In 2013, I became a partner at Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Polenzani, a preeminent Lake County litigation firm.

     I am a father of two and past school board president, as well as a former youth football coach. I continue to serve as the Waukegan Teen Court Judge, a volunteer position which I have held for over 10 years.

     Since 2010, I have been the co-chair of the "Breast Fest" fundraising concert supporting the Avon Breast Cancer Walk and am a member of the Breast Fest of Champions fundraising team.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    3 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 15%
    3 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 15%
    3 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Laura Diane Horner

    I endorse this lawyer he is a great advocate for his clients.


    Laura Horner Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Robert Jeffrey Long

    Great lawyer. Good guy too!


    Robert Long Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Polenzani

9 South County Street
Waukegan, IL, 60085



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198708/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Service AwardNICASA Teen CourtN/A
Meritorious ServiceLake County State's Attorney' OfficeN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Lake County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Illinois State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982