Evan J. Winer


Evan J. Winer was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Iowa where he was a Graduate With Distinction (Cum Laude) and was chosen to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors society. He went on to attend Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he graduated and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988 and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1989.

After working in the civil litigation division of the Chicago firm of Arnstein & Lehr, Evan became a Cook County Public Defender and gained extensive experience in all aspects of criminal defense, having been assigned to Juvenile Court, First Municipal Division, Felony Preliminary Hearings, Night Narcotics Division, and working his way up to the Felony Trial Division at 26th & California. In 1993, Evan joined his father and brother in the Law Offices of Winer & Winer where he concentrates in the defense of all criminal and traffic-related matters as well as Secretary of State license reinstatement hearings.

Evan is a member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He serves on the Criminal Law Committee of the Lake County Bar Association. A detailed description of Evan’s experience and education can be found below.

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Legal Experience

Law Office of Winer & Winer, 1993 to present

Lake County Assistant Public Defender, Waukegan, Illinois 1995-1997
Attorney, Felony Trial Division

Cook County Assistant Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois 1989-1995
Represented the indigent accused in Juvenile Court, Misdemeanors Branch Court, Felony Preliminary Hearings, Felony Narcotics Division and Felony Trial Division

Mandatory Civil Arbitration Panelist, Chicago & Waukegan, IL 1995-2003
Member of a three panel team deciding mandatory civil arbitration cases in Cook & Lake County, Illinois

Law Office of Arnstein & Lehr, Chicago, IL 1998-1999
Associate attorney: Civil Litigation division

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL 1997
Practiced in Felony Trial Division under Supreme Court Rule 711

Law Office of Fagel & Haber, Chicago, Illinois 1987
Summer Associate: Civil Litigation, Corporate and Real Estate Divisions

Federal Magistrate W. Thomas Rosemund Jr, Northern Dist. of Illinois 1987
Legal Extern: Drafted “Report and Recommendation” opinions

Law Office of Conklin & Adler, Chicago, IL 1986-87
Law Clerk: Civil Litigation, Aviation Law, School Law, Chicago, IL 1986

Law Office of Stephen Passen & Associates
Law Clerk: Personal Injury

Legal Affiliations and Memberships

  • 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
  • Vernon Hills Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy, guest speaker, 1996 to present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers

Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions Illinois State Bar, 1988

US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989

US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990

Teaching Experience

Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2008
Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing

Chicago Police Department Training Academy, Chicago, IL 1988
Taught constitutional law and procedure to police recruits

Amundsen High School, Chicago, IL 1987
Taught criminal law and procedure


Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL
Juris Doctor, June 1988

Academic Honors & Activities

  • Dean’s List: Fall 1985, Fall 1986, Spring 1987, Spring 1988
  • Decalogue Society: Student President
  • International Law Society

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences 1984

Academic Honors & Activities

  • Graduate with Distinction -top 5%
  • Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society
  • Dean’s List: 7 consecutive semesters
  • Honor Roll
  • Orville Hitchcock Foundation Scholarship recipient


  • Second Chance Probation and the Offender Initiative Program: Time for a Dusting Off?, The Docket, March 2016
  • On the Legal Frontline in the War on Terror, The Docket, September 2003
  • Israeli Perspective on Pluralism, Chicago Jewish News, March 1998
  • Israel Today: A.B. Yehoshua, Chicago Jewish News, March 1998
  • Radical Fringe, Chicago Jewish News, December 1998
  • South American Odyssey, The Docket, June 1997
  • Deborah Lipstadt Speech, Chicago Jewish News, October 1997
  • Seeds of Hate: Review of “A Force Upon the Plain,” Chicago Jewish News, November 1997
  • Driving with a Suspended License and Without Insurance, Semana, June 1996
  • Presentation Report: The Missing Lincoln, The Docket, April 1995
  • Review of: “The Hiding“, by Jonathan Wilson, Chicago Jewish News,April 1995
  • Life Story: A Survivor Remembers, Chicago Jewish News, July 1995
  • Good Sabbath: Philip Roth’s latest novel, Chicago Jewish News, December 1995