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Haytham Faraj

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 5 years
    California - CA 10 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    Illinois - IL 18 years
    Michigan - MI 14 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2009
    Not authorized to practice-Administrative No misconduct found

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

About Haytham

Learn Haytham’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Alleged violations of the criminal law are charged in criminal courts. Criminal violations include DUI or DWI (OWI in michigan), drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, property crimes, computer crimes, financial crimes, crimes involving fraud, tax crimes, intellectual property crimes and domestic violence. Our firm has represented countless clients to successful outcomes.

    19 years, 250 cases

  2. Personal injury
    A personal injury lawyer works with clients who have suffered a physical or emotional injury, usually by accident or mistake. For example, if you are in a car accident or are the victim of a botched surgery, a personal injury attorney can help. They know how the insurance claim process works, they know what evidence to gather, and they know how to calculate and present a claim for damages.

    19 years, 30 cases

  3. Commercial real estate
    Commercial law involves the representation of clients -usually corporate and business clients- in contract disputes, partnership and corporate shareholder disputes, UCC disputes, International Business Transaction disputes, national and international trade disputes and negotiations and structuring of business deals and agreements. We have represented numerous business clients in federal and state courts and in arbitration hearings.

    19 years

There are a lot of lawyers who know the law and are good lawyers.  

Unfortunately, there are very few great lawyers.  A great lawyer is someone who not only knows the law but also takes the time to listen to the client, understand the client's problem, develop a solution tailored to the client's needs and then deliver the solution to the client.  The solution may not always involve legal action.  Sometimes what the client needs is someone to listen and a word of advice.  

I pride myself on being a lawyer who takes the time to listen to my clients.  I do that because I learned that unless a lawyer learns to care about what the client is saying, a lawyer will not be effective in fashioning a good solution.   And by learning to care, I found that I have become a better lawyer and more effective in helping the people that seek me out to help them with their problems.  That often means that I am taking some legal action on behalf of my clients.  When I do that, I achieve my clients' objectives. I can proudly say that I have never let a client down.  But sometimes my help means that I am advising some non-legal solution.  Because my clients know that I genuinely care about them, they take my advice and value it.  


My track record of legal successes which includes dozends of jury trial victories along with my capacity to listen, care, fight when necessary, or offer a word advice, keeps clients coming back and referring others.



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The Law Office of Haytham Faraj, PLLC
105 West Adams Street
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL, 60603

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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Faraj is a great lawyer I hired him for a few cases and he did his job well. I will definitely be calling him again..
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Predatory sexual assault (17 counts)
I was charged with 17 counts of predatory sexual assault, each count is a life sentence and I thought my life was over until I met Mr. Haytham Faraj. Throughtout the lengthy pre-trial Haytham was not only my lawyer but also my friend, he gave me hope and gave everything he had to save me. He takes his job seriously, cares about his clients, is intellectual, observant and much more. He gave me my life back with a not guilty on all charges which is impossible but he did it. I strongly recommend Mr. Haytham Faraj.
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Posted by Brian | January 30, 2015
Criminal sexual abuse
This lawyer was exceptional. My son was brought in for questioning for a case in which he was accused of criminal sexual abuse. Attorney Haytham sent in all required documents under law to advise the police to contact him regarding any investigation Related to the alleged crime. However the police refuse to acknowledge his role. They contacted us directly and tried to speak with my son who has a disability. Attorney Haytham was out of town but called to advised the police to not proceed. They still insisted and did not acknowledge his role. He then sent another lawyer down there so they could not continue to play games with my son. The Attorney advised the police to stop talking to his client. As a result, they could no longer ask my son anything and the case was dropped and my son was released due to lack of evidence. Great work!
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Posted by Pamela | November 14, 2012
High profile politically motivated military court martial
Sgt Jeffrey Hurst vs United States Our son was falsely accused of crimes leading to the suicide of another soldier in Afghanistan over 1 year ago. A retired Navy Commander family member told us to get him a civilian attorney who had served in the military, retired at least a Major and was a Marine. The seach was fairly quick as Haytham Faraj's name came up pretty quickly in the military community. We were told he was the "best". He was everything we had heard and more. He took us under his protective unbrella, showed his kindness and professionalism. He was always only a text or call away. Mr. Faraj calmed this terrified family with his knowledge , determination to show the truth and painted the picture clearly and exceeded our expectations. He earned every drop of trust we put into him and we will forever be grateful. He saved our son's life. A wonderful attorney and stellar human being. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Monte and Pam Hurst
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Posted by Troy | October 12, 2012
Rare legal talent.
Not a litigious person, I did eventually need a lawyer in a situation with my employer. At what was an extremely stressful time for me, Mr. Haytham Faraj was exactly what every person wants in a lawyer, but does not often get; outraged on my behalf, compassionate and warm towards me, and yet wholly focused on brilliant legal strategy. He had twenty answers for every question I had, and each possibility. I found my interactions with him both inspiring and actually soothing. The situation was resolved to my satisfaction, but if I ever need an attorney again, I will call Haytham first, without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2012
Dedicated, hard working attorney who really fights on your case, could not have asked for better help with my legal situation!! I would refer him OVER & OVER very impressive. I am pleased with the outcome of my situation.
Posted by Mike Dodd | February 17, 2012
legal counsel review
Haytham is hands down the single best legal counsel I have ever had. His professionalism and dedication to my needs as a client far exceed other lawyers and firms i have used in the past. And the single most important part; he has never lost a case or deal that my company was involved with or pursuing. You can never argue with 100% results.
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Posted by Lisa | February 17, 2012
VA CVE verification
Haytham has been my lawyer on multiple civil matters for more than the last year. In representing my firm against the VA regarding our verification as an SDVOSB his results were no less than amazing. Within 24 hours of filing the lawsuit we were verified. He is absolutely outstanding and has never lost a case. I would recommend him for anyone seeking legal counsel and in fact have referred numerous potential clients to him. He is truly a warrior in the courtroom and doesn't look to setle or merely push paper, he gets results.
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Posted by Sarah | January 3, 2012
Honest & Trustworthy
I give Haytham a 10 out of 10! Simply put, Haytham Faraj is knowledgeable, experienced, professional, loyal, patient, and practical. He assisted me with a business transaction that went wrong. A shipping company that I once did business with, misrepresented my company goods during an international shipment, which cost my company tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Haytham was attentive to detail, knew exactly what points to make, and showed great confidence every step of the way. He always kept me informed and I felt secure. I never felt rushed when talking to him. He always gave me the time I needed and his attention was always personalized to me. I could always count on Haytham. Haytham is passionate, genuine and caring. Just by talking to him over the phone, I can tell he truly cares and he loves what he does. You will be in good hands with Haytham. He is by far THE BEST out there. I DEFINITELY recommend Haytham. He is truly a one in a million.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2011
Military Matter
This was my first experience with a lawyer and I was extremely skeptical. Mr. Faraj made a trying and stressful experience for my family and myself as painless as possible. His genuine concern for me as an individual was the bridge that led to our eventual legal success.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2011
Military Defense Attorney (Sexual Assault)
Haytham has a wealth of experience in the Marine Corps, rising through the enlisted ranks to Staff Sergeant, then earning a commission, serving as an infantry officer and then earning the distinction as a judge advocate in the Marines before retiring as a Major. He has been practicing for several years as a civilian defense counsel in both military and civilian criminal defense cases. He is a graduate of the esteemed Jerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College. He recently represented me in a complex sexual assault case that lasted over two years in the military after facing charges in the civilian courts. The case involved multiple accusations of rape and sexual assault and a litany of unscrupulous charges attempting to gain a conviction at all costs. His knowledge, persistence, preparation, and especially his presence in the courtroom were phenomenal. In pre-trial motions he knows the battles to fight and earns the respect of the judge and opposing counsel for his candor and demeanor. In trial, he connects with the members/jurors in a way that only a seasoned military professional with keen legal experience can. My case resulted in a full acquittal on all the rape and sexual assault charges. I put my absolute faith in his abilities and he never let me down.
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Posted by Michael | May 4, 2010
Navy Chief charged with fraternization
I was informed in December that I M going to a SPCm for fraternization and other charges. Honestly I was very scared I thought I am going to loose everything and me and my family will end up on the streets. I start looking for a civilian military lawyer and hired a law firm in Chicago made up of ex- airforce officers. I was not impress on the lawyer from Chicago but I need someone to defend me. So with outfurther delay I payed this ex airforce lawyer and waited for him to give me some result, instead he agreed with the prosecutor's deal of going to a summary court martial and reduction in rank. At this time this ex-airforce attorney is intimidating me in his emails and phone calls. I talked to a friend of mine and decided to fire this incompetent airforce lawyer and hire Mr. Haytham Faraj , when I talk to Mr Faraj the first time and told him what about my situation he give me an advice that I did not geared from my previous incompetent lawyer. I hired him right away and he was always there for me it doesn't mAtter what time or day but he is always avsilabe to answer my question and give me and my family comfort. During the trial Mr Faraj defended me above and beyond my expectations . He attacked the prosecutor and their witnessess very effectively that a week after the trial people are still talking about him as my defense attorney and how the prosecutor and their witnessess looked like bugs hitting the windshield because of their lies and make up stories. At the end I walked away with only one charge, art- 92 with a letter of reprimand and a half month pay for a month. Eventhough this is a obvious selective persecution in my command and we are fighting against all odds, Mr Haytham Faraj defended me victoriously. I walked away with my rank. And clean namei highly recommend Haytham Faraj. He will never let you down and you will get the worth of your money.
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Posted by Luis | February 28, 2010
The lawyer you want representing you.
Mr. Faraj is an amazing lawyer but better yet, a genuine person. Mr. Faraj honorably served our country both as a leader on the enlisted and officer side in the Marine Corps. He was the top defense lawyer in the largest Marine base during his tenure as a Marine. He will represent you with these same unique values that led him to succeed in the most accomplished military branch in history. As his client, Mr. Faraj always kept me well informed of my case. It never felt like business to me. It felt more like he was taking good care of me. He spent many hours with me over the phone, prior to any commitments. He is highly respected among the prosecutor community, and he will try your case aggressively. I have referred him to a couple of friends that needed a lawyer, and won their cases. Mr. Faraj is the best lawyer you will find around. He saved my military career and prevented so much inconvenience for the rest of my life. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Mr. Faraj.
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Posted by Alex | February 28, 2010
Great lawyer
I was using a different lawyer before and I wasn't getting any results. I used Haytham and in two weeks my case was settled and I was very happy with the results,
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2010
Haytham Saved My Life
When I was falsely accused of rape by a civilian female last year, I thought my life, let alone my career was over. I called Haytham Faraj and he explained everything that was going on and what would happen next. His cross-examination of my accuser at the Article 32 hearing exposed her dishonesty to the degree that my investigating officer recommended dismissing the charges. What happened next was even more devastating. The command decided to go forward with a General Courts Martial against all recommendations after I had already been told the charges were being dismissed. Haytham was there for me anytime I called, answering my questions no matter how trivial and reassuring me that he had never lost a rape case and I wouldn’t be his first. I was charged with violations of Article 120, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Wrongful Sexual Act, Indecent Conduct and Article 133, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman. I was facing 37 years in prison and having to register as a sex offender if convicted of even one of the lesser included offenses. I thought there was no way my career would survive this even though I was innocent of the charges against me and my accuser was exposed as a liar. Throughout the trial Haytham was indefatigable in his cross-examination of the Prosecution’s witnesses. By the end of the first day I knew we had won the case. When the jury came back with a unanimous not guilty verdict I almost broke down. Haytham was there for me every step of the way. A few weeks later, I’m continuing with my career without the stigma of so much as even a single dissenting vote on one of the charges. Haytham was worth double what I paid to get my life back. Not only did he achieve the best possible result in my case, he truly cares about his clients. I don’t care whether you’re guilty or innocent of what you’re accused of; there is no one else I’d entrust with my future or recommend to anyone.
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Posted by Barry | January 17, 2010
Professional review
I was extremely impressed with Mr. Faraj's professionalism, knowledge and empathy during our case. He was realistic when presenting the uncertainty of the process and expectations but was able to convey to me and my family that he was behind us 100% and confident in his abilities to bring about a favorable outcome. I recommend him without reservation.
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  • Contingency 30%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Trial lawyer
  • The Law Office of Haytham Faraj
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Puckett & Faraj, PC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Senior Defense Counsel
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2005 - 2008


