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Mr Tobin's impressive trial successes in precedent-setting civil and criminal cases is why he is recognized nationally as one of the best trial lawyers in America.
He has guided numerous clients through cases that attract intensive media coverage and have changed or defined the law.
He began his career in the Cook County Public Defender's Office on the Murder Task Force. He tried numerous capital cases and achieved an unprecedented number of acquittals in high-profile cases. He is an instructor and faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, a premier provider of trial skills, training seminars, and litigation-related publications for attorneys. He has given numerous lectures on the art of cross-examination and closing arguments.
He founded Craig D. Tobin & Associates in 1985 when he left the Homicide Task Force of the Cook County Public Defender's Office. He was joined by the late Honorable Robert J. Collins (1911-1997). For more than 25 years, Judge Collins sat as a felony court judge and also heard complex civil litigation.
Mr. Tobin is regularly featured in publications including the Chicago Tribune and American Bar Journal. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1980 with high honors and the University of Illinois/Chicago in 1976 with honors. He is a member of Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Notable Cases and Results:
Ebro v. LaPreferida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
Year of Birth: 1954
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1980
Law School Honors/Involvement: With high honors
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.A., 1977
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With honors
Near North Insurance Brokerage
Tobin & Muñoz, attorney and founding partner, 1985-present
Homicide Task Force, Cook County Public Defender's Office, public defender, 1980-1985
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, instructor, 1989-1994
"The Art of Cross-Examination," training seminar, Cook County Public Defender, 1992
Illinois Continuing Legal Education, speaker, 1989
"Cross-Examination and Closing Arguments," Illinois Public Defenders Association,1987
"Effective Closing Arguments," Cook County Public Defender's Office, lecturer, 1983
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006-present
- Super Lawyers Illinois Top 100, 2009 and 2010
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1%
- Best Lawyers in America
- Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2004-present
- Leading American Lawyers
- Legal Leaders Highest Ethical and Legal Ability, 1995-2016
- Litigation Council of America (fellow, state co-chair)
- AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
When top attorneys need to refer their clients to a trial attorney for civil or high-profile criminal cases, they turn to Tobin & Muñoz. After Craig D. Tobin founded the firm in 1985, its reputation for highly skilled, successful trial attorneys grew, as did the firm's name recognition.
The firm stands out for its landmark successes fought for by highly experienced and distinguished attorneys. They include partner George Muñoz, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former president and chief executive officer of the federal government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation. On the pages of Chicago newspapers and in other national media coverage, the firm has made its name on high-proifle civil rights cases.
The firm offers representation civil litigation; personal injury, criminal defense, and international law, business and financial transactions.