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Howard Jay Wise

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Attorney Howard J. Wise started his 18 year career as a criminal attorney working for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division, Traffic Division, Misdemeanor Division, Felony Preliminary Hearings Division, and Felony Review where he approved felony charges and took statements (confessions) from defendants on all types of felony cases. During his time as a prosecutor he successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials.


As a defense attorney, he has handled all types of Misdemeanors and Felonies, including but not limited to, First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder. He has aggressively tried numerous bench and jury trials, both on the Misdemeanor and Felony levels, with great results.


At the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, our defense attorneys have the experience to handle all criminal defense matters, from minor traffic violations and misdemeanors to the most serious felony charges. We realize that regardless of the charge, what is most important is to maintain our client’s freedom and prevent a criminal conviction.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    19 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    19 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

27 total 

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  • Nils P. Wyosnick

    I endorse this lawyer. Having tried criminal cases against Mr. Wise when I was in the State's Attorney's office, I can attest that he is a true advocate for his clients and a highly skilled defense attorney.


    Nils Wyosnick DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Jason Blake Stevens

    I endorse this lawyer. Howard Wise is a highly competent criminal defense attorney. His Courtroom expertise is impressive.


    Jason Stevens Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates

22 W. Washington St.
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL, 60602

The Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates

1821 Walden Office Square 4th Floor
Schaumburg, IL, 60173



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Dean's ListThomas M. Cooley Law School1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates2006 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Wise & Wise2003 - 2006
AssociateLaw Offices of William H. Wise & Associates2001 - 2003
Criminal & DUI ProsecutorCook County State's Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cook County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of Illinois v R.P.Finding of Not Guilty After Trial
People of the State of Illinois v O.D.Finding of Not Guilty (Bench Trial)
People of the State of Illinois vs C.J.Case Dismissed & Beat Suspension
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Arizona College of LawMedia ArtsOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy - Professor GillespeVolunteer Judge for Kent Law School Mock Jury Trial2001