Lori G. Levin
Lori G. Levin is an experienced litigator in the private practice of law. She is a sole practitioner handling criminal and juvenile justice, Department of Children and Family Services, mental health and guardianship matters. After a long career in public service, Lori opened her private practice in 2009. She has successfully defended persons in criminal and juvenile matters not only in the Circuit Court of Cook County but also in the collar counties. Lori is a sought after speaker on criminal and juvenile justice, DCFS, mental health and women’s issues.
From August 2003 through June 2009, Lori was Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, a state agency with an annual budget of over $100 million dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice by bringing together key leaders from the justice system in Illinois, and to propose and evaluate policies, programs, and legislation that address those issues. Previously, Lori was Supervisor of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division, where she oversaw the prosecution of felonies against the elderly and disabled in the Criminal Division and the handling of involuntary commitment and treatment cases in the County Division’s Mental Health Courts. Before that, she was assigned to the Felony Trial Division, where for ten years she first-chaired jury and bench trials, primarily violent crime cases.
Lori recently received the Laureate Award by the Illinois Academy of Lawyers. The Academy honors lawyers who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession as demonstrated by their pervasive record of service to the law and the public. In 2014, the Illinois State Bar Association awarded Lori the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award. Additionally, Lori has repeatedly been named both a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer.
Lori has been very active in national, state and local bar associations. She is a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and a past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Mental Health Law Committee as well as its Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education. Currently, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law and as a long-time member of the Criminal Justice Council. She is a past Vice-Chair for Professional Development/CLE of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section Council and a past Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
Although Lori’s main office is in downtown Chicago, she has the ability to meet with clients at an office on the North Shore.