David Winer

“Exceptional Representation, One Client At a Time.”

There many attorneys who advertise and make broad claims. Simply put, a client needs an attorney who has the proper experience, credentials and background and charges a reasonable fee. Choosing the wrong attorney can have dire consequences and I encourage any client to research a prospective attorney.  The biography below shows David Winer’s extensive experience of over twenty years of practice focusing in Criminal, DUI/Traffic and Secretary of State law.  You can depend on our office to pursue your interests as if they were our own.  When you win, we win because the best advertisement is not the Internet or the phone book, but a satisfied client!!

Whether you are charged with a minor traffic offense or a felony any case has the potential for serious consequences and you need an attorney that will consider these long-term effects. In choosing the right attorney you must make an informed decision and below are important considerations to take into account.

“Sons Make Dream Come True For Vernon Hills Father”
– Daily Herald, 6/20/2010

Before becoming a partner in the Offices of Winer & Winer in 1993, David Winer had a successful and varied legal career. While working toward his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, David was aware that criminal law was his passion and interest when he interned with the Coralville Police Department. In this capacity, David rode along daily with the patrol division and saw first-hand the criminal justice system, where he witnessed crime investigation, execution of warrants, arrests, interrogation, and trial. This invaluable experience continued while in law school where, under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, he interned for the Cook County State’s Attorney and was assigned to the felony trial division at 26th and California, and assisted and participated in major felony cases.


Upon graduation from law school in 1988, David was hired by at the Lake County Public Defender’s Office where he was involved in every aspect of the Lake County criminal system. In a very brief period of time, he was soon recognized as a leading trial attorney and quickly built a reputation for aggressive and successful litigation. David worked in all divisions of the Lake County Courthouse, including:

  • Felony Trial Division assigned to the Chief Judge’s Courtroom
  • Felony Preliminary Hearing Division
  • Misdemeanor and Domestic Violence Trial Division
  • DUI and Traffic Trial Division
  • Juvenile Trial Division

During his assignment at the Felony Trial Division, David participated in every type of felony case, from simple possession of drugs to complex murder trials. Frequently, these high profile cases were reported in the news where David has been covered or quoted in the Daily Herald, the News Sun, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. His cases have also been covered by major television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CLTV, Fox, Telemundo, and Univision. As a result of his reputation and vast experience, David grew intimately familiar with the inner workings of the courthouse, its personnel, and procedures.


Following his experience at the Lake County Public Defender’s Office, David moved to South Africa where he was hired as a legal consultant to assist in the development of Johannesburg’s first Public Defender’s Office. In addition, he worked in Pretoria for the human rights public law office, the Legal Resource Centre. David also provided guest lectures on Comparative Criminal Law at the Law School of the University of Pretoria. South Africa was under apartheid during one year of David’s stay, and he was given the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the inequities of an unjust legal system. This invaluable experience only strengthened his desire and resolve to fight for his client’s rights and the presumption of innocence.


Upon returning from South Africa in 1993, David entered private practice with his father Harold, and brother Evan. The Winer name has been a presence in Lake County since 1961 where Harold Winer has been a fixture in the Lake County legal community. Often called the “Dean of Lake County,” in 2007 Harold Winer was awarded, “The President’s Award” which is the most prestigious honorary by the Lake County Bar Association.

It was this partnership that created the finest and most respected law firms in Lake County that solely practice Criminal Defense, Traffic-DUI Defense and Secretary of State License Hearings. From the outset David J. Winer became active in the local legal community where he was a member the Editorial Board and Contributing Author of the Lake County legal publication, The Docket, past Chairman of the Juvenile Law Committee, current active member of the Criminal Law and Traffic Law committees of the Lake County and Illinois Bar Associations and is the current chairman of the Lake County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.

David has lectured other practicing attorneys about all types of Secretary of State Hearings for driver’s license permits and reinstatement through an Illinois Continuing Legal Education lecture.  For example, David Winer teaches a course called “Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits”. You can watch this 2-hour course free of charge at www.mentorcle.com. Scroll almost to the bottom of the page until you find:

Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits
2 Hours Illinois MCLE Credit
Instructor – David J. Winer

Then click on “View this Course Free”. You do not have to enroll for CLE course credit. Simply click on each of the eight 15-minute segments and you can watch for free.

David has also given legal related guest lectures and speeches to the Lake County Criminal Law Seminar. College of Lake County, Columbia-Missouri College, Rotary Club and WCBR Radio. In addition to speaking and lectures, David has written numerous legal related articles concerning Secretary of State, criminal and traffic related issues.

