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Zedrick Thomas Braden III

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.6   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1985
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Zedrick

Learn Zedrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    The representation of clients in general litigation matters in all Civil Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Our practice includes Civil Appeals and Administrative Proceedings in the Illinois Human Rights Commission and Court of Claims.

    39 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Representation of clients in contract drafting, negotiations and contract dispute lawsuits.

    39 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense of clients in felony and misdemeanor cases, and the representation of citizens with felony backgrounds who are seeking a pardon from the Illinois Governor.

    39 years

  4. Personal injury
    Representation of clients who are seeking money damages for personal injury claims in excess of $50,000.

    39 years

  5. Family
    Representation of clients in family law cases where one parent is seeking a contribution to college education expenses.

    39 years

Zedrick T. Braden III, a Chicago resident of the Park Manor community, is a third generation attorney. He graduated from the Thurgood Marshall Law School at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Centre College of Kentucky.  Mr. Braden is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois,  the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Tax Court and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.  He began his legal career as an Associate with the law firm of Braden Hall Barnes and Moss which was co-founded by his grandfather, Zedrick T. Braden Sr.  While at Braden Hall Barnes and Moss,  Mr. Braden worked with and for his father, Zedrick T. Braden Jr., and eventually he and his father formed the law firm Braden & Braden where Mr. Braden was elevated to the status of partner.  Mr. Braden now continues his family tradition in the practice of law at the Chicago law firm of Ainsworth & Associates PC in Chicago, and also serves as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of Administrative Hearings, City of Chicago, as well as a Chair Qualified Arbitrator with the Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program and is an American Arbitration Association Panelist. Mr.  Braden has extensive litigation experience in many areas of the law where he continues to win a high percentage of bench and jury civil trials, and has successfully defended those accused of criminal offenses. In addition to his courtroom litigations skills, Mr. Braden has been able to obtain pardons for those deserving individuals who had felony backgrounds and who are now able to work and live responsibly.  Mr. Braden is an active and concerned neighbor in Chicago.  In the past he has served as a cooperating attorney with the local branch of the NAACP, General Counsel for the Chatham Business Association, and local General Counsel for a major Life Insurance Company based in Kentucky.  Mr. Braden, having attained the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 534 of Chicago many years ago, continues to serve as an advisor on occasion to those regularly working with the Boy Scout Troop 534.  He has also volunteered hundreds of pro bono service hours over the years in the form of free legal advice to those throughout the Chicago area.  Mr. Braden has been a member of the Cook County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  He has been a presenter at Law Day events and enjoys the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of legal topics online. Mr. Braden, in addition to mentoring law students and young lawyers, has served as a moot court competition judge for area law schools, including Northwestern Law School. Mr. Braden is presently a member of the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges as well as the American Bar Association.  He was honored to have been selected to serve as a Judge for the American Bar Association Law Student Division National Negotiation Competition Event at the ABA National Headquarters in Chicago on February 9, 2019. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mr. Braden is most thankful for his wife and two grown sons.  


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Zedrick Braden, Ainsworth & Associates, P.C.
203 North La Salle Street Suite 2100
Chicago, IL, 60601

