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Steven Paul McCollum

Criminal defense Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Steven McCollum

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1978
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced Defense Lawyer -- Former Lake County Chief Deputy State's Attorney and current Chairperson of the Lake County Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee - extensive jury trial experience; available for all criminal felony and misdemeanor cases including murder, sexual assault or abuse, white collar crimes, drug and cannabis offenses, domestic battery, burglary, robbery, theft, child pornography, and all other offenses.

    45 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Extensive experience handling Reckless Homicide and DUI cases in Lake County, Illinois - Former Chief of the Traffic Division for the Lake County State's Attorney's office handling all Reckless Homicide cases, experience with expert witnesses including DUI and Breathalyzer experts, accident reconstruction evidence, and medical personnel.

    45 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    Extensive past and present Juvenile Court experience - exclusively handling cases in Lake County, Illinois Juvenile Court - former Chief of the Juvenile Division of the Lake County State's Attorney's office, extensive trial experience on juvenile sexual assault and abuse cases

    45 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Sex crime
    The attorneys at McCollum Hodgkinson, P.C. have extensive experience handling sex offenses in adult and juvenile court. No law firm in Lake County handles more of these very specialized cases than we do.

    45 years

  5. Expungement
    Our office will fully review whether your past criminal history can be expunged, file appropriate documents and handle all court dates without you having to appear in court.

    45 years, 100 cases

McCollum Hodgkinson, P.C. is a criminal and juvenile defense law firm, formerly known as Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C., and has been in business since 1995. Before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, Steve McCollum was the Chief Deputy State's Attorney for Lake County (in charge of all criminal prosecutions) and was a prosecutor in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office for 14 years and in the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office for 2 years. As a prosecutor Steve was the primary prosecutor on many jury trials of First Degree Murder cases, including the trials of seven (7) death penalty cases, numerous Reckless Homicide cases, sexual assault cases, domestic battery, DUI, large white collar crime (theft) cases, and all other criminal matters.  In addition to being the Chief Deputy State's Attorney in Lake County, Steve was the Chief of the Felony Review Division, Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division and Chief of the Juvenile Division for the Lake County State's Attorney.

Since entering private practice in 1995 Steve has been the President of the Lake County Bar Association, the Chairman of the Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee for the Bar Association, and a speaker at many seminars conducted for attorneys.  As a Defense attorney Steve has  handled clients charged with First Degree Murder, sexual assault or abuse, child pornography, drug charges, DUI and Reckless Homicide, domestic battery (both felony and misdemeanor), large theft, embezzlement, and white collar crime cases, and almost every other possible criminal or juvenile case.

Steve grew up in Lake County, Illinois and is very familiar with everyone in the Court system in Lake County.

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McCollum Hodgkinson, P.C.
415 W. Washington Street, Suite 103
Waukegan, IL, 60085-5564

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Posted by Jose | October 15, 2021
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Steve Will Help You Out! Knowledge and Tact.
I highly recommend Steve. He recently helped me with two separate matters and we had a successful outcome on both. Steve and Dan (his law partner) worked together and did a great job at keeping me informed throughout the process. They are both very great to work with and the prices were very reasonable. I hope I don't ever need them again but if I something comes up, Steve and Dan will be the first ones I will call.
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Posted by Charles | October 5, 2021
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First rate attorney
I used Stephen McCollum this past year for a DCFS indication. Both Steven and the children's therapist appeared to be quite confused as to how I would get indicated. The DCFS appeared to go against common sense and evidence of record when making an indication of finding. I realize that the threshold is substantially less than for criminal charges, however, I still realized that hiring an attorney was imperative. Steven was the only lawyer that I consulted with, however, as future events would unfold, it seemed abundantly clear that Steven was the correct person for the job. The indication was reversed and thereby unfounded. Steven did a first-rate job, while the process in and of itself is rather cathartic, Steven's professionalism and competence went a long way to putting my mind at ease.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2020
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Great work
So, have been using the services of McCollum Hodgkinson PC for many years to assist with traffic tickets and other issues for both of my sons (mostly regarding my youngest) They have been very helpful in navigating the court system across several police jurisdictions and have negotiated very positive results for them. They are thorough and very professional and I would highly recommend their services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2019
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Steve has been excellent since day 1! Helped me throughout the entire process of everything! Has helped my family so much and given me a second lease of life! I highly highly suggest using his services.
Posted by Mike | May 27, 2017
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Above and Beyond
Other reviewers have noted Steve's knowledge and experience. I would only add that his personal relationships in the Lake County courts can be invaluable. In my case, it made the difference between the good outcome I was hoping for and the excellent outcome he achieved, due in part to knowing what the prosecutor might be willing to do. Steve went "above and beyond" in other ways also. For instance, he offered to expedite filings with the IL Secretary of State, personally going to the clerk's office to obtain the necessary documentation (because his assistant was gone for the afternoon) and then sending them by FedEx to a courier in Springfield, who filed them the same day. As a result, I had my driver's license reinstated just 2 days after the court order was issued. Finally, the communication with Steve and his partner Dan was excellent. I could always count on a response to my calls and emails. This is so very important when one is understandably nervous about unfamiliar legal processes. He listened to all of my ideas and responded respectfully. Other reviewers have noted the importance of a good lawyer. I would add that you need to be prepared to pay for the service. McCollum-Hodgkinson is not the cheapest representation, but they are worth it.
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Posted by Aaron | October 20, 2015
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Experience and Knowledge at its Best
This was my first time getting into trouble and at first it was overwhelming to say the least. Knowing Steve through a friend, I gave him a call the following morning. He provided guidance all the way through the process and was very informative. He provided my options clearly and was willing to do anything he could in order to get me the most favorable outcome. Inside of the court room it was very obvious that Steve was well known and highly respected among fellow defense attorneys and prosecutors alike. I could not be more grateful to have been referred to Steve and would recommend him to anyone. Overall he's a great guy and great at what he does.
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Posted by Mel | January 15, 2013
Steven McCollum represented me for my DUI case, and he negotiated a great deal for me that lifted a huge burden off me and my family. He was always willing to fight my case (in the event I was not happy with the deal), and kept me informed of all possibilities. He is extremely knowledgable, experienced and honest. I agree he is the best in Lake County!! I could not have achieved a better result, and believe me it really was amazing!!! Thank you for everything!!
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Posted by Samantha | June 7, 2012
Great juvenile lawyer!
I am very grateful for Steve's extensive knowledge on the juvenlie court system. My son got into some trouble and Steve helped sort through the mess with ease!
Posted by John | February 21, 2012
A different kind of lawyer
First, I should point out why I titled this "A different kind of lawyer". When Steve finished my case, I offered him a bonus, and he refused it saying that I'd already paid him and he didn't think it was ethical to take a bonus for the results. He told me to go online and review him if I was happy -- so that's why I'm here. I had another lawyer on my case, a serious felony in Lake County, Illinois, for a year. I'd hired her because she had a nice looking website and she wasn't as expensive as some of the other lawyers I looked at. It was a mistake. After a few court appearances and a year of wasted time, I realized that she really didn't know what she was doing. So I found Steve through a friend. Let me say that you never realize it until you get someone good how important your lawyer is. Steve knew everyone, always showed up on time, knew exactly what he was doing, and we ended with a total victory. My other lawyer had been wanting me to accept a plea bargain, but Steve did what it took to convince the other side that we were right. I can't stress how much different it is to have a lawyer that you know both cares about your case and who clearly knows what he is doing. Even before we won, I felt better knowing he was handling the case. He has extensive experience, knows the people in the system, and is respected by all of them. I overheard the prosecutor ask him a legal question once on another case. I strongly and without reservation would recommend Steve to anyone who has a criminal case.
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Posted by Michael | May 19, 2011
Great Lawyer
Quite frankly, I was very concerned when I was arrested. I did not know what was going to happen and was concerned about my job. Steve explained all of the options and made me feel much better about my case even before I went to court. While I was prepared for what would happen, I was not prepared for how great Steve handled the case. He was knowledgeable about the law, familiar with the court system and all of the individuals involved. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do, I would definately hire Steve.
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Posted by David | November 6, 2010
exactly what I needed
I went to another lawyer I saw on this site. He must have written his own reviews and I wasted my money on him before I found Steve McCollum. I can recommend Steve without any reservation. He did a juvenile case for my son. It was obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing and the everybody in the court knew and respected him. I feel lucky that I found him. My wife and I couldn't be happier with how he handled the case.
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Posted by Peter | March 29, 2010
The best in Lake County
I was very impressed with Mr. McCollum from the time of my initial consultation. He is intelligent, compassionate, and genuinely cared about me and my situation. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. He went the extra mile. When hiring a criminal law attorney, you really do get what you pay for.
Posted by Andrew | October 13, 2009
Very genuine and very knowledgeable. Makes you feel like part of the process without feeling dumb :)
Very friendly, professional, and he listens to your concerns no matter how inexperience with law you are. I felt dumb and overwhelmed with the technical legal terms and environments going in, but he understands people go to him because they don't know how to do it alone. He makes the process very easy and turns it into a less stressful situation. Unfortunately I have to get a lawyer again now after 6 years but hey, things happen. He was the 1st person I thought of and there could be other lawyers out there but having dealt with Steven in the past, it is a no-brainer.
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Posted by Tom | August 31, 2009
I couldn't have chosen a better lawyer
He took care of my son's case. I don't think there is another lawyer that could have done the job he did and I will always be thankful that I chose him.
Posted by Derek | August 19, 2009
Excellent Lawyer
Knows what he is doing and gets things done. No better lawyer in Lake County, Illinois.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Chief Deputy State's Attorney
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Chief, Felony Review Division
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Chief, Misdemeanor and Traffic Division
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1984 - 1987
  • Chief, Juvenile Trial Division
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Peoria County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1979 - 1981
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People -vs- Aldwin McNeal
  • Successful


