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Michael Patrick Schmiege

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   80 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%

    19 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    19 years, 500 cases

  3. Federal crime
    25%

  4. Violent crime
    25%

    19 years, 500 cases

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!

 

Education

  • 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 

Memberships

  • 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

Experience
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

Post-Graduation:

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

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Location

Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege
53 West Jackson Blvd., #1515
Chicago, IL, 60604

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
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Posted by S | April 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2015 Case
Look no further. Best in the business. Met beforehand and went over the option. Made every horn clear and put me at ease
Posted by Jaydon | February 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
If you want the best lawyer, look no further. Mr. Schmiege was clear, concise, understanding, knowledgeable, dedicated, transparent, and diligent. When I wanted to take the easy plea bargain, he discouraged me from doing it, which ultimately led to my case being dismissed. He gave his honest and professional opinion and it was the correct course of action. He constantly communicated his plans and managed expectations expertly. He was detailed and straight to the point. I recommend him wholeheartedly. I was impressed with his communication at every junction over the course of nine months. Absolutely a hidden gem in Chicago. Best of the best.
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Posted by Robert | December 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my expectations
Can't say enough great things about Michael. He more than exceeded my expectations and I was very happy with my outcome. He is extremely kind and I wouldn't hesitate to refer a friend to him.
Posted by David | December 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Schmiege is knowledgeable
Mr. Schmiege is knowledgeable, skilled, and his experience makes him truly invaluable. He puts every effort into getting the best possible outcome for his clients. He is great to work with, calm and straightforward. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Ted Archer | November 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Process!!
Not my real name...but I recently retained Michael as a defense attorney. I had never been arrested before, and had no clue how the whole process worked. Michael met with me before I was to make my first court appearance. He walked me through all my options, what to expect, and the best course of action. You could tell he was well seasoned, and knew exactly what he was doing. If you find yourself in need of good legal representation, and want someone that actually cares...definitely give him a call! Having spoken to half a dozen attorneys after being arrested, he was the only one that wanted to meet face to face beforehand and talk about the case. To me, that spoke to his character, and his willingness to help his clients.
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Posted by Candie | November 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I felt very comfortable
Hiring a lawyer by nature is very stressful. My experience with Mr. Schmiege has proven otherwise. From the beginning I felt very comfortable, my case was handled professionally and successfully by Mr. Schmiege. If you are looking for a criminal lawyer in DuPage County he is the guy. Life is good. Heaven forbid, if in need again, I won't hesitate to call. As well I will highly recommend Mr. Schmiege. Thank you
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Posted by Petra | October 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable as an attorney !!
Michael is well-versed in the legal world and knows how to "play the game," so to speak. He was very communicative throughout my entire legal process and was reliable as an attorney – the best criminal lawyer in DuPage County.
Posted by Michel | October 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
Great guy great service handle my case promptly and kept me in the loop thru this process I definitely recommend his services!! 5/5 stars!
Posted by Connor | October 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust me, one can easily rely on him!
Incredibly driven and easy to work with. Provide you with everything you need to know and breaks down anything you don't understand. Trust it has been a pleasure to have him on my side!
Posted by Hayden | September 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney as well as a human!
Michael is a wonderful attorney! I hired him twice for two different cases that I had which were only 2 months apart. He's very thorough and efficient. I was even able to reach him after hours through phone calls, texts, and email. Hopefully I never need his services again but if I am in a similar predicament I would most definitely hire Michael again.
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Posted by Sandra Wills | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Michael!
Michael did a great job handling a legal matter for our family! Michael went above and beyond expectation. I would highly recommend Michael!
Posted by Clay Robinson | August 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So glad that I met this talented lawyer
Michael is a very nice and amazing man and with that he is a even better lawyer he put in my mind that one thing was gonna happen and something even better happened he was very nice to me and treated me like he would’ve treated his own family so if your looking for a lawyer look no further because i wouldn’t trust anyone else but Michael and Michael if you read this thank you for everything.
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Posted by Spencer White | August 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth a penny!!
First and Foremost Michael has helped me in more ways than he had too..I was looking at minimum 5yrs maximum 20yrs with Mr. Michael by my side I got some charges dropped and was able to go home with 6 months probation no jail time...He is truly the best lawyer in Chicago and if u want to put up a good fight Michael is the one to get the job done..I'm very Thankful for all that he has done for me and my Family plus more and I Highly recommend him in any tough case or difficult case u may have. He's got ya back...lots of love and Respect to you Michael Thank you.
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Posted by Angel Rodriguez | June 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help!!
Mr. Schmiege been a great help! They were able to dismiss my case at my first court appearance. They go above and beyond for your needs and are available all the time. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Mark Wilson | June 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really impressed with the expertise and professionalism
Me being a returning client after having him already fight and when a prior case in the past I couldn't think of anyone else that had the knowledge and expertise of Mr. Schmiege and like always he came through with flying colors! Thanks again Mike.
Posted by Cooper McDonald | June 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, non judgemental, and just simply a really nice guy!!
Michael Schmiege was an answer to prayers! Thank God I went to him and not someone else. He was professional, non judgemental, and just simply a really nice guy. More importantly...he knows what he's doing! I had a million questions that would randomly pop into my head and he was always available to talk and give me answers. Michael helped me through a bad situation and the end results were better than I imagined was possible. Thank you so much Michael! I would recommend you to anyone!
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Posted by Orion | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, dependable, honest, respectful, and trustworthy attorney.
I highly recommend Michael Schmiege. He is very efficient, dependable, honest, caring, respectful, trustworthy, and compassionate. With his many years in his practice his knowledge of the law, how the courts work and and knowing many judges and prosecutors in many counties, this lawyer will protect your rights and defend you like no other. I was very satisfied with the results of his service for someone very dear to us. I truly appreciate all his service and his office staff. You will surely be very satisfied as well. Thank you for your excellent service!
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Posted by Dian Harmon | May 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Absolutely the best! Mr. Schmiege delivered far more than he promised. His staff is kind, professional, and very helpful. Worth every penny, thank you Michael!
Posted by Connor | April 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would highly recommend.
Mr. Schmiege proved to me the compassion and determination he has for his clients. He sees more than just a dollar sign on people. He thoroughly understands the severity of their issues and acts fast in order to maintain his word. If anyone is considering hiring him, my advice would be to reach out to him with no hesitation.
Posted by Dave | April 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Schmiege is truly everything you could hope to have in a lawyer.
Michael Schmiege is truly everything you could hope to have in a lawyer: calm, intelligent, knowledgeable, compassionate, personal – a fighter. I hired him after a recommendation from a high school friend in the legal profession, following a decidedly negative experience with other counsel. The situation was initially very serious, but Michael skillfully navigated the legal channels, getting the charge reduced from felony to misdemeanor. Aside from his expertise, I felt a sense of calm and relief the moment I met Michael at his office. Subsequently, the visit to my house to meet my wife and analyze the nearby scene of my arrest, our phone conversations and court appearance all left me with a growing confidence that my life would return to normal with his help and professionalism. It has, and I’m truly grateful.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Acosta, Batovski & Schmiege
  • 2006 - Present
  • Coach - Trial Team
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Coach - Trial Tema
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Coach - Trial Team
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Kane & Fischer, LTD
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Villanova University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Illinois v. C.S.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People of the State of Illinois v. M.G.
  • CASE DISMISSED - Motion Granted
  • People of the State of Illinois v. C.J.
  • CASE DISMISSED - Motion Granted
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Associations

