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About me

I was born Benton, Illinois a small coal mining town in southern Illinois. We moved to the Springfield area in 1960-61, when I was about 5.


I attended a small high school outside of Springfield. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Knox College, a small liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois. (The Knox campus houses the only building that still stands at the site of a Lincoln-Douglas debate).  I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1981. I have been in private practice in Springfield since that time.


I enjoy spending time with my son Alex, who was born in 1997. We are both interested in cars (he has very expensive taste) and just about anything else mechanical (my brother and father are both engineers and I think he gets it from them). I am a fairly avid bicyclist, riding about 5,000 miles a year. 




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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
  2. Speeding Ticket: 20%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mathew T. Jett

    Mr. Harvatin is a talented attorney truly dedicated to serving the best interests of his clients. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Jennifer Josephine Wirth

    Ted is at the top of our field for defending clients at Secretary of State hearings for license reinstatement. He is exceptionally well-versed in the law and I trust his expertise, knowledge and skill. As an attorney in the same field, I regularly refer cases to Ted when they are in his region. I fully trust that any referral to his office will be satisfied with his work ethic, knowledge and overall defense at a hearing.


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Contact info

Harvatin Law Offices

1100 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL, 62703


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198111/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
MENSAMENSA Society1983
Phi Betta KappaKnox College1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGramlich and Morse1981 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sangamon County Bar AssociationMember1981 - 2006
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Webb v. WhiteVictory for my client, the Plaintiff.
Clark v. WhiteMy client won.
Estate of GoffinetMy client won.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar JournalDUI Will Travel: Drunk Driving Across State Lines2011
UnknownStrategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases: Driver’s License Hearings with the Illinois Secretary of State2006
Illinois Bar JournalCourt Supervision in Traffic Cases: New Strategies for Amended Laws2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Knox CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI: Beyond the CourtroomIllinois Secretary of State Rules and Hearings2013
DUI Defense StrategiesIllinois Secretary of State Issues2012
Administrative Law in IllinoisIllinois Secretary of State Administrative Hearings2012
Traffic Law UpdateSecretary of State Driver's License Hearings2007
Lorman Educational ServicesStrategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases: Driver’s License Hearings with the Illinois Secretary of State2006