Vijay R. Sharma

Vijay R. Sharma

President at The Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma

Skokie, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)
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Vijay R. Sharma's Overview

  • President at Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Loyola University Chicago

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Vijay R. Sharma's Summary

Specialties: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic Law, Landlord-Tenant Law

Vijay R. Sharma's Experience


Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma

April 2010Present (3 years 9 months) Skokie, Illinois

Sole owner of a criminal defense, traffic and DUI law office entailing daily court appearances and arguments from cases ranging from ordinance violations to felonies. Interacted and educated clients in a fast-paced environment.

Frequently encountered sensitive social and familial issues such as drug dependency and abuse. Often conducted motions or trials while accounting for the State, Judge, and my client.

In violation matters, I worked in conjunction with social workers, probation officers, and medical experts to ascertain a tenable legal position or reasoned course of action in order to protect my client.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Peru State College

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2011August 2012 (1 year 1 month) 600 Hoyt, Peru, Nebraska

Taught criminal justice as I evaluated and developed new on-campus and online course components consistent with the role and mission of the program and institution. Position necessitated the presentation of complex and abstract ideas in a clear and concise manner.

Further, I conducted classroom presentations and activities utilizing methods appropriate to reach students of varying educational and experiential backgrounds and learning styles.

Specifically, I taught Senior Seminar, Criminal Procedures, Juvenile Delinquency, and Community-Based Corrections. Developed the syllabi for Substantive Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures and the Courts.

Further, I served as academic advisor to at least 54 students to mentor them into an appropriate postgraduate career. Currently producing scholarly work on the 4th Amendment in the digital age.

Adjunct Professor

City Colleges of Chicago

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

August 2010July 2011 (1 year) Wright College

Adjunct professor of criminal procedure and medical ethics. Conducted classroom presentations and activities utilizing methods appropriate to reach students of varying educational and experiential backgrounds and learning styles. Lectured and mentored undergraduate students while attempting to instill an understanding of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on critical thinking skills. Topics ranged from confidentiality, standard operating procedures, search and seizure, warrant and warrantless searches to right to jury trial.

Associate Attorney

Keefe, Campbell and Associates, L.L.C

March 2009March 2010 (1 year 1 month) Chicago, Illinois

Frequent court appearances across the State of Illinois and Chicago with consistent trial and appellate experience at all levels of both the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Circuit Courts. Frequent depositions and handling of adverse medical experts and records in preparation for trial. Researched, drafted, and prevailed on numerous trials and appeals .


The Law Office of Vijay R. Sharma, P.C.

June 2007March 2009 (1 year 10 months) Skokie, Illinois

Frequent court appearances and representation before the Illinois Criminal and Civil Courts throughout Illinois.

Assistant State's Attorney

Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Government Administration industry

February 2004June 2007 (3 years 5 months) Multiple

When assigned to the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, I conducted the daily court call consisting of 100-150 cases per day with a partner or alone. Cases range from DUI’s to possession of drugs to battery.

Assessed the merits of a case in a fast-paced environment and pre-conference cases accordingly. Frequently prepared legal pleadings or motions for court in a timely fashion.

When assigned to the Public Interest Bureau, Child Support Enforcement Division, I prepared each case before a judicial or administrative hearing. Conducted detailed hearings before the administrative hearing officer or judge with attention to minute details.

Negotiated child support amounts in an emotional-charged-environment.

When serving as a law clerk as a 3rd-year law student, I assisted felony prosecutor’s in their duties. Prepared and argued several felony motions to quash arrest and suppress evidence. Handled witness examinations at hearing and frequently argued factual and legal issues to the presiding judge revolving around 4th Amendment issues.

Volunteer Law Clerk

Heartland Alliance

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

August 2003October 2003 (3 months) Greater Chicago Area

Review current caseload and then accordingly research recent developments and changes in country backgrounds, and human rights conditions in anticipation of litigation.

Research Assistant

The John Marshall Law School

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2002August 2002 (3 months) Greater Chicago Area

Researched and analyzed Illinois tort law and remedies law and drafted legal updates for scholarly review.

Vijay R. Sharma's Honors and Awards

  • Best Country Gentleman

    Peru State College Rotoract
    • November 2011

Vijay R. Sharma's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • "Nuts and Bolts - Driver's Licensing Issues" Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association.
    • "Immigration Fundamentals Conference," Boston, MA Presented by the American Immigration Lawyer's Association
    • "New Illinois Rules of Evidence" Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
    • "Avoid Getting a Letter from the ARDC - And How to Respond if You Do" Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
    • "Brick by Brick: Building a Law Practice in Challenging Times" Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
    • "Calming the Storm: Practical Advice for Managing Stress in Tough Times" Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
    • "Copyright 101: What Every Non-IP Lawyer Should Know About Copyrights!"
    • "Advising Clients in the Digital Age"
    • "Patent Fundamentals for Non-Patent Attorneys"
    • "Legal Issues of Playing in the Social Media Sandbox"
    • "Computer Forensics: What Every Lawyer Should Know "
    • "Blueprint for an Intellectual Property Victory"
    • "Conflicts of Interest: Fundamental Precepts"
    • "Internet Legal Issues"
    • "Judicial Disqualifications: Conflicts of Interest and other Bases"
    • "Procedural and Forensic Protocols in Electronic Discovery"
    • "The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act: (UCITA)"
    • "The Use of the 25% Rule in Valuing Intellectual Property"
    • "Sports Law: Rules of the Game"
    • "Understanding Music Business Law"
    • "Employment Law for the In-house Counsel: Privacy in the Workplace"
    • "Disqualification and Conflicts of Interest in Intellectual Property Practice"
    • "Employment Law: Dealing Creatively with Creative People's Conflict"
    • "Attorney Disqualification: Conflicts of Interest and other Bases"
    • "Conflicts of Interest 101"
    • "Employment Law: Dealing Creatively with Creative People's Conflict"

Vijay R. Sharma's Languages

  • Hindi

  • Sindhi

  • English

  • Punjabi

Vijay R. Sharma's Skills & Expertise

  1. Criminal Defense
  2. Criminal Law
  3. DUI Law
  4. Traffic Law
  5. Workers Compensation
  6. Family Law
  7. Constitutional Law
  8. Courts
  9. Criminal Justice
  10. Employment Law
  11. Criminal Litigation
  12. Trial Advocacy
  13. Trial Practice
  14. Depositions
  15. Articulate Presenter
  16. Goal Oriented
  17. Creative Problem Solving
  18. Strategic Thinking
  19. Resourceful
  20. Attention To Detail
  21. Resilient
  22. Risk Assessment
  23. Visionary
  24. Highly Adaptable
  25. Aggressive
  26. Autonomous
  27. DUI Defense
  28. Legal
  29. Trials
  30. Litigation
  31. Legal Issues
  32. Legal Advice
  33. Civil Litigation
  34. Juvenile Law
  35. Legal Research
  36. Hearings
  37. Personal Injury
  38. Evidence
  39. Legal Assistance
  40. Appeals
  41. Legal Writing
  42. Pleadings
  43. Arbitration
  44. Medical Malpractice
  45. Defense
  46. Westlaw
  47. Attorneys

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Vijay R. Sharma's Education

The John Marshall Law School

Juris Doctor, Law


Activities and Societies: Repeatedly elected to the Student Bar Association, 2002, 2003, 2004. Dean's List, 2004.

Loyola University Chicago

Bachelor of Arts, History


Activities and Societies: Invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society. Elected Phi Alpha Theta Treasurer, 2001-2002.

Vijay R. Sharma's Additional Information


Writing novels, playing guitar.

Groups and Associations:

Peru State College Diversity Committee, 2012-Current, Peru State College Safety Committee, 2011-Current, Peru State College Faculty Advisor to the Kappa Omicron Rho chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a criminal justice honor society, 2011-Current. Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, 2011-Current. Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2004- Current. Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2003-20010. Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Member, 2007-2009. American Immigration Lawyer's Association, 2007-2008.

Honors and Awards:

Received “Movember: Country Gentleman of the Year Award,” as part of the Movember festivities aimed to raise awareness of men's health issues, 2011.

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