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Kevin Daniel McHugh

Criminal defense Attorney at Naperville, IL

2.6   14 reviews

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About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Aggressive felony, misdemeanor and DUI representation by former police officer. Understanding the motivations of the arresting officer and prosecutor is the first step to a positive resolution.

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Tax

  4. Estate planning
    Minimizing taxes, funding your children's education, protecting the future of your business or establishing special needs and OBRA trusts - these goals are accomplished through insightful estate planning. Sophisticated solutions for individual situations, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

Kevin concentrates his practice on DUI, drug, criminal law, criminal tax cases, tax audits, offer in compromise, and estate planning matters. Kevin represents individuals and corporate entities during times of crisis and peace. Kevin has gained extensive experience representing clients in matters pending in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, from pretrial dispute resolution through appeal.

Licensed for 15 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/23/2023
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2007
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Kevin D. Mchugh
225 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL, 60540


2.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Senior Chief USN | June 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney - Highly Recommend
I was introduced to Mr. McHugh through Robert Klein's practice in the Elgin area. From the start I realized Mr. McHugh was highly competent both in strategy and working with complex problems. He knows the law and he he is great with numbers. His arguments are compelling and backed by very solid facts. Some attorneys tend to inflate the circumstances or 'blow smoke'. He has an effective way of cutting through the confusion. This is the kind of attorney you want on your side. My situation was very complicated due to the nature of my employment and level of income (which was at risk of being ransacked by a bitter ex-spouse). Kevin let me know where the statues and law stood on these matters and helped lead the process through to the final stages keeping the other side in check. I have a strategy background myself, and Kevin and we always saw eye-to-eye on our decision-making process. I am going to be hiring as trusted advisor for other matters in the future.
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Posted by Amy | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Second DUI - Best Choice
I was facing my second DUI charge in less than ten years and I was scared of what would happen. Mr. McHugh was very kind and respectful of me. He explained what was going to happen and how he was going to approach my specific case. He told me it was a tough situation but that we would get through it together. I have never had an attorney be so caring and professional and good before. I was happy with the end result of the case but was even happier that Mr. McHugh was the one to guide me through it every step of the way!
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense Guru
"Thank you Kevin" does not say enough. I was 18 facing federal charges and my previous attorneys had not been able to make the U.S. Attorneys' Office budge on the sentencing recommendation. Kevin took the time to know me and my situation, and then advocate to both the prosecutors and to the Judge. After a long process, Kevin was even able to convince the probation department that an irregular sentence was appropriate in my case. Instead of 2 1/2 to 3 years on each of the 18 counts, the Judge sentenced me to 12 weekends at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. However, that was not the end of Kevin's help. When most attorneys would walk away because the case was "done" Kevin remained by my side. The MCC did not want to house me due to my medical condition, and the prosecutor was again asking for long-term confinement. Kevin skillfully negotiated and convinced the Judge to allow home confinement. Thank you again and again Kevin!
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Posted by Michelle | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
I was charged with several felonies in Lake County, IL. After reviewing my case and the prosecutor's facts, Kevin was able to poke enough holes in their 'evidence' that the prosecutor was forced to dismiss all charges. I was very grateful that Kevin was representing me and would recommend my family and friends to him.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2013
Would definitely recommend Kevin
Kevin is very thorough, returned calls or emails promptly.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisle resident
Larry was absolutely fantastic for me back in 2014 and a text situation I couldn’t believe how well it turned out I know he does other things as well criminal I’ve heard he’s very successful always very prompt always very professional very knowledgeable very impressive guy I’ve recommended him many times
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don’t waste your money or time in Illinois or Florida!
Paid him to help start probate in FL the end of June 2021. He didn’t submit any paperwork until October 2021! Unreal! He doesn’t answer or returns calls but will sure take your money! Would never recommend. Will be letting friends and family know in FL to stay away if they need representation!
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
0 stars!! Worst “lawyer” EVER!!!!
If you want to shell out money for no reason then here’s your guy! He does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! We gave him so much ammo to use in court to help our case and NOTHING!!! He did not open his mouth at all!!!!! He seems like he knows what to do but will NOT help you!!!! Every single person we spoke with said get a new lawyer!!! Wish we did it right away!!!! Shame on him for charging us over 3k for NOTHING!!! Eventually HE withdrew from being our lawyer !!!!! What a SHAM!!!!!! Please do not get him as your lawyer!!!! RUNNNNNNN!!!!
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Posted by Jk | June 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst lawyer by far
Paid Mr.mchugh almost 3,ooo for doing absolutely nothing for me in court then after giving him more money he decides to withdraw himself from my case. I wouldn't recommend this lawyer to my worst enemy.
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He and his firm never call back, don't hire
Hired him through a friends family referral (wrong!). Accepted my car accident case a year ago. I have called so many times, I have lost count. Very disappointed, this car accident has wreaked my life and this man said he would help. Why accept new clients if you don't want the case ? That's what I don't understand. Now, the limits of my case are soon to be gone and I will not be compensated for lost wages and continued health problems. I know this case if won would not bring him big bucks, but again, when you look into a persons eyes and tell them you will help, you do just that. I don't know how he lives with himself.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Represented us in a contract dispute. Did not return phone calls for extended periods of time. Disappeared without a trace for months. Has talent and seems knowledgeable, but when time to be a lawyer he came across as unprepared for the case. Lost sight of the important factors of the case and let the opposing side run the show. For $400 per hour, we certainly expected better representation and were left feeling that we were the at fault party. All of this cost us dearly as we ended up paying for the other parties attorney cost. We are saddened but, we would have done better on our own without this attorney.
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Posted by C Lafferty | February 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paid over $5k to represent my share of Dad's estate. Only let statute of limitations run out.
Posted by Cheryl | February 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He was hired to represent my share of my Dad's estate. He was paid over $5k but did not do what he was supposed to except run me out of time with statute of limitations. My Dad's family talked him into reverse mortgage, then fraudulently spent the money. They also stole EVERYTHING from his house. I had to sign house over to reverse mortgage company which left me with nothing!
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doesn't return call or finish job
He was hired through another attorney he was paid in full he did not carry out my case the way he should of one case was dropped and the other case was a property dispute another attorney is saying he is in possession of all of the proper paperwork it's been over three years now and I have not received any documentation's that I won my case! I am now married trying to get rid of property that belongs to my ex and I that I one and have no idea if I have legal rights to sell any of the stuff without getting in trouble and getting the spin around by both attorneys!!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal & Founding Attorney
  • McHugh Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Rolewick & Gutzke, PC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2012
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Dayton
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Cook v. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, et al., FINRA Arb. Nos. 09-05477 & 09-05854, 2011 WL 1463874 (2011)
  • Successful temporary injunction & arbitration.
  • Nelson v. Chicago Park District, et al., 408 Ill. App. 3d 53 (1st Dist. 2011)
  • Successful litigation & appeal.


