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Purav Bhatt

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   77 reviews

also known as The Law Office of Purav Bhatt

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 15 years
    Washington - WA 4 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Purav

Learn Purav’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor in Cook County (largest court system in the country). Handled misdemeanor, felony and traffic matters.

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Domestic violence

  4. Federal crime

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Rest assured that when you are represented by the Law Office of Purav Bhatt & Associates you will receive thorough, attentive, personal representation. Our firm provides a detailed understanding of the law, the court system and our clients' needs. We are here as your legal advocate and will work tirelessly to make sure justice has been served while giving you and your legal matter the time it deserves.


Representation by the Law Office of Purav Bhatt & Associates guarantees aggressive negotiations, honest representation and first-class trial practice.


As a former Cook County State's Attorney I have the in depth understanding necessary for your legal success. 


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The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
1655 S Blue Island Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60608

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Dandre | April 26, 2021
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When you google top rated drug case lawyers in illinois Purav pops up .... When I say this man does his job he most definitely do and very responsive and on time so if you need a lawyer this is the man to contact you won’t be sorry ........
Posted by Alexander | October 8, 2019
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Mr. Bhatt
All though I am not too happy that I had to employ the services of Purav for the second time now lol I am extremely satisfied with the quality and professionalism he exhibited. Having multiple lawyers throughout my young life I can emphatically say Purav exemplifies every quality you want in an attorney. He is professional, courteous, responsive, but above all else he is honest and sets realistic expectations rather than telling the client what he thinks you want to hear. Theres nothing worse than walking into a courtroom unsure of the worst and best case scenario and Purav guided me through the process step by step each way. Also though this may not happen everytime, the ruling he predicted would happen did in fact come true. Now he is not cheap, but I'll end it with much money is your freedom worth? Thanks again Purav -Alex
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Posted by Mark | August 14, 2018
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Changed my opinion of Lawyer's
Mr. Bhatt represted me in traffic court yesterday and got the case dismissed in 5 minutes. I am disabled in part to suffering from PTSD with panic disorder. From our first conversation he assured me that I should relax and let him do his job. I was sceptical about all attorneys until I met with Mr. Bhatt and saw that he really cares about his clients and when he got my case completely dismissed the is no question in my mind that I highly recommend him for any case you may have from minor to the most serious. He is the "Real Deal" when it comes to integrity and effectiveness. He won't just take your money and forget about you. Thank you Mr Bhatt!
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
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Mr. Purav Bhatt is a great attorney!
My case was special because I live out of state. When I spoke to Mr. Purav Bhatt for the first time, he took away my worries. He had goals for my case and showed me steps by steps to get the case dismissed. And it happened. You could contact him any time and he made it easy for you to get things done. He also saved me one flight trip to the court. Highly recommended Mr. Purav Bhatt for your case.
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Posted by Zephyr | January 19, 2018
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Retail theft charges - case dismissed
Our life turned upside down when my wife had an anxiety attack and was arrested for retail theft. It was a nightmare. I went through online blogs & avvo search and consulted few lawyers. Purav stood out from everyone. His online posts on this issue were very helpful. Atleast 2 people in our extended social circle recommended Purav and so we felt comfortable hiring him. He never over promised the outcome but gave us enough confidence in our case. Also he never judged us. Many months ago we'd have dismissed stories of anxiety attacks but I saw how sudden twists in life can bring those to you. Purav handled the case well and got the charges dismissed. He stayed in touch through out this process and clearly explained his plan of action to us. He was on time on court dates and spoke to public prosecutors early to help close the case. He is also helping us with the expungement process. We found his services to be reasonably priced compared to some other lawyers we spoke to through avvo (some did try to trick us or scare us to pay 5 times more!). We will always remain thankful to Purav!
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Posted by Sonia | September 14, 2017
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Excellent outcome thanks to Mr. Bhatt
I couldn't be any happier with the way things turned out for my son . Thanks to Mr. Bhatt, The criminal charges will be dismissed after my son does some community service. I would highly recommend his services to anybody facing criminal charges in Chicago .
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2017
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Retail Theft Misdemeanour
Purav was really helpful in resolving a case of retail theft misdemeanour. I consulted several lawyers but Purav not only suggested options that no one else did, but he also came through on them. He brought down the sentencing to 8 hours of community service which were performed before the hearing. He was also prompt in his communication throughout the process. His confidence inspired some in me and went a long way in helping me keep my calm. I would strongly recommended his services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2016
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Misdemeanor case dismissed in cook county
Purav Bhat is an experienced defense attorney. His professional work, wisdom, knowledge of legal system and empathy makes him even fantastic lawyer. I was wrongfully charged with misdemeanor case but Pura’s expertise in the cook county legal system made my case complete dismissed. I will consider him not only my legal adviser but also as my mentor. I was extremely nervous about the outcome of my case but he always gave me advice and counseling that eased my tension. Without his help and support my case would not have dismissed. I am grateful to him for his extra ordinary work. I f you or your loved ones ever face any devastation of criminal charges, please call Purav Bhatt. You will be glad that you did. My one right phone call made my life changed - where I am today- no conviction but complete dismissed. Now Purav is working on my expungement
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2016
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Criminal Defense advice session
He was very helpful and understanding. Since I live in O'Fallon IL and not Chicago he offered to give the name of a lawyer in my area.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2015
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Retail Theft Charges - Case Dismissed
On an unfortunate day my relative was caught for shoplifting. He was on a visitors visa and was given a court date which was beyond his travel back date. Dealing with stiff timelines here Purab got an early court date, suggested us what social activity we need to do before we face the judge. On the hearing day things were all in line and he was able to get the case dismissed. He was there all along and was very communicative. He worked his way around and got what we needed. Thanks much to him and surely recommend his services to others.
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Posted by Asif | May 18, 2015
My fathers case
I would say..i say..i cant even describe in words as to how much Phurav helped my father out in a situation when my father was charged felony while driving a cab. Although, my father was innocent and the biggest thig. Was Phurav beleived in my father and beleived he didjt commit the crime. I can say he is the most knowledgable trustworthy and helpful individual ive father and family as nothing but love for this man... I remeber when my father and i had tears in out eyes from going to one attorney to the other attorney and we couldn't hire then bevause right off the bat they threw us a ridiculous amount to charge for the case...bargaining with is thays not called an attorney..i went in his office sAid Phurav i can pay this much now and this muh later...he didnt even worry about money and saw the fear the helplessness in our eyes and immediately said i will Help! I cant thank tou enough Phurav you've really touched our hearts we love you and god bless you!!!
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Posted by Zlata | March 4, 2015
Highly recommend!
Purav Bhatt is an excellent attorney. Very professional and knowledgeable. He is also very dedicated and compassionate. He puts you at ease in any situation with his confidence. He is trustworthy and efficient. Highly recommend Purav Bhatt!
Posted by Gayle | February 26, 2015
Illinois vs Ballard
Att. Bhatt did an excellent job in representing my family member. He was not expensive at all and if you work with him on the amount for him to take the case he will definitely work with you. I was very pleased with his work ethic, and his confidentiality of the case. I would definitely recommend Att. Bhatt to others as an Attorney. Att. Bhatt I personally want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication on our case. I know that my nephew thanks you as well. Sincerely A satisfied Client!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Retail Theft Charges
On a fateful day we landed in a situation which we never expected in dreams , my wife was arrested on shoplifting charges , being on immigration visa we were really worried about future course of action , After speaking with Mr. Purav Bhatt we decided he is our go to person . I would describe him as knowledgeable and confident attorney, on the court day he handled situation petty efficiently and resolved case in such a way that it wouldn’t affect our immigration cause. I would definitely recommend him on any criminal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2015
Highly Recommend..!
This is the first time i was faced with such charges and was so much worried. Purav did help me throughout the entire process and was so helpful. He is very professional and would highly recommend him for any such cases.
Posted by Gaurav | October 31, 2014
My misdemeanor got converted to petty offense
Purav helped me get out if the misdemeanor offense to a petty offense of disorderly conduct, he went to court on my behalf. I contacted him late but he was able to help me with it. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Lucas | October 25, 2014
The best criminal defense attrorney in Chicago I have dealt with
I got in an argument with a woman at an ATM, and wound up being arrested for battery. I was very upset about being arrested and charged with battery, and I was worried about being convicted and having to explain this to every job I apply for in the future. I got even more concerned when the woman who claimed I "battered" her showed up to court multiple times to try and make sure I got convicted! I searched the internet for the best criminal defense attorneys or lawyers in Chicago. I spoke with about five other attorneys before I hired Mr. Bhatt. It was very difficult to get any lawyer on the phone. When I did get a hold of them, they did a poor job of relating to me or even listening to my story. Mr. Bhatt returned my call within 24 hours, and asked me to fully explain the story from beginning to end. He understood the pertinent details, and quoted me a price that was much better than some of the other lawyers I spoke to. After speaking with other lawyers, it was clear he stood out from his competitors. It seemed to me he was crisper, more competent, and just did a much better overall job of customer service. So I am writing this positive review for Mr. Bhatt because he did follow through with everything he said he would do. I was very pleased when my case was dismissed unexpectedly, and I give credit to Mr. Bhatt for ensuring the favorable outcome. I was fully expecting to go to trial, and Mr. Bhatt understood that, and seem well prepared to do so. After the case was dismissed, he offered to help make sure I knew how to expunge this arrest from my record. I very much appreciated that reminder. I highly recommend hiring a lawyer who has worked as a prosecutor before, and Mr. Bhatt has such experience.
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Posted by manish | October 6, 2014
Good Experiance
before we met with Purav we were very tense and after he filled some hope and we fell relax now my case is going to dismiss very soon.
Posted by Akin | September 19, 2014
He Was Excellent, Informative and Calm. He made sure everything was properly taken care off and on time. Initially, I was panicking and worried, and when we got introduced to him, he had a sense of urgency but very placid and in the situation I was in what I needed was someone that gave me hope. He's an truly excellent and highly recommendable
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2014
Purav Bhatt is intelligent , Competent and Reliable .
Mr.Bhatt handle a matter for me and got the optimal result .He got the charges dismissed and averted the necessity ( and stress and uncertainty) of a trial . Oance my civil lawyer placed me in contact with Mr.Bhratt , an enormous load was lifted from my shoulders .He was extremely competent and professional .Perhaps most importantly ,Mr .Bhatt conveyed to me from the outset that I had placed the matter in his care and could trust that he would take care ot the problem . The peace of my mind he gave me was indescribably impotrant .I felt very fortunate to have had him sa my lawyer .
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
  • 2010 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • 2005 - 2008


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • DePaul University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2002
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Large Narcotic Sale
  • Case Dismissed


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • super lawyers
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Gujarati
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Cali Award for Environmental Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2007
  • Cook County State's Attorney Certificate of Excellence
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Women Everywhere-New Moms
  • Expungements, Sealings and Clemency Hearings
  • 2011
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Joining the Legal Field in the 21st Century
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (54)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Bhatt. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Other
"Experience and knowledge defines this attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Purav is an excellent attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked opposite of Purav for years when he was a prosecutor; more recently, we've worked together on cases as fellow defense attorneys. Purav knows the law, and he knows how the beat the government's case. I would highly recommend Purav to anyone charged with a serious criminal offense in state or federal court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would highly recommend Attorney Bhatt to anyone charged with a criminal matter, whether it is in State or Federal court. In fact, I have called Bhatt on more than one occasion to ask him questions about criminal cases because I trust his legal knowledge and judgment. Bhatt is an asset to any accused person or corporation because he has worked on both sides of criminal law. Having been a prosecutor in Chicago, Bhatt knows how to defend his clients' cases because he knows what the prosecutor is thinking and what the prosecutor will try to elicit at trial. Another great asset that Bhatt has is his trial experience. Many attorneys say that they are "trial" lawyers, but they do not have the record to prove it; that is not the case here. Bhatt has successfully defended both bench and jury trials. He's a true criminal defense attorney, dedicated to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding and well established member of the legal community. An excellent choice for any one needing criminal representation. His answers on this site are insightful and dependable."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Purav Bhatt has a strong knowledge of the law as reflected by his Avvo posts. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr.Bhatt when we both were prosecutors. He is a great partner and knew the law well. After Mr.Bhatt switched sides, I saw how skilled he was as a private lawyer advocating for his clients. Now that we are. Both private attorneys, I'm excited to work with such a sincere, genuine lawyer who advocates for his clients and knows the law. I have no reservations recommending Mr. Bhatt."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bhatt routinely provides helpful, concise and knowledgeable answers on Avvo. He is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of expertise."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Bhatt through his activity on Avvo. Mr. Bhatt is highly knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions, and I always learn something from his responses. I would not hesitate to recommend clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bhatt is a very experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. He will zealously defend you in an ethical and professional way. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
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