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Erickson & Oppenheimer, LTD Our philosophy at Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., is to strive for a winning verdict for each and every one of our clients.

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. 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 o

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. 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 o

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Drug possession with the intent to distribute is a very serious crime in Illinois. But what if there was no "intent"?
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Is Lack Of Intent A Defense?

Drug possession with the intent to distribute is a very serious crime in Illinois. But what if there was no "intent"?

Defense options are available in drug cases.

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The Constitution requires that law enforcement officials provide prisoners and others in police custody with adequate medical care.

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The Chicago Police Department has a policy against excessive use of force. But do officers follow that policy?
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Are minority groups at greater risk?

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Experienced Wrongful Conviction Lawyers

Wrongful convictions may be more common than you think. Chicago judges recently vacated over 30 murder convictions tied to one bad cop.

Fighting for clients' civil rights since 2004.

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Are Sentencing Laws Discriminatory?

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Low-level offenders have been exempt from reductions.

A lineup is a technique that police use to obtain identification of an alleged perpetrator by a crime victim or other wi...
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Are Police Lineups Prejudicial?

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The family of a local student who was brutally assaulted and choked by a school security officer has filed a federal law...
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Teen Attacked In Classroom By Security Guard

The family of a local student who was brutally assaulted and choked by a school security officer has filed a federal lawsuit.

The family is represented by Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd.

Federal criminal charges involving financial and white collar crimes in Chicago are as complex as they are serious.
01/18/2022
Premier Federal Criminal Defense Firm

Federal criminal charges involving financial and white collar crimes in Chicago are as complex as they are serious.

Our goal is to get a not-guilty verdict for every client.

We are a nationally recognized criminal defense and civil rights law firm that provides the best possible legal represen...
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Turn To Us When It Matters Most

We are a nationally recognized criminal defense and civil rights law firm that provides the best possible legal representation available.

Decades of experience representing clients in Chicago.

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer is representing the family of Michael Craig, a custodian who was tragically shot and killed...
11/10/2021
We Are Vigorous Defenders Of Justice

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer is representing the family of Michael Craig, a custodian who was tragically shot and killed by Chicago police.

Leaders in Chicago civil rights and criminal defense.

The odds are stacked against a person charged with a serious criminal offense in Chicago. Talented lawyers can help even...
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We Take On Tough Criminal Cases — And Win

The odds are stacked against a person charged with a serious criminal offense in Chicago. Talented lawyers can help even the odds.

Nationally recognized criminal defense lawyers.

The murder of a prison inmate by three Illinois corrections officers highlights the unexpected safety concerns faced by ...
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When Guards Go Bad

The murder of a prison inmate by three Illinois corrections officers highlights the unexpected safety concerns faced by incarcerated people.

It's not just the other inmates.

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A Fight For Accountability

Did a school's inaction in the face of bullying contribute to one family's tragic loss?

Breaking destructive patterns.

A police officer’s claim to probable cause or reasonable suspicion can be challenged in court.
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Was I Wrongfully Arrested?

A police officer’s claim to probable cause or reasonable suspicion can be challenged in court.

We are dedicated protectors of personal rights.

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

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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
07/09/2020
Eric Lurry | Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. | Chicago, IL

Murder Cover-up - read full Press Release here

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...
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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. 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.

04/17/2020

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.

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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...
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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...

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What Counts As Misconduct?

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Even the authorities are bound by rules.

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

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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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Drug possession with the intent to distribute is a very serious crime in Illinois. But what if there was no "intent"?
Does the law protect a person’s right to adequate medical care while in police custody?
The Constitution requires that law enforcement officials provide prisoners and others in police custody with adequate medical care.
The Chicago Police Department has a policy against excessive use of force. But do officers follow that policy?
Wrongful convictions may be more common than you think. Chicago judges recently vacated over 30 murder convictions tied to one bad cop.
Drivers need to know how to stay safer.
Do cops in Chicago treat all people equally, or do they single out certain groups?
Too often, people's civil rights are violated instead of protected. We fight to right this injustice.
Sentencing disparities over crack co***ne have been widely decried as racist. A recent case may shed additional light on the issue.
A lineup is a technique that police use to obtain identification of an alleged perpetrator by a crime victim or other witness.
The family of a local student who was brutally assaulted and choked by a school security officer has filed a federal lawsuit.
Federal criminal charges involving financial and white collar crimes in Chicago are as complex as they are serious.
We are a nationally recognized criminal defense and civil rights law firm that provides the best possible legal representation available.
Attorney Michael Oppenheimer is representing the family of Michael Craig, a custodian who was tragically shot and killed by Chicago police.
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