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Bruce Douglas Schottland

Criminal defense Attorney at Round Lake Beach, IL

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Bruce

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Bruce Schottland is a founding partner of Harter & Schottland, P.C.. He is an experienced litigator. He began his career at a large civil defense firm in Chicago . After gaining valuable experience in the civil area, Mr. Schottland left the firm to learn the art of Criminal Defense. Since then he has conducted countless contested hearings and has taken hundreds of cases to trial. He has defended individuals charged with traffic, criminal misdemeanors and the most serious felonies. Further, Mr. Schottland has maintained a varied civil practice by representing individuals and businesses in areas such as personal injury, eviction proceedings and contract disputes.

Bruce Schottland was raised in Lake County, leaving only to attend the University of Illinois Law School. He is an active community partner and volunteers extensively. He is a longstanding board member for the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center where he also served as an Executive Board Member. He volunteered as a NICASA truancy court judge. He has also volunteered as a scholarship judge for the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Bruce also served as President of Chapter 932 of the Experimental Aircraft Association for four years. Further, Bruce maintains membership in various bar associations. He has participated or contributed to many local philanthropic organizations including the McHenry County Community Foundation, Shop with a Cop, Lakeview Fishing Foundation, Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and others.

Bruce Schottland attended college at the University of Illinois where he received a Bachelor’s Degree. He then returned to attend the University of Illinois College of Law where he graduated with a juris doctorate degree Cum Laude. Bruce Schottland was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November of 2001.


Harter & Schottland PC
625 W. Rollins Rd. Suite A
Round Lake Beach, IL, 60073-1278


