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Stephen M. Komie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago, IL

Komie and Associates
One North LaSalle Street, Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-767-4439
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2013, 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

A highly acclaimed criminal defense attorney, Stephen M. Komie is the principal attorney at Chicago, Illinois-based Komie and Associates. Mr. Komie and his team of lawyers appear for clients in Bureau, Cook, DuPage, Henry, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, Will, Winnabago, and southern Illinois counties. He handles both state and federal charges at the trial and appellate levels, including Driving under the Influence, White Collar Crimes such as Tax Fraud, Forefeiture and Money Laundering, Drug Possession and Distribution, Murder and Manslaughter, Domestic Violence, Internet Crimes, Child Prornagraphy and Sex Offenses. Mr. Komie has been able to obtain favorable results for his clients in thousands of cases during his 40 plus years at the Bar, and as a result he is held in high esteem by his colleagues, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and his being named by his peers to: The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Executive Committee: The Chicago Law Bullitin: Illinois Leading Lawyers, Chicago Magazine: Top Chicago Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. 

Mr. Komie received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Arizona, and he then earned a Master of Arts in European history from the same institution. After spending three years as an officer with the Tucson Police Department, he enrolled at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1976. Mr. Komie is admitted to practice in Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 7th and 8th Circuits, U.S. Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Komie has served on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association for over 21 years. He affectionly called "Dean of the Board". He is also an active participant in that organization's Criminal Justice & Civil Practice sections, and he has been a member of its Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations – Cook County. Mr. Komie is also a Pillar of the Bar fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2013, 2015 - 2022

About Stephen M. Komie

First Admitted: 1976, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Francis W.Parker School Alumni Association; 2000-2017
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relation Division, Child Representive,  
  • Director, Illinois Bar Foundation  

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chairperson, Criminal Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Elected Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Council, Member  Defense Function & White Collar Committees: Appointed to:  Small Firm,  and Solo Practice Task Force, 1990 - 1994
  • Secretary, Illinois State Bar Association, 1996 - Present
  • Elected:Governor Illinois State Bar Association , 1989
  • U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • By-Laws Assembly Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, 1989
  • U. S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit
  • Chairman, Family Law, International Bar Association, 1998-2000
  • U. S. Tax Court
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Liaison, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Counsel
  • President, Drunken Driving Defense Lawyers of Illinois Ltd.
  • U. S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, 1985 - 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Chairman, Credentials Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, 1985
  • U. S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • Traffic Courts and The Law Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • Founding Member, Illinois Attorney's for Criminal Justice, 1984
  • Chairperson, Defense of Prisoner Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Judicial Compensation Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, 1990
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1976
  • Member, Board of Governors, Illinois State Bar Association, 1992 - 1998
  • Illinois, 1976
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Professionalism Committee, State Bar Association, 1991 - 1992
  • U. S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • Member, Board of Governors, Illinois State Bar Association, 1999 - Present


  • Recipient, American Association for Justice, 1994
  •  Chicago Bar Certificate of Appreciation, June, 1984, February, 1987
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors Award, 1991
  • For presenting your paper on "A Liitle Used Discovery Tool: The Subpoena", Certiicate or Appreciation and Gratitude, West Suburban Bar Association, 2013
  • National Public Service Award for Pro Bono Service, American Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Illinois State Bar Association Certificate of Appreciation, June 1986, September, 1990, October 1990
  • Alumni Service, Francis W. Parker School Alumni Association, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, Discovery And Forfeiture Issues in Drug Cases, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013
  • Drug prosecutions are once again on the rise as some states have enacted tougher drug laws. From challenging the arrest and seizure of people and their property, to picking a jury to cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result and get their property returned. This lecture will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s climate for increased  prosecutions and seizures of innocent  property.    Attorneys will learn innovative strategies and techniques for defending.  ., Lecturer , Asset Forfeiture: “The Legal Response to The Forfeiture Racket” ; Defending Modern Drug Cases;, Presentation at The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers , 2020
  • Lecturer, Vehicular Homicide Defenses: Proximate Causes of Accidents Via Expert Testimony, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013
  • Lecturer, Fighting to Get the Treasure Back - Forfeitures 101, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Lecturer, Persuasion by Demonstrative Evidence, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Lecturer, Electronic Evidence for the 21st Century, Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 2010
  • Lecturer, Tackling Family Law Conundrums - Hague Convention Child Abduction, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section, 2009
  • Lecturer, Internet Gambling in the U.S.: UIFWA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act) and What it Means to Your Clients, International Bar Association, Gaming Symposium, Singapore, 2007
  • Author,  Magna Carta: 800 Years of the Rule of Law, Illinois Bar Journal, June 2015, Vol. 103., No. 6, Pg. 44
  • Lecturer, Get the Car Back with the Money - The Legal Response to "The Forfeiture Racket", National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • "Attorney's Bill of Rights," Adopted by the State Bar, June, 1990, Author
  • "Illinois State Bar Association Legislation Proposed to Protect Attorney/Client Relationship," Chicago Law Bulletin, March 12, 1987
  • "Little RICO Bill Should Not Be Passed," The Bar News, June 1984
  • "Little RICO in Illinois, The Case Against It," Chicago Law Bulletin, April, 1984
  • Lecturer, "A Little Used Discovery Tool: The Subpoena", West Suburban Bar Association, 2013

Educational Background

  • The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) at Harvard University: Masters in DUI Defense, 2017
  • Founding Member of The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 1994
  • University of Arizona, B.A., M.A.; National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public Defenders, 1977

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) at Harvard University  Post Graduate Masters , 2017


  • Circuit Court Of Cook County; Supermercado Joliet, Inc.  vs. Erie Insurance Group, et al, No. 2016 L 10221 Judgement $ 359,717.19:  $ 60,000.00 in sanctions against Erie Insurance for vexatious & bad faith claims practices (the maximum penalty provided); Attorney Fees and costs of $276.600.00., 2020
  • People Vs. $306,740.00 USC; Ronald S.Cook, Fernaddo Velasquez, & Stephen Komie, Claimants. The LaSalle County Circuit Count entered judgement infavor of all claimants and against the state for $ 306,740.00 , thus rejecting the state's petition to forefeit the money as drug proceeds. The court ordered the return of all of the money seized by the State Police. Claimants Cook And Velasquez were traveling west across Illinois on I 80 with California license plates when stopped a State trooper. They were unconstitutionally stopped, detained, searched, arrested, and their money taken without any evidence of criminal activity.  After 6 years of litigation the court odered the State Police to return of their money., 2018

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • NORML Legal Defense Committee


  • “Over the last two or three years I have worked with Attorney Komie in a series of criminal cases. I found Attorney Komie to be exceptionally capable and to have a delightful sense of humor (in and out of court). I certainly nominate Steven Komie as an Illinois Super Criminal Defense Lawyer.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Stephen M. Komie

One North LaSalle Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-767-4439

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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