Mr. Medina uses over 14 years experience as a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney to benefit clients at every stage and every level of the criminal court process. He prosecuted over 4800 cases at various stages, from Class X Felonies to Misdemeanor Traffic and DUI matters.
Clients benefit from Mr. Medina’s inside-perspective as a former prosecutor as well his experience conducting countless jury and bench trials. While assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, Mr. Medina was responsible for directing the prosecution of between 60 and 200 cases per month, prosecuting felony domestic violence cases including aggravated domestic battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and felony domestic battery.
When Mr. Medina advanced to the Felony Review Unit of the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, he gained first-hand experience analyzing cases and understanding police procedures with felony investigations. Among the thousands of cases Mr. Medina participated in approving for felony charges were first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated arson, armed robbery, aggravated dui, reckless homicide, felony DUI and many others.
Mr. Medina has authored three criminal law and procedure books and many law journal articles. His books include, Real World Search & Seizure [Second Edition] (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012); Winning Court Testimony For Law Enforcement Officers: The Law, Art & Science Of Effective Court Communication (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012) and Real World Search & Seizure (Looseleaf Law Press, 2006).
His other law related publications include the very first ILCLE (Illinois Continuing Legal Education) chapter dedicated to teaching Illinois attorneys how to easily navigate through the order of protection process. “Obtaining Civil Orders Of Protection Under The Illinois Domestic Violence Act” (Co-authored by Kimberly Silverman);Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999); “Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998); “Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997); Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act,” Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998).
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Medina was a highly intelligent, experienced prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for many years and now brings that wealth of experience to his career as a criminal defense attorney. There is no question that if you choose to retain Mr. Medina, you will be well represented and your interests will be fully protected. He cares about people and strives to do the right thing. As a result, I wholeheartedly endorse him without reservation.
Martin Lascola DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Matt for many years, going back to his days as a successful prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I went up against Matt numerous times and he was one of the most skilled and professional attorneys in the Office. Matt has continued to fine tune his skills in private practice and he is a zealous advocate who truly fights for his clients. I highly recommend Matt.
Lawrence Dohman DUI and DWI Attorney
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1996||05/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Article of the Month||Illinois Family Law Journal||1999|
|Appellate Oral Advocacy Distrinction||University of Illinois College of Law||1994|
|Deans List||Loyola University Chicago||1992|
|Deans List||Loyola University Chicago||1991|
|President's List||College of DuPage||1990|
|President's List||College of DuPage||1989|
|Owner||Law Office Of Matthew J. Medina||2015 - Present|
|Associate||Law Office of Kathryn L. Harry and Associates||2015 - 2015|
|Owner||Law Office of Matthew J. Medina||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Cook County State's Attorney's Office||1998 - 2013|
|Staff Attorney||Pro Bono Advocates||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Northwest Suburban Bar Association||Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Prosecutors Bar Association||Member||2010 - 2012|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2009 - 2010|
|Puerto Rican Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2008|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Winning Court Testimony for Law Enforcement Officers: the Law, Art & Science of Effective Court Communication||2012|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Real World Search & Seizure [Second Edition]||2012|
|Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998)||Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act"||1998|
|IICLE Handbook||Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998)||1998|
|Illinois Family Law Report||Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999);||1998|
|Pro Bono Advocate||Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997)||1997|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Real World Search & Seizre (First Edition)||1996|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Loyola University Chicago||Political Science & Philosphy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|College of DuPage||Speech Communication||Transfer to Loyola University||1992|
|Privacy: From the Patriot Act to the Present||The Law Of Privacy (Speech)||2014|
|Eloquence: Persuasive Speech And Writing From Aristotle To Jay-Z||Persuasion & Communication (8 week seminar)||2014|
|Armchair Lawyer: Police Investigations Expressed In Popular Police Dramas||Criminal Investigations & The Media (6 week seminar)||2014|
|Armchair Lawyer: Miranda Expressed In Popular Police Dramas||Constitutional Law (6 week seminar)||2014|
|A "God In Ruins;" Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays Explored||Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson (8 week seminar)||2014|
|Citizens’ Police Academy||Search and Seizure Law & Legal Updates||2007|
|Illinois Domestic Violence Law||Domestic Violence||2006|
|Citizens’ Police Academy||Criminal Law||2006|