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • White Collar Crime Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Function Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Jefferson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • First Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their Peers
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their Peers
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Making a Positive Difference
  • Campaign for Legal Services
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Merit
  • 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judges
  • 1996
  • The Distinguished Service Award
  • United States Jaycees
  • 1984
  • Award of Appreciation
  • The Private Industry Council of Lake County
  • 1984
  • Certificate of Achievement - Juvenile Justice
  • National Association of District Attorneys
  • 1984
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Peoria County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1981
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  • The Docket, March 2014
  • The President's Page: Much Ado About March
  • 2014
  • The Docket, January 2014
  • The President's Page: A Season For Giving
  • 2014
  • The Docket, December 2013
  • The President's Page: Hail to the Chief
  • 2014
  • The Docket, November 2013
  • The President's Page: On the Value of Attorneys
  • 2013
  • The Docket, October 2013
  • The President's Page: The Cost of Winning
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Seminar, New Orleans, LA
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
  • 2014
  • Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee
  • Medical Marijuana Law
  • 2014
  • Guardian Ad Litems and Child Representatives
  • Criminal Considerations for Child Representatives and Guardian Ad Litems
  • 2012
  • Family Law Seminar, Austin, Texas
  • Eavesdropping and Computer Offenses
  • 2012
  • Criminal Trials and Appeals Seminar
  • Criminal Law and Procedure Statutory Update
  • 2012
  • Lake County Bar Association - Criminal Law Committee, New Orleans, LA
  • Criminal Statutory Law - New Statutes
  • 2002
  • Lake County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Criminal and Traffic Law Practice
  • 1998
  • Lake County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Seminar
  • Criminal Defense - Case Law Update
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve McCollum is an experienced attorney handling all matters of criminal law. I have worked with Steve in the past, and have found him to be knowledgeable, considerate, professional and overall a loyal advocate for his clients. Steve knows when to take a matter to trial, but also knows when it is appropriate to work on negotiations that are mutually acceptable to both the client and the prosecuting attorney. Steve prides himself on keeping his clients well informed so that each client can make the best decision possible for their individual circumstance. I would refer any client to Steve and feel comfortable that the client would be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Having known Steve for over 20 years, I can attest to his knowledge of the law and his commitment to each of his clients."
Waukegan Criminal defense Lawyer Steven Paul McCollum
Steven Paul McCollum
Criminal defense Attorney
Waukegan, IL
Licensed for 45 years
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