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Blake Horwitz

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.6   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1989
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Blake

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Blake Horwitz is one of Chicago’s leading civil rights trial lawyers. He has prosecuted over 400 federal claims and brought over 30 cases to trial. One of his most notable victories resulted in a $28,000,000 verdict against the City of Chicago, the largest police misconduct verdict in the Midwest. With over 20 years of trial experience of both Federal and state courts, Mr. Horwitz has a wealth of experience in complex litigation and the will to fight and win on behalf of his clients.


Mr. Horwitz is especially proud of his successes in battling municipal corruption and wrongdoing. Through his litigation of Seipler v. McHenry County, Mr. Horwitz has effectively put an end to racial profiling in the issuing of traffic tickets by the County’s Sheriff’s Department. In Anderson  v. Village of Stone Park, he forced the municipality to cease an illegal sting operation that had resulted in the arrest of nearly 900 innocent men wrongfully accused of soliciting prostitution. And by filing twelve police misconduct lawsuits in a single day against the City of Blue Island, Mr. Horwitz helped bring about a pronounced reduction in police abuse by the Blue Island Police Department.

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The Blake Horwitz Law Firm, LTD.
111 W. Washington St.
Suite 1611
Chicago, IL, 60602

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4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Bridgette Walker | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Former Client
I've obtained the services of the Blake Horwitz Law Firm in the past and I was totally impressed and satisfied with their services and there willingness to go above and beyond to get you the best outcome. I definitely recommend this firm.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Justice Found
Thanks to Blake and Jeff (and the other staff at their law firm), I finally found justice for an injury from long ago. As a victim of a sexual crime, I was very cautious about who I wanted to represent me. Their team was thoroughly professional, communicative, and sensitive to my concerns. And, in the end, we achieved compensation. I am so appreciative of their efforts. I feel like I can move on from that story, and start a new relationship with my life!
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Posted by Walter | April 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Justice delayed is Justice denied....A failure doesn’t take form until you stop trying.
The Blake Horwitz law firm has facilitated in my pursuit of financial compensating for my many years of wrongful incarceration. Blake himself made sure that I understood each procedure that was done, and his team was always available whenever I had a question concerning the case. Albeit the journey was long and arduous this firm stood with me until we ascertained a victory. I would definitely recommend the Blake Horwitz law firm to anyone who has been done wrong by the justice system. Their resilience is applauded. Thank you Blake, Sergio, and the rest of the team. May you all continue to be blessed for your services.
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Posted by Rodrigo | May 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
V. Remodeling
La firma del abogado Blake es muy professional y y respetuosa. Me ayudarnon con un caso que me querian dar de D.u.i . Desde el principio que fui a su oficina su jente me trato muy bien y el me vio personalmente. Me otorgo a uno de sus mejores abogados en su firma. Me ablaban para recordarme de mis citas. Siempre me contestaban y si no podia me mandaba mensaje y me regresaba todas las llamadas. Se tomaban el tiempo de asegurarse que yo estubiera bien y que no tubiera ninguna duda. Se asersioraron de que todo fuera correctamente hecho y que se vieran todas las opciones posibles. De una felonia grave y carcel seguro, me vajaron a misdemeanor y nada de carcel gracias a sus esfuerzos. Me lo recommendaron a mi y yo personal mente se los recomiendo a todos. Fue una Buena decision y la mejor que hice en todo este lio.
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Posted by Tina | November 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and Super Aggressive
Blake was fabulous from the beginning till the end, was very focused, informative, had an excellent strategy in place to get me justice. We faced lots of challenges throughout the case and was loosing hope, but Blake assured us, asked us to trust him and keep faith in him. We did and he didnot disappoint us. He fought hard and got aggressive when needed and in the end got us justice. I highly recommend Blake and his team for your legal needs
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Posted by Shelly | April 28, 2015
Top notch legal representation
Blake and his associates represented my family in a dispute with a general contractor. Blake was able to clearly articulate our options and handled submitting the claim for arbitration. Although we eventually ended up settling with the general contractor, the strength of Blake's negotiating skills ensured that we got the best possible result. If I ever have the need for a lawyer again, I have no doubt that Blake Horwitz will be the first person that I call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Fantastic results
From the initial stages of the case through its resolution Mr. Horwitz kept me informed, updated and explained the legal process in an understandable way. Very happy with the lawsuit's results. I would and have recommended him to family and friends.
Posted by Carnell | March 2, 2015
Over twenty years and counting
I have been the fortunate recipient of legal advice from Mr. Horwitz ongoing for over twenty years. He has always given me excellent legal advice that has always resulted in outcomes most favorable to myself and my family. If anyone needs a lawyer who is 'all in', Blake Horwitz is your guy. Bring Mr. Horwitz and his excellent team on board and you will see maximum effort, Skill, and results.
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Posted by Panda | February 27, 2015
The Wolf of Chicago
Blake represented my husband, his father, and myself in a police brutality case that was no fault of our own. He researched the facts, investigated the neighborhood, and got down to every dirty detail these officers were hiding. Long story short, he was able to get the truth out about our complete innocence in this horrible situation. These officers abused their rights to "protect and serve" and used this power to abuse and intimidate. Well, the Wolf brought all of that out in court, and we won. The judge was so convinced of the officers guilt, he barely let the officers attorney object at times. Without him, we would still be facing the abuse, all because an officer who lived in our building wanted to buy the building . Of which they did everything in their power to make any and every tenant that lived there prior to us look bad, just as they did to us. As I said, Blake got to the bottom of this situation and helped us maintain our innocence, as well as recover any and all damages that we were subjected to over the course of the years we lived there. We have recommended him to friends and family, of which they have also used him. If you need someone that you can TRUST, and I mean really TRUST, then Blake aka the The Wolf of Chicago is your man. He does not tolerate abuse of civil rights or injustice of any kind. He fights for what is right and just, and if that is what you want or need, then he is the attorney for you!!! Thank you Blake for all that you have done for us, and will do for others! You and your team ROCK!
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Posted by Charles | January 30, 2015
civil rights case
Attorney Horwitz represented us in a very professional and persistent manner throughout our 4-day trial and pre-trial conferences. Attorney Horwitz destroyed the credibility of the defendant and his witnesses during direct and cross-examination.
Posted by Jennifer | January 18, 2015
Former Client- Highly Recommended
Mr. Horwitz and his associates represented me a few years ago in a couple different matters I had going on. One was a criminal matter. I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Horwitz take my case. He went the extra mile make sure my needs were met and the outcome of these matters were favorable. I know first hand that he is very experienced and great at what he does. If you need a great lawyer with an outstanding reputation choose Blake Horwitz.
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Posted by Joseph | January 15, 2015
A Lawyer with Resources!
Mr. Blake Horwitz is a lawyer with lots of resources. Mr. Horwitz with his team of lawyers and assistants were able to look at my case from all angles, finding a promising resolution. The group as a whole are well informed and will be your voice, He will stand up for you, while dealing with the confusion and red tape of the courts.
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Posted by Micheala | January 15, 2015
Highly recommended
I would most definitely recommend Blake Horwitz, I meet with him and 2011 with my case and its still proceeding so I will not go into the case further. He go the extra mile he helped my family in ways you can't imagine. Need a lawyer call Blake Horwitz
Posted by Alfredo Sr. | January 13, 2015
Former client of Blake
I was falsely accused and I hired an attorney that was known as the "best" in Joliet. He told me that I didn't have a case and advised me to plead guilty. I then called Blake Horwitz who happily took my case. Blake put the time and effort needed and fought hard to prove my innocence. He proved my innocence without me ever having to take the stand. Don't make the same mistake that I made, get it right the first time and hire Blake Horwitz.
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Posted by Frank | January 2, 2015
I am a Client of Blake Horwitz
Blake is representing me in an on going case. I have found them to very responsible of my need, When ever I call the office they are knowledgeable of my needs they keep me well informed of the progress of my case. The firm is very trustworthy in keeping my case private and confidential, with that being said I feel very safe with my case in the hands of Blake Horwitz.
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Posted by James | June 25, 2013
Professional and Empathetic.
Blake understands the federal courts well. If your fortunate enough to have him work on your case personally you probably will end up with a favorable outcome. However, Blake and I did not finish what we started with my case, which I harbor no hard feelings, hence the review I am posting on behalf of him. If you have the story that can't be refuted (example, excessive force and its recorded) he will get it done on the highest level. He is well respected and known in Chicago.
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Posted by Maureen | January 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Disappointing
I am a disabled veteran that was led to this law firm by a State Representative that thought that this firm could help me in an unlawful termination case where I lost my job after nearly 20 yrs after filing a complaint and was retaliated against. I underwent harassment, discrimination, caught them in fraudulent activity, and underwent reprisal. I have been out of work for 2 months and been waiting on word from this law firm for a month and followed up several times, but no one answers and their mailbox is full. I left messages in the general mailbox as well as emailed them. They never called the EEO lawyer as they were going to. I finally got a hold of someone today to find out they decided not to take the case, but never informed me and no reason was provided. Thanks for nothing and for wasting my valuable time as well when I could have been finding someone that would have and could have helped me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-500 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner and President
  • The Blake Horwitz Law Firm
  • 1998 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Friedman & Olson, Ltd.
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Attorney
  • Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates
  • 1989 - 1991