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Pro Bono Service
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • N/A
  • Certificate of Excellence
  • Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists
  • N/A


  • Bar Briefs (Kane County)
  • Setting A Clearer Standard For Title VII Retaliation Claims
  • N/A
  • Dupage County Bar Briefs
  • Trespass Agreements: Are They Constitutional?
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Search & Seizure Update
  • Pitfalls of Vehicle Consent Searches
  • 2015
  • BNI Traffic Seminar
  • DUI: Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2014
  • BNI 5th Amendment Seminar
  • Search & Seizure: A Hands On Approach
  • 2014
  • Estate & Financial Planning Seminar
  • Minimizing the Probate Estate & Headaches Through Planning
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Kevin
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is with great confidence that I provide my endorsement and support for fellow attorney Kevin McHugh. Kevin and I have worked on a number of matters together and referred each other clients as well. Kevin has a great reputation in the legal and court community - I'm sure a result of of his professionalism, ethics, hard work and commitment to giving the best advice and providing the best results possible for his clients. If you have a legal question in the specialized matters of tax, DUI/DWI, Divorce give Kevin a call! You will be glad to have him on your side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kevin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is a wonderful person, as well as highly dedicated, ethical and knowledgeable lawyer. His abilities to listen, evaluate a situation, research the legal issues and argue his case make him a strong advocate. I highly recommend Kevin."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is the first lawyer I turn to when a friend or client needs help in DuPage or Kane County. I recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is a very detail-oriented person who stays on top of all the tasks at hand and really gets to know his clients well. He never loses sight of the goal at hand and gives his clients the peace of mind that he is on their side. Kevin regularly exceeds client expectations with the amount of communications and explanations on what is happening in their cases. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any areas of law he practices."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I attended law school with Kevin and he was always so charming and confident. I was delighted when my trial ad professor Judge Magdich appointed Kevin as my team mate for our final exam trial, and we won. Six years after graduation, Kevin is still charming and confident. In fact, judges even have their secretaries chase him for his business card after court."
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