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Paul J. Lytle

Co-Founder & Chicago Lawyer

Attorney Paul J. Lytle received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Paul’s work in both trial advocacy and pre-trial litigation has been recognized with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award.

Prior to the founding of Lytle & Milan, Paul spent time working with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and also in private practice. Paul collaborated in the establishment of a legal assistance program at Universidad Popular, a local community cultural center, and has volunteered his time as a staff attorney with such notable Chicago-based legal aid providers as LAF (formerly, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago), and CARPLS (Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services).

Paul is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association. Paul was recently featured as a panelist during the Chicago Bar Foundation’s “Future of the Law Week.” He is a Fellow at the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, an organization committed to increasing affordable access to legal representation through the proffer of unbundled services, flat fees, and reduced rates.

An Interview with Our Attorneys

  • What made you choose a career in law?
    We chose careers in law because we are interested and inspired by the struggles and stories of individuals and families. We wanted to advocate for those struggles. We wanted to give voice to those stories. We believed that we could do those things more efficiently and more effectively than the available opportunities.
  • In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from other firms in the area?
    Our firm is distinguishable in three key aspects. First, we offer alternative fee structures for individuals and families for whom traditional billing would represent a substantial financial hardship. Second, while focused, our areas of practice are diversified in such a way as to give insight into the implications that our client’s immediate issues might have on other aspects of their lives. Third, we take a team approach to representation, meaning that our client’s benefit from a diversity of experience and perspective, and that they enjoy more complete litigation coverage.
  • Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:
    Several years ago, we took on case which appeared to be a simple matter of administrative error. It soon became clear that we were dealing with a matter of systematic malfeasance. We resisted every insistence that we were wrong and that the system was working as it always had. We eventually identified a pool of some twenty-thousand potentially affected parties. We expect to resolve the matter by a multi-million-dollar settlement later this year.
  • What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
    We prepare for difficult cases by starting at the beginning. We listen to what our clients have to say; we help them to discover and define their objectives. We use their objectives to guide our organization and presentation of the relevant facts and law.
  • How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
    Our role in the attorney-client relationship is a very personal one. We don’t represent corporations; we represent individuals. We help those individuals to articulate their objectives and to formulate a strategy for the realization of those objectives. In executing that strategy, we take on many roles. We are clerks and coaches. We are counselors and critics. We are Sherpas and mercenaries.
  • What sets you apart from other criminal defense attorneys – why is this important?
    We are distinguished as attorneys by the diversity of our backgrounds which include a breadth of experience in other industries and which informs our more comprehensive perspective of our clients’ contemporary issues. We are further distinguished by our close ties to both the legal community and to the community at large and by our involvement in the organizations that underpin those communities.
  • How does having experience benefit your clients?
    Our experience informs everything that we do. With over ten years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation, we are well positioned to identify and accentuate the strengths of a client’s case; to anticipate and mitigate the weaknesses; and to accurately assess the likely impact of both.
  • What types of cases do you specifically handle?
    We defend individuals in all manner of criminal and quasi-criminal cases, including, but not limited to municipal violations; traffic citations; misdemeanor and felony charges. We represent clients in domestic disputes, including, but not limited to protective orders; divorce proceedings; child custody, visitation, and support. We also pursue compensation on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered personal injury as the result of vehicular collisions.
  • In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
    We are most rewarded when, at the commencement of our representation, we can calm our client’s fears and when we can see in them the relief and comfort that our partnership has brought. We are equally rewarded when, at the conclusion of our representation, we can leave our clients in a better position that we found them.
  • What advice do you most often give your clients & why?
    We most often advise our clients that a legal issue is like a medical malady, and that the longer one waits to obtain the assistance of a qualified professional, the less likely it is that that issue will be resolved beneficially, and if it is beneficially resolved, the more expensive that resolution will be. Once obtained, our best advice is to take a deep breath and relax. Trust us to worry.

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