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Posted by Ellis | May 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Legal Service
I had a legal matter where I hired Mr. Braden. He was able to manage and present my case and he was able to bring about a favorable outcome.
Posted by DSN Chicago | July 29, 2011
Great legal counsel
I recently had a legal matter to deal with. I talked to a friend of mine about my issues and he highly recommended Zedrick Braden. My situation was also complicated due to being laid off of work. Zedrick was not only patient but was thorough and confident with his work for me through the end of the process. I would highly recommend Zed for anyone in the Chicago area who needs legal representation in any of his fields of Law.
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Posted by Pierre | June 12, 2011
This Lawyer will put real effort in your case
Every Lawyer I had talked to didn't want to put any real effort in the case but Mr. Braden. Did just that, we fought it out and I got much better results that any other Lawyer told me.
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2009
I have had great success in the past,currently he atvise me on business ,family afairs and whatever I need his services for. He is a knowledgeable professional,courteous, considerate to the point and a fair Attorney at Law. I would recommend Attorney Zedrick Braden the third ,to family, friends and business associates with out hesitation. Need a good Attorney call him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2011
A dissatisfied client
I had the opportunity to win a settlement. Although Atty Braden is a nice guy; he dropped the ball and allowed his spouse (also an attorney) to become involved. He does not return calls promptly and is regularly unorganized. would not recommend him for important cases.
Response from Zedrick Braden June 12, 2011
Also some people may not be aware that lawyers frequently work with other lawyers on cases, this practice is common and in many instances, depending on the size of the firm, routine. Although it is a practice designed to insure adequate coverage of client's claims, it is by no means a basis for concluding that the initial lawyer handling the matter alone has now "dropped the ball".
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Panelist
  • American Arbitration Association
  • 2020 - Present
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Dept of Adm. Hearings
  • 2008 - Present
  • Child Representative and Guardian ad Litem
  • Circuit Court of Cook County - Domestic Relations Division
  • 2006 - Present
  • Court Facilitator
  • Circuit Court of Cook County/Domestic Relations Division
  • 2006 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Law Office of Zedrick Thomas Braden III
  • 1985 - Present
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • NAACP (Chicago Branch)
  • 1991 - 1998
  • Circuit Court Arbitrator - Chair Qualified
  • Circuit Court Mandatory Arbitration Program
  • 1991 - 1996
  • General Counsel
  • Chatham Business Association
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Local General Counsel Team
  • Mammoth Life Insurance Company
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem/Defense Attorney For Minors
  • Circuit Court of Cook County/Juvenile Division
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Per Diem Personal Injury Defense attorney
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Special Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • City of Chicago
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Partner
  • Braden & Braden
  • 1985 - 2005
  • Appellate Research Clerk/Non-Lawyer
  • Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • 1982 - 1984
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  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Centre College of Kentucky
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
  • Roosevelt University
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. John Doe Jr.
  • We obtained a verdict of non guilty.
  • People v. John Doe
  • Finding of Not Guilty. We won again!!
  • CHA v. Jane Doe
  • Case settled in favor of our client.
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  • Park Manor Neighbor's Community Council
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Eagle Scout
  • 2006 - Present
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Black Women's Law Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Youth For Mankind
  • Delegate
  • 1972 - 1973
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Domestic Relations Division
  • 2008
  • Community Service Award
  • Chief Judge-Domestic Relations Division
  • 2007
  • Community Service Award
  • Domestic Relations Division
  • 2006
  • Who's Who Among Successful African Americans
  • The North American Registry
  • 1999
  • Life Member of National Registry of Who's Who In America
  • Membership Committee of Who's Who In America
  • 1997
  • Who's Who Among Practicing Attorneys
  • Membership Committee For Who's Who Among Practicing Attorneys
  • 1990
  • Outstanding Young Man In America
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Law School/Texas Southern University
  • 1980
  • Moot Court Competition Finalist
  • Thurgood Marshall Law School At Texas Southern University
  • 1980
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America/Troop 534 in Chicago
  • 1973
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Boy Scouts of America/Troop 534 in Chicago
  • 1971
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  • Independent Bulletin
  • Avoid The Mortgage Foreclosure Trap
  • 2007
  • Independent Bulletin
  • Continuing The Fight For Justice And Equality
  • 2007
  • Independent Bulletin
  • The Value Of A Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Independent Bulletin
  • A Father's Rights In The Absence Of Marriage
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association
  • Law Student Negotiating Competition
  • 2019
  • A Coalition of Chicago Neighborhoods
  • The History of the Park Manor Neighbors Community Council
  • 2017
  • Annual Law Day of Woodlawn Community Organization of Chicago
  • Criminal Defense/Constitutional Rights
  • 2011
  • Fox News Chicago Interview By Reporter Darlene Hill For 9 O'clock Evening News
  • A lawsuit filed by Attorney Zedrick Braden on behalf of citizens of Harvey, Illinois to remove a politician simultaneously holding two incompatible public offices.
  • 2010
  • FOX NEWS Chicago interview for 9 o'clock evening news
  • Litigation involving a Harvey, Illinois politician and a lawsuit filed by me on behalf of Harvey residents to have him removed based upon him simultaneously holding to incompatible elective offices.
  • 2010
  • Served as a moot court judge for Northwestern Law School moot court competition event.
  • Moot Court Competition for first year law students.
  • 2010
  • Candidate For Judge
  • Zedrick Braden For Judge
  • 2008
  • Channel 21 Legal Commentary
  • Constitutional Rights
  • 2008
  • Law Day
  • Highlights of the Legal Profession
  • 2008
  • WVON Talk Radio
  • Candidate For Judge/Fairness in the courtroom
  • 2008
  • Youth Related Program
  • Law and Education
  • 2008
  • Teen Awareness Educational Program
  • Teen Awareness For Safety
  • 2007
  • Law Day
  • The Legal Profession
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (10)
Endorse Zedrick
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Braden. Very experienced and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients. Keep up a great work!"
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Zedrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Braden is one of the most honest and caring lawyers that I have ever had the privilege to litigate against. He did an outstanding job for his client and puts his client's best interest first at all times."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zedrick is skilled attorney who works tirelessly to achieve his clients' justice. Whatever the matter may be, he is a very respected lawyer in the area. I highly recommend Zedrick for any legal matter he specializes in."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Mr. Braden to anyone with a legal problem. Trust him with your case and he will take very good care of you."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had multiple cases with Zedrick Thomas Braden III and find that he has acted in a zealous, energetic manner on behalf of the clients that he represents. He is familiar with the law and diligent in keeping up with current developments in the law. It is my privilege to recommend this lawyer to those seeking legal services."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"If you need your personal injury case in Chicago to get personal attention I recommend Zedrick Braden."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The Braden family has been well known in the Chicago area for numerous decades and Attorney Braden continues his family tradition. He is a great advocate for the community and I highly recommend his legal services."
General practice Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have appeared in front of Mr. Braden in his capacity of Administrative Law Judge. Mr Braden is knowledgeable, fair and cares about the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I tried several cases with Mr. Braden and in particular an attempted murder case. He was professional, prepared and a incredible presence in the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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