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Raymond George Wigell

also known as Raymond G. Wigell, "Ray" Wigell

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime, Sex Crime, Violent Crime

About Me

Call NOW (312) 548-9250 Talk to an experienced lawyer about your case or investigation, NOW 24/7.


NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!  I win cases that other lawyers said were impossible to win. I win cases that other lawyers refuse to take.  I will determine and develop all available options. I will fight for the best outcome in your case.


 


TEAM APPROACH.  My firm's team approach will maximize your defense options.  We will listen to you.  Our foreign langauge translators are available too help us really understand you.


 


Serious allegations require serious advocacy. Don't give up. I will fight for you regardless of the allegations! It's not what the FBI or the Police or others are saying you did; it's what the Government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt!


 


I will protect and defend your presumption of innocence! 


 


CALL ME AFTER you have spoken to other lawyers. Call me for a second (or third or more) opinion.  The differences that set my aggressive, creative(outside of the box) and winning defense strategies apart from other lawyers will be obvoius to you. 


 


Experience is important.  For 39+ years my law firm's practice has been devoted to Aggressive, Creative and Winning Criminal Defense including allegations, investigations and charges regarding: 


Cyber Crimes, Sex crimes, Internet, Computers, Possession of Child Porn, Distribution of Child Pornography, Production of Child Porn, Transportation of Child Porn, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Abuse or Assault, Cyber Stalking, Grooming, Solictation of a Minor, Prostitution, Solicitation of a Prostitute, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, Income Tax Fraud, Income Tax Evasion, Financial Loan Fraud, Forgery,Theft, Possession of Controlled Substances (Drugs), Possession with intent to distribute Drugs, Possession of Synthetic Drugs, Possession of "Club" "Designer" Drugs, Criminal Drug Conspiracy, Possession of weapons (Guns,  UUW), Money Laundering, RICO and White Collar crimes and Violent crimes.


 


You and your case are important to me.  Using all available resources will provide you with the best defense. My criminal defense law firm's team approach using experienced lawyers, investigators, paralegals, language translators and experts will maximise your options. 


 


Federal Courts: I have represented clients in many Federal district courts, for example: the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.  I am available to represent clients in other Federal district courts upon request.


I currently represent clients in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.


 


Illinois Courts: I have appeared and represented clients in 35+ of the 102 Illinois counties.


I currently represent clients in Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Champaign County, Iroquis County, Kankakee County, Kane County, Ogle County, LaSalle County and Grundy County, Illinois. 


Visit the firm's website at: www.waaltd.com or www.wigellcriminaldefense.com for a more complete list of our experience and winning strategies.


 


24/7- Call Raymond's Cell (708)218-0923.  During business hours Call WigellCriminal Defense office (708)481-4800.


Talk to a lawyer, get your questions answered and have your concerns addressed, NOW!    

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Languages Spoken: English, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Ukrainian, Yoruba, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    40 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 15%
    40 years
  3. Sex Crime: 9%
    40 years
  4. Violent Crime: 1%
    40 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

73 total 

  • James Donald Garrett

    Raymond Wigell is a talented and well respected federal crimes defense attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law, truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.

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    James Garrett Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Macy Michelle Jaggers

    Mr. WIgell is respected by both his clients and his colleagues for going above and beyond to give his clients the best possible representation. I am happy to endorse him.

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    Macy Jaggers DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

