Erickson & Oppenheimer, LTD

Erickson & Oppenheimer, LTD Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., is a premier Civil Rights and Criminal Defense firm that combines aggressive trial advocacy with a combined 40 years of courtroom experience to provide the best possible legal representation available.
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Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., is a small specialty law firm that focuses in just a few areas of practice so as to provide specialized, expert, cutting edge service to our clients. Our philosophy at Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., is to strive for a winning verdict for each and every one of our clients. Unlike many lawyers that look for a quick settlement or negotiated plea of guilty, Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., believes that our job is to fight for your rights, to stand up for our clients and strive for a win.

Mission: Our philosophy at Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd is to strive for a Not Guilty verdict for each and every one of our clients. Unlike many lawyers that look for a quick settlement or negotiated plea of guilty, we believe that our duty is to vigorously fight for your rights, to stand up for you, and strive for a win.

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With more than 45 years of courtroom experience, our attorneys strongly protect Chicago residents from police misconduct...
07/23/2020
Aggressive Advocates For Justice

With more than 45 years of courtroom experience, our attorneys strongly protect Chicago residents from police misconduct.

We have secured tens of millions of dollars for clients.

07/23/2020
www.ericksonandoppenheimer.com

Nathaniel Onsrud, an innocent man, released from prison 13 years after wrongful conviction for murder of his infant son with the help of his attorneys and the Illinois Innocence Project

To learn more click the link below

https://www.ericksonandoppenheimer.com/Innocent-man-released-from-prison-13-years-after-wrongful-conviction-for-murder-of-his-infant-son.pdf

Murder Cover-up - read full Press Release here#EricLurry #SayHisName #BlackLivesMatter
07/09/2020
Eric Lurry | Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. | Chicago, IL

Murder Cover-up - read full Press Release here

#EricLurry #SayHisName #BlackLivesMatter

Murder Cover up In an astounding piece of public relations spin, Joliet Police Chief Roechner last night made yet another attempt to whitewash the brutal death of Eric Lurry at the hands of two of his officers. Chief Roechner can twist it any way he wants, but in the end, this was a cover-up, pure a...

Prominent Civil Rights attorney,  Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer, is proud to represent Eric Lurry's fami...
07/07/2020
Wife of man who died in Joliet police custody says dashcam video shows officers contributed to his death

Prominent Civil Rights attorney, Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer, is proud to represent Eric Lurry's family. In the first step of obtaining justice for his death, Erickson & Oppenheimer have hired nationally renowned pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, who testified for the defense in the O.J. Simpson trial. #EricLurry #SayHisName #BlackLivesMatter MeekMill

The wife of a man who died in Joliet police custody is heartbroken and demanding answers after watching dashcam video of his treatment while in custody.

06/24/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 23, 2020

Innocent man released from prison 13 years after
wrongful conviction for murder of his infant son

SPRINGFIELD – A Rock Island County man’s 2008 murder conviction was vacated and he walked free from Menard Correctional Center today due to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at the University of Illinois Springfield and attorneys of Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. (EO) in Chicago. Newly discovered evidence proves that Nathaniel Onsrud was not responsible for the death of his infant son.
Onsrud’s conviction was vacated after it was discovered that exculpatory documents were not disclosed to defense counsel that provided additional evidence that Onsrud is innocent. The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office supported the request of IIP and EO to vacate Onsrud’s conviction and release him immediately.
“Our client, Nathaniel Onsrud, maintained from day one he had nothing to do with the tragic death of his infant son,” said IIP Chicago Legal Director Lauren Kaeseberg. “For the past 13 years, Nathaniel has fought to clear his name and has been through the unimaginable ordeal of losing his baby and then being wrongfully convicted of murdering him. We are so thankful that the State’s Attorney of Rock Island County has acted in the interests of justice and that we can bring Nathaniel home today.”
In May 2007, Onsrud’s four-month-old son, Dax, who had been born 10 weeks premature and had significant medical complications, became unresponsive while in Nathaniel’s care. After emergency medical treatment at home, Dax was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Initial medical examinations did not reveal foul play and the forensic pathologist brought in to consult on the case was reluctant to determine the death was a homicide. After investigators focused on Onsrud, they had multiple meetings with the pathologist to devise a new (yet erroneous) theory – that he had caused Dax’s death. Onsrud was subjected to two interviews and finally, after continual questioning, made some ambiguous statements that the investigators determined was a “confession.” Ultimately, based in large part on this “confession,” Onsrud’s defense attorney at the time encouraged him to plead guilty.
False confessions played a role in the wrongful conviction of 96 individuals in Illinois – nearly 30 percent of Illinois’ 331 exonerations since 1989, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.
“To call this an injustice is a colossal understatement,” said Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer. “This was a grotesque, coordinated effort by corrupt cops, an unscrupulous and malicious prosecutor and a dishonorable medical examiner. They worked together, for the sake of their own careers – far outside all bounds of the law – to destroy an innocent man and his family forever.”
“However, I would like to commend the current Rock Island State’s Attorney, Dora Villarreal, for her dedicated leadership role in working to right this horrible wrong,” Oppenheimer added.
Nathaniel Onsrud is one of approximately 100 innocent Illinoisans whose cases have been reversed after they pled guilty, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.
“Our criminal justice system is fundamentally broken and we see that in large part in guilty pleas, where a vast number of people, once they are trapped in the system, take pleas to avoid hefty sentences threatened by the State,” said Kaeseberg.
In addition, Onsrud’s case is the latest example of the reversal of cases nationwide in which faulty science was used to convict innocent people where no crime had actually occurred.
Onsrud is the 15th client of the Illinois Innocence Project to be released or exonerated.

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The Illinois Innocence Project, founded in 2001 at the University of Illinois Springfield, provides pro bono legal advocacy and guidance to those who have been wrongfully convicted in Illinois but have credible claims of actual innocence; educates students and the public about criminal justice system failures that lead to wrongful convictions; and works with policymakers and law enforcement to change rules, laws and practices to minimize wrongful convictions.

Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. is a nationally recognized civil rights firm with over 45 years of courtroom experience, including significant wins in high-profile civil rights and criminal defense cases. Since its founding in 2004, Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. has been dedicated to fighting for justice and compensation for those that have been wrongly convicted, maliciously prosecuted and the victims of police shootings and excessive force.

Illinois Innocence Project
04/17/2020

Illinois Innocence Project

BREAKING NEWS!!! Our client Carl Reed, who served 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, has been granted a compassionate release and had his sentence commuted by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Carl had extensive pre-existing health conditions that put him at high risk of serious illness or death if he contracted COVID-19 in prison and a physician reviewed Carl’s medical records and recommended his immediate release. IIP represents Carl along with pro bono attorneys at Erickson & Oppenheimer, LTD and Exoneration Project.

He is seen in this picture with Illinois Innocence Project Legal Assistant Karen Meidel moments after his release. We commend Governor Pritzker and his staff for their painstaking review of requests for Carl and others like him who deserve a second chance at life, not a potential death sentence COVID-19 could be in prison.

Chicago-- CPS Warned of Violent, Abusive Teacher and Did Nothing to Stop It Resulting in Strangulation of 9 Year-Old Spe...
03/12/2020
Former Teacher Says CPS Knew Of Ex-Dean's History Of Violence Before He Was Accused Of Choking Special Needs Student Until He Passed Out

Chicago-- CPS Warned of Violent, Abusive Teacher and Did Nothing to Stop It Resulting in Strangulation of 9 Year-Old Special Needs Student. https://cbsloc.al/39QlB6M

A former coworker is speaking out only to CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey, saying he reported Christopher Thomas’ violent behavior to the Chicago Public Schools years ago, but nothing was done.

03/12/2020

Federal Jury finds Chicago Police Sergeant unjustified in shooting fleeing suspect and awards the family $1 million. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/3cVK7p9

Chicago Attorney, Jon Erickson, Calls for Federal Investigation of CPS.In a series of lawsuits, Attorney Jon Erickson sa...
03/12/2020
Citing Abuse, Chicago Attorney Calls for Federal Investigation of CPS

Chicago Attorney, Jon Erickson, Calls for Federal Investigation of CPS.

In a series of lawsuits, Attorney Jon Erickson said teachers have abused special needs students, and one even attempted to kill himself. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/3cQJwot

A Chicago attorney is asking the United States Department of Justice to launch a formal investigation into the treatment of special needs children in Chicago Public Schools. In a letter written Tuesday to Attorney General William Barr, attorney Jon Erickson alleges that CPS has a “widespread polic...

3 types of conduct that people have protection against.
03/09/2020
What Counts As Misconduct?

3 types of conduct that people have protection against.

Even the authorities are bound by rules.

Chicago Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers Millions, Jury's Find.
03/04/2020
Federal Juries Penalize Chicago in Lawsuits Against Police

Chicago Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers Millions, Jury's Find.

Separate federal juries on Tuesday found that Chicago police officers wrongly indulged in conduct that resulted in the fatal shooting of a suspect and the false confession and imprisonment of an alleged rape suspect.

Jury finds Chicago Police Sergeant John Poulos Unjustified in Fatal Shooting of 19-year-old KaJan Raye. Ruling raises se...
03/04/2020
Jury finds Chicago police sergeant was unjustified in shooting fleeing suspect in 2016, awards family $1 million

Jury finds Chicago Police Sergeant John Poulos Unjustified in Fatal Shooting of 19-year-old KaJan Raye. Ruling raises serious questions about legitimacy of Civilian Office of Police Accountability's (COPA) investigation and findings. "COPA must now reopen their sham investigation and stop working for the FOP," said family attorney Michael Oppenheimer.

A federal jury on Tuesday found that a Chicago police sergeant was unjustified in fatally shooting a 19-year-old man during a South Side foot chase in 2016, awarding the man’s family more than $1 million in damages.

