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Steven Paul McCollum

also known as Steven McCollum

About me

I am a criminal and juvenile defense attorney in private practice  since 1995. Before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, I was a prosecutor in both Lake County (14 years) and Peoria County (2 years), Illinois. As a prosecutor I handled many First Degree Murder cases, including the trial of seven (7) death penalty cases, numerous Reckless Homicide cases, sexual assault cases, domestic battery, DUI, large white collar crime cases involving corporate thefts, and all other criminal matters. In Lake County I was the Chief Deputy State's Attorney in charge of all criminal and juvenile prosecutions, Chief of the Juvenile Division, Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division, Chief of the Felony Review Division, a felony trial prosecutor, and a misdemeanor prosecutor.


As a Defense attorney I have handled clients charged with First Degree Murder, sexual assault or abuse, child pornography, drug charges, DUI and Reckless Homicide, domestic battery (both felony and misdemeanor), large embezzlement and white collar crime cases, and almost every other possible criminal or juvenile case.

Personally, I grew up in Lake County, Illinois and am very familiar with everyone in the Court system in Lake County.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    36 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 30%
    36 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%
    36 years, 3 thousand cases



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Contact info

Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C.

415 Washington Street, Suite 103

Waukegan, IL, 60085-5564


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their PeersLeading Lawyers in America2014
The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their PeersLeading Lawyers in America2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Making a Positive DifferenceCampaign for Legal Services2000
Certificate of Merit19th Judicial Circuit Court Judges1996
Certificate of Achievement - Juvenile JusticeNational Association of District Attorneys1984
Award of AppreciationThe Private Industry Council of Lake County1984
The Distinguished Service AwardUnited States Jaycees1984
Meritorious Service AwardPeoria County State's Attorney's Office1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C.1995 - Present
Chief Deputy State's AttorneyLake County State's Attorney's Office1990 - 1995
Chief, Felony Review DivisionLake County State's Attorney's Office1987 - 1990
Chief, Misdemeanor and Traffic DivisionLake County State's Attorney's Office1984 - 1987
Chief, Juvenile Trial DivisionLake County State's Attorney's Office1983 - 1984
Assistant State's AttorneyLake County State's Attorney's Office1981 - 1982
Assistant State's AttorneyPeoria County State's Attorney's Office1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationDefense Function Committee Member2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationWhite Collar Crime Committee Member2014 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2014 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationPresident2013 - 2014
Lake County Bar AssociationFirst Vice President2012 - 2013
Lake County Bar AssociationExecutive Board Member2011 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationChairperson, Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee2007 - 2011
Jefferson American Inn of CourtMember2005 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People -vs- Aldwin McNealSuccessful
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Docket, March 2014The President's Page: Much Ado About March2014
The Docket, January 2014The President's Page: A Season For Giving2014
The Docket, December 2013The President's Page: Hail to the Chief2014
The Docket, November 2013The President's Page: On the Value of Attorneys2013
The Docket, October 2013The President's Page: The Cost of Winning2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Rutgers University School of LawLawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Seminar, New Orleans, LADomestic Violence and Orders of Protection2014
Criminal Trials and Appeals CommitteeMedical Marijuana Law2014
Guardian Ad Litems and Child RepresentativesCriminal Considerations for Child Representatives and Guardian Ad Litems2012
Family Law Seminar, Austin, TexasEavesdropping and Computer Offenses2012
Criminal Trials and Appeals SeminarCriminal Law and Procedure Statutory Update2012
Lake County Bar Association - Criminal Law Committee, New Orleans, LACriminal Statutory Law - New Statutes2002
Lake County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionCriminal and Traffic Law Practice1998
Lake County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee SeminarCriminal Defense - Case Law Update1998