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Chicago chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Master
  • 2006 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Team
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Trial Team
  • Trial Advoocacy
  • 2012
  • Coach - Depaul University College of Law Trial Team
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Mr. Schmiege on multiple cases. He is an excellent lawyer, who vigorously fights for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Schmiege is an extraordinary criminal defense lawyer. His diligence and profound understanding of the law are unparalleled. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Schmiege is a brilliant attorney who will work to produce the results you are hoping for. Don't hesitate. Hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Schcmiege is an excellent attorney and he certainly deserves all of the praise you see in his reviews."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Schmiege. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! Keep up the great work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Schmiege is experienced, knowledgeable and hard working. He is a well respected DUI defense attorney. Contact him to fight for your rights. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael was a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. I would be happy to recommend him to any one requiring representation in his areas of expertise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Friend
"I highly recommend Michael Schmiege to anyone in need of an excellent criminal defense attorney. I have known Michael for all of his professional career and have great respect for his intellect and ability as an attorney. His knowledge of the intricacies of criminal law, attention to detail, and devotion to his clients lead to outstanding results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a talented, passionate and knowledgable criminal defense & civil rights lawyer. He cares about his clients. Judges and juries listen carefully whenever he tries a case. Mike has a special talent when it comes down to finding the true issues in a case and concentrating on what it takes to win."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is my go-to criminal defense lawyer in the city. Every client that I have sent his way has been very happy with his work."
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