  • Chicago Kent College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Craft et al v. City of Chicago
  • 700,000.00
  • Medina v. City of Chicago
  • 1,800,000
  • Regalado v. City of Chicago
  • $28,000,000.00 verdict on behalf of Client
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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Indiana
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar of the Western District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Chicago Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Central District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • Lorman Education Services
  • 2005


  • Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Handbook
  • Regalado: Anatomy of an Excessive Force Case
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Police Misconduct
  • 2010
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Police Misconduct
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
Endorse Blake
Litigation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Blake is one the high profile lawyers in the ares of civil rights litigation, Highly recommended. I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known and worked on cases with Blake Horwitz for many years. He is a tireless and extremely effective advocate, and I always associate with him on my own civil rights cases."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"We have referred Blake several civil rights cases over the past few years. He always does a fantastic job on each case."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Horwitz is a leader in the civil rights field. Throughout his career he has worked diligently in representing his clients and will get the best possible outcome."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This is an excellent lawyer. If your looking for a talented litigator, Blake is one of the best."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Blake is everything you imagine a great attorney should be. He is rare breed of strategic, empathetic, sharp, compelling and knowledgeable. It has been and continues to be a pleasure to work with him on complex litigation and civil rights matters. I highly encourage any client to contact him regarding his/her case, they won't be disappointed."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Blake is an excellent attorney with extensive criminal and civil rights experience who works hard to get justice for his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Blake is an excellent lawyer who is very thorough, meticulous and hard working. He has obtained superb results in litigating civil rights cases including a very recent verdict of over $1 million dollars against the City of Chicago."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Plaintiff’s civil rights litigation is a field of law that few attorneys practice. Mr. Horwitz takes on cases that most attorneys would not accept due their complexity and their knowledge that they are vigorously defended by government attorneys. Despite this reality Blake takes on and stands up for the rights of those whose Constitutional rights have been violated. Blake is a staunch advocate and does not retreat in the face of adversity; his results speak for themselves."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a tremendous amount of experience. He truly cares about his clients. He is very bright. He brings all of this experience and ability together to render terrific results"
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Blake fights very hard for his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Blake Horwitz and his practice for over a decade, As a criminal defense attorney I often find my clients in situations where they have been inappropriately been treated by the police, and need more then just the vindication of an acquittal, they need more justice then the criminal justice system, they require compensation for the wrongs that have occurred to them. There is no one else I trust more to protect my clients civil interests in police misconduct cases then Mr. Horwitz and his team of attorneys. I endorse this lawyer."
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