WIGELL CRIMINAL DEFENSE

180 N. Stetson Street (Two Prudential Plaza) Suite 3500
By Appointment Only - NO MAIL
Chicago, IL, 60601

WIGELL CRIMINAL DEFENSE

20280 Governors Hwy., Suite 302
Main office - send all mail to this location
Olympia Fields, IL, 60461

WIGELL CRIMINAL DEFENSE

One Overlook Point, Suite 250
By Appointment Only - NO MAIL
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197505/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
#3 VIOLENT Crime Q&A ALLTIME leaderboard thru 07/04/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 WHITE COLLAR Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 WHITE COLLAR Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 07/04/2015Avvo.com2015
#4 Federal Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 WHITE COLLAR Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 SEX Crime-Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 SEX Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 VIOLENT Crime- Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/2015Avvo.com2015
#3 VIOLENT crime ALLTIME Q&A leaderboard thru 05/28/15AVV0.com2015
#2 SEX Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 SEX Crime-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#4 FEDERAL Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvvo.com2015
#2 SEX Crime Q&A ALLTIME leaderboard thru 07/04/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 SEX Crime Q&A leaderboard thru 07/04/2015Avvo.com2015
CLIENTS CHOICE AWARD - CriminaL DefenseAvvo.com2015
NATIONS TOP (1%)ONE PERCENT 2015National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
#1 VIOLENT Crime-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#3 VIOLENT Crime- ALLTIME-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 FEDERAL Crime-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 FEDERAL Crime-Q&A leaderboard thru 06/17/2015Avvo.com2015
#2 SEX Crime Q&A leaderboard thru 03/02/2015AVVO.com2015
#2 SEX Crime Q&A leaderboard ALLTIME thru 03/02/2015AVVO.com2015
#1 WHITE COLLAR Crime ALL TIME - Q&A thru 02/13/1/2015Avvo.com2015
#1 VIOLENT Crime- Q&A leaderboard thru 02/13/2015AVVO.com2015
#3 FEDERAL Crime - Q&A leaderboard thru 02/13/2015AVVO.com2015
TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Top Contributor - Q & A ForumAvvo.com2015
Federal Crime - Clients' Choice AwardAvvo.com2015
Top Lawyer "Superb" - 10.0 out of 10.0 ratingAvvo.com2015
#3 Federal Crime ALL TIME - Q&A Leaderboard thru 12/31/2014AVVO.com2014
#3 White Collar Crime-Q&A leaderboard week ending 10/26/2014AVVO.com2014
#3 Federal Crime-Q&A Leaderboard thru 10/26/2014AVVO.com2014
#1 White Collar Crime ALL TIME - Q&A leaderboard thru 12/31/2014AVVO.com2014
#3 Violent Crime ALL TIME - Q&A leaderboard thru 12/31/14AVVO.com2014
2014 - Top Lawyer Rating of 10.0 - "SUPERB"AVVO.com2014
2014 Q&A Top Contributor AwardAVVO.com2014
#3 VIOLENT Crime ALL TIME - Q&A leaderboard thru 12/31/2014AVVO.com2014
#1 White Collar Crime ALL TIME - Q&A leaderboard thru 12/31/2014AVVO.com2014
Top Contributor Award - Q & A ForumAvvo.com2014
Client's Choice Award - Criminal DefenseAvvo.com2014
Top Contributor AWARD - Q&A ForumAVVO.com2013
Top Attorney Rating of 10.0 "SUPERB"AVVO.com2013
Federal Crime Q&A - Clients' Choice AwardAVVO.com2013
Criminal Law Q&A -Clients' Choice AwardAVVO.com2013
President's AwardSouth Surburban Bar Association2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Clinical ProfessorDePaul University, College of Law2012 - 2012
Senior Trial Attorney-Illinois & Federal Criminal DefenseWIGELL CRIMINAL DEFENSE - Law Offices of Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd.1978 - Present
Trial Attorney -Criminal DefenseOffice of the Public Defender of Cook County Trial Attorney1976 - 1978
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Raymond G. Wigell1975 - 1976

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember - TOP One Percent 20152015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember -TOP 100 Trial Lawyers2015 - Present
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember - Criminal Justice Section2013 - Present
Catholic Lawyers Guild of ChicagoMember2011 - Present
University of Michigan Law SchoolJudge-Trial Advocacy2011 - 2011
University of Michigan Law SchoolJudge- Trial Advocacy2009 - 2009
American Mock Trial AssociationJudge2008 - 2008
American Mock Trial AssociationJudge2007 - 2007
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Center for Justice in Captial Cases, DePaul University, College of LawBoard Member2006 - 2014
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
South Suburban Bar AssociationBoard Member2001 - 2008
Will County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
South Suburban Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2013
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of IllinoisMember/Chairperson Hearing/Inquiry Panel1985 - 1996
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
University of Illinois Alumni AssociationLife Member1972 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Aggravated Criminal Sexual AbuseCASE DISMISSED
Unlawful Use of WeaponCASE DISMISSED
Possession of Child Porn on ComputerNOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesSentence Parameter Calculations in Illinois2014
AVVO Legal GuidesCYBER CRIME DEFENSE STRATEGIES2013
AVVO Legal Guides“How Many Years Am I Looking At?” – Why A Sentence Calculation Is Not That Simple2013
AVVO Legal GuidesIllinois CYBER CRIME - Defense approaches & stratigies - CYBER CRIME IS DIFFERENT2013
AVVO Legal GuidesImportance of Second Legal Opinion2013
AVVO Legal GuidesHow Judges get to be Judges. A General Overview2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of Law, ChicagoTax LawLL.M, Taxation1991
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IllinoisLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Illinois, ChicagoPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
University of Illinois, ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1971

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
DIVERSITY - EthicsIllinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Diversity2015
White Collar Crime Symposium, IIT Chicago-Kent College of LawWhite Collar Crime2014
CLE- AFDA-Association of Federal Defense Attorneys7th Circuit Federal Criminal Case Law 2014 Update2014
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2014
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2013
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2011
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2010
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2009
Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Faculty & Small Group LeaderDefense Attorney Preparation for Death Penalty Cases2008
Continuing Legal Education-IllinoisJury Selection Strategies2007
The Peoples Law SchoolCriminal Law and Procedure2005