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Brian Griffin Smith

DUI and DWI Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   7 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    I have represented first-time and repeat offenders in DUI cases across Lake County. Your driver's license can be suspended very soon after you are arrested, so time is of the essence.

    15 years

  2. Administrative law
    I represent individuals who have had their security clearances suspended, revoked, or denied. Also, if you need your driver's license reinstated, have a licensing issue before the IDFPR, a liquor control commission, or a FOID problem, let me know.

    15 years

  3. State, local, and municipal law
    I represent police officers and firefighters in both disciplinary and disability pension hearings.

    15 years

  4. Criminal defense
    I have handled misdemeanor and felony cases up to Class X offenses on both the trial and appellate court levels.

    15 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    I have handled hundreds of traffic and related tickets such as aggravated speeding, suspended or revoked driver's license, accident cases, and many others.

    15 years

  6. Education
    School cases can range from special education needs (IEPS), disciplinary matters, residency disputes, and school records issues.

    12 years


I focus on criminal law, DUI and traffic, national security clearance litigation, school law, and police/fire pensions and disability claims. I have extensive trial experience in front of both judges and juries, have briefed and argued cases in appellate courts, and have briefed and argued in front of numerous administrative bodies such as:

  • Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (security clearance issues)
  • Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (Freedom of Information, Open Meetings Act)
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (professional licensure issues)
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Liquor Control Commission
  • numerous police discpline and pension boards


Laluzerne & Smith, Ltd.


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Joseph | April 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Brian was my attorney for my case involving security clearance. During our initial consultation, Brian gave helpful advice and was very transparent about anything I asked. After being hired, Brian was extremely responsive in explaining my case and the process it would entail. He clearly indicated what documents and information he needed to in order to achieve the ideal outcome. It was clear Brian was very knowledgeable and experienced in the specific area I hired him for. This all contributed to resolving my case with the best possible outcome. Overall, Brian was a true professional in regards to my case, as well as being empathetic and communicative. I would highly recommend him as an attorney to anyone else.
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Posted by William | January 31, 2024
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Wonderful and Professional experience
Very detail oriented. Had little to no issues reaching out to him on first try. If we missed calls I always got a call back shortly after. Very supportive and knowledgeable in the DoD application process and how to satisfy a response.
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Attorney for Security Clearance Process!
I am so incredibly grateful I found Brian for my clearance process. I had a pretty rough past with a lot to mitigate, and Brian patiently helped me navigate the process and provide everything they needed to grant me my TS clearance. He's clearly knowledgeable about the process and what they are looking for, and I felt far more confident with his help and guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2023
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Sales Representative
Brian was professional and very informative. During a scary time, I felt like he had my best interest in mind at all times.
Posted by SK | October 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A trusted advocate with proven results.
I hired Brian to assist me with an IL DUI case. Brian provided me with an in-depth consultation before we proceeded. He worked until we accomplished a successful resolution. Throughout the process, Brian was responsive to any inquiries providing me with knowledge and guidance. He worked to build a strategy to navigate the case to a successful completion. He also offers perspective from both a prosecution and defenders point of view. I would contact Brian for any future legal needs and recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2021
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Background Check
Brian helped me with issues related to a background check. He was very helpful and professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with. I strongly recommend him to others.
Posted by Sean | August 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Brian was amazing. He walked me through an extremely difficult, complicated situation which had a lot of different moving parts. There were multiple parties and government agencies involved and I quite literally could have lost a valuable, prosperous career in federal government, a security clearance, and reputation. He was able to use his background, experience, and expertise to advocate on my behalf and his work resulted in a favorable outcome for me. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone! He is professional, personable, and accessible. I owe him a great debt of gratitude.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • LaLuzerne & Smith, Ltd.
  • 2008 - Present


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Village of Round Lake v. Milroy, 2020 IL App (2d) 170942
  • Jury verdict affirmed.
  • City of Highland Park v. Bryan (2019 IL App (2d) 180662)
  • Trial court ruling affirmed.


  • Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

  • ISBA Traffic Law Nuts & Bolts
  • Statutory Summary Suspensions
  • 2019
  • Illinois Traffic Court Conference
  • DUI and Statutory Summary Suspension Panel
  • 2015

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Waukegan DUI and DWI Lawyer Brian Griffin Smith
Brian Griffin Smith
DUI and DWI Attorney
Waukegan, IL
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available