Jon F. Erickson has been on the winning side of some of Chicago's most challenging courtrooms for the past 22 years. He ...
04/22/2019

Jon F. Erickson has been on the winning side of some of Chicago's most challenging courtrooms for the past 22 years. He has appeared in over 107 federal civil rights cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and has won millions of dollars in damage awards for his civil rights clients. To learn more about some of Jon's cases, visit our website: https://bit.ly/2uqu65e

“These are children who have special needs. They are most at risk, and yet they’re put further in risk by those that we ...
04/18/2019
After Son’s Suicide Attempt, Mom Sues CPS For Ignoring Chronic Bullying At Woodson Elementary; ‘I Asked For Help, And I Didn’t Get It, And I’m So Mad’

“These are children who have special needs. They are most at risk, and yet they’re put further in risk by those that we trust or should be able to trust to keep them safe, keep them happy and provide an environment conducive to learning,” Erickson said. “The Chicago Public Schools system has failed at that at a criminal level.”

Teirra Black says her son, Jamari, was constantly bullied at school. Others vouched for that. Now it's one claim of dozens in a federal lawsuit versus the Chicago Public Schools.

You may not have known it but the Eighth Amendment requires prisoners, and others in police custody, to be provided with...
04/18/2019

You may not have known it but the Eighth Amendment requires prisoners, and others in police custody, to be provided with adequate medical care. Unfortunately, many prisoners' health issues are ignored. Learn more about your right to medical care in custody by visiting our website: https://bit.ly/2CwQ23p

CHICAGO-- Severe, Chronic Bullying by CPS Teachers Leads 11-Year-Old Special Needs Student to Attempt Suicide By Hanging...
04/18/2019
After Son’s Suicide Attempt, Mom Sues CPS For Ignoring Chronic Bullying At Woodson Elementary; ‘I Asked For Help, And I Didn’t Get It, And I’m So Mad’

CHICAGO-- Severe, Chronic Bullying by CPS Teachers Leads 11-Year-Old Special Needs Student to Attempt Suicide By Hanging, Suffers Severe Brain Injury. CPS Officials Ignored Year-long Problem Despites Pleas For Help By Victim's Mother.

Teirra Black says her son, Jamari, was constantly bullied at school. Others vouched for that. Now it's one claim of dozens in a federal lawsuit versus the Chicago Public Schools.

The difference between winning and losing often boils down to one thing: your attorney. It's time to have two of the bes...
04/15/2019

The difference between winning and losing often boils down to one thing: your attorney. It's time to have two of the best in your corner. Erickson & Oppenheimer have been named to the National Trial Lawyers' list of the Top 100 litigators in the country. Get the help you need, give us a call at (312) 327-3370 for a free consultation.

05/17/2018

May 16, 2018. Erickson & Oppenheimer win 1st Degree Murder Jury Trial. A Cook County Jury Returned a Verdict of Not Guilty after approximately 3 hours of deliberation.

Phillipe, we wish we could be there! Your story touched our hearts, and we hope you were happy with our token to show th...
01/05/2018

Phillipe, we wish we could be there! Your story touched our hearts, and we hope you were happy with our token to show that we care. Take care,

2018 GIVING: Philippe was one of our finalist for the car, but he didn’t win. But his story touched us all, he’s paralyzed living in a garage so it’s hard to make ends meet. I teamed up w/ Chevrolet of Homewood, & my friends at Erickson & Oppenheimer, to bless him with lots of $$$! We can’t take our lives for granted and we must give to those who are less fortunate than us.

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Chicago Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys We are experienced and battle-tested Criminal Defense Attorneys who know their way around a courtroom. When you get arrested, experience counts. When you are fighting for your freedom, you need a smart, creative attorney who’s not afraid to fight. "We are in it to win it." -Michael D. Oppenheimer At Erickson & Oppenheimer, we bring over 40 years of experience to your defense. Our extensive courtroom experience gives you the advantage your life depends upon. We are resourceful and creative attorneys that dig deeper and look farther for the solutions to your problems. Whether you are charged with Murder, DUI or a petty theft, we recognize that your case matters. We recognize that the outcome of your case could impact the rest of your life. That’s why every case is important at Erickson & Oppenheimer. Erickson & Oppenheimer uses extensive knowledge and experience to your advantage. As a former Cook County prosecutor, Michael Oppenheimer fully understands the strategies and methods of the opposition. Jon F. Erickson spent 20 years developing extensive skills in many of Chicago’s most high-volume courtrooms. Together, they get results. Focus Areas: Felonies & Misdemeanors Drug Charges Weapons Charges/UUW Murder Burglary/Robbery Possession of Cannabis Juvenile cases Public Indecency Battery DUI Domestic Battery Federal Criminal Law Drug Conspiracy Weapons charges Financial crimes Admitted to Practice: State of Illinois U.S. District Court, Northern Dist of Illinois U.S. District Court, Western Dist. Michigan U.S. District Court, Central Dist. Illinois U.S. 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

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Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
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