W. Scott Hanken

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Springfield, IL

Attorney at Law
 | 1100 South Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-903-4856
Fax: 217-544-4061
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

A solo practitioner at W. Scott Hanken, Attorney at Law, W. Scott Hanken handles legal matters for those facing allegations of committing a crime. His criminal defense services cover DUI, drug crimes, murder, sex offenses and traffic offenses. As a former public defender and assistant state’s attorney, he brings a unique approach to criminal defense to clients in Central Illinois, including Sangamon County and Springfield.

Working to improve professional relationships and constantly increase his knowledge and experience, Mr. Hanken is a member of the following: the Sangamon County Bar Association, the Sangamon County Defense Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Capital Litigation Trial Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, and before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Before earning a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1989, he attended Marquette University and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He is certified to the Capital Litigation Bar by the Capital Litigation Trial Bar Association and dedicates all his time to litigation. As an experienced attorney, he has published worked in Attorney Continuing Legal Education and taught seminars on auto injury cases and aggravated DUI.

Mr. Hanken was given an Avvo “Superb” rating and Client’s Choice Award for criminal defense and the title of Top Contributor in criminal defense, and has been named one of the American Society of Legal Advocates’ Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Advocacy for DUI Defense’s Top 200 DUI Attorneys in Illinois.

Practice Areas
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Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (100%): DUI/DWI

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Super Lawyers: 2007

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About Scott Hanken

Admitted: 1989, Illinois


  • Top Criminal Defense Lawyer Superb 10.0 Rating AVVO, 2010 - 2014
  • Superb, Rated by Avvo
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, Illinois, (American Society of Legal Advocates)
  • Client's Choice Award, Criminal Defense AVVO
  • Political Science, Honors, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Top 200 DUI Attorneys, Illinois, (National Advocacy for DUI Defense)
  • Top Contributor, Criminal Defense AVVO
  • DUI, Super Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Capital Litigation Trial Bar Association, Capital Litigation Bar, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past President Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Sangamon Country Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Past President, 1990 - 1991
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Sangamon County Bar Association, Member, 1989 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1989
  • Sangamon Country Bar Association, Director, 1992 - 1993
  • Capital Litigation Trial Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Illinois, 1989
  • Sangamon Country Defense Bar Association, President, 1993 - 2005
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Sangamon Country Bar Association, Past President, 2004 - 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1990

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Educational Background:

  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1985
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Office Location for W. Scott Hanken

1100 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Phone: 217-903-4856

Fax: 217-544-4061

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Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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