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Michael Schmiege is the leading lawyer at the Chicago criminal defense firm, the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege. Attorney Schmiege was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Editions of 2009-2013; recognition that only 2.5% of practicing lawyers aged 40 years or younger have received. In addition, he is admitted to practice in Federal Courts throughout the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of Ohio, and the Southern District of Texas. To find out more about retaining the representation of Attorney Schmiege, contact the firm today!



  • Villanova University, B.A., 1999

  • John Marshall Law School, 2005

Licensed to Practice

  • State of Illinois

  • Northern District of Illinois - Federal Court

  • Southern District of Texas - Federal Court 


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys since 2006

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Illinois Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

Honors/Recognition/Continuing Education

  • Named as a Rising Star in the area of criminal defense by Super Lawyers in conjunction with Chicago Magazine. This honor is based on peer review and is bestowed upon a mere 2.5% of the lawyers in Illinois

  • Attends numerous conferences to keep on top of recent develops in the area of criminal Defense and civil rights

  • Illinois Continuing Legal Education – Defending Drug Cases in Illinois, Chicago Illinois 2007

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law 27th annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL 2010

  • The United States Sentencing Commission presents the Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, New Orleans, LA 2010

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s, 2010 Spring Meeting & Seminar, Rock and Roll Defenses: Singing the Tune of Victory in Street Crime Cases, Memphis TN 2010

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s, Warriors for the Defense: Trial Techniques from the Masters – New York, NY 2008

At John Marshall Law School:

  • Clerked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Felony Trial Division

  • Member of the Trial Advocacy Team

  • Clerked for Mora, Baugh, Waitzman & Unger, a firm handling NASD broker-dealer complaints and disputes


  • Attorney at Kane & Fischer, handled securities litigation and NASD broker-dealer complaints and disputes

  • Attorney at Acosta, Batovski & Schmiege


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 25%
    11 years, 500 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    11 years, 500 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    11 years, 500 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 25%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Michael D. Cheronis

    Mr. Schmiege is a brilliant attorney who will work to produce the results you are hoping for. Don't hesitate. Hire him.


    Michael Cheronis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Matthew Paul Prengaman

    Michael is an excellent attorney who will work tirelessly for his client, his knowledge of the law makes him an excellent choice for anyone facing criminal charges, misdemeanor or felony.


    Matthew Prengaman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, PC2011 - Present
PartnerAcosta, Batovski & Schmiege2006 - Present
Coach - Trial TeamDePaul University College of Law2013 - 2013
Coach - Trial TemaDePaul University College of Law2012 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorDePaul University College of Law2012 - 2013
Coach - Trial TeamDePaul University College of Law2011 - 2011
AttorneyKane & Fischer, LTD2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seventh Circuit Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Chicago chapter)Member2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMaster2006 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of Illinois v. C.S.Case Dismissed
People of the State of illinois v. C.H.NOT GUILTY
People of the State of Illinois v. P.J.CASE DISMISSED - Motion Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
HG.orgDefending Against First-Degree Murder in Illinois2011
www.Findacriminalattorney.comPolice Misconduct Is an Abuse of Power2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Villanova UniversityLiberal ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial TeamTrial Advocacy2013
Trial TeamTrial Advoocacy2012
www.chicagocriminaldefensefirm.comFirst Time Drug Offenses2011
www.chicagocriminaldefensefirm.comViolent Crimes2011
Coach - Depaul University College of Law Trial TeamTrial Advocacy2011