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   3Thomas C. BrandstraderChicago(312) 332-5297Tcbdefense@gmail.comTcbdefense@gmail.comThomas C. Brandstrader Law Officebrandstrader.jpgCriminal Appellate Law
Thomas C. BrandstraderTcbdefense@gmail.com
Thomas C. Brandstrader Law Office
53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 615
Chicago IL 60604-3668
Ph.(312) 332-5297 Fx.(312) 922-2055
Recommended by peers in:
Criminal Appellate Law
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Brandstrader is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers to be certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in death penalty cases. In addition to more than 25 years in the practice of criminal law and extensive trial work, Mr. Brandstrader has exceptional appellate court experience. He has had the distinct opportunity to orally present his arguments and issues to both the Illinois appellate and supreme courts. He has authored more than 200 briefs and appeared in every appellate district in Illinois as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His expertise includes all areas of criminal defense and appellate practice.
Mr. Brandstrader has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest attorney rating.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Published Cases:
People v. Anthony Kolovitz, 148 IL2d 15;
People v. Phillip Krasula, 194 Ill App. 3d 709, 551;
People v. William Webb, 182 Ill App. 3d 908, 538;
Village of Palatine v. Edward Regard, 136 IL2d 503, 577;
People v. Kimberly Lagowski, 273 Ill App. 3d 1012;
People v. Eugene Brown and Tracy Cooper, 277 Ill App. 3d 989;
People v. Marco Salazar, 284 Ill App. 3d 794;
People vs. David Corral 1-95-1895
People v. Amotto Jackson, 281 Ill App. 3d 759.
People vs. LaPoint 2-02-1002,
People vs Patterson 5-03-0535
People v Klebanowski 04-0119

Appeals:
People v Yates No. 53482 Case No. 77 4339 (death penalty case)
People v Marques No. 80 2359
People v Roberts No. 80-2570
People v Webb 1-88-714;
People v Shelly 1-88-921
People v Regard 1-88-2383; heard in the Supreme Court No. 69124
Village v Lake Zurich v Keefe 2- 88-1199;
People v Figiel 1-88-3373
People v Caban 1-89-2870
People v Greco 90-0396;
People v Sweeney 1-90-0631
People v Mitchell 2-91-0517
People v Espinoza 1-91-1217;
People v Marquez 1-91-2802;
People v Brown 1-91-2414
People v Del Grosso 1-91-3971
People v Separza 1-92-1146
People v Mounts 1-92-2314
People v Uriostegui 1-92-3046
People v Oracko 4-93-0751
People v Lagowski 1-93-1853
People v Baby etal. 1-94-1991-1999
People v Brown 1-93-3430
People v Cooper 1-93-3431
People v Stokes 1-93-3867
People v Sutton 1-94-0000
People v Alexander 1-94-0813;
People v Jackson 1-94-2304;
People v Arthur 1-94-4456
People v McMahon 2-95-0143
People v Pittas 1-95-0457
People v Ewing 1-95-0877
People v Beyah 1 -95-0320
People v Henricksen 2-95-0951
People v Kwon 1-95-1492
People v Heuermann 1-95-1637
People v Heuermann 1-95-1638
People v Diaz 1-95-1820
People v Salazar and Corral 1-95-1895
People v Clark 1-95-2605
People v Childs 1-95-2933
People v Boer 1-95-2728
People v Thompson 1-95-3272
People v Cole 1-95-3300
People v Mcdade 1-95-3510
People v Hodel 1-95-3555
People v Gilchrist 1-96-0051
People v Almond 1-96-1114;
People v Johnson 1-96-1288
People v Warren 1-96-1563
People v Pittman 1-96-1772
People v Hudson 2-97-1266
People v Anson 1-97-2450
People v Hinton 1-97-3922
People v Ruiz 1-97-2822;
People v Barbary 2-98-0390
People v Bennett 2-98-0408
People v Brackens 2-98-0630
People v Carey 1-98-0770
People v Ford 1-98-2433
People v Richardson 1-98-3404
People v West 1-98-3707
People v Jones aka James 1-98-4509
People v Kohout 2-99-0205
People v Ruiz 1-99-1372
People v Brown 1-99-3459
People v Cervantes 1- 00-3865
People v O'Connor 1-01-0067
People v Edwards 1-00-0016
People v Snyder 2-01-0696
People v LaPoint 2-02-1002
People v Bressendorf 4-02-0625
People v Jackson 1-02-1533
People v Orbe 1-03-0997
People v Patterson 5-03-0535
People v Cervantes 1-03-1165
People v Frawley 1-03-3174
People v Beierwaltes 2-03-1242
People v Ephraim 1-03-3638
People v Klebanowski 1-04-0119
People v Moser 2-04-0477
People v Alcantar 1-04-1005
People v Kramarenko 05-0127
People v Lucas 05-3222
People v Del Prete 05-0868
People v Bajdo 05-2797
People v Suastegui 05-2429
People v Ruhl 03-0920
People v Duan 05-0515
People v Hopkins 06-1312
People v Nelson 06=0312
People v Beutler 07-1077
People v Bryant 07-2220
People v Harrison 07-0452
People v Jordan 07-2116
People v Aguilar 08-1015
People v Karim 08-0710
People v Winfield 07-2398
People v Samanta 06-3361 and 09-0589
People v Foy 09-0588
People v Walls 08-2174
People v Gonzales 07-0034
People v Fortner 08-1710

First-Degree Murder Cases and Jury Trials:
U.S. v Crowder 03 CR 0093 (twice)
People v Barnes 05 CF 4018
U.S. v Adams 05CR1144
U.S. v Gilmore 04CR0095
People v Turpin 04CR 0447
People v Cory Phillips 03 CR 1144 (death penalty case)
People v Zumut 02 CR 20899
People v Chatman 02 CR 14572
People v Aceves 02 C6 001448 (natural life case)
People v Klebanowski 02 CR 5490
People v LaPoint 02 CF 0185
People v Cervantes 97 CR 9629
People v Johnson 00 CR 24132 (natural life case)
People v Wilson 01 CR 19062
People v Alcantar 00 CR 24437
People v Changyalket 01 CR 4445
People v Fluker 96 CR 2212
People v Sanchez 99 CR 14495 (death penalty case)
People v Williams etal 98 CR 10873
People v Crout etal. 98 CR 20570 (death penalty case)
People v Ganaway etal.98 CR 3873 (death penalty case)
People v Raygoza 97 CR 1893901
People v Hinton 96 CR 19717
People v Hinton 92 CR 10235
People v James 95 CR 2530601
People v Viglietti 94 CF 2917
People v Patterson 95 CR 24359
People v Chambliss 95 CR 24585
People v Jackson etal 92 CR 1355602 (death penalty case)
People v Shade 94 CR 2207101
People v Thomas 94 CR 2786001
People v Zmyslowski 94 CR 1646
People v Stokes 92 CR 18217
People v Boston 89 CR 10543
People v Harvey 88 CR 1108801
People v Lettieri 86 C2 20100001
People v Edwards 84 13481
People v Robinson 84 13035

Recent Federal Cases:
U.S. v Blake 07-2704
U.S v Guajardo 08 CR 0969
U.S. Adams 08 CR 0606
U.S. v Fariaz-Meraz 01 CR 0987
U.S. v Houghtaling 08-0893
U.S. v Padilla 04-0784
U.S. v Howard 08-0758
U.S. v. Cramer 08-40035
U. S v Sparkman 07 CR 0263
U.S. v Franklin 06 CR 00684
U.S.v Rossi 06 CR 05
U.S. v Logan 06 CR 0324
U.S. v Ephraim, 06 C 4085
U.S. v Millan 05 CR 00485
U.S. v Harmon 05 CR 10021
U.S. v Adams 05 CR 1144
U.S. v Gilmore 04 CR 0095
U. S v Sparkman 07 CR 0263
U.S. v Franklin 06 CR 00684
U.S.v Rossi 06 CR 05
U.S. v Logan 06 CR 0324
U.S. v Ephraim, 06 C 4085
U.S. v Millan 05 CR 00485
U.S. v Bredician 04 CV 5693
U.S. v Del Real
U.S. v Mendoza 04 CR 00915
U.S. v Sutton 02 Cr 1131
U.S. v Sutton 03 CR 496
U.S. v Ballard 04 CR 820
U.S. v. Bew, 04-CR-603
U.S. v Stephens 04 CR 00266
U.S. v Rendon04 CR 651
U.S. v Ghosh 04 CR 651
U.S. v Diggs 04 CR 495
U.S. v. Crowder 03 CR 00090
U.S. v Martin 02 CR 01018
U.S. v Pierce 04 CR 0882
U.S. v Straughter 04 CR 0012
U.S. v Heirderich 98 CR 00162
U.S. v Oliver 98 CR 00163
U.S. v Watson 02 CR 990


Bar Admissions:  
California,1979
Illinois, 1981
U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, 1983


Year of Birth:  1949

Law School:  Western State University College of Law,J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Awarded American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois; San Diego State University, B.A., 1976

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Lawyers' Assistance Program
  Public Defender Negotiating Committee, 1987; Treasurer, Public Defender's Union, 1987
Cook County Circuit Court Arbitration Program
Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel for capital litigation cases, 2002

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer's Rating of AV (The Martindale-Hubbell AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the bar.
Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure


Firm Description:  
The office of Thomas C. Brandstrader concentrates exclusively in the areas of Illinois state and federal criminal defense and appellate law: assault and battery; burglary; bond hearings; capital offenses; criminal appeals; criminal conspiracy; criminal defense; criminal forfeiture; criminal fraud; drugs and narcotics; death penalty; driving while intoxicated; extortion; federal criminal law; felonies; forgery; homicide; manslaughter; murder; parole and probation; post-conviction remedies; search and seizure; sex crimes; sexual assault; theft; traffic violations; misdemeanors; juvenile law


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