email@example.com · www.bhattchicagdefenselaw.com · @DefenseLawyerIL Persuasive litigator licensed in state and federal jurisdictions with over a decade of trial experience as a Cook County State’s Attorney and criminal defense attorney in private practice representing thousands of clients in state and federal courts for misdemeanor and felony offenses. Proven success achieving case dismissals, advantageous settlements and favorable verdicts.
APRIL 2011 – PRESENT
PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, THE LAW OFFICE OF PURAV BHATT
Solo practitioner accountable for directing all aspects of the business including marketing, client relations, vendor management, risk management, investigations and working with government entities.
Proficient as a competent and effective attorney and business owner, managed a caseload of 20-50.
Prepared clients for trial; ascertained key objectives of case strategy and solicited information from witnesses and key experts that support client's position.
Oversaw felony jury and bench trials in cases ranging from class 4 felonies to felonies punishable by life, including murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, robbery with a firearm, sexual assault, home invasion, burglary, and kidnapping from inception to disposition including cases involving complex litigation issues such as, multiple defendants, ballistics and scientific evidence, financial crimes and confidential informants.
Successfully argued complex motions to suppress, dismiss, and vacate. AUGUST 2008 – APRIL 2011
ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY, COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
With more than 700 attorneys, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation. The CCSAO is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County, one of the largest counties in the United States. EDUCATION
JURIS DOCTOR, CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW
Environmental Law CALI award recipient 2007 & 2008
Cook County State’s Attorney 711 clerk – 2007-2008
Recipient of the Cook County State’s Attorney Minority Excellence Award - 2008 JUNE 2002
MASTER’S IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO 2
A REPRESENTATIVE CASES
PEOPLE V. J.R.
Defendant, a Chicago Police officer, was arrested as a result of a domestic battery related to the grandfather of his children. Officer Rice risked the loss of his position as a Chicago Police officer, the tarnishing of his record, being accused of a crime he did not commit and lost wages as a result of the arrest. Attorney Bhatt established that the complainant was the true aggressor and that Officer Rice was simply defending himself against an attack. Officer Rice was found not guilty on all battery charges.
People v. D.D.
Defendant successfully obtained a finding of not guilty for the possession of a firearm by a felon carrying a possible penalty of 4-15 years in prison. Through the careful cross-examination of the State's witnesses, attorney Bhatt exposed the weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Defendant was found not guilty on all charges related to the firearm.
People v. D.D.
Defendant successfully compelled the State's Attorney to dismiss all charges against Dotson in 2 cases including the attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery of a man who was allegedly kidnapped and tortures in retaliation for a drug dispute. Attorney Bhatt convinced a court that the State could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant participated in the crimes and was found not guilty.
United States of America v. Babbage Net School
United States Attorney’s Office indicted and charged Babbage Net School with fraud in the amount of $33 million dollars. Through the use of forensic accountants and financial experts, defendant was able to establish the provable value of the fraud to be $11 million thereby significantly reducing the possible penalties for the defendants. Defendant’s sentences were reduced by 50% as a result of the failure of the US Attorney to establish the full fraud amount of $33 million.
Babbage Net School vs. Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education Obtained a $400,000 verdict against the Chicago Public Schools and Board of Education for breach of contract for failure to pay wages earned by client. Babbage Net School, a secondary education provider continued to provide services to Chicago Public Schools after a federal indictment. As a result of the indictment, Chicago Public Schools refused to pay wages earned. Attorney Bhatt successfully won a verdict despite assistance to the defense from the US Attorney’s Office.
People v. M.T.
Defendant successfully argued for an acquittal of all charges in the attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and witness intimidation prosecution of the State's witness in a related homicide. State's witness identified defendant in open court as the individual who shot him 5 times a point blank range in an attempt to prevent him from testifying at defendant's brother's murder trial. Attorney Bhatt successfully obtained an acquittal after 2 hours of deliberation in the week long jury trial for his client. Defendant had been held in custody on his pending case for 2 years prior to his trial. 3
BAR ADMISSIONS & AWARDS
SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES FEDERAL COURT - NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES FEDERAL COURT - CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES FEDERAL COURT - EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
SUPREME COURT OF WASHINGTON (PENDING)
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