Find a Lawyer with Competence and Experience You Need to Defend Your Case - Call 847-380-7356Experience you Need - former Chief Deputy State's Attorney and Chair of LCBA Criminal Law CommitteeExtensive DUI / Reckless Homicide Experience -- former Chief, Traffic Division for State's Atty OfcCompetence Makes A Difference - former Chief, Juvenile Division in Lake County, IL 847-380-7356
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1978||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their Peers||Leading Lawyers in America||2014|
|The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their Peers||Leading Lawyers in America||2013|
|Making a Positive Difference||Campaign for Legal Services||2000|
|Certificate of Merit||19th Judicial Circuit Court Judges||1996|
|Certificate of Achievement - Juvenile Justice||National Association of District Attorneys||1984|
|Award of Appreciation||The Private Industry Council of Lake County||1984|
|The Distinguished Service Award||United States Jaycees||1984|
|Meritorious Service Award||Peoria County State's Attorney's Office||1981|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Defense Function Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||White Collar Crime Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|Lake County Bar Association||Immediate Past President||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|
|People -vs- Aldwin McNeal||Successful|
|See all legal cases|
|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|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Rutgers University School of Law||Law||N/A||N/A|
|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|
Posted by John
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.
Posted by Andrew
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.
Posted by Michael
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.
Posted by Derek
Knows what he is doing and gets things done. No better lawyer in Lake County, Illinois.
Posted by Tom
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 David
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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