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About Me

"Sometimes the light's all shining on me, other times I can barely see, lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip its been." Robert Hunter/J.Garcia


I have been a lawyer nearly twenty years. I practice personal injury, bankruptcy, and various criminal matters. I practice litigation and I am successful at what I do, and that is win cases, especially, last chance causes. Not lost causes.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    25 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
    25 years
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    25 years
  4. General Practice: 5%
    25 years
  5. Bankruptcy & Debt: 5%
    25 years



Hourly ($220-340/hour), Contingent (25-35%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael James Perillo Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Scott is a dedicated and effective advocate for his clients.


    Michael Perillo Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • James Cummings Siebert

    I endorse this lawyer.


    James Siebert Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Scott A. Schanks

Chicago, IL


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1977
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Scott A. Schanks1991 - Present
AttorneyHyatt Legal Services1990 - 1991
Co-OwnerGloria's Tea Room1988 - 1990
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
GoloubevJury trial won by plaintiff.
R. FrancoR. Franco not guilty
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School (Chicago)LawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Western Michigan UniversityPolitical Science/SociologyBS - Bachelor of Science1983