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Manny | July 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I will admit that this review is well delayed. here it is... you know when someone says " i gotta a guy" .... well anyone who ever needs an ATTORNEY... can say just that and THAT GUY IS Bruce DS.... he has the experience and knows the right people. I first met Bruce in a lobby after hearing other cases for felony speeding.... my case came up and I wasn't prepared. fate would have it that I stepped out to the lobby to look for an attorney on the drop of a dime and there was BDS.... I came back into the courtroom and he handled matters for me in snip. In march of 2017 I called upon THE MAN for a DUI and once again HE came through in a HUGE way... Bruce is YOUR GUY!!!!
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Posted by James | January 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Truly Excellent Lawyer & Law Firm
I had a great experience with attorney Bruce Schottland his team is very knowledgeable on the business of law. Bruce is very informative, professional & trustworthy. They will find the best solution to any bad or good situation. I would highly recommend this team for any legal problem. A++! Thank you sincerely.
Posted by Meli | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
By far One of the best!
Bruce just goes above and beyond for his clients. I've used Bruce for legal representation for about 6 years now, criminal and minor traffic cases and have always beat my case. If your looking for a Lawyer that actually cares about his clients and does his absolute best you have found him.
Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The judge told me I have an excellent attorney!
Throughout life, I have hired my fair share of lawyers, wether it be immigration, employment, traffic and unfortunately criminal. Some lawyers were good, some were mediocre, and some were terrible. The one lawyer that sticks out in my mind as absolutely excellent is Bruce Schottland of Harter & Schottland. I was charged with a double DUI and blew over the limit. I was devastated and felt helpless. I feared tremendously my immigration status was in jeopardy. I interviewed five or six different lawyers but decided on Bruce. He was there to help me pick up the pieces and had my cased dismissed and re-filed as an ordinance, which is like a parking ticket! He obtained the best possible outcome for me. He was so thorough and patient, this gave me hope and kept me positive throughout the case. I was charged with criminal damage to property and could've been up-charged to a felony, but again Bruce obtained the best outcome for me yet again. He has solved my legal problems. I knew I had the best of the best when the prosecutor in my first case told me in the hallway that I was lucky to have such an excellent attorney. The judge in my second case told me I had a great lawyer. I do not plan in getting any more trouble, but if I ever do, I will always go to Bruce. His professionalism, thoroughness and patience remains unchallenged!
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Hired for Criminal defense. He understands me as a person, understands the legal case and is influential due to his great knoweldge of the law. Was a positive force in my case and highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Honest and well respected attorney
I found myself in a couple of very difficult legal situations. I know myself to be factual innocent for both but was with the wrong attorney at first. I felt as if you are guilty unless proven otherwise. I called Mr. Schottland to help me fix the second situation and he was extremely patient with me. I had called several local attorneys to rectify the first issue and when they learned of the second problem and that I spoke with Bruce they all said he is one of the best. Everyone knew him and they had good things to say about him, not something I can say for my first attorney. Bruce was also very fair with cost which I was surprised with after being hustled by a different attorney. I just wish I could go back in time and have Mr. Schottland represent me on thr first case. Hard lesson learned, but I am glad I found a man well regarded by his peers with a strong record and drive.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2015
I requested a lawyer but got a genius instead!
Bruce is aggressive, intelligent and a very dedicated defense lawyer, don't let that "Tim Allen" look alike face fool you :-). He will fight for your rights till the end! I will never trust any other lawyer, you are in great hands. I know he had a hard case on his hands, and I know it seemed like it might not have a good ending, but I also knew Bruce was not going to give up until he found a way to a good ending, and for that, My family and I, will forever be grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2013
Highly Recommended
I do realize that I am not the easiest client that you have worked with. The tension that someone is under when they come to you for help is unbearable. We as lay people have no idea what to do when we find ourselves on the wrong side of the law. In our minds the law and court system is totally confusing and certainly flawed. I, for one, was a "mess", not thinking clearly, not hearing clearly with no clear understanding of my legal position. You, however, were able to defuse this situation diplomatically. Your personalized attention, ability to communicate in understandable terms, and educate a lay person is outstanding. Flexibility, reliability, and versatility are well within his capabilities as you spin your web of affordable legal solutions. I found you very straightforward and you and your firm members handled yourselves in an exemplary professional demeanor at all times. My case had complex variables to say the least. You, however, never gave up or stopped searching for the proper legal strategy to employ. For this I truly admire and respect you as a top professional in your field. Without your effective communication I would have never been able to absorb the in depth information and preparation you afforded me. Of course, we the clients are your "customer" yet I find in these turbulent times where true "customer service" seems to be totally forgotten your firm shines. I wish you and your firm many successes in your business future and without hesitation would highly recommend your expertise to others in need of your services. YOU ARE THE MASTER!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Harter & Schottland, PC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Cremer Kopon Shaughnessy & Spina
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Legal Clerk
  • Goldstein & Fluxgold, P.C.
  • 1998 - 1999
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2001
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Juvenile- unlawful use of a credit card, domestic battery & unlawful possession of stolen motor vehicle.
  • Avoided convictions and DCFS placement
  • Aggravated DUI- NOT GUILTY
  • Not Guilty at Trial
  • quarter pound of cannabis suppressed from evidence
  • Dismissed


  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 932
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • Marijuana Policy Project
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Private Pilot
  • 2006 - Present
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - Present
  • Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (NICASA)
  • Truancy Court Judge
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Lake County Public Defender Office Award
  • Lake County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2004


Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is a bright, hard working crimnal defense attorney. He is knowledgable about the case law and he is conscientious and dedicated to his client's representation.. He is not afraid to litigate the tough cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is one of the best attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Particularly in Lake County, Illinois, Bruce's reputation, experience, and professional connections are unmatched. I think of Bruce as a guy that delivers results for his clients, even in the face of the most daunting criminal prosecutions. Without hesitation I endorse Bruce Schottland."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Bruce Schottland. Bruce is an extremely intelligent and aggressive defense lawyer. He will find creative ways to fight for you and will use every legal tactic to protect your rights. Bruce is also very respected amongst lawyers on both sides of criminal law. I trust him implicitly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Each client in need of a criminal defense attorney who I have referred to Mr. Schottland has reported being very impressed with his top notch representation. I know Mr. Schottland's knowledge and skill in the area of criminal defense to be of the highest caliber and he achieves the best possible outcome for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Schottland."
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Round Lake Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Bruce Douglas Schottland
Bruce Douglas Schottland
Criminal defense Attorney
Round Lake Beach, IL
Licensed for 22 years
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