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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.







Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    8 years, 800 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    7 years, 700 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    7 years, 175 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 6%
    7 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 14%
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Hourly ($200-500/hour), contingent (25-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200908/12/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 10 Attorney Under 40National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2015
10 Best Attorneys IllinoisAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Premier 100American Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
10 Best Attorneys IllinoisAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
Distinguished Service AwardSan Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program2006
Wiley W. Manuel - Pro Bono Legal ServicesCalifornia State Bar2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Law Offices of Sal Sheikh2009 - Present
Board of DirectorsSANAH Investment Group Inc.2011 - 2011
AssociateThe Law Offices of Richard S. Cohan2007 - 2009
ClerkThe Law Offices of John Iacona2007 - 2007
Attorney RecruiterErickson Consulting LTD.2007 - 2007
ClerkLaw Offices of J. Douglas Jennings Jr.2006 - 2006
ClerkCastle, Petersen & Krause2006 - 2006
InternSan Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program2004 - 2006
MediatorSouth San Diego County Courthouse - Chula Vista2003 - 2003
ClerkPatenaude & Felix2003 - 2003
ClerkAmerican Legal Support Services Inc.2003 - 2003
Legal ConsultantOceanside Marketplace & Business Center2002 - 2012
Director - Penal Law ProjectCommunity Legal Information Center - Chico, Ca2000 - 2001
DirectorButte County Jail Law Project1999 - 2000
Legal InternCLIC - Penal Law Project1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Legal Aid Bureau Metropolitan Family ServicesVolunteer Attorney2009 - Present
Grand Masonic Lodge of IllinoisFreeMason2008 - Present
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni AssociationMember2006 - Present
Chico State Alumni AssociationMember2001 - Present
Lawyerist.comAttorney MemberN/A
Brain Injury Litigation NetworkAttorney MemberN/A
Attorney Referral ProgamAttorney MemberN/A
Law and Socail NetworkingAttorney MemberN/A
Cook County Bar AssociationAttorneyN/A
American Society of Legal AdvocatesAttorneyN/A
Midwestern LawyersAttorney MemberN/A
Virtual LawyeringAttorney MemberN/A
Eastern European Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMemberN/A
Lobbying AttorneysAttorneyN/A
Lawyers Club of San DiegoAttorneyN/A
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoAttorneyN/A
American Bar AssociationAttorneyN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationAttorneyN/A
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer ProgramVolunteer2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. TorresDismissed
State v. B.R.NOT GUILTY Animal Cruelty Count, GUILTY Failure to render aid, all other counts dismissed Firearms returned
Petitioner v. A.O.Case Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
AvvoPublic Urination Citations in the City of Chicago2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, ChicoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
US Army Field Artillery SchoolMOS 13BM109A6 Cannon CrewmemberN/A
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
6th Annual 6th District Mock Trial CompetitionEvaluator2015
Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial InvitationalJudge2014
Cook County Expungement SummitExpunge & Seal Criminal Records2014
Women EverywhereExpunge or Sealing Criminal Records2013
Free Legal ClinicCriminal Defense/Landlord Tenant2012
Planning for the FutureEstate Planning2011