Nenye E. Uche

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago, IL

Uche, P.C.
 | 22 W Washington St, Suite 1590
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-380-5341
Fax: 312-854-8001
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice primarily on criminal defense matters, Nenye E. Uche is the founder of Uche P.C. From his office in Chicago, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Illinois since 2007, Mr. Uche is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (both regular and trial bars).

Mr. Uche represents area residents who have been accused by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that he has handled in this regard have included driving under the influence of alcohol, weapons violations, burglary, theft, drug possession and trafficking, assault, homicide, health care fraud, rape, child pornography, and money laundering, among others. Mr. Uche has been able to obtain positive results for his clients through dismissals, acquittals, and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution.

Mr. Uche also handles a limited number of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some of his notable successes in this part of his practice have included a $625,000 jury award in a nursing home neglect case and a $1.18 million award in a wrongful death matter involving an unjustified police shooting. Mr. Uche's successful track record in all of these endeavors has earned him the recognition of his colleagues, including a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. Uche attended Warren Wilson College as an undergraduate, where he majored in history and political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2003. He then pursued his legal education at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served on its Moot Court Board before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2007. Prior to entering private practice, he was a prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 
Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Civil Rights

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top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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About Nenye Uche

Admitted: 2007, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://criminaldefenseattorneyinchicago.com/attorney-bio/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Attorney Award, Stanford Law School Mock Trial Competition, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Member, University of Wisconsin Mock Trial Team
  • Competition Chair, University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board
  • Mathy’s Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Best Petitioner’s Brief, August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Top 40 Lawyer Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star List, 2019
  • This recognition was awarded this year in recognition of the 50 perfect client reviews registered on the AVVO website, Clients' Choice Award, AVVO, 2019
  • The Midway Broadcasting Corporation/WVON and Ariel Investments sponsors this award ceremony which aims to identify those men and women who are raising the bar and making a difference in the lives of everyday people, 40 under 40 Game Changers Award, Midway Broadcasting Corporation/WVON and Ariel Investments, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Federal General Bar for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, 2012
  • Federal Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Member, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), 2019
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Cook County Bar Association, 2019
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Tips on Cross Examination, Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Newsletter (Winter 2010)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Jury Verdict: $625,000. In December of 2007, and after a two-week jury trial, a Cook County Jury returned a record verdict of $625,000 for emotional distress in a nursing home neglect case heard in front of the Honorable Judge Robert E. Senechalle jr. The case, Cecelia Jones v. Villa at South Holland: 15 L 006304, centered around Attorney Uche’s client, a 77-yearold grandmother who had fallen and bruised her face. The nursing home claimed that Attorney Uche’s client had attempted to get up from a wheelchair in a common area and had fallen as she attempted to walk. The nursing home offered $50,000 to settle the case. Attorney Uche and his client rejected the settlement offer and proceeded to trial. At trial, Attorney Uche demonstrated that Ms. Jones had fallen from a bed when the nursing home staff had attempted to forcefully remove her from bed. Attorney Uche also demonstrated that for at least 11 hours, Ms. Jones cried out in pain and was ignored by the staff. In an attempt to mitigate the damages, the Defense team called a University of Chicago professor of medicine who testified that the injuries were mere bruises and were not serious. The professor also testified that the injuries were treated with painkillers and a band-aid which was appropriate. However, in closing arguments and in rebuttal arguments, Attorney Uche emphasized the fragility of Ms. Jones and the tremendous impact any pain or bruising, no matter how minor, would have on an elderly sick patient. After just under forty minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of $625,000 for emotional distress and pain and suffering, 2017
  • People v. Litiwn
  • Jury Verdict: $1.18 Million. The Estate of Cockerham v. Anthony Babicz and the City of Chicago 16L 1682 Verdict: On December 13, 2018 after a two-week jury trial, a Cook County Jury returned a verdict of $1.18 Million in a wrongful death case involving an unjustified police shooting. The trial was heard in front of the Honorable Judge John P. Callahan in Chicago. The Estate of Cockerham v. Anthony Babicz and the City of Chicago centered around a shooting that had occurred on 71st and Merrill St in Chicago. Chicago Police officer Anthony Babicz shot and killed Alfontish Cockerham at around 12am on June 20, 2015 following a foot pursuit. Initially, the Chicago Police Department claimed that the shooting was justified because Mr. Cockerham had faced the officer and pointed a gun at the officer.  However, autopsy reports showed that the entry wounds of the gunshots were in Mr. Cockerham’s back.  After the autopsy revelation, the Chicago Police then claimed that the shooting was justified because Mr. Cockerham had been turning to face the officer with a gun while running away from the officer with his back still turned to the officer. During trial the defense argued that the officer had a split-second decision to make and should not have given Cockerham an opportunity to shoot. The defense called in forensic experts as well as a police-use-of-force expert and a shooting scene reconstruction expert to make their case. However, during trial, the Attorney Uche emphasized the major inconsistences in the police officer’s explanation of the shooting. Attorney Uche also used video surveillance as well as forensic evidence to demonstrate that Mr. Cockerham was never turning and never turned toward the police officer with a gun. Attorney Uche argued that even if Mr. Cockerham had a gun, he had deescalated his confrontation with the police officer by running away. During closing arguments, Attorney Uche reminded the jury that a police officer is not a judge, jury or executioner. After about 3 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of $1.18 Million for the wrongful death of Alfontish Cockerham. The jury also declared in a special interrogatory that the shooting was unjustified and that the officer’s conduct was wilful and wanton, 2018

Industry Groups

  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Trial Advocacy
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Office Location for Nenye E. Uche

22 W Washington St
Suite 1590
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-380-5341

Fax: 312-854-8001

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Last Updated: 11/26/2019

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