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Matthew Joseph Medina

Matthew Joseph Medina

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence, Sex Crime, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me

Legal & Trial Experience


Mr. Medina uses over 14 years experience as a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney to benefit clients at every stage and every level of the criminal court process. He prosecuted over 4800 cases at various stages, from Class X Felonies to Misdemeanor Traffic and DUI matters.


Clients benefit from Mr. Medina’s inside-perspective as a former prosecutor as well his experience conducting countless jury and bench trials.  While assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, Mr. Medina was responsible for directing the prosecution of between 60 and 200 cases per month, prosecuting felony domestic violence cases including aggravated domestic battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and felony domestic battery.


When Mr. Medina advanced to the Felony Review Unit of the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, he gained first-hand experience analyzing cases and understanding police procedures with felony investigations. Among the thousands of cases Mr. Medina participated in approving for felony charges were first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated arson, armed robbery, aggravated dui, reckless homicide, felony DUI and many others. 


Legal Books Published 


Mr. Medina has authored three criminal law and procedure books and many law journal articles. His books include, Real World Search & Seizure [Second Edition] (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012); Winning Court Testimony For Law Enforcement Officers: The Law, Art & Science Of Effective Court Communication (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012) and Real World Search & Seizure (Looseleaf Law Press, 2006).


Legal Journals Published


His other law related publications include the very first ILCLE (Illinois Continuing Legal Education) chapter dedicated to teaching Illinois attorneys how to easily navigate through the order of protection process.  “Obtaining Civil Orders Of Protection Under The Illinois Domestic Violence Act” (Co-authored by Kimberly Silverman);Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999); “Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998); “Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997); Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act,” Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998).


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    14 years, 5.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    14 years, 3.4 thousand cases
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%
    9 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Sex Crime: 10%
    8 years, 500 cases
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    9 years, 700 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Lawrence James Dohman

    I have known Matt for many years, going back to his days as a successful prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I went up against Matt numerous times and he was one of the most skilled and professional attorneys in the Office. Matt has continued to fine tune his skills in private practice and he is a zealous advocate who truly fights for his clients. I highly recommend Matt.


    Lawrence Dohman DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven H. Fagan

    I've known Matt Medina since the very start of his career. As a private attorney for defendants, he continues to exhibit the same great qualities he showed as an honorable attorney entrusted with the power to prosecute those accused. He acted with sensitivity, wisdom and diligence, and still does to this day. I am proud to know him and to endorse this lawyer.


    Steven Fagan DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, PC

1200 Harger Road
Oak Brook, IL, 60523



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Article of the MonthIllinois Family Law Journal1999
Appellate Oral Advocacy DistrinctionUniversity of Illinois College of Law1994
Deans ListLoyola University Chicago1992
Deans ListLoyola University Chicago1991
President's ListCollege of DuPage1990
President's ListCollege of DuPage1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyKathryn L. Harry & Associates, PC2015 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Matthew J. Medina2013 - 2014
AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office1998 - 2013
Staff AttorneyPro Bono Advocates1996 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationChair2011 - 2012
Prosecutors Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2012
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2010
Puerto Rican Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2008

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People vs. C.O.NO JAIL TIME!

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Publication NameTitleDate
Looseleaf Law PressWinning Court Testimony for Law Enforcement Officers: the Law, Art & Science of Effective Court Communication2012
Looseleaf Law PressReal World Search & Seizure [Second Edition]2012
Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998)Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act"1998
IICLE HandbookObtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998)1998
Illinois Family Law ReportArticle Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999);1998
Pro Bono AdvocateRule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997)1997
Looseleaf Law PressReal World Search & Seizre (First Edition)1996


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Loyola University ChicagoPolitical Science & PhilosphyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
College of DuPageSpeech CommunicationTransfer to Loyola University1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Privacy: From the Patriot Act to the PresentThe Law Of Privacy (Speech)2014
Eloquence: Persuasive Speech And Writing From Aristotle To Jay-ZPersuasion & Communication (8 week seminar)2014
Armchair Lawyer: Police Investigations Expressed In Popular Police DramasCriminal Investigations & The Media (6 week seminar)2014
Armchair Lawyer: Miranda Expressed In Popular Police DramasConstitutional Law (6 week seminar)2014
A "God In Ruins;" Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays ExploredEssays Ralph Waldo Emerson (8 week seminar)2014
Citizens’ Police AcademySearch and Seizure Law & Legal Updates2007
Illinois Domestic Violence LawDomestic Violence2006
Citizens’ Police AcademyCriminal Law2006