In the over twenty years of practice combined with his fearsome trial skills and local legal activities David has established highly respected reputation with all members of the legal community from fellow attorneys, Prosecutors, Judges, Courtroom Clerks and Courthouse Personnel. As in any business or profession, relationships are critical for success. Respect is not simply given or handed out but is earned by hard work, success and recognition. David has proven to be a tireless and strategic trial attorney who will fight to the end. However, David is fully aware that the majority of criminal and traffic cases do not result in a trial, but are rather resolved in a pre-trial negotiation. Many attorneys just make a deal with the prosecutor and plead their clients guilty. But, David looks carefully at every angle to go to trail or obtain the best possible deal or negotiation for all his clients. The respect he has earned and the relationships he has established in his over twenty years of practice pays off for all his current and future clients. To continue his successful practice David firmly believes that the best advertisement a satisfied client!!!!

For more detailed information see the biography below.


Law Offices of Winer & Winer, 1993 to present
Law firm concentrating in litigation of criminal and traffic defense and Secretary of State Hearings.

University of Pretoria School of Law, Guest lecturer, South Africa, 1992 to 1993
Lectured on the comparison of the American and South African criminal law system.

South African Public Defender, Johannesburg, South Africa
Taught trial litigation skills and consultant to Public Defenders Office

Legal Resources Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
Human Rights Law Office assisting people in areas of civil law.

Senior Assistant Public Defender, Lake County, Illinois
Senior attorney representing accused in felony trial division, preliminary hearing, misdemeanor, juvenile and traffic court. 1988-1992

State’s Attorney Office, Cook County, Illinois
Legal Intern in felony trial division: Researched evidentiary and criminal issues, conducted felony trials and administrative support. 1987 to 1988

Legal Aid Clinic, IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law
Legal Intern: Conducted legal research, interviewed clients, drafted legal memoranda, motions, attended trial calls and depositions. 1986

Coralville Police Department, Coralville, Iowa
Intern with Patrol Division; observed all aspects of police work from arrest to trial. 1982-1983.


  • Chairman of Lawyer Referral Service of the Lake County Bar Association
  • Member of Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Law Committees in Lake County
  • Member of Criminal and Traffic Section of the Illinois Bar Association.
  • Certified Civil Arbitration Panelist in Lake and Cook County
  • Former member of Leadership Committee, Campaign for Prairie State Legal Services
  • Former Editorial Board of The Docket, the Lake County Bar Association legal magazine
  • Former Chairman of the Lake County Juvenile Law Committee


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • Justinian Society of Italian Lawyers
  • Jefferson Inns of Court
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association


The Lake County Bar Association Legal Publication, “The Docket”

  • “Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearings before the Secretary of State, 2009
  • “In Shane’s Own Words, June 2006
  • “Israel, Legal Frontline on the War on Terror”, September 2003
  • “Effect of Drug Convictions on College Financial Aid”, March 2003
  • “The Mission that Almost Failed”, September 2001
  • “Suspended Licenses and Traffic Tickets, The Basics”, November 2000
  • “Criminal Law Conference in Las Vegas”, January 2000
  • “An Independence Day Law Message”, September 2000
  • “Criminal/Juvenile Committee Scores Another Success”, December 1998
  • “Reflections on Law Day”, June 1997
  • “Profiles in Lawyering, Harold H. Winer”, November 1996
  • “Profiles in Lawyering, Charlie Wilson”, July 1995
  • “Reflections on the South African Public Defender Office”, September 1993

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

  • “South Africa’s Public Defender System has Uncertain Future”1994

Semana Newspaper

  • “Driving with a Suspended License and Without Insurance”, June 1996

American Bar Association Law-Education Journal

  • “Any Hope of Equal Justice?”, Sept. 1994


  • Lake County Bar Association members, “How to Conduct Secretary of State
    Hearings”, 2009
  • Lake County Criminal Law Seminar,  Lecturer on Secretary of State Hearings 2008
  • WCBR Radio Talk Show, Legal Line, (92.7FM) special guest on talk show, 1995
  • Fox Lake Rotary Club, speaker on the state of Criminal Law in America, 1996 & 1998
  • College of Lake County and Columbia College of Missouri, guest lecturer on criminal law
  • Vernon Hills Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy, guest speaker, 1996 to present
  • Newspaper and network television appearance regarding several cases.


IIT/Chicago Kent School of Law, Juris Doctor: May 1988

Tel Aviv School of Law, 1987

Courses: Comparative Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure

International Legal Aspects of the Middle East

Academic Honors and Activities

Student President, Decalogue Law Society

Moot court team, International Law Society

Trial Advocacy Team, Illinois Appellate Defender

Dean’s Honor’s List

Undergraduate University of Iowa, Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1983Major: Criminology/Sociology

Dean’s Honor’s List

BAR ADMISSIONS    Illinois State Bar, 1988

US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989

US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990

Northwest suburban Bar Association