Mia S. McPherson holds 20 years of experience as a Public Defender, Local Prosecutor, private criminal defense attorney, and fierce family law advocate. Mia began her career in 1998 as an Assistant Public Defender in DuPage County. A large portion of those years were spent defending DUI cases in a courtroom dedicated to only DUI cases, consistently handling a caseload of up to 300 cases at any one time. In addition to defending DUI cases, Mia defended numerous misdemeanor and felony cases of all shapes and sizes. Mia’s cases have made her the skilled negotiator and trial attorney that she is today.
From 2006-2008, Mia was employed by Kubeisa, Spiroff, Gosselar, Acker & DeBlasio, P.C. of Elmhurst, Illinois, a law firm dedicated to all aspects of municipal law. Mia worked tirelessly for the City of Elmhurst, the Village of Oak Brook, the City of Oakbrook Terrace, the Village of Westmont, and the Village of Wayne as the assistant prosecutor, and then as the lead prosecutor handling ordinance violations, overweight truck violations, and simple and complex traffic matters. Mia continues to be the Local Prosecutor for the Village of Wayne.
Mia further provided services as the DUI prosecutor for the City of Elmhurst and the Village of Oak Brook, handling all aspects of the caseload, including, but not limited to: witness preparation, statutory summary suspension hearings, pre-trial and post-trial motions, plea negotiations, 402 conferences, bench trials, and jury trials.
Mia’s unique background gives her the inside perspective gained as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. She uses her experience in reviewing the facts and circumstances of every client’s case to develop new and successful criminal defense strategies. She has experience in prosecuting and defending DUI, Driving While License Suspended, Domestic Battery, Retail Theft, and a multitude of misdemeanor and felony cases. As a Public Defender and Local Prosecutor, Mia formed professional relationships with fellow defense attorneys, local prosecutors, Assistant State’s Attorneys, police officers, courtroom personnel, and the judiciary. Mia has continued to nurture these relationships throughout her career, making them an invaluable resource.
In the family law arena, she uses her extensive experience in the courtroom to further divorce negotiations to reach amicable settlements whenever possible. She is well-versed in the new divorce laws and has proven a worthy adversary in hearings on Orders of Protection, Child Custody (n/k/a Allocation of Parental Responsibilities), and divorce.
In 2009, Mia formed The Law Offices of Mia S. McPherson, P.C., where she continues her practice today. She has built an extremely successful business from the ground up and prides herself on treating each client as if they were a member of her own family. She understands how complicated and emotional the legal system can be, and is eager to help her clients every step of the way.
Mia grew up in a small town in southern Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University in May 1995. She furthered her education by attending DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, graduating with her Juris Doctorate in 1998.
Mia resides in DuPage County with her husband and two sons. She can often be found at a local ice hockey rink cheering on her boys. She is also a devout Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Orders of Protection
Illinois State Bar
DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1998)
Purdue University (B.A. Sociology, 1995)
DuPage County Bar Association
Criminal Law Committee
Family Law Committee
Local Government Committee
Public Information and Education Commission
DuPage Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
DuPage Justinian Society of Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association
Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce
Owner, The Law Offices of Mia S. McPherson - 2009-present
Partner, McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. - 2016-2017
Staff Attorney, Elmhurst Law Firm - 2004-2009
Assistant Public Defender, DuPage County Public Defender's Office - 1998-2004