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Paul B. Wharton

Personal injury Attorney at Arlington Heights, IL

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Paul, Wharton

  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1983
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice

    40 years, 250 cases

  2. Personal injury

    40 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Criminal defense

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  4. DUI and DWI

    40 years, 700 cases

  5. Divorce and separation

    38 years, 500 cases

  6. Wrongful death

    40 years, 25 cases

                                            Client Rating 5 Stars !!!


I have been a Trial Lawyer for more than 30 years and have tried more than 150 cases to a Jury Verdict and handled hundreds of others. The most important thing that I ALWAYS do my BEST to NEVER FORGET is that although I may have several cases ongoing, my CLIENTS ONLY HAVE ONE CASE - and THAT CASE is the MOST IMPORTANT legal matter IN THEIR LIVES at that moment. I let this be my guiding light in how I conduct my affairs with my Clients.


Photos and videos

Chicago Tribune photo for a Feature Story about my fight with United Airlines March 23rd, 2014
Owner/ Part-time Captain Paul Wharton's Sportfishing Charter Boat the "R & J"  at  Los Suenos Marina  Herradura, Costa Rica


Wharton Law Offices
85 West Algonquin Road
Suite 425 A
Arlington Heights, IL, 60005
Wharton Law Offices
18620 W. Illinois Route 120
Grayslake, IL, 60030
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Posted by Bryan | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is a God. Best Lawyer Around
I recently was pulled over for driving on a revoked license & no seat belt in Lake County. While on probation. I was absolutely sick to my stomach & Affraid. I called a good friend of mine and explained what happened to me. He told me to call Paul. So i did. When Paul answered and spoke to me. I was instantly relieved. His demeanor proffesional manner & knowledge was like no other lawyer i have used before. We went to court on the first appearance. He showed how great he trully is. He got the seat belt ticket thrown out. He got my driving on revoked reduced down. Probation terminated and a meger fine with supervision. . I really thought i was going to jail. Witch was Scary & Financially devestating to my family. But thanks to some good advice from a friend and a true pro like Paul. Things worked out well. If i remember correctly during my first phone conversation with Paul he reassured me that it would. God Bless You Paul. Million Stars. Bryan Edmiston People please do your mental health a favor and pick up the phone and call this man. Paul will put you at ease.
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Posted by Lisa | October 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Well Worth it!!
YES!! you should hire Paul B. Wharton as your attorney… With cases ranging from Personal injury, Divorce and Criminal, I felt good it was a good fit. I was treated with the utmost respect, pure professionalism, prompt follow up, and a wealth of experience behind him… 33 years to be exact. Paul made a difficult and stressful time more manageable…a sigh of relief in knowing I was in good hands.
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Posted by Chris | October 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Impressed!
Mr. Wharton is a man I can’t thank enough! Today he made a miracle happen and I’m blessed to come across a lawyer who is as knowledgeable as he is. I contacted Mr. Wharton to represent me for multiple traffic violations including a speeding ticket for 120mph+. With a driving abstract like mine, I didn’t have much hope of the outcome, but Mr. Wharton managed to make magic happen! If there’s a will, there’s a way and Mr. Wharton does what it takes to get the job done! I will forever recommend Paul Wharton for what he has done for me.
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Posted by Melissa | July 4, 2017
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Is there such a thing as a Lawyer with heart? If you hire Paul Wharton!
I have known Paul for over 15 years! He is a bulldog in the courtroom and a friend outside. Where most lawyers fall short in the empathy department, Paul does not. He just doesn't take a case, he feels that case. In other words, Paul's relationship with his client's do not stop at the dotted line, it continues day or night. Ask my son who Paul represented mere days ago on a drop of a dime when I called him when my son was arrested. Paul was there in a heartbeat not only consoling me but worked his years of experience where my son came home and got the best deal ever that gave my son a second chance. When my son's hearing was over he talked to my son about his actions and long term consequences of them and at the end handed over his number to my son and said "if you need anything, call me" even when the case was over and Paul could have just left. Paul first represented me years ago and then my husband and now my son and believe you me I would not call anyone that only cared about the buck and entrust them not only with me but my whole family. We now joke how he became our family lawyer with all of our mishaps but you know what, life happens and if it's going to happen I best be sure I have a kick a** attorney on my/our side and that's exactly who you will get when you hire Paul Wharton. Bottom Line: When life happens, hire Paul Wharton!
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Posted by Penny | March 29, 2017
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Paul Wharton, amazing lawyer and a kind hearted human being!!
We hired Paul on the recommendation of a friend for a time sensitive situation. I was truly amazed, not only did he do what he said he would do for us, but made us feel like he was family. So kind and compassionate. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Paul. I would recommend Paul in a heart beat.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
My family is very happy for what he has done!
After hiring couple other attorneys and fighting a D.U.I case, driving with a suspended lisence with possession of cannavis and 2 other traffic tickets things were not going no where. At that time I thought my life was ruined for ever and would never succeed in life till I found Mr.Wharton. Went over his office with no hopes at all and after he reviewed my cases and had a word with him he did not promise me anything but what he did said to me was NOT TO WORRY THAT HE WOULD GET ME OUT OF THIS which made me feel a lot better because he sounded so sure about what he was saying and for the first time after two years I felt safe, I felt like I was in good hands and after our first court I started seeing changes and today I still cant believe my driver license is in my wallet like he told me.. My family is very happy and thankful for what this man has done. I would highly recomend him to my friends and you if your having issues like mine. HE GOT THE JOB DONE LIKE HE SAID.
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Posted by James | April 14, 2016
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Paul Wharton extraordinaire
I was pulled over and charged with a DUI in Winthrop Harbor and even though I had forgotten about an incident that happened 22 years ago he was able to work his magic and get it knocked down to a wreckless driving and got the order of suspension rescinded, so even when I was panicking he would just tell me to relax he's got this, he doesn't just treat you like a client he treats you like a friend and he doesn't say he can do anything that he can't get done, I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a decent and honest attorney, I appreciate everything that he did for me in my situation, when he says he's got your back is not just him saying something to shut you up he is really looking out for your best interest, I would recommend him to anyone that need a exceptional and decent attorney and friend because I'm glad he was on my side
