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Name: Michael P. Schmiege
Law Firm: Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, P.C.
Address: 405 North Wabash Ave, Suite P2C
City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: USA
Zip code: 60611
Phone: 312-218-8050
Fax: 312-626-2401
Website URL:

Qualifications and Credentials

State/foreign bar licenses: Illinois
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court? No
Federal court admissions:        Northern District of Illinois,
                                                    Central District of Illinois,
                                                    Southern District of Texas

Law school: John Marshall Law School, 2005
Undergrad: Villanova University   1999
Experience in forfeiture defense and related subjects: Defense in state and federal court.

Place an x next to the types of cases you handle:

 _x_ Forfeiture Trials                           _x_ Forfeiture Appeals

 _x_ Criminal Trials                               _x_ Criminal Appeals Civil litigation

 _x_ Constitutional Rights

Place an x next to the types of forfeiture issues you have had experience handling:

_x_ criminal forfeiture federal                 _x_ criminal forfeiture state

 _x_ civil forfeiture federal                      _x_ civil forfeiture state

 _x_ innocent owners                               _x_ innocent lienholders

 _x_ innocent spouses                             _x_ innocent landlords

 _x_ money laundering                            

 _x_ cash transaction reporting violations

 _x_ IRS forfeitures proportionality constitutional defenses

How long have you been defending forfeiture cases?  

7 years

How many forfeiture cases have you handled?  

Approximately 20 forfeiture matters handled

List any other volunteer or pro bono work you have done involving forfeiture: I have assisted multiple clients on a pro bono basis to help them in preserving their rights in forfeiture proceedings.