Jonathan M. Brayman

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Breen & Pugh
Jonathan M. Brayman
Breen & Pugh

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Appellate, Civil rights

Licensed in Illinois since: 2010

Education: The University of Iowa College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023
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53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1215
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-360-1001 Email: Jonathan M. Brayman Visit website

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Jonathan M. Brayman is a Partner with Breen & Pugh. His practice focuses on state and federal criminal defense, Title IX defense, Section 1983 civil rights actions, class actions, and asset forfeiture defense.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is the President-Elect of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Brayman serves as the Chair of NACDL's Young and New Lawyers Committee and as a member of the Fourth Amendment Committee.

First Admitted: 2010, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://breenpughlaw.com/jonathan-m-brayman/

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Served as the Co-Chair of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' annual Violent Crimes seminar in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Co-author of amicus brief filed in the Illinois Supreme Court by NACDL, IACDL, the ACLU, and Electronic Frontier Foundation in the case of People v. Keiron Sneed, addressing the compelled decryption of the cell phones of individuals charged in criminal cases., 2022
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Brayman served as class counsel to tens of thousands of class members in numerous civil rights class actions successfully challenging the unconstitutional policies and practices of the City of Chicago and winning settlements that included wide-ranging injunctive and monetary relief (more than $7M).  See Gates v. City of Chicago, 623 F.3d 389 (7th Cir. 2011); Smith v. City of Chicago, 365 Fed. Appx. 20 (7th Cir. 2010); Kennedy v. City of Chicago, No. 06 CV 4914, 2007 WL 4553040 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 18, 2007) (Darrah, J.).
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Brayman serves on the Justice Council for Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions
  • Brayman is a member of the Chicago Inn of Court
  • Brayman is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice’s Forms Committee for Civil Asset Forfeiture
  • Brayman is the President-Elect of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL).  He is a member of the Membership Committee, the CLE Committee, and the COVID-19 Task Force for IACDL.  Brayman is a Life Member of IACDL.
  • Brayman is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation's largest and premier criminal defense bar association.  By appointment of NACDL's President, Brayman currently serves as the Chair of the Young and New Lawyer Sub-Committee of the Membership Committee.  He also currently serves on the Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee and on the Membership Committee.  Brayman previously served as the Co-Chair of the Council of Affiliates, a committee representing the approximately 100 affiliate organizations of NACDL.  Brayman is a Life Member of NACDL.
Educational Background:
  • Brayman graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2010 with the Willard L. Boyd Public Service Award (Highest Honors).  He was named the 2009-2010 Ramza-Fester “Rainbow Rights” Scholar; an award given to a student with exemplary service in helping to advance the rights of individuals in the LGBT community through community outreach, legal advocacy, and scholarship. Prior to graduating from law school, Brayman’s experience included helping to win a new trial for a man sentenced to death by a federal jury in Louisiana.  See United States v. John Johnson, 713 F. Supp. 2d 595 (E.D. La. May 18, 2010) (Berrigan, J.).  Brayman also worked for federal district court judges in Chicago and in New Orleans (2009). While at the University of Iowa College of Law, Brayman worked as a research assistant to Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig, a prominent critical race theorist and employment law scholar (2008-10).  He represented his class on the law school’s student government and on the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS).  Brayman served as a student writer and contributing member to The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice.  Also during law school, Brayman clerked in the Chicago office of the Federal Defender Program and studied abroad in the Greek Isles, though Tulane University Law School.
Honors/Awards:
  • , Named to America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators by America's Top 100, 2020
  • 2nd Largest Civil Rights Settlement, Top 50 Settlements in Illinois in 2018, Top Verdict, 2018
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Member of the United States Supreme Court, 2020
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2021
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2020
  • Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2010
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2010
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented a 1-hour educational lecture on digital forensics in vehicles to approximately 260 criminal defense attorneys, investigators, and law students at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' 15th Annual Forensic Science Seminar, "Making Sense of Science: Forensic Science & the Law" on April 9, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada., Presenter, "A Lawyer's Guide to Vehicle Forensics", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Law, Science, Digital Forensics, Automotive, 2022
  • Lectured at the Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar on vehicle and digital forensics for approximately 860 criminal defense lawyers in Virginia, who do court-appointed criminal defense cases., Presenter, A Lawyer's Guide to Vehicle Forensics (Legal), Supreme Court of Virginia and Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Digital Forensics, Data Privacy, 2022
  • Modern cars are equipped with a variety of technologies – GPS, cameras, connected smart phones and more. These technologies aim at making our daily life easier, but they also gather and store data that companies and law enforcement can access later. The panel, co-presented with digital forensics expert Lars Daniel, taught the audience of over 200 criminal defense lawyers how cars can collect vital information and how to effectively confront that data in criminal cases., Presenter, Connected Cars & the Fourth Amendment, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Digital Forensics, Data Privacy, 2022
  • Provided an overview of civil asset forfeiture laws on the state and federal levels.  Discussed civil rights class actions brought by Chicago citizens against the Chicago Police Department and Cook County that brought about systemic reform in the State of Illinois, as well as future reform efforts., Speaker, Should Civil Asset Forfeiture Be Reformed?, Legal, 2017
  • One of four speakers on a civil asset forfeiture panel. Other panelists included the Associate Legislative Director of the ACLU of Illinois, the Vice President of Policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, and the Criminal Justice Policy Attorney for the ACLU of Illinois., Panelist, ACLU and the Illinois Policy Institute's Civil Asset Forfeiture Panel, Criminal Defense, Civil Practice, Pro Bono Practice, Policy, 2016
  • Served on a panel of criminal defense attorneys from around the country speaking about their careers, experiences, and transitions from law school to the practice of law. Organized by the Washington State Office of Public Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers., Panelist, Social Justice Tuesday: A Panel Discussion at University of Washington School of Law, 2021
  • Co-author, with Breen & Pugh partner Todd S. Pugh, of article in The Champion summarizing and commenting on the recent Supreme Court of the United States' decision in Lange v. California. In Lange, a unanimous Court held that, under the Fourth Amendment, pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not categorically qualify as an "exigent circumstance" justifying a warrantless entry into a home., Co-Author, Search & Seizure Commentary: Lange v. California and the Limits of "Hot Pursuit" and "Exigent Circumstances" When Police Confront the Sanctity of the Home, The Champion (The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Monthly Publication), Criminal Defense, 2021
  • Served on a panel of criminal defense attorneys discussing their experiences as a criminal defense attorney with law students and faculty from Mercer Law School. Panel was organized and hosted by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Mercer Law Criminal Defense Association.  MLCDA's stated purpose is to seek to inspire, develop, and mentor Mercer Law students who aspire to become criminal defense attorneys by hosting renowned speakers, conducting trial skills workshops, and establishing a mentorship program with state and national criminal defense organizations. The ultimate goal of the MLCDA is to promote equal justice for all. , Speaker, NACDL and MLCDA's Criminal Defense Panel Discussion, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Inn Of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Justice Council Of The Center On Wrongful Convictions
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Office location for Jonathan M. Brayman

53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1215
Chicago, IL 60604

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8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023

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