Stephen Komie, ESQ

Komie & Associates
1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60602
312-263-2800
www.komie-and-associates.com


A highly acclaimed criminal defense attorney, Stephen M. Komie is the principal attorney at Chicago, Illinois-based Komie and Associates. Representing clients in Bureau, Cook, DuPage, Henry, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, Will, Winnabago, and southern Illinois counties. He handles both state and federal charges at the trial and appellate levels, including driving under the influence, white collar crimes such as tax fraud, Forefeiture and money laundering, drug possession and distribution, murder and manslaughter, domestic violence, internet crimes, Child Prornagraphy and sex offenses. Mr. Komie has been able to obtain favorable results for his clients in thousands of cases during his 40 plus years at the Bar, and as a result he is held in high esteem by his colleagues, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and his being named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and Super Lawyers.

Mr. Komie received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Arizona, and he then earned a Master of Arts in European history from the same institution. After spending three years as an officer with the Tucson Police Department, he enrolled at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1976. Mr. Komie is admitted to practice in Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 7th and 8th Circuits, U.S. Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Komie has served on the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also an active participant in that organization's Criminal Justice Section, and he has been a member of its Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations – Cook County. Mr. Komie is also a fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

BAR ADMISSIONS
       
  • S. Supreme Court
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  • S. Court of Appeals, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits
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  • S. District Court for Central, Northern, and Southern Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Eastern District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Wisconsin
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  • S. Tax Court
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  • Illinois Supreme Court
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  • Faculty: Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminars and local Bar sponsored programs
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  • Panel attorney, Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Illinois

EDUCATION
       
  • National College of DUI Defense Harvard Summer Session, (2016 and 2017)
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  • National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public Defenders, (1977)
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  • DePaul College of Law, (J.D., 1976)
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  • University of Arizona, (B.A., M.A.)

HONORS AND AWARDS
       
  • American Trial Lawyers Association National Public Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Representation of the Needle Exchange Program to Prevent the Spread of AIDS, July 1994
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  • ISBA Board of Governors Award for Advocating Individual Rights of Lawyers in Disciplinary Proceedings and for Services to the Bar, June 1991
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  • ISBA Certificate of Appreciation, 1986, 1990, 1991, 2001 and 2006
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  • CBA Certificate of Appreciation, 1984 and 1987
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  • Francis W. Parker School Alumni Service Award 2012
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  • 2012 ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
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  • 2015 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award
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  • Martindale Hubbell "AV" rating
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  • Super Lawyer, 2005-2013, 2015-2020
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  • Elite Lawyer Founding Member, 2019-2020
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  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2015-2017
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  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2019

ISBA LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVITIES
       
  • Member Illinois State Bar Association, 1973-present
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  • Ambassador to Rededication of Magna Cartaon 800th anniversary
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  • Elected Secretary 1996-1997
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  • Treasurer 1995-1996
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  • Elected Board of Governors 1992-2005, 2011-2017
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  • Elected member of the Assembly 1985-2019
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  • Served as chairman of Committee on Credentials, and member of By-Laws Committee
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  • Member of the following committees:
    * Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, A.R.D.C. Committee
    * Chairman, Criminal Justice Section
    * Chairman, Committee on Professionalism
    * Family Law Committee
    * Mental Health Committee
    * Corrections and Sentencing Committee
    * Committee on Traffic Courts and the Law
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  • Appearances on legislative issues for ISBA at the General Assembly and United States Congress
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  • Former member ISBA Young Lawyers Section, and participant in annual local Outreach Meetings sponsored by Young Lawyers Section
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  • Director, Illinois Bar Foundation, and elected IBF Pillar of the Profession

OTHER BAR MEMBERSHIPS
       
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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  • DuPage County Bar Association, Justinian Society, Women's Bar Association of Illinois
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  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Liaison to ABA Criminal Justice Section
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  • Past Chairperson of Criminal Law, and Defense of Prisoners Committees of the CBA
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  • Member of the American Bar Association, 1976-present
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  • Elected Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, Served on the Defense Function Committee of the Criminal Justice Section, and as Chair of the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Committee, 1993-1995
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  • Founding Member Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice: Served on the Board of Directors and as the Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member NACDL CFAA Reform White Collar Crime Subcommittee, 2014
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  • Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee
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  • Member Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court; and International Bar Association (IBA) and Chairperson Family Law Section IBA, 2005-2007

TASK FORCE SERVICE
       
  • Chairman, Task Force on Attorneys for Children 1997-1999
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  • ABA Small Firm and Solo Practitioners and ISBA Judicial Compensation, Governance for the New Century, and Protection of the Public from the Unauthorized Practice of Law

LECTURER
       
  • Illinois State Bar Association CLE
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  • American Bar Association (ABA)
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  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
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  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
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  • Decalogue Society
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
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  • Northwest Suburban Bar
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  • West Suburban Bar
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  • The John Marshall Law School
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  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
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  • Law Societies of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England & Wales
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  • International Bar Association
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  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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  • DePaul University College of Law

PUBLICATIONS
       
  • The Magna Carta: 800 Years of the Rule ofLaw, Illinois Bar Journal, June 2015, Vol. 103, No. 6, Pg. 44
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  • Allegationsof Child Abuse in Custody Disputes and Visitation Battles, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Family Law, 1998, 2008 & 2012
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  • ISBA Legislation Proposed to Protect Attorney/Client Relationship, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 12, 1987
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  • Little RICO Bill Should Not Be Passed, The Bar News, June 1984
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  • Little RICO in Illinois, The Case Against It, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 1984