Attorney Profile

Chicago Criminal Attorney Howard J. Wise

22 W. Washington Street
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60602

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A Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Who Understands Both Sides


Few attorneys can claim the diverse experience and history of successful cases of Howard J. Wise.


The dedicated and talented Chicago defense attorney began his criminal law journey more than two decades ago, when he began studying at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After being admitted to the Chicago & Northwest Suburban Bar Associations in 1997, Mr. Wise joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as the assistant state attorney.


During his time at the State’s Attorney office, Mr. Wise was able to gain extensive experience in many different areas of the law, including criminal appeals, traffic cases, DUI, misdemeanors, and felonies. While working as a prosecutor, Mr. Wise developed a unique insight into how prosecutors in the Chicago criminal justice system reason, move, and attack. He honed his skills crafting arguments to put criminals behind bars, and he was quite good at his job, but something about it just was not satisfying.


After several years, he left his position to join the other side and protect people’s rights as a criminal lawyer. Today, he uses his firsthand knowledge of prosecution tactics to strengthen his defense strategies. His exceptional understanding of both sides of criminal defense make him a formidable opponent in court with some of the most creative and resourceful strategies in the industry.



School Major Degree Graduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law JD – Juris Doctor 1996
University of Arizona Media Arts BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts 1991

Work Experience

Title Company Name Duration
Owner Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates 2006 – Present
Partner Law Offices of Wise & Wise 2003 – 2006
Associate Law Offices of William H. Wise & Associates 2001 – 2003
Assistant State’s Attorney Cook County Felony Review 2001
Assistant State’s Attorney Cook County Felony Preliminary Hearings 2001
Assistant State’s Attorney Cook County Criminal Division 2000 – 2001
Assistant State’s Attorney Cook County Traffic Division 1999 – 2000
Assistant State’s Attorney Cook County Criminal Appeals Division 1999

Awards & Certifications

Don’t Risk Your Future By Waiting to Get a Smart Chicago Criminal Lawyer


Mr. Wise has helped countless clients obtain successful results for their cases, expertly and fearlessly defending them against all types of criminal charges, from traffic violations to homicides. Over the years, Mr. Wise has gained respect and made connections with judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials across the country. He is noted as a local authority on a variety of different criminal defense matters, including DUI offenses, traffic violations, juvenile law, parole and probations, misdemeanors, and felonies.


Hiring Howard J. Wise may be the best decision you make after being arrested or charged with a crime. With Mr. Wise and his team in your corner, you can defend your rights and protect your freedom, while avoiding consequences to your personal life and career.


Contact the Law Firm of Howard J. Wise & Associates to begin discussing your case with Mr. Wise immediately. The sooner you begin crafting your defense, the better your chances at having your charges reduced or dropped and getting the best possible outcome. Do not play games with your future by delaying – get in touch now.



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