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If it's experience, knowledge of the law, aggressive strategies, accessibility and affordability you are looking for in a Chicago criminal defense attorney, you will find all of those attributes and more at the law offices of Hal M. Garfinkel.

For nearly 20 years Mr. Garfinkel, a former prosecutor, has been making waves as a participant in many high-profile Illinois criminal cases. He can get results for you, too, whether your current legal situation involves a homicide charge or a DUI arrest.

This respected, veteran lawyer is Midwest-raised and educated, knows the people of the region and speaks their language. His former experience as a prosecutor gives him an insider's perspective of the prosecutor's office and its strategies. Mr. Garfinkel knows the system and will work hard on your behalf. At trial or during the appeal process, you will be impressed with the poise, creativity and passion of the quality representation he offers.

You will know from the very start of your relationship, from your free initial consultation onward, that Hal M. Garfinkel is the lawyer you want speaking for you. His 24/7 availability includes off-site, weekend or evening appointments, jail and police station visits and bond or bail hearing.

Contact Mr. Garfinkel right away by phone, fax or e-mail.



Languages spoken: English, Hebrew

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    27 years
  2. Federal Crime: 10%
    27 years



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  • Vincent Anthony Luisi

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    Vincent Luisi Criminal defense Attorney
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  • James T. Hyun

    I have known Hal for over 20 years. I had the privelege of working with Hal while we were both young prosecutors. Hal was an exceptional prosecutor with great courtroom skills. As a defense attorney, Hal is fearless, puts his client's rights first. Hal is also a first class individual with high ethics and moral standards. It is privelege to have Hal not only as my colleague but my ever lasting friend.


    James Hyun Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel

225 West Washington, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60606


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198905/11/2016
INAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice200908/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Harold GarfinkelAvvo Client's Choice Award 20142014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Office of Hal M. Garfinkel1996 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisBoard Member2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of Illinois vs. Cesar CastrejonNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of KansasPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1985