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Mark L. Shaw

Mark L. Shaw

Managing Principal
Waukegan, Illinois

Mr. Shaw founded the firm in 1995. Previously, he was a trial lawyer at Winston & Strawn. He received a B.S. Pharm., with honors, from Purdue University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University. He is a licensed pharmacist in Illinois and was licensed in Indiana and Kentucky. In addition, he is a licensed attorney in state and federal courts in Illinois, D.C., and Wisconsin. Also, he is a certified arbitrator and guardian ad litem in Illinois. He writes and lectures on various legal topics and received awards for trial advocacy. He served as Special Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Legislative Counsel, Special Cook County State’s Attorney, Special Round Lake Beach Counsel and a Lake Forest Plan Commissioner. He is a Teen Court Judge, and a member of numerous bar and pharmacy associations. He practices in ll major areas including bankruptcy, civil, criminal, family, estate planning, land use, municipal, personal injury, probate, real estate and transactional law.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Family
  • Estate Planning
  • Land Use
  • Municipal
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Transactional Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Wisconsin, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the District of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1988
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1984
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma
    • Major: Pharmacy

Honors and Awards

  • Trial Advocacy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin Bar Associations, Member
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Jefferson Inns of Court, Member
  • American Pharmaceutical Association, Member
  • Phi Alpha Delta , Treasurer, 1986 - 1987
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Vice President, 1987 - 1988
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Pharmacists Associations, Member
  • Indiana Pharmacists Association, Member
  • Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Illinois Legislative Counsel, Special Illinois Attorney General
  • Special Round Lake Beach Counsel, Special Cook County State's Attorney
  • Lake Forest Plan Commissioner. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff, Teen Court Judge

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cub Scout Master, Pack 48, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Coach, AYSO Soccer, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • State Central Committeeman, Illinois Republican Party
  • Chairman, West Deerfield Township Republican Organization
  • Chairman, West Deerfield Township Independent Organization
  • Member, Committee on Candidates, Lake Forest Caucus, 1992 - 1995
  • Ward Chairman, Committee on Candidates, Lake Forest Caucus, 1994 - 1995


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