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   3Thomas M. BreenChicago(312) 360-1001tbreen@breenpughlaw.comtbreen@breenpughlaw.comBreen & Pugh Attorneys at Lawwww.breenpughlaw.comwww.breenpughlaw.combreenthomas.jpgCriminal Appellate LawCriminal Defense Law: Felonies & MisdemeanorsCriminal Defense Law: White Collar
Thomas M.
Breen & Pugh Attorneys at Law
53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 1215
Chicago IL 60604
Ph.(312) 360-1001 Fx.(312) 362-9907Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Criminal Appellate Law
Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Breen has consistently been named by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Criminal Defense. For the last several years, his peers have ranked him in the top three of those lawyers who practice in his field. His practice is trial oriented, and he has defended numerous high profile cases in both the federal and state courts. His clients range from individuals, public officials, and judicial officers to corporations and political organizations.

Many of his cases have been in the national arena, and the cases, as well as Mr. Breen, have appeared on network news shows including 60 Minutes. Mr. Breen was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993. He received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 1996. He has received additional awards from national and local bar associations. He has served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions, the Chicago Bar Association Committee for Judicial Evaluations, and presently serves by appointment of the Governor as Chairman of the State Appellate Defender Committee. He is a partner at Breen Pugh and Associates.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1972
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1992

Year of Birth:  1947

Law School:  Loyola University,J.D.

Undergraduate School:  University of Notre Dame, A.B.

Employment History:  
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County, 1972-1978

  • Special Assistant State's Attorney, Livingston County, 1978-1981, 1984

  • Appointed, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, 1988

  • Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    American Bar Association

    Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • American Bar Association Pro Bono Public Award, 1996

  • Public Interest Law Institute, Distinguished Public Service Award, 1996

  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal Service Award, 1996

  • Recipient, Illinois Public Defender Association of Excellence, 1990

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Attorneys

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating

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