  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2009
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • The Citadel
  • BA
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Faraj v. Entertainment Express Inc.
  • Settled
  • U.S. v. Vega
  • Not guilty on all rape and sexual assault charges
  • U.S. v. ZA
  • Not guilty on Conspiracy and obstruction. Guilty of another count of obstruction
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  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Jursiprudence and Practice Committee, Michigan Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic

Honors and Awards

  • The Wheeler Award
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1995


  • The Warrior
  • The Price of a Ribbon: Murder
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College- Texas Seminar at Round Top
  • Cross Examination
  • 2012
  • BBC News
  • Bradley Manning Trial
  • 2012
  • Virginia Bar Association, military law section
  • Media in High Profile Cases
  • 2011
  • Graduate Program I, Trial Lawyers College
  • Advanced Trial Skills
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (27)
Endorse Haytham
Wrongful death Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Competent, cordial, and caring. That’s Haytham. He and I were on opposite sides of a case. Haytham made all the right moves - with courtesy and dignified advocacy. Respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fearless and tireless. We served together in the Marine Corps where he was relied upon for the most serious assignments. Along with all of this, he is an elite level athlete placing in Ironman triathlons. He fights and he wins."
Personal injury Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Haytham genuinely cares about his clients and his cases; coupling that with his legal knowledge and experience, he provides highly effective representation for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer/warrior. Haytham is one of America's elite trial lawyers, with a well-earned national reputation for winning "impossible" plaintiff's civil and criminal defense cases. Lawyers from all over the country study under Haytham to learn how to try both criminal and civil cases. His devotion to his clients and the results he gets are unparalleled in his field."
Personal injury Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Faraj is a master trial tactician incredibly experienced in trying jury trials to great success. An instructor of the famous Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, he a true trial artist. Defense attorneys and insurance companies know his reputation, giving him leverage to get the best possible results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Faraj. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Haytham is extremely knowledgable and talented. He is able to find the client's need, formulate a theory of the case, and give the client a voice in court. He is also an extremely able and competent litigator. I recommend Haytham to anyone looking for an aggressive advocate in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Haytham is an intense person who you know he has your back as your attorney. I had the pleasure of working with, and learning from, Haytham at Trial Lawyer College this last July. He is an amazing person, and attorney, who I am proud to endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I came to know Haytham through the trial lawyers college. His is an instructor there. Haytham is nothing short of a brilliant trial attorney who clearly cares deeply for his client. His demeanor is that of an unflappable trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Haytham. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Other
"Haytham was one of my favorite instructors at TLC. I would call Haytham if I needed a criminal defense lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the opportunity to meet Haytham Faraj at the Jerry Spence Trial Lawyer College. He is a faculty member at the college that has help me excel my trial skill. This lawyer is good."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mr. Faraj is not only a great attorney, but also an outstanding person. He has a unique skill that sets him apart from other great attorneys: he listens just as well as he speaks. Nothing escapes him. As a client, you will notice his focus and energy from your first meeting with him, and you will know he is your guy. I would sure want him on my team if I were ever in need."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Well respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Haytham Faraj is one of the best trial advocates I know. Quite simply, if I found myself ensnared in the justice system, I would hire Haytham to represent me. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, if you want to leave no doubt that you are in good hands, hire Haytham."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Haytham is a brilliant trial lawyer achieving great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Attorney Haytham Faraj during my training through Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College where Haytham is on staff. It is with very high regard that I submit this endorsement as I have been fortunate enough to have learned very effective trial skills from Haytham that have helped in my own cases. Haytham's skills as a legal advocate are superior to many attorneys you will encounter, partly because he is naturally talented, but also because he dedicates long hours to his clients to ensure he knows every detail necessary to make his points. The harder part comes when Haytham applies those details when he fights for truth and justice in the Courtroom. His delivery is skilled and many times, unmatched by his opponent. This attorney is one of the best of the best in the U.S."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Friend
"I have come to know and admire Haytham in the past few years. He will never back away from a difficult matter, and is someone who genuinely cares for advocates for his clients. His experience and track record is nothing short of inspirational to other attorneys. I wholeheartedly endorse Haytham."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. He is outstanding, knows how to relate and communicate with juries, and is the true embodiment of a trial lawyer. He tirelessly pursues justice for his clients - in the criminal or civil arena."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Haytham Faraj
Haytham Faraj
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 18 years