On the 25th Anniversary of my being sworn in as a Lawyer

25 years ago today, I was officially sworn in as an attorney. At the time, I was told that the practice of law is not a job, it is a profession. I took that to heart and have tried to live up to that every day.

A few thoughts:

First of all, I love being a trial attorney and being able to get good results for my clients. Two weeks ago, I won a difficult case and afterwards, in the hallway, I received a big hug from my client. The day before, I won a suspension hearing for another client, a fellow attorney. Representing an attorney is a lot of added pressure but that also means extra satisfaction if you win. You don’t get these types of thrills writing a well-designed estate plan.

Still, I get as much if not more fulfillment from my other professional duties and volunteer work. This week I judged a collegiate moot court competition at Loyola (Last month, I judged a similar competition at the University of Chicago). I am always amazed at the skill and ability of these young advocates. I also trained 50 new investigators who have volunteered with the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. Currently, I am co-chair of its Investigation Division. So far this year we have evaluated approximately 200 judicial candidates or judges seeking retention, and we are about to begin work on the rest of the field who did not seek early Cook County Democratic Party slating. Each year, members of our committee volunteer thousands of hours to investigate candidates in order to provide the voters with fair, unbiased and thorough ratings.  I am proud to say that the CBA ratings are widely considered to be the paragon of judicial ratings.

Finally, being an attorney means being part of a community. This week, one attorney took me out to lunch to “pick my brain” about how to handle a Motion to Suppress. Another attorney, who used to be a fierce adversary when he was a State’s Attorney, called me up for advice about Daley Center procedures and I ended up stepping up for him in court.

This is not one-sided. I ask for, and get, help and advice too. Last week, an attorney in Springfield helped me with a client who had a Secretary of State issue, and two Chicago attorneys helped me navigate a personal injury settlement that became complicated when my client suddenly passed away, post-settlement, without having signed a release.

So in summary, I would say to young attorneys:  be a zealous advocate, but also civil and cordial, and be active in our legal community.  You will find it rewarding.

 

Harold Wallin, Super Lawyer

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Today, I received notice from Thomson-Reuters that their firm has rated me as a “Super Lawyer” for 2020.  According to their web site, “Only a few attorneys from each state are selected to Super Lawyers designation for any given year. The multi-factor selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievement in legal practice.”

Thank you, Thomson-Reuters!

Harold L. Wallin rated one of Chicago’s Top 3 DUI Lawyers for 5th straight year

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The rating website “ThreeBestRated” has just released its 2019 ratings and, for the fifth straight year, Harold L. Wallin was included in their list of the Three Best DUI Lawyers in Chicago.  According to their website, this determination is based upon “a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.”  Thank you Three Best Rated!

 

Harold Wallin selected one of Chicago’s 20 best criminal defense attorneys by Expertise.com

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For the fourth consecutive year, Harold L. Wallin has been chosen by Expertise.com as one of Chicago’s 20 best criminal defense lawyers.  Expertise chose the top 20 after looking at 599 attorneys, and judging them based on “25 variables across 5 categories.”

Thank you, Expertise.com!

I received a new 5 Star Review on AVVO

I received this five star review from a former client on the AVVO website.  AVVO is an attorney ratings site.  My client posted this after he was found “not guilty” of battery after a bench trial.  Previously, I had represented him two other times.  The first case that I handled, I obtained a not guilty in an Aggravated (felony) DUI case.  After that, I represented him before the Illinois Secretary of State and he got a Restricted Driving Permit after his first hearing.

Here is his review:

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I have been hiring Harold for since 2016 and he was referred to me by a family member. He has gotten me a off on two separate trials, one for battery and the other was DUI, not to mention represented me in successfully gaining a restricted drivers license. Does not nickel and dime and is far from lazy, and more importantly is a tirelessly diligent attorney whom I am very thankful for.

Thank you for the review!

I received a recommendation on Alignable

I am not that familiar with a new website called Alignable, but I do have a listing there and I just received this wonderful recommendation from Chicago attorney Drew Balac.  Excuse my immodesty, but I wanted to share this:

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I have known Drew for 20 years, and I am more than willing to return the compliment.  No one will ever out-work her on a case.  She is very detail oriented and a strong litigator.

Harold Wallin chosen as One of Chicago’s Top Three DUI Lawyers for fourth year in a row

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For the last four years, the rating site “ThreeBestRated” has put out its list of the Top Three DWI (DUI) Lawyers in Chicago.  And for the fourth year, Harold L. Wallin has made the list.  He is the only attorney who has made the list each year.

According to their website, the ratings are based on their “50-Point Inspection [which] includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, reviews, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.”