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I am a life long resident of Springfield having attended public elementary schools and Griffin High School. After completing my undergraduate degree at Marquette University I attended Creighton University School of Law.  Following up on an internship in the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office as a 711, I became an Assistant State's Attorney in the Traffic and Misdemeanor Division.  During my tenure I tried numerous Traffic, DUI and Misdemeanor cases and thoroughly enjoyed the trial process. I entered private practice in 1990 and have primarily concentrated my practice in criminal and civil litigation.  During my career I have tried everything from a petty traffic offense to multiple Murder charges including Death Penalty cases. No case is too big or too small and I believe every case is important and I strive to vigorously represent my clients regardless of the charge.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%



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  • Kevin Lee Linder

    Scott is an excellent, experienced DUI/DWI attorney and has extensive experience in the criminal law area. I have known Scott for many years and know of his work - he is diligent and conscientious and represents his clients aggressively. He has handled routine matters all the way up to murder trials.


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Contact info

W. Scott Hanken

1100 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL, 62703


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198905/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Naion's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers2014
"10 BEST" Attorneys for the State of Illinois NomineeAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Top 200 DUI Attoneys - IllinoisNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers - IlinoisAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Superlawyer - DUI LawSuper Lawyers2011
Super Lawyer - DUISuper Lawyers2010
Super Lawyer - DUISuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyer - DUISuper Lawyers2008
Super Lawyer - DUISuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyW. Scott Hanken, Attorney at Law2011 - Present
Attorney/PartnerRabin, Myers & Hanken, P.C.1992 - 2011
Public DefenderSangamon County Public Defender1991 - 1993
Assistant State's AttorneySangamon County State's Attorneys Office1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Sangamon County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Capital Litigation Trial Bar AssocationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sangamon County Bar AssociationPast President2004 - 2005
Sangamon County Defense Bar AssociationPresident1993 - 2005
Sangamon County Bar AssociationDirector1992 - 1993
Sangamon County Bar AssociationVice President1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. LashNatural Life Imprisonment
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Publication nameTitleDate
NBIGaining the best settlement in Auto Injury Cases2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Marquette UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Attorney Continuing Legal EducationGaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases2009
Illinois DUI Defense SeminarAggravated DUI - Recent Developments2008