THOMAS BRANDSTRADER, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney, specializes in the defense and appeals of serious criminal matters in Illinois and U.S. Federal Courts. He is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in Death Penalty cases. With 38 years exclusively in the practice of Criminal Law he has exceptional appellate court and trial work experience. He has authored over five hundred briefs and appeared in every appellate district in Illinois as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Brandstrader’s expertise includes all areas of criminal defense, appellate and post conviction practice. He has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest attorney rating, every year since 2003 and is recognized as a preeminent attorney in the area of Criminal Appellate Law by Leading Lawyers.