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Sarah E. Toney

About me

Attorney Sarah E. Toney, is a Chicago criminal defense lawyer with years of experience in defending the rights of the criminally accused. With extensive education on her side, she understands the various nuances of any criminal case. Her education combined with her experience allows her insight into difficult cases that causes her to stand out. 

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Chicago, IL, then you need to retain skilled representation as soon as possible. You can contact The Toney Law Firm, LLC today for advice and information regarding your case, and to begin the process of building a strong defense for your future.

Sarah was recently chosen as Young Lawyer of the Year by the Illinois State Bar Association. She's been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer's Rising Star for the past 5 years and was Chair of the statewide committee for Traffic Laws and Courts.

Sarah was a featured expert attorney on the radio show Money for Lunch. Listen here:


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Louis Theodore Wierenga

    Sarah is very thoughtful, knows what questions to ask, and implements a very thorough work ethic with her practice.


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  • Jennifer Josephine Wirth

    Sarah is an exceptional defense attorney for DUI and criminal cases. She is always on the ball and stays current on any legal changes on the horizon. Sarah is knowledgeable, hardworking and has a wonderful relationship with her clients. I feel confident referring criminal and DUI matters to her office as I know she will provide an exceptional defense in any case.


    Jennifer Wirth DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Toney Law Firm, LLC

105 W. Adams Street
38th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60603


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200411/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Young Lawyer of the Year AwardIllinois State Bar Association2014
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Newsletter Editor Service AwardIllinois State Bar Association2013
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorLoyola University Chicago School of Law2006 - Present
AssociateKomie and Associates2004 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial LawyersMember2014 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Law Office Management & EconomicsSecretary2014 - 2015
Illinois State Bar Association, Marketing and Communications CommitteeAppointed Member2014 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Illinois State Bar Associaton, Traffic Laws and Courts SectionChair2012 - Present
Union League Club of Chicago Athletic CommitteeAppointed member2012 - Present
Union League Club of Chicago Health Benefits and Wellness CommitteeAppointed Member2012 - 2014
National College of DUI Defense Diversity CommitteeAppointed Member2012 - Present
YLD Holiday PartyCo-Chair2012 - Present
National College for DUI Defense, Diversity CommitteeAppointed Member2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Law Office Management & EconomicsAppointed member2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionCo-Chair, Social Committee2011 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Laws and CourtsVice Chair2011 - 2012
Women's Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionAppointed member2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws and Courts SectionSecretary2010 - 2011
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. David HallCourt affirmed suppression of blood results
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Lawyers CareYoung Lawyer Finds True Calling2015
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2014
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2013
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2012
ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterMeesage From the Chair2012
Women Defying GravityWomen of NCDD: Sarah Toney2012
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2011
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2010
Traffic Laws and Courts NewsletterEditor2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Miami University of OhioN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUIDLA Winter SeminarUsing Social Media To Your Advantage2015
Solo and Small Firm Practice InstituteSocial Media Savvy2014
Nuts and Bolts of Running Your Own PracticeThe Golden Rules2014
Chicago Bar Assoc. Solo/Small Firm PractitionersCriminal Defense/DUI Law2014
Volunteer TrainingStatutory Summary Suspensions2013
Solo and Small Firm SeminarDUI/Traffic Law: The Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on Your Client's Records, Arrest to Expungment2013
Solo and Small Firm SeminarLandmines In Opening Your Own Practice2013
Basic Skills SeminarYour New Legal Career2013
The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Own Law FirmNetworking2012
DUI Defense SeminarAsk the Experts2012
Courtroom Cross SkillsDUI Summary Suspensions2012
CLE FestHow to Market Yourself Effectively2012
Illinois Basic SkillsProfessionalism for new lawyers2011
How to represent clients in their suspension hearingsPetition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspensions2011