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Posted by Eliot | February 20, 2016
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Paul is who you want! Excellent Lawyer
About 6 months ago I received a DUI driving back from "the Tap room" in Chicago to Gurnee on I-94. I was going a 105mph in my BMW and got a ticket for that as well as the failed breath test. I blew a .096 at the station and they charged me with 3 misdemeanors related to it and the speeding. Needless to say, I thought my life was over and I was very stressed out! I picked Paul as my lawyer after reading a few different reviews on the web and I feel it was the best choice I could have possibly made! Paul was able to extend the case several times until the speeding ticket was dropped and a plea agreement was made. The prosecutor did not want to drop the high speed ticket and Paul jumped though hoops by extending the case over and over until he managed to persuade the prosecutor to drop the misdemeanor to a fine. In total, I ended up only getting supervision with classes and fines. With the completion of supervision there will be no conviction!! The fines were approximately $2900 payable over a year, which I'm happy to do instead of getting a conviction. The way a supervision works is as follows. If you get court supervision for a DUI charge, the conviction will not be entered immediately. Instead the court will “supervise” you for a period of time, typically one year, after which the charge will be dismissed without a conviction. As long as you successfully complete the supervision period, the charge is dismissed. I would like to say that Paul has great character! He is a very like-able person. I really believe Paul is doing his job as a DUI Lawyer to help people out. If you've gotten a DUI, keep your head up and go see Paul. He will assure you that everything will be ok. Your life is not over as I thought mine was!
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Posted by Luis | January 29, 2016
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Dismissed all my charges
Paul B. Wharton beat my D.U.I even when I thought I didn't have a chance. He was referred to me by my cousin which he also beat her D.U.I case. Reliable guy really easy to talk to and speaks Spanish. Thank you again Paul B. Wharton my record is clean again.
Posted by Laura | January 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer and a kind man
Recently, I needed legal help in a hurry. Paul was referred to me by another lawyer whose opinion I trusted. He helped me achieve the best possible outcome for a complicated, time sensitive situation. Paul did his homework and he always took the time to explain and advise. I would hire him again should the need ever arise.
Posted by JW | January 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Wharton - A true professional.
Many times with attorneys they talk & speak another language that confuses you more! Paul is a down to earth professionals professional, he follows through, he communicates effectively, offers proper advice, and gets you answers you need as the client. I would highly recommend Paul Wharton to anyone in need of a professional who will work for you the client!
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Posted by Melissa | December 8, 2015
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Look no further for a great attorney
Mr. Paul Wharton handled my divorce and I must say that divorce is extremely difficult in it self without having the added stress of retaining a lawyer and a good lawyer at that. With Paul there wasn't any second guessing or doubting any suggestions or directions he took. I felt confident and at ease every step of the way. The process was swift and fair. Paul was compassionate, informative, thorough and personable. Life can be hard enough but even harder without the right attorney. Paul's years of experience really worked in my favor through my divorce and it can really work for you in your own legal issue. I highly suggest hiring Paul Wharton.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2015
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a true genius in the legal field
he literally saved me and allowed me to change my life and go on to be a successful member of society not just an ex felon. he is a truly good hearted man and amazing attorney.
Posted by Valerie | July 15, 2015
Paul's knowledge and professionalism helped me in a very difficult time in my life. Not only did he take the time to talk with me but I really felt I could trust him and he fought for me and for what was really the truth about my case. He is a great Lawyer and everything worked out just how it should have. Very satisfied and thankful for all he did for me.
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Posted by james | July 13, 2015
Mr. Wharton beat my d.u.i.
I am more than thankful and glad that I found Paul. I had blown double the legal amount and was charged with a d.u.I. plus five other tickets. He fought and got the courts to drop all the charges to a misdemeanor reckless driving. Paul is very respectful, friendly, intelligent, and the best man for any case you have. Paul always was in contact and answered any questions I had. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
Exceptional Lawyer
Thanks to Mr. Wharton taking my case and trying the DUI that I was falsely accused of we were able to win in court. I appreciated his honesty, advise, commitment, and effort towards my case. I would strongly endorse Mr. Wharton's legalaity and experience in DUI cases.
Posted by vicki | April 28, 2015
a job well done
paul did a great job with our sons juvenile case ...very honest and dependable ... paul showed our family comfort in a time we needed it !! I would 100% recommend paul services to others and will also concider using paul again if needed !!
Posted by Ian | February 25, 2015
Paul Wharton
I have used Mr. Wharton for several reasons over the years but recently I had been in a car accident and needed representation. I called Paul and explained my situation. As usual he explained what his thoughts were and said this is going to be a tough one and took my case. After a lengthy battle he managed to win my case against a ruthless insurance carrier. Throughout the entire process Paul kept me up to date and in the loop regarding all the ins and outs of my case. I would recommend Mr. Wharton for his competence his total understanding of the law and his persistence to get the best results.
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Posted by Tatyana M | February 16, 2015
Law Office of Paul Wharton
Several years ago I needed a legal advise and met with Mr. Wharton who was highly recommended by a business associate. Overall my experience has been nothing less than perfect. The value, speed, and clarity of the service have been extremely valuable and Mr. Wharton is the only attorney I work with now because I trust his judgment, expertise, and passion to help his customers. In addition, as a result of that experience I regularly refer Mr. Wharton with complete confidence that the interests of people I refer will be enhanced and protected by an experienced professional. If you need an attorney who gets results and will save you real time and money, I strongly recommend to reach out to Mr. Wharton and learn about the value of his services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2015
Review Paul B. Wharton
I have been a client of Paul’s for over 15 years. He is the kind of person that you can call at 4 am in the morning and expect him to make the impossible happen. I have referred to him and asked for referrals from him and have never been disappointed. His sharpness and knowledge of the law is impressive.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Wharton Law Offices
  • 1994 - Present
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • James F Driscoll PC
  • 1987 - 1994
  • Partner
  • Wharton & Ramirez
  • 1983 - 1987


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980
  • Loyola Academy
  • 1976


  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • 1986 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1984 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1984 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 1984 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 1984 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Satisfaction 10 Best in Illinois
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014


  • Northwestern University Law Review
  • The Science and Ethics of Castration: Lessons from the Morse Case
  • 1998
  • ABC's 2020
  • Jeffrey Morse case
  • 1998
  • Bill Kurtis's A&E Investigative Reports
  • "Punishing the Pedophiles" television episode
  • 1998
  • Chicago Tribune/Chicago Sun Times/Daily Herald/ABC news/NBC news/CBS news/WGN news/FOX news
  • Multiple television stories/newspaper articles
  • 1998
  • Chicago Tribune/Chicago Sun Times/Daily Herald/ABC news/NBC news/CBS news/WGN news/FOX news
  • Multiple television stories/ newspaper articles
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwestern University Symposium on the Punishment/Treatment of Sex Offenders
  • The Punishment of Sex Offenders
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I cannot say enough about Paul Wharton. He is the attorney you want to represent you and not be against you for the knowledge, expertise, integrity, intelligence, and heart. Paul is compassionate while being aggressive at the same time. This is the attorney that all attorneys strive to become, learn from and most of all, can rely upon his word with a hand shake. Paul's massive knowledge in the law and court system is immense; Paul's zealous representation of his clients, is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wharton is a compassionate attorney who works extremely hard to defend his client's. Anybody who finds themselves in trouble with law should seek him out immediately."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Wharton is a master litigator who has tried and won hundreds of cases; and he brings his experience; legal knowledge; and strength of character to every case he handles. Whether you need a strong defense or are looking for a favorable settlement, you cannot go wrong with Paul."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an excellent attorney who has a proven track record of getting results for his clients. He is intellectually very capable and has a strong work ethic to complement his ability. Not only is Paul a talented lawyer, but he is the type of guy that you can talk with and trust. If you need an injury lawyer, call Paul."
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Arlington Heights Personal injury Lawyer Paul B. Wharton
Paul B. Wharton
Personal injury Attorney
Arlington Heights, IL
Licensed for 40 years
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