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Gal Pissetzky devotes his life to defending the rights of those accused with a variety of state and federal criminal felony charges. Mr. Pissetzky has taken over 100 cases to trial both before a jury and before a judge. He has litigated Fourth and Fifth Amendment motions in which law enforcement violated his client's Constitutional rights. Mr. Pissetzky has handled multi-issue complex trials and appeals. He has argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as numerous Illinois and Federal Appellate Courts. His practice focuses on defending clients accused of large-scale drug crimes, white collar crimes, murder, attempted murder and other violent crimes, gun offenses and sex offenses, as well as any criminal forfeiture proceedings that occur as a result of the criminal charges.

He has been vigorously representing clients in both the state and federal court systems for well over a decade. Located in Chicago, he represents clients throughout Illinois and the country. Mr. Pissetzky prides himself on providing superior client service. He is truly dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients and preserving their future.

Mr. Pissetzky combines his vast legal knowledge with his superior understanding of the court systems to provide the best possible defense for his clients. He will listen to his clients, conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation, and analyze the applicable law in light of the specific facts in order to pursue the best defense possible.

Mr. Pissetzky is a well-respected member of the legal community. He has represented many clients in high-profile cases, and is frequently quoted in the press. He regularly appears on TV as the legal consultan/advisor regarding high profile criminal cases. He was named one of Illinois' Rising Stars 2011™ by Super Lawyers ®magazine, as well as one of the "10 Best Client Satisfaction" attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and "Top 100 Trial Lawyers: Illinois" by The American Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Pissetzky began his successful career as a defense attorney in 2002 after spending four years with the Cook County State Attorney's Office. He obtained his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Hebrew, Polish

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 25%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Federal Crime: 25%
  4. Violent Crime: 25%



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Contact info

Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC

53 W. Jackson
Suite 1515
Chicago, IL, 60604

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1515
Chicago, IL, 60604-3755



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyer2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
Cum LaudeJohn Marshall Law School2000
HonorsUniversity of Illinois, Chicago1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPissetzky & Berliner, LLC2006 - Present
PartnerMeczyk & Associates2002 - 2006
Assistant State's AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2000 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Documentary of the Sinaloa CarterN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Illinois, ChicagoCriminal Law and Political ScienceBA1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Gun LawsIllinois Gun Laws2016
Illinois Gun LawsGun Dealers Licensing2016
Television ShowParental Problems with Student ActivitiesN/A