David Winer


Dave Winer - Waukegan Criminal Defense LawyerDavid J. Winer has helped hundreds of people obtain driving privileges through his decades of experience and is well versed in the complex requirements set forth by the Secretary of State. It is critical to retain a well-qualified attorney who concentrates in Secretary of State law. The majority of people who attend a Secretary of State hearing alone or without a qualified lawyer are denied. At the hearing the Secretary of State will have its own prosecutor who will question you. To ensure a fair hearing you must have a qualified attorney who will thoroughly prepare you beforehand and professionally represent you during the hearing .

David Winer is recognized as a leading attorney in Secretary of State hearings and has:

  • Authored pre-eminent articles on Formal, Informal hearings and Out-of-State Packets
  • Lectured other attorneys as a Illinois Continuing Legal Education presenter on SOS hearings
  • Presented an internet course for Continuing Legal Education for lawyers at www.Mentorcle.com
  • Spoke at a seminar for the Probation Department and Alcohol/Drug Counselors
  • Guest appearances on NVC radio station about Secretary of State hearings

Free of charge, to learn more about reinstating your driver’s license or obtaining a Restricted Driving Permit, David Winer presented an internet course for an Illinois Attorney Continuing Education Program, entitled “Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits.” You may watch thee course at www.mentorcle.com. Scroll down until you find the course described as:

Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits
2 Hours Illinois MCLE Credit
Instructor – David J. Winer

Simply click on “View this Course Free”. You do not have to enroll for attorney CLE course credit.

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Choosing the wrong attorney can have dire consequences and David J. Winer encourages any client to research a prospective attorney and review their experience, educational background, professional bar association activity, authored publications etc. The biography below shows his extensive experience of over twenty years of practice focusing in Secretary of State law as well as DUI/Traffic and criminal defense.

In choosing the right attorney you must make an informed decision and below are important considerations to take into account.

  1. The right Attorney for your particular situation: You must choose an attorney that concentrates in your area of law. David J. Winer has concentrated solely in Secretary of State law, DUI/traffic defense and criminal law for one simple reason. He strives to be the best in these areas and to keep up to date on the complexity of new and changing laws. If you need a real estate attorney, then hire that type of attorney.
  2. Does the attorney have the credentials and experience for your type of case: Your attorney must have the legal skill and experience to give you the best representation you deserve. Review David J. Winer’s biography below to confirm that he has the skill and experience you need.
  3. Accessibility and Clear Communication: Your attorney must be accessible to answer any questions, who will promptly return your calls and be familiar with the status of your case. David J. Winer takes the time to educate his clients about their case, explain the law and their legal options. You will receive an honest and direct assessment of your case in plain language.


Law Offices of Winer & Winer, 1993 to present
Law firm concentrating in litigation of Secretary of State hearings, criminal and traffic defense

South Africa: 1992 to 1993
– University of Pretoria School of Law, Guest lecturer
Lectured on the comparison of the American and South African criminal law system.
– South African Public Defender, Johannesburg
Taught trial litigation skills and consultant to Public Defenders
– Legal Resources Centre, Pretoria
Human Rights Law Office assisting people in areas of civil law.

Senior Assistant Public Defender, Lake County, Illinois
Senior attorney assigned to felony trial division, preliminary hearing, misdemeanor,
juvenile and traffic court. 1988-1992

State’s Attorney Office, Cook County, Illinois
Legal Intern in felony trial division: Researched evidentiary and criminal issues,
conducted felony trials and administrative support. 1987 to 1988

Legal Aid Clinic, IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law
Legal Intern: Conducted legal research, interviewed clients, drafted legal memoranda,
motions, attended trial calls and depositions. 1986

Coralville Police Department, Coralville, Iowa
Intern with Patrol Division; observed all aspects of police work from arrest to trial. 1982-1983.


  • Chairman of Lawyer Referral Service of the Lake County Bar Association
  • Member of Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Law Committees in Lake County
  • Member of Criminal and Traffic Section of the Illinois Bar Association
  • Certified Civil Arbitration Panelist in Lake and Cook County
  • Former Editorial Board of The Docket, the Lake County Bar Association legal magazine
  • Former Chairman of the Lake County Juvenile Law Committee


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • Justinian Society of Italian Lawyers
  • Jefferson Inns of Court


The Lake County Bar Association Legal Publication, “The Docket”:

  • Out of State Hearings before the Illinois Secretary of State, 2011
  • Informal Hearings before the Illinois Secretary of State. 2010
  • Formal Hearings, Reinstatement Hearings before the Secretary of State, 2009
  • In Shane’s Own Words. 2006
  • Israel, Legal Frontline on the War on Terror. 2003
  • Effect of Drug Convictions on College Financial Aid. 2003
  • The Mission that Almost Failed. 2001
  • Suspended Licenses and Traffic Tickets, The Basics. 2000
  • Criminal Law Conference in Las Vegas. 2000
  • An Independence Day Law Message. 2000
  • Criminal/Juvenile Committee Scores Another Success. 1998
  • Reflections on Law Day. 1997
  • Profiles in Lawyering, Harold H. Winer. 1996
  • Profiles in Lawyering, Charlie Wilson. 1995
  • Reflections on the South African Public Defender Office. 1993

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: “S. Africa’s Public Defender System has Uncertain Future” 1994

Semana Newspaper: “Driving with a Suspended License and Without Insurance” 1996

American Bar Association Law-Education Journal: “Any Hope of Equal Justice?” 1994


  • How to Conduct Secretary of State hearings to Lake County Bar Association members 2009
  • Lake County Criminal Law Seminar: Lecturer on Secretary of State Hearings 2008
  • Guest on NVC Radio on Secretary of State hearings. 2011
  • WCBR Radio Talk Show, Legal Line, (92.7FM) special guest on talk show, 1995
  • Fox Lake Rotary Club, speaker on the state of Criminal Law in America, 1996 & 1998
  • College of Lake County and Columbia College of Missouri, guest lecturer on criminal law
  • Vernon Hills Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy, guest speaker, 1996 to present
  • Newspaper and network television appearance regarding several cases.


Legal Education

IIT/Chicago Kent School of Law, Juris Doctor: May 1988

Academic Honors and Activities

  • Student President, Decalogue Law Society
  • Moot court team, International Law Society
  • Trial Advocacy Team, Illinois Appellate Defender
  • Dean’s Honor’s List

Undergraduate Education

University of Iowa, Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1983

  • Major: Criminology/Sociology
  • Dean’s Honor’s List


  • Illinois State Bar, 1988
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990

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Winer and Winer helps people get their Illinois driver’s license reinstated throughout Lake County Illinois, including residents of the following cities and the surrounding areas: