2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star List Recognized as a Top 40 lawyer under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers Best Attorney Award, Stanford Law School Mock Trial Competition Best Petitioner’s Brief, August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition Mathy’s Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy Competition Chair, University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board Member, University of Wisconsin Mock Trial Team Past Experience
Prosecutor/Assistant State’s Attorney—Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Wisconsin Supreme Court—Judicial Extern to Justice Butler
Criminal Defense DUI Defense
University of Wisconsin Law School
Illinois U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
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Attorney Uche is a nationally recognized litigator and trial attorney. Attorney Uche’s talent, dedication and passion for advocacy has led him to successfully try to verdict over a five hundred cases that span multiple legal specialties ranging from criminal defense to complex civil rights cases. For instance, Attorney Uche recently secured a $1.18 million jury verdict against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department in Cockerham v. City of Chicago; a nationally publicized civil rights case involving the shooting death of a 23-year old man by Chicago police officers. Attorney Uche has also successfully argued and persuaded the Illinois Appellate Court in People v. Litiwn, to throw out his client’s conviction and 12-year sentence for drug trafficking; a case now often cited as legal precedent.
Beyond his success in trial advocacy, Attorney Uche has handled numerous high-profile cases that have been featured in prominent media outlets such as The Guardian and CNN. Additionally, Attorney Uche has been recognized by his peers as well as prominent legal organizations. For example, Attorney Uche is the recipient of a Top 40 Lawyer under 40 Award from The National Trial Lawyers. Also, Attorney Uche’s courtroom successes culminated with his selection for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list; no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Illinois are named to the Rising Stars list.
Attorney Uche’s unique talent for successful courtroom advocacy was honed early in his legal education with a string of competitive advocacy awards and honors to his name. While attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Attorney Uche won a Best Attorney Award at the Stanford Law School Mock Trial Invitational in Stanford, California. He followed that up by winning the Best Petitioner’s Brief Award at the August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Recognizing his talent for advocacy, the University of Wisconsin’s prestigious Moot Court Board unanimously elected him as their Competition Chair. By the time Attorney Uche graduated from law school, he had also been awarded the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Mathy’s Memorial Award for Advocacy.
After law school, Attorney Uche joined one of the largest and most respected prosecutor’s offices in the United States: The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted well over a thousand criminal cases and in the process gained a wealth of experience in advocacy, which he employs successfully for his clients today.