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About me

As the managing member of Schierer & Ritchie, I represent and defend many good people every single day who are facing extremely tough criminal charges. I began my career as a criminal defense attorney with the public defender's office and then started a criminal defense practice of my own. After years of this, I made the decision to fulfill a life-long dream and spend a term serving my country in the United States Navy Jag Corps. There, I was assigned the job of criminal prosecutor. While I never thought I'd find myself in this role, I learned many invaluable lessons during my time on the other side. I carried these lessons with me back into private practice when I returned to where I belong...zealously defending the little guy. Now, I once again fight to obtain fair results for my clients.

After years of working with hundreds of clients, I have defined my core values as these: forming personal and caring relationships with my clients, advocating aggressively and zealously for my clients, and honing my legal skills through continued and regular professional training and education to better serve my clients.

I place an absolute premium on client communication and client trust. Each and every case we handle is unique. Each and every client is an individual deserving of individual attention. I personally meet with every single client, and personally investigate each and every situation. With me as your attorney, you will never feel like you are just one of the herd. I will treat you as a good person in a difficult situation, not a dollar sign and otherwise a nuisance. I will care about your case, I will respect you as a human being, I will have compassion for your situation, and I will return all communications promptly.

I advocate aggressively. I know the law. I know when cases should be settled. I know when jury trials are warranted. I know when we are getting a good deal and a bad deal from the prosecutor on a case. I form strong relationships with judges and courtroom staff, and you will be taken care of accordingly.

Finally, I believe that, as long as I live, I am a work in progress. I believe that I owe my clients the duty of continually enriching my legal knowledge and experience. Because of this, I attend trainings regularly to enrich both my legal knowledge and my courtroom skill. I will use my updated knowledge and skill to help you through your case.

Before all this began, I earned a B.S. in Accountancy from the top accountancy school in the nation at the time, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Thereafter I earned a J.D. from one of the top 25 best law schools in the nation, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been honored to join the bars of the States of Illinois, Missouri and New York. As a result, I am uniquely qualified to practice in all state courts in these states and in several federal courts throughout the states.

I work in both the trial and the appellate venues of practice. I have tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases before a jury and have even had the pleasure of participating in the defense of a criminal case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Illinois.

When not working or exploring my community, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, watching my beloved Fighting Illini, soaking in the sights at Wrigley Field, traveling, and exploring local cuisine.



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years, 750 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    17 years, 500 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • David L. Freidberg

    I endorse this lawyer. I have actually referred quite of few cases to Chuck and he has done excellent work on their behalf.


    David Freidberg Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Benjamin Boyce Kington

    I got to know Chuck when he was a JAG in San Diego. Whenever we discussed the law, I was always impressed with the breadth of his knowledge and experience.


    Benjamin Kington Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Schierer & Ritchie, LLC

1009 Illini Drive
East Peoria, IL, 61611


NYCurrently registered 200807/10/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200008/10/2016
MOInactive voluntarily199901/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Most Caring AdvocateSchierer & Ritchie, LLC2013
Navy Comendation MedalSecretary of the Navy2012
Navy Achievement MedalSecretary of the Navy2010
Certified Illinois MediatorState of Illinois2008
Trial Pyramid -- Successful Defense VerdictSandberg PhoenixN/A
Trial Pyramid -- Successful Defense VerdictSandberg PhoenixN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSchierer & Ritchie2012 - Present
JAGUnited States Navy2008 - 2012
Assistant Public DefenderPeoria County Office of the Public Defender2005 - 2007
PartnerSchierer & Ritchie.2005 - 2008
AssociateBrown & Crouppen, PC2004 - 2005
AssociateSandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard1999 - 2004
Summer AssociateBrown & James, PC1998 - 1998
Summer AssociateUnited States District Court Eastern District Of Missouri1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
United States Navy JAG Corps ReserveN/A2012 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Bench & Bar CommitteeN/A2012 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Criminal Law CommitteeN/A2012 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Tort Litigation CommitteeN/A2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. VillorealDismissal
Nolan v. fast foodSettlement
People v. GrahamSuccessful Sentencing
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Publication nameTitleDate
AvvoWhat to Do When You are Arrested2013
Illinois Supreme CourtPeople v. DigginsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Office SeminarWhat to do if the police stop you.2013
JAG conferenceUniform Code of Military Justice Update2013
Fraternity and Sorority SummitDriving Under Intoxication -- What to Know Before you Decide to Drink and Drive2008