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About Me

Attorney Howard J. Wise started his 18 year career as a criminal attorney working for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division, Traffic Division, Misdemeanor Division, Felony Preliminary Hearings Division, and Felony Review where he approved felony charges and took statements (confessions) from defendants on all types of felony cases. During his time as a prosecutor he successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials.


As a defense attorney, he has handled all types of Misdemeanors and Felonies, including but not limited to, First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder. He has aggressively tried numerous bench and jury trials, both on the Misdemeanor and Felony levels, with great results.


At the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, our defense attorneys have the experience to handle all criminal defense matters, from minor traffic violations and misdemeanors to the most serious felony charges. We realize that regardless of the charge, what is most important is to maintain our client’s freedom and prevent a criminal conviction.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    18 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    18 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 5%
    18 years



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

25 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Wise. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Matthew Joseph Medina

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked both with Howard (as a fellow prosecutor), and against Howard, when I remained a Cook County Prosecutor and Howard defended clients in my courtroom. Howard is a tough, razor-sharp attorney, who is well respected in the legal community. He’s one of the best out there. I give Howard my highest recommendation.


    Matthew Medina Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates

22 W. Washington St.
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL, 60602


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199708/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Dean's ListThomas M. Cooley Law School1994
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates2006 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Wise & Wise2003 - 2006
AssociateLaw Offices of William H. Wise & Associates2001 - 2003
Criminal & DUI ProsecutorCook County State's Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cook County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People of the State of Illinois v M.S.Finding of Not Guilty (Jury Trial)
People of the State of Illinois v O.D.Finding of Not Guilty (Bench Trial)
People of the State of Illinois vs C.J.Case Dismissed & Beat Suspension
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of ArizonaMedia ArtsBFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts1991
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy - Professor GillespeVolunteer Judge for Kent Law School Mock Jury Trial2001