David J. Winer


Due to the complexity of law it is critical to choose the right attorney for your particular situation. The wrong attorney can have long term dire consequences. To choose the right legal counsel a potential client needs to avoid the advertised claims and look closely and focus on whether the attorney: 1). practices exclusively in your area of law, 2). has extensive familiarity in the local legal community, 3). Possesses the requisite experience solely in Criminal/DUI/Traffic & Secretary of State defense and, 4). Charges a reasonable fee for the specific type of case you have.

I encourage any potential client to comprehensively research and also speak with their prospective attorney. The biography below shows David Winer’s extensive experience of over twenty-five years of practice focusing solely in Criminal, DUI/Traffic and Secretary of State law. You can depend on him to fully pursue your interests. The best advertisement is not the internet or marketing, but a satisfied client!!

Whether you are charged with a minor traffic offense, serious felony or trying to obtain driving privileges any case has serious consequences for the client. You need an attorney that will consider these long-term effects and you must make a fully informed decision. Below are important considerations about David J. Winer.


Early on it was clear to David Winer that criminal law was his passion. While studying for his undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Iowa, David interned with the Coralville Police Department. In this capacity, David rode along daily with patrol officers and saw first-hand the criminal justice system, where he witnessed investigation, execution of warrants, arrests, interrogation, and trial. This invaluable experience continued while in law school he interned for the State’s Attorney Office and was assigned to the felony trial division where he participated in major felony cases.


In 1988, immediately upon graduation from law school David was hired by the Lake County Public Defender’s Office where he was involved in every aspect of the 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

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 in the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, Daily Herald and News Sun. His cases have also been covered by 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, in 1992 David was hired as a legal consultant to assist in the development of South Africa’s first Public Defender’s Office in Johannesburg. He also worked for the Legal Resource Centre a human rights law office, and provided guest lectures on Comparative Criminal Law at the Law School of the University of Pretoria. At that time South Africa was still under apartheid law and he had the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the inequities of an unjust legal system. This invaluable experience only strengthened his resolve to fight for his client’s rights.

David Winer - DUI AttorneyPRIVATE PRACTICE

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 since 1961 where Harold Winer has been a fixture in the Lake County legal community. Often called the “Dean of Lake County” Harold Winer was awarded, “The President’s Award” 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 practices Criminal Law, TrafficDUI 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 member of the Criminal Law and Traffic Law committees of the Lake County and Illinois Bar Associations and the current chairman of the Lake County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.

Respect is not given but is earned by hard work, success and recognition
As in any profession, relationships are critical for success

David has lectured about all types of Secretary of State Hearings for license reinstatement through an Illinois Continuing Legal Education lectures and gave speeches to the Lake County Criminal Law Seminar, Probation Department, College of Lake County, Columbia College, Rotary Club and on WCBR & NVC Radio shows. In addition, David has written numerous legal related articles concerning Secretary of State, criminal and traffic related issues.

In the over twenty five years of practice David has established a highly respected reputation and has proven to be a tireless and strategic advocate. He is fully aware that the majority of criminal and traffic cases do not result in a trial, but are resolved in a pre-trial negotiation. While many attorneys make a quick deal and plead their clients guilty, David looks carefully at every angle to decide what is in his client best interests, either a trial or the best possible negotiation. The respect and the relationships he has established over many years pays off for all his clients.

For More Detailed Information See The Biography Below.

In addition to being a prolific author of legal articles (see list below), David is very active in WWII Veteran’s issues. Since its inception, David has been an interviewer for the annual Library of Congress Veterans History Project at the Lake County Courthouse. He is also involved in other activities involving veterans.  David has authored an article on this important topic titled, “Reflections on the Veterans history Project and Our WWII Veterans with the Vanishing Breed”.  Tap the link or image to read the article.


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

South Africa Public Defender, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1992-1993
Consultant to Public Defenders Office and taught trial litigation skills

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.

Legal Resources Centre, Pretoria, South Africa, 1992-1993
Human Rights Law Office assisting people in areas of civil law.

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

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

Legal Aid Clinic, IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law, 1986
Legal Intern: legal research, interview clients, draft legal memoranda, attend trial calls and depositions.

Coralville Police Department, Coralville, Iowa, 1981-1983
Intern with Patrol Division; observed all aspects of police work from patrol, arrest to trial.


  • Chairman of Lawyer Referral Service, Lake County Bar Association
  • Drivers License Reinstatment Committee, Lake County Bar Association , 2016
  • Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Law Committees in Lake County, Active member
  • Criminal and Traffic Section of the Illinois Bar Association., Active member
  • Certified Civil Arbitration Panelist in Lake and Cook County Past member
  • 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
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Jefferson Inns of Court


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

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin “South Africa’s Public Defender System has Uncertain Future”1994

Semana Newspaper “Driving with a Suspended License and Without Insurance”, 1996

American Bar Association Law-Education Journal “Any Hope of Equal Justice?”, 1994


  • Effect in Illinois of Out of State DUI & Traffic Offenses, Lake County bar Association, 2018
  • Ask the Expert Day, Niles North High School 2016
  • Veterans History Project, Library of Congress, Lake County, annual since 2013
  • Traffic Law Update and Current Law, Lake County Bar Association, 2013
  • Latest Law on Secretary of State Hearings, Lake County Bar Association, 2012
  • Lake County Probation Department, Secretary of State Hearings, 2013
  • Lake County Criminal Law Seminar, Lecturer on Secretary of State Hearings 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Lake County Bar Association, “How to Conduct Secretary of State Hearings”, 2009, 2010
  • NVC Radio Talk Show, 2011, 2012 & 2013
  • Fox Lake Rotary Club, speaker on the state of Criminal Law in America, 1996 & 1998
  • College of Lake County and Columbia College, guest lecturer on criminal law
  • Vernon Hills & Deerfield Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy, guest speaker
  • WCBR Radio Talk Show, Legal Line, (92.7FM) special guest on talk show
  • 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, 1983

Major: Criminology/Sociology

Dean’s Honor’s List


Illinois State Bar, 1988

US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989

US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990