Barry M. Lewis

Barry M. Lewis

Sole Practitioner
Chicago, Illinois

Barry M. Lewis is a greatly experienced and talented criminal defense attorney.  He takes to heart his cases, and seeks to do his clients’ bidding.  All matters are handled by him personally in court.

He began his career in 1975 as a trial attorney for Cook County.  After a decade, he worked for a private firm.  Then, he was hired as a trial attorney for an insurance defense firm, and was promoted to be the boss of the firm after only two years.  In 1993 he opened his own criminal defense firm. 

He has been honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for his work, by the Chicago Bar Association by being a speaker on the subject of criminal law both in person and on television.  His fellow sailors have honored him by asking him to be their Judge Advocate on several occasions, including two terms as Judge Advocate for the Chicago Yachting Association.  Obviously, there are many attorneys in the Chicago Yachting Association, which is the umbrella organization for all the yacht clubs in the Chicago area. 

His legal writings include countless briefs, including work on the original appellate court briefs in the seminal case of People ex rel Fisher v Carey 77 Ill. 2d 259 (1979), Federal Rules of Evidence ICLE (1975), updates of Eyewitness Testimony Strategies and Tactics Shepards McGraw-Hill (1993-94), Heil v. Superior Oil 182 Ill. App. 3d 238 (1989) (argued).  Publications outside of legal work include Four Challenges and Learn to Sail Today.  The quality of Mr. Lewis’ writing is proven by the fact these two works were each sent to one and only one publisher, unsolicited, with no agent, and both were purchased.  Four Challenges was published January 2013 by Sail Magazine.  Learn To Sail Today is scheduled for publication in spring, 2015 by McGraw-Hill/International Marine which is not accustomed to publishing unsolicited works by authors with no agent.

Barry Lewis offers fee schedules and payment plans that work for his clients. which can include a flat fee which would even include a jury trial if desired, or an hourly fee.  In addition to criminal cases, he is available for various other forms of litigation, such as injury cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • BUI
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Weapons Violations
  • Post Conviction Appeals
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Credit and Identity Fraud

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1977


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Hastings Trial Advocacy Program, Hastings, California
    • Graduate
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Graduate, Trial Advocacy Program
  • NorthWestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • Federal Rules of Evidence, ICLE, 1975

Representative Cases

  • People Ex. Rel. Carez v. Fisher


  • Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School, 1993 - 1997
  • DUI Law, Lorman Education Series
  • Basic Trial Advocacy, John Marshall Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Service Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Belmont Yacht Club, Judge Advocate

Past Employment Positions

  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Faculty Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Ark, 2005 - Present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2012 - Present