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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.




Languages spoken: English, Arabic

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    11 years, 250 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    11 years, 30 cases
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    11 years



Contingent (30-40%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

29 total 

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  • Mark V. Clay

    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.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sadredin Mohammad Mahmoudi

    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.


    Sadredin Mahmoudi Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Haytham Faraj, PLLC

105 West Adams Street
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL, 60603


DCActive 200907/10/2016
MIActive And In Good Standing200908/04/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Wheeler AwardU.S. Marine Corps1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and Trial lawyerThe Law Office of Haytham Faraj2012 - Present
PartnerPuckett & Faraj, PC2008 - Present
Senior Defense CounselU.S. Marine Corps2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Criminal Jursiprudence and Practice Committee, Michigan BarMember2009 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Faraj v. Entertainment Express Inc.Settled
U.S. v. VegaNot guilty on all rape and sexual assault charges
U.S. v. ZANot guilty on Conspiracy and obstruction. Guilty of another count of obstruction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Naval Institute PressNo Time For Truth, The Marines Justice and the Haditha Incident2014
The WarriorThe Price of a Ribbon: Murder2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2009
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
The CitadelPolitical ScienceBA1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College- Texas Seminar at Round TopCross Examination2012
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial Skills2012
BBC NewsBradley Manning Trial2012
Virginia Bar Association, military law sectionMedia in High Profile Cases2011
Graduate Program I, Trial Lawyers CollegeAdvanced Trial Skills2011
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College- Death Penalty CollegeDeath Penalty College2011
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial Skills2011
NPRMuslims in the Military2009
BBC radio news serviceDimissal of charges against Blackwater2009