Nicholas V. Burris

Nicholas V. Burris


Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense 60%
  • Civil Rights 10%
  • Personal Injury
  • Asset Forfeiture 10%
  • Appeals 20%


Nick avidly defends the rights of individuals charged with serious crimes. From accusations of Domestic Violence to First Degree Murder, in every case he fights to win; his number one priority never changes: maintain your freedom.

Nick is experienced in defending accusations of violent crime; and, for those who have improperly been found guilty, he knows how to win on appeal. He is a talented sentencing advocate when necessary, and always strives to understand and appreciate his clients on a personal level. Trust is key and communication is crucial. He is always available when you need him.

Nick is also experienced in recovering your property from the government. Whether it be a forfeiture proceeding through the state or an ordinance violation through you city, Nick puts your rights to work in limiting your costs to recovering your car, money, or other seized property. No forfeiture is too big or too small. He has been successful in recovering property ranging from family vehicles, to sports cars, to sums of cash taken from you.

Most of all, he is always happy to patiently discuss your problems with you. No matter the issue, the method remains consistent: devise a well-thought plan that will produce the best result possible, with the least frustration to your life.


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
    • 2015
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Minor: Legal Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2020

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association , Member, 2019 to Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2019 to Present
  • Illinois Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers , Member, 2019 to Present
  • National Assn. of Criminal Defense Attys, 2022 to Present
  • National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers , 2019 to Present


  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Under 40 Award (National Association of Criminal Def. Attys.), 2022 - Present
  • Jack Carey Memorial Award Winner (Cook County Public Defender’s Association) , 2017 - 2018
  • Lamda Epsilon Chi National Paralegal Honors Society , 2014 - 2016

Pro Bono

  • Law Offices of the McLean County Public Defender , 2013 to 2015

Published Works

  • Montgomery v. Louisiana: An Overhaul [on Juvenile Sentencing], DePaul College of Law, 2018
  • he Effect of “Gang Status” on Immigration , DePaul College of Law, 2017


  • English

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney