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Salim John Sheikh

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   121 reviews

also known as Sal Sheikh

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Salim

Learn Salim’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Misdemeanors to Felonies...

    15 years, 800 cases

  2. Personal injury
    34%
    Catastrophic Injuries, Auto Accidents, Slip & Fall, Dog Bites, Bar Fights.

    16 years, 800 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Orders of Protection. Domestic Battery

    15 years, 300 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    4%
    Formal and Informal Secretary of State Licensing Hearings

    15 years, 175 cases

  5. State, local, and municipal law
    3%
    City Violations

    16 years, 350 cases

  6. Violent crime
    3%

    15 years

  7. Car accident
    2%

  8. Sex crime
    1%

  9. Slip and fall accident
    1%

  10. Trucking accident
    1%

  11. White collar crime
    1%

    16 years

 

Chicago Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Attorney Sal Sheikh has a  reputation of excellence in providing smart, sensible, and cost-effective legal solutions to his clients.

 

"I serve a wide range of clientele from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Every client relationship is valued greatly and treated with dignity and respect. Each client benefits from the depth and breadth of my representation."

 

If you would like honest, "real world" solutions to your Criminal Defense Case or Personal Injury Claim, contact my office for a consult. My rates are reasonable and I am accessible to my clients.

 

 

I was born in Torrance, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, in 1977. I have been a resident of Chicago since 2007. My relationship with Chicago goes farther back however, as I have many relatives here and I would visit with them during my Christmas or Summer vacations while in school. My maternal Grandparents called Chicago home for many decades.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and videos

Discussing my Clients DUI case with the States Attorney/Prosecutor. 4th Floor of the Daley Center
1995: US Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
The Pontiac Building is a historic high-rise building located at 542 S. Dearborn St. in the Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and was built in 1891.
The Pontiac Building is a historic high-rise building located at 542 S. Dearborn St. in the Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1891, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976.
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Location

Salim John Sheikh
542 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 510
Chicago, IL, 60605

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  121 customer reviews
Posted by Salandr | April 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney
My situation was complicated but sal was able to help me navigate the complexity of the legal system like a true pro, would recommend to a friend.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my life...twice!!
I will always be thankful with Sal!! He got my public urination ticket dismissed, and thankfully off my record!! I totally recommend to anyone needing help! Thank you Sal for saving my record!! I’ll always be grateful!
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I had a fraudulent criminal case against me and Sal has been helping me with it at every step. He’s been supportive and has guided me diligently. He was responsive and understood the amount of stress I was under. He went out of his way to help me out. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by DD | October 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sal: the man, the legend.
Got in my first auto legal bind; Sal responded on a Sunday promptly to my legal inquiry and I hired him the next day. He was kind, understanding and extremely professional. Defended my case, litigated and got my charges reduced from DUI to Reckless. Saved me a ton of hassle. Would recommend and hire again in an instant. Thanks Sal.
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Posted by Jenn S | June 10, 2017
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I was rear ended in my car on the expressway in downtown by Ohio St.
Sal was my attorney for a car crash in downtown. The girl who hit my car from the back had a bad insurance who tried to deny my claim at first. I hired Sal after meeting with him. He got my car fixed my doctor bills paid and I even got some spending money too. Better Call Sal
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Sal represented me for a Violation of Task probation
Sal had originally represented me for a Felony Drug charge which I got probation for in Rolling Meadows Courtroom. I had some miscommunication with my PO and she filed a violation with the Court against me. Sal came to court and after a hearing the Judge said she would not send me to prison and my Task probation was reinstated. I would tell other people facing prison to hire Sal he is a good listener.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2017
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Domestic Battery Case Dismissed
Mr. Sal was my Lawyer for a case at 555 W. Harrison. He told me what to expect and my case was dismissed after he showed the prosecutors a video I took of my ex acting crazy. I think he is a good attorney. My uncle just hired him too.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You Sir
Sal was a breathe of fresh air when I met him. Consulting with other attorneys was a stressful and I would even go as far as to say a disappointing process. Immediately upon meeting Sal in person he put me at ease and I could see he was engaged in thinking about my case while we were talking. He handled my criminal case and got a resolution I was ecstatic with to say the least! He's a good person who has a great deal of varied life experience that fascinated me. I hope he uses his talents one day and shares them with us all. I'm of the opinion that he should run for political office! Thank you sir, God Bless.
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Posted by Honey Dip | January 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Call Sal!
Sal helped me with a domestic case I had at 555 W. Harrison. He was really patient with me throughout the process which was very emotional for me. I appreciate that he seemed to always know the small details I shared with him and always had a warm smile when we met. I would recommend Sal to anyone in search of an attorney in Chicago or Cook County. Thank You SO Much!!!
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Posted by Lauren | January 24, 2017
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How to Win Your Domestic Violence Case: Step 1 - Hire Sal.
Sal is very hard working, very busy, and he's obviously a great lawyer that cares about his clients to have received high ratings and to be juggling so many clients. That being said, you may need to be patient with him. He may be running from other courtrooms or another court and he may not pick up all the time, but let me emphasize* that it doesn't mean that you're not in good hands. I am so thankful I found Sal online through his law focus and through reading reviews. He helped me with an order of protection case against my psychotic ex who posed an actual threat to me, my family and co-workers. In preparation, I did my homework during the discovery process by collecting documents against my ex which simplified everything. At the end of the day 1) We won 2) He explained everything thoroughly to me 3) He was even able to get my ex to cover my lawyer fees and therapy. He's the real deal, high quality lawyer that I'm even recommending him to my uncle who now has spousal drama. You won't regret hiring Sal.
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Posted by Rachel Guerrero | December 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Sal!
Sal was my attorney for an auto case where someone had sideswiped me originally. As that case was ongoing other issues in life appeared. Sal was an invaluable source of counsel for a myriad of issues that popped up. Sal has a genuineness to him that I was instrumental in my decision making process. I would recommend you consult with Sal if you're in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2016
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Professional, Compassionate and gets results!
Professional, Compassionate and gets results! I hired Mr. Sheikh due to the fact that he is professional, knowledgeable, a great listener, easy to talk to and most importantly acts with a sense of urgency. I received a phone call within the hour I left him a message! A bright and compassionate attorney, from our first conversation he made me feel at ease and did not judge me for the situation I had placed myself in (criminal charges). Once we met in person I could tell he had the experience and expertise I needed for my situation. I’m so thankful he took my case; other attorneys’ plans were not good options for me and Sal had a different plan and approach that worked! He worked around my schedule, patiently answered all my questions and explained what to expect several times over the course of my year-long ordeal. Sal’s been doing this a long time, is very good at what he does and knows what to do to get you the best outcome for your case. Call Sal!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Better Call Sal!
I LOVE his web address! Sal has helped with with a number of legal pitfalls that have popped up in my life. He remembers me when I call and is not judgmental. I've recommended Sal to many of my freinds/acquaintances over the years. He's a good person to know.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call Sal!
Sal is one of the nicest attorneys I have ever met. He was polite, respectful, and worked hard to get my case done and over with, and WE WON! We worked out a decent deal to pay for the legal fees as well. Seriously, call Sal!
Posted by Brandon | December 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Counselor
Salim J Sheikh was not was what I was expecting from a lawyer. He not only soothed my anxieties about my case, but he also gave me back my dignity and hope. The man has worked tirelessly for me and has included me in every step of the process. He has given me more of his time than I would ever reasonably expect from law practitioner. Not only is Mr. Sheikh on top of all things case related, he is also very wise and sharp as a tac. When trouble came looking for me Sal immediately came to my home and discussed the case. From there we drafted a reasonable retainer agreement that allowed me to still keep my head above water. This case was the most serious case I have ever faced and Mr. Sheikh has walked me through the maze. I could not hope for a better Attorney and counselor. Finally I could not recommend Mr. Sheikh more.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2015
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Better Call Sal!
My car was impounded by cpd when my boyfreind was driving it. The city wanted $4500 to get it back! The stop was shady. Needless to say Sal got me my car back! Thanks Sal.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Sal is an excellent personal injury attorney
I had a case where I was in a car accident that wasn't my fault. The insurance company just gave me the run-around. I called Sal and he got us the settlement that we needed to cover the medical bills, future bills, and the car. If you ever need a personal injury attorney call Sal! He cares!
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Sal is Chicago's BEST criminal defense Attorney
A few months ago I made a major error in judgment in cook county which resulted in very serious felony charges and the likely prospect of jail time. I can't thank Sal enough or say better things about him. Sal got all of my charges dismissed!!!!! I called and met with several attorneys and every one of them told me a plea bargain was my best (only) route after spending about 10 minutes with me. Then I called Sal!!!! Sal met with me the very next day, on a Saturday no less. He told me all of my options and gave me all of the information I needed. I put my trust in Sal and it paid off. Not only is Sal a Brilliant Attorney but he listens, is compassionate, kind, passionate about what he does and genuinely cared about my case. He kept me informed at all times - even when I called in a panic in the evening. Sal cares about his clients. There is no judgment and he is an amazing Attorney. If you are ever in trouble for ANYTHING (no matter how small or Big) call Sal!! He is my Hero!! He treated me with a respect that NONE of the other attorneys I met with did. His results speak for themselves, he Wins! I credit Sal with having a second chance in general. He's also just an all around terrific guy!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
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Sal got my misdemeanor aggravated speeding reduced in Joliet
I hired Sal several years ago for a public urination charge while I was in college. I hired him again for a criminal speeding ticket I was facing while driving a company car in Will County. Call Sal, he got the job done for me.
Posted by Rahkiem | August 12, 2015
Worker injury
Sal is a very hard and dedicated lawyer, been working with him for the last year and he's helped me on not one but two different workers injury cases and also recommended me to a great workers comp lawyer in the process. Would highly recommend him
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-575 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Law Offices of Sal Sheikh
  • 2009 - Present
  • Board of Directors
  • SANAH Investment Group Inc.
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of Richard S. Cohan
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Clerk
  • The Law Offices of John Iacona
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Attorney Recruiter
  • Erickson Consulting LTD.
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of J. Douglas Jennings Jr.
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Clerk
  • Castle, Petersen & Krause
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Intern
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Mediator
  • South San Diego County Courthouse - Chula Vista
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Clerk
  • Patenaude & Felix
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Clerk
  • American Legal Support Services Inc.
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Consultant
  • Oceanside Marketplace & Business Center
  • 2002 - 2012
  • Director - Penal Law Project
  • Community Legal Information Center - Chico, Ca
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Director
  • Butte County Jail Law Project
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • CLIC - Penal Law Project
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • California State University, Chico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • US Army Field Artillery School
  • M109A6 Cannon Crewmember
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. R.K.
  • Case Dismissed
  • $90,000 Personal Injury Settlement Motor Vehicle
  • $90,000 Personal Injury Settlement
  • State v. J.G
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Legal Aid Bureau Metropolitan Family Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Grand Masonic Lodge of Illinois
  • FreeMason
  • 2008 - Present
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Chico State Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Eastern European Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Law and Socail Networking
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Attorney Referral Progam
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Brain Injury Litigation Network
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Lawyerist.com
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Midwestern Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Virtual Lawyering
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lobbying Attorneys
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteer
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Premier 100
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys Illinois
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorney Under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Attorneys Illinois
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Wiley W. Manuel - Pro Bono Legal Services
  • California State Bar
  • 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Avvo
  • Public Urination Citations in the City of Chicago
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • 6th Annual 6th District Mock Trial Competition
  • Evaluator
  • 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational
  • Judge
  • 2014
  • Planning for the Future
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (106)
Given (122)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Sheikh. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of interacting with Attorney Sheikh for the last year through social media platform. I find Attorney Sheikh to be smart, hard-working and current as to the state of the law. I highly endorse Attorney Sheikh."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sheikh is a true professional who is highly knowledgeable in his field. He is an extremely competent, hardworking, and zealous advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An incredible advocate respected by peers and clients alike."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Salim. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sheikh is a highly experienced and well respected criminal defense lawyer in the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Salim Sheikh. He has an excellent reputation with both judges and fellow lawyers. Mr. Sheikh takes a practical approach to criminal defense."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this attorney. Not only does he run a highly successful personal injury law practice, Mr. Sheikh volunteers his free time to answer questions on AVVO. The answers are always insightful and accurate. This lawyer KNOWS the law! I would never hesitate recommending a client to Mr. Shiekh."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Salim John Sheikh is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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