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Sami Ziad Azhari

Criminal defense Attorney at Rolling Meadows, IL

4.9   36 reviews
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  • State Years
    California - CA 14 years
    Illinois - IL 16 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Sami

Learn Sami’s areas of practice.

THROUGH HARD WORK AND ADVANCED TRIAL SKILLS, SAMI FIGHTS FOR THE RIGHTS OF HIS CLIENTS.

I focus my practice on criminal defense in state and federal courts. My primary areas of practice include DUI defense, drug possession, drug trafficking, assault and battery, weapons charges, and white collar crime. I have litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts, and have actively participated in all aspects of the litigation and trial process including taking and defending depositions of lay and expert witnesses, conducting fact and expert discovery, briefing and arguing substantive motions, and conducting bench and jury trials with first chair experience. My first chair jury trial experience allowed me the opportunity to perform jury selection, conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations of lay and expert witnesses as well as closing arguments.

 

As a defense attorney, I have handled numerous types of misdemeanors and felonies and appeared regularly in all Cook County courts as well as surrounding counties such as DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. My experience has given me the ability to analyze all the evidence and determine the best course of action. I have been successful in having evidence suppressed, negotiating lesser charges, and alternative sentencing. I currently a serve as a court appointed bar attorney through the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. I also volunteer to represent indigent defendants in Statutory Summary Suspension hearings in Chicago.

 

I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2004, specializing in digital signal processing and field and wave electromagnetics. I earned my law degree from Michigan State University College of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law. While at Michigan State, I was a Trial Advocate on the Moot Court and Advocacy Board. As a part of my experience, I argued in 10 mock jury trials in state courts in New York, Indiana, and Ohio.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2013
Client's Choice
2018 2013

Location

Azhari LLC
3601 Algonquin Road
Suite 716
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008
Azhari LLC
30 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2140
Chicago, IL, 60602
Azhari LLC
633 Skokie Blvd
#220
Northbrook, IL, 60062
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2019
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Thank you
After feeling helpless I turned to Sami after hearing great reviews. I was wrongfully accused of assault and could have possibly lost my job because of this accusation. Sami not only comforted me but gave me great legal advice and reassured me through every step of the way. He was always very professional and did everything in his power to represent me to the best of his ability. Just as he assured me, my case was dropped immediately and Sami had my case expunged promptly. I cannot thank him enough and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Rocio | December 18, 2018
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Do not hesitate to hire him!
When I was searching for an attorney I spoke with various lawyers by phone and Sami was the only one who made me feel he would fight for my particular situation...I could sense the passion, the commitment to fighting for me in the conversation we had after explaining my case to him. My case was a very difficult one...after we talked on the phone I decided to hire him. The case was a long one, very stressful, and I would always write him long messages and had endless questions and every time he was patient and answered all my questions. He was always professional and prepared when we went to court. He is a great lawyer, caring (unlike many others). Finally the case concluded recently (after about 3 years), with the best outcome....our entire family thanks you dear Sami. Do not hesitate to hire him for whatever your situation/case may be, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Scott | August 6, 2020
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He has your best interests at heart!
I've been working with Mr. Azhari on my federal case for 3 years. I have never had any cause to doubt him, ever! If I were to ever need a criminal attorney again, Mr. Azhari is my first and only choice. From the initial consultation until my incarceration, Mr. Azhari has always been approachable, quick to return your call, and always willing to listen to any questions or concerns I may have had for him. When discussing options with him, his advice has turned out to be spot on the button, and has resulted in significantly less time for my incarceration than was originally expected. He always talked to me with respect, and under the circumstances, this was very much appreciated. He prepared me well for what to expect, and how to handle myself throughout the entire process. When unforeseen events would pop up to delay the case, he never made me feel that I was unimportant and he understood the frustrations that delaying the case would bring to me. He was timely for every appointment, never made excuses, and was very liberal with his time to make sure I was ready. This included evenings, and weekends away from his family. I made sure to never abuse his time, but he was always there when I needed him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2020
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
If you're looking for someone who is Educated, Reliable, Committed, and Compassionate then Sami Azhari is your guy!! Even with it being my first offense/ criminal encounter with the law, I was terrified for what I was up against. I made two phone calls, one to a guy who only cared to spit out his ignoramus retainer fee and service charge, but not what I was actually going through. The second call to Azhari who actually took the time to listen to my situation, explain the process of how my case would proceed from beginning to end, and ensured me the satisfaction of knowing I was working with an educated professional who is committed to his clients representation and just. Sami is very thorough, communicative, and prompt! I could not have made a better decision in hiring him to represent me! Make the right choice, choose Azhari LLC, Chicago!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2020
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Experienced and personal attorney
Sami is amazing at his job – he helped my through my criminal defense case that charges were dropped and kept me informed about everything that was going on over time. I was a little intimidated at first, this being my first encounter with the law but nonetheless he was very professional, courteous, and personable in handling my case. Easy to talk to, I had no worries. Thank you so much Sami!
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Posted by Patti | March 10, 2020
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Best Attorney - Won't go wrong with Sami!
Sami is by far the best attorney I have ever hired. My case was handled with great care and dedication. Very professional and definitely works for his clients!
Posted by Fauzia | October 9, 2019
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Professional, Excellent, Honest, Hardworking, Awesome, Best Attorney
If I use one word to describe the work my attorney Sami Azhari did......It was amazing.Thanks to his hard work and dedication to my case. I was so upset, when I called him first time at 6 am. He listened to me and he gave me peace of mind. For me, Sami is a Great, Great attorney. He is sharp and well prepared. He has excessive experience in practicing criminal law. The best advice, is to give Sami a call, he is 24/7 available via cell phone, to help with any legal questions or worries you might have. Overall, Sami Azhari is a amazing attorney in every aspect.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
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Compassionate & Confident - a rare breed!
Sami made a painful, and otherwise terrifying and embarrassing situation as painless as one can in these circumstances. It was a Sunday - just three short days before I was scheduled to be in court and the reality of what lied ahead had set in, and so I began my search for a criminal defense lawyer. I stumbled upon Sami’s website/bio and knew immediately that this was my guy - His online presence of kindness and confidence resonated in a way that other lawyers I had researched fell short. That same day (on a Sunday mind you) I sent him a rather desperate email, crossing my fingers that I would hear back from him the next day. To my surprise, I received a reply email (a human-generated one, not an automated response) AND a phone call within 10 minutes. I was scheduled to meet with him at his office that very next morning. Words cannot express all the ways in which Sami helped me - then, on that Sunday and the week and months ahead. The level of reassurance I felt from him and his kind, non-judgmental demeanor offered me the first bit of peace I had felt in months. I was no longer alone in this and he was so easy to be with that it felt like I had my long-time buddy there beside me, supporting me. He did exactly what he said he could and had the paperwork for my expungement processed promptly. Sami went above and beyond what is “expected” and helped me in ways that I would have never dreamed of. I don’t know how I was so fortunate to find Sami that desperate Sunday afternoon, but I am forever grateful that I did.
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Posted by Nick | September 26, 2019
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Complicated Criminal Case Dismissed After First Court Appearance
Sami handled a complicated legal matter with the greatest of ease!! He promptly returned all my calls, texts, and emails leading up to my first and only court case... My charges were dismissed and he literally gave me and my family a second lease on life!! He gave me hope where there was none!! I'm forever grateful Sami!!
Posted by Dave | September 26, 2018
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Phenomenal Attorney
Sami Azhari is by far the best attorney I have ever had. He explained everything to me and walked me through the entire process. He always had time for available to answer my questions whenever I had any. I will absolutely use him again and strongly urge anyone needing an attorney to sit down and have a consultation with him. You won't be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
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Excellent in working with Secretary of State problems
Contacted Sami Azhari from a referral and was glad I did. Had an issue with Secretary of State and my Driver's Licence. He listened to my problem, asked questions and treated me with the upmost professionalism and respect. He worked with me, guided me through the sec of state requirements and hoops I had to jump through. He was thorough with the details and catching questionable or missing pieces in the reports. Sami was prompt in returning phone calls and emails. I was never left in the dark. I was able to have DL reinstated within a month. Would highly recommend Sami to anyone.
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Posted by Ross | June 29, 2018
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Experienced, Highly Skilled and Efficient Traffic Ticket & Criminal Defense Attorney
I am a cdl holder and after receiving an aggressive speeding ticket I did research and decided to hire Mr. Azhari to represent me. Highly recommend to anybody who needs help with serious traffic violations. Since I don’t reside in Illinois, I had to communicate with Sami via phone and emails only. Even though he is very busy he was retuning calls and emails promptly, explaining every step of the process. Mr. Ashari exceeded my expectations and made this experience so much better that I could have ever imagined. Sami was able to amend my aggressive speeding violation charge even without me appearing in court. His rate is affordable and his services are excellent. If you have found Attorney Sami Azhari, you have absolutely no need to look any further! Thank you so much for your help Mr.Azhari.
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Posted by Sean | January 15, 2018
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Very well trained, educated, and personable.
Very Very smart lawyer. Knows the law inside and out. Provides great legal advice and direction. My conversation was not rushed. He was very detail oriented and organized. Very thankful for my consult with him. Highly recommended to all.
Posted by Esam | December 31, 2017
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Super Complex traffic case
Oh man, where can I start, I was referred to Attorney Sami by another Attorney. My mother had a very complex traffic case, and unfortunately I do not reside in Illinois hence I had to communicate with Sami from out of state. My mother speaks broken English and had multiple traffic cases against her that where not valid and was wrongfully cited for and given her inability to explain it well, she wouldn't have had a chance in court due to how complex Illinois traffic laws are. I explained the details to Sami and he was clear from the beginning with us and gave us the details on what to expect and what was needed. My mother only had to show up to court and guess what? Sami's efforts had the judge dismiss her case and clear her of any wrong doing!! Hopefully I will not need an attorney again, but Attorney Sami would be the only Attorney I would choose!!
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Posted by Curt | December 22, 2017
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Excellent Attorney, Excellent Gentleman
Sami Azhari has been nothing but professional, knowledgeable, and frank. Since the first time we've worked together he has been very supporting and friendly. He took my case very seriously, resulting in a judgment in my favor. I would highly recommend Sami Azhari to any & everyone who needs a great attorney & legal advice.
Posted by Erik Longoria | January 27, 2017
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He knows the law and speaks the truth!
From the first conversation Sami was willing to help. I first read the IL DUI law book then I called Sami. Not only did Sami pretty much read the book back to me he knew about unwritten laws/rules that would work for you or against you in the courtroom. Every Time I spoke with him I learned something new. At the end of our alliance and before the court date was coming I knew what to expect good or bad. It's the unknowing that drives you crazy and keeps you up at night. If you have found yourself in the unfortunate event of needing a DUI attorney, do yourself a favor and don't waste time call Sami.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
I love the experience felt very comfortable and relaxed talking to him
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
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Best Criminal Attorney in Chicago
Sami wasted no time getting on top of my case, and while it was only a misdemeanor case and nowhere near the severity of some of his other felony cases, he still treated it with the utmost importance. He was available at any time of the day to answer any questions or concerns I might have had. He also continued to fight for my rights even after ensuring my charges were dropped and made sure that any record of my arrest was subsequently expunged. I would recommend Sami to anyone facing criminal charges in the greater Chicago area. He really knows what he's doing and his experience and passion for helping his clients truly shows in all of the work that he does. Incredible, professional, and determined attorney. Could not give a greater recommendation for him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
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Relentless Lawyer and Honest
I have known Sami Azhari for several years now . He is and always is professional , upfront , and honest with all legal matters I had . It is hard to devote your trust in people and Sami Azhari always guided me in the right direction. If anyone needs a Lawyer to fight for them and give them open legal guidance . I would highly recommend Sami Azhari for you !!!
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Posted by Sarah | April 6, 2016
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Class B Misdemeanor Aggravated Speeding
Sami helped to lower my charge from a Class B Misdemeanor for aggravated speeding to a petty offense. Sami was very successful during the process and I was only charged with a petty speeding ticket. He was very professional and accurate during the court hearing. He predicted just what the judge would ask and say, and was well prepared to answer his questions regarding the offense. My charge was lessened with court supervision, with traffic schooling. Because of Sami, I am now not paying a ridiculous amount of money for a ticket, and left satisfied with his services.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Lavelle Law, Ltd.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Krohn and Moss
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate
  • O'Donnell and Associates
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Strellis and Field
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Michigan State University
  • JD
  • 2007
  • Purdue Univ
  • BS
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Illinois v. SS
  • NOT GUILTY
  • State of Illinois v. TW
  • NOT GUILTY
  • State of Illinois v. DL
  • NOT GUILTY
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Associations

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • NWSBA In Court Bar Program
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Illinois Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Starting Points: DUI Defense
  • Hot Air & Bodily Fluids: Breath, Blood, and Urine Testing
  • 2014
  • Starting Points: DUI Defense
  • Statutory Summary Suspension Hearings: Limited Grounds, but Unlimited Uses
  • 2014
  • Practical Professionalism: Criminal Law
  • Recognizing a "Bad" Client
  • 2014
  • Practical Professionalism: Criminal Law
  • How to Get and Keep Good Clients in a Competitive Market
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (30)
Endorse Sami
Unknown Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sami for over 10 years and believe he is a highly qualified trial attorney. He is always focused on his client's best interests in court. Sami's expertise in the law and attentiveness assures that a great outcome will occur on his cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of meeting Sami and I am happy to say today that he is a good friend of mine and colleague. I once had the opportunity to work alongside Sami on a criminal case and it was a fantastic experience. Sami is a great litigator and I learned a lot myself from watching Sami in court and discussing the case with him. I also believe that Sami is a very honest and selfless person. He is very genuine. I would love to work with Sami again as I have always felt extremely confident in his knowledge of the law. He also has a very informative webpage that I still refer to at times when I am reading about criminal law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sami without reservation. He works hard for his clients and gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Sami while I was in law school and he brought me on as a law clerk to help on a case he was handling. Sami is not only an experienced attorney but he actually takes time with his clients and cares about their cases. I consider him a mentor of mine and now I'm a licensed attorney myself, taking what I learned from him and applying it to my own clients. If you need a defense attorney, I would highly recommend Sami!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sami is an excellent attorney who has a great work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sami tirelessly advocates for his clients charged with the most serious crimes, and he gets excellent results. He is aggressive but pragmatic. His experience, demeanor, and passion are assets to any client of his."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sami is a highly skilled defense attorney. I have the pleasure of interacting with him on a regular basis. Without question, he always treats his clients with the utmost respect and professionalism. Sami is always extremely responsive to his clients, which also sets him apart from others. It is my pleasure to highly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Azhari. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! Keep up the great work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sami is exceptional at defending clients in criminal cases and I regularly refer my clients to him as I trust his expertise, knowledge and skill. He is an asset to the legal community. In my experience with Sami, he has always gone the extra mile in providing a thorough defense to any client. Every client that I have referred to him has always been exceptionally satisfied with his representation and I trust his expertise in any criminal matter. He achieves great results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always showing dedication to clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Sami to be a tenacious and thorough advocate for each and every one of his clients. Beyond that, he is patient, knowledgeable, and reliable. My firm often entrusts Sami with case coverage when we have a scheduling conflict, and he always treats our clients with as much care as he does his own. Additionally, he’s always available to offer his knowledge and perspective to fellow attorneys. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who might find himself or herself in need of representation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sami is an excellent lawyer. I have consulted with him on numerous criminal matters and each time he was patient, generous with his time and offered crucial insights that favorably affected the outcome of the case. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking an effective and experienced advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sami is a very knowledgeable and thorough attorney. I enthusiastically recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is honest, fair and a sharp lawyer. He knows his way around the courtroom and is extremely professional. Anyone looking for a great lawyer, look no further. Mr. Azhari is always prepared for trial. As a former prosecutor, I recognized that he is a very effective advocate. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Azhari."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sami is an exceptional attorney with excellent trial experience. Sami takes pride in his work ethic and dilligent preparation on all of his legal matters. I have relied on Sami to handle legal matters for me. Sami proved that he is an attorney who get the desired results clients want. If I need help on a legal matter, Sami is definitely someone I would call upon for sound advice. I strongly endorse Sami."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sami is an excellent attorney. He is a zealous advocate with a great knowledge of the law and an innovator. I endorse this lawyer."
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Rolling Meadows Criminal defense Lawyer Sami Ziad Azhari
Sami Ziad Azhari
Criminal defense Attorney
Rolling